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The Dodecanese is the name given to the long string of islands follow the Turkish coast. Where east meets west, many ate rich in culture and history with a strong Ottoman influence. Rhodes and Kos are the premier holiday islands with good flight and ferry links. Other popular holiday islands for independent travellers are Kalymnos, Patmos and Leros while Halki, Symi, Lipsi, Pserimos, Tilos and Nisyros are favourite day trip destinations.

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Kos back to normal after quake

Kos is open for holiday business as normal after the strong earthquake in mid-July. And to drive home the message the island is staging a raft of tourism promotions.

Rhodes may get a new Colossus statue
Rhodes may get new Colossus

The Greek holiday island of Rhodes may get a new visitor attraction in an ambitious plan to rebuild the Colossus of Rhodes. UK engineers are involved in the scheme to recreate the Wonder of the Ancient World.

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Kos is not a hellhole

The Greek Island of Kos has hit back at 'ridiculous' claims in the British Daily Mail newspaper that an influx of refugees has turned the holiday island into a 'disgusting hellhole' UK holiday visitors to Kos are bemused at the 'hellhole' tag as few come across any refugees

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Brits first on Rhodes

Rhodes is set to spearhead the Greek Island tourist invasion later this month when the first charter plane lands at Rhodes' Diagoras Airport. The Boeing 757 from Manchester is expected to land at around 8.15pm on March 28 - the first of 2015.

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Holiday plea for Kos tavernas

Regular holiday visitors to the island of Kos will no doubt have seen how popular beach resorts have been slowly turned over to all-inclusive hotel aimed at the package holiday market.

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Patmos on the tourist trail

The Dodecanese island of Patmos has long been slightly off the Greek island holiday tourist trail but that could all be about to change with plans to promote the island in 2015.

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Mussolini villa goes on sale

A Greek luxury holiday villa Villa de Vecchi on Rhodes, built for the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, has been put on the open market after lying derelict for more than 50 years

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Rhodes Pink Floyd house sale

The former Rhodes holiday home of Pink Floyd band member David Gilmour has been put on sale with a price tag of around €1 million by the current owners.

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Islands suffer winter storms

The sun-kissed island of Rhodes may be a blaze of sunshine during the peak summer holiday season but this winter is one of the worst ever with torrential downpours and floods.

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Kos promotes historic park

Kos Town plans to do much more promote its historic centre and create an 'Open Archaeological and Historical Park' to attract more visitors. Kos town is already famous for its heritage sites.

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Storms sweep Rhodes

At least two people have died in storms that swept across the island of Rhodes. Two women have died on the Greek tourist island and two men are missing after heavy rainfall hit resorts.

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Scuba park bid on Leros

Scuba divers on holiday on the Greek island of Leros could soon be able to visit the site of one of Greece's legendary warships. Queen Olga was a Greek destroyer in the Second World War

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Kos workers protest

Seasonal holiday workers on Kos are protesting at the low wages and poor working conditions for part time holiday workers. Hotel staff and taverna waiters claim they are being exploited.

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Lipsi fishermen's appeal

Fishermen on the Greek holiday island of Lipsi have been urged to back an appeal to save their livelihoods, preserve fish stocks and protect marine mammals by switching to larger mesh nets

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Kos free culture plea

Cultural leaders on Kos are pleading for help to boost tourist holiday visitors. Top of the list is free use to stage cultural events on important archaeological and cultural sites, such as Kos Castle

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Rhodes a hit with Russians

Latest figures reveal a major reversal of the tourism landscape in Rhodes with more Russian visitors arrivals than any other country, including former table toppers Britain and Germany

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