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Greek island holidays conjure up idyllic images of blue domed churches set against a backdrop of pine coated hills, sunny skies and golden beaches. For many thousands, the Greek Islands conjure up images of quaint fishing ports, bustling street markets, fabulous beaches and crystal clear seas. Variety is the key to a Greek island holiday so take your pick of barely inhabited peaceful retreats to 24-hour beach parties.

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More Blue Flags for Greek beaches

Greek island holidaymakers can look forward to even cleaner beaches this year. The country has increased the number of holiday beaches gaining Blue Flag quality status.

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Holiday bookings up for Greece

Early signs suggest Greece could be in for another bumper year for UK holiday visitors in 2018, despite Brexit and the stagnant pound. Figures show early bookings up for Greek Island holidays.

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Health holiday season

As hotels shut down for the end of the tourist season, the industry is celebrating another healthy year for Greek island holidays with arrivals so far this year up by 9.9%.

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Luxury golf breaks in Greece

Golf vacations have grown significantly in popularity over the past few years. It is now possible to take a golfing holiday to many countries across the world thanks to the Internet and budget airlines.

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Bumper year for Greek holidays

Greece is enjoying a big revival of holiday visitors with a forecast 26 million tourists arriving on Greek Island beaches this year - well up on the 24.8 million notched up in 2016.

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Greek beaches get Blue Flags

Greek beaches are back in the top rank after picking up 486 Blue Flag awards this year, up from 395 last year. The awards put Greece second behind Spain.

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More book Greek holidays early

January has seen a surge in bookings for Greek Islands holidays according to the world's largest travel group TUI. January is always a busy time for travel companies.

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Greek bookings boost

Advance bookings for 2017 Greek Island holidays from the UK are up a healthy 11% on last year. Latest tourism data shows similar rises for Spain, Portugal and Cyprus.

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Greek tourist visitors spend less

Greek Island holidaymakers are a lot more stingy with their holiday cash. Latest figures show tourists in Greece kept a much tighter grip on their wallets this year.

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Greek holidays and Brexit

Greek islands holiday visitors can expect to pay more for their holidays following the dramatic vote to leave the EU. Greek tourism officials warn of 'unforeseeable consequences'.

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Greek beaches among Europe's best

Four fabulous Greek Island beaches have made it into the top dozen beaches list for Europe, according to the website European Best Destinations. The website runs up a list of top European holiday beaches every year.

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Bumper year for Greek visitors

It's another record year for Greek Island holidays as official figures confirm expectations of more visitors than ever in 2015 with arrivals in Greece up 7.1%.

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Surge in Greek Island holidays

Holiday companies are reporting another surge in bookings for Greek Island holidays this year. Some companies report a 5% rise in summer vacation bookings to Greece.

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Greek scuba diving parks

Greek island scuba diving holidaymakers will soon be able to explore historic underwater marine sites. Greece plans to open its first official scuba diving underwater park this year.

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Holiday visitors top 20 million

Greek Island holiday visitors have topped the 20 million mark this year, according to the latest figures. Tourist arrivals to Greece from January to September jumped more than 17%.

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Four must see Ionian locations

The Ionian Islands in Greece are one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers and travellers in all of Europe. The vast array of towns and cultures mixes the quaint with the boisterous.

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