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Cheap holidays in Greece next year

- by Jeremy Guest

Holiday firms sign Greek hotel price deals for 2014.

Visitors to the Greek islands can now download three free guidebooks on holidays in the islands of the Ionian, the Dodecanese and the mainland region of Thrace. The guides are part of the 'Travelling in Greece' series from the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) which will eventually feature a total of 13 guides on all of Greece's destinations.

The new travel guides are aimed at Greek holiday visitors and are full of information, illustrations and suggested resorts to visits on a Greek Island holiday.

They also provide detailed information on the history, the landmarks, local monuments and the natural environment of each holiday destination.

The GNTO 'Travelling in Greece' guides also contain tips on events and activities as well as useful information and maps that highlights all the major points of interest.

More guides are on the way with a series on Crete, the Cyclades and the islands of the North Aegean and Crete as well as a detailed travel guide to Thessaloniki.

The guides are published as the European Commission marks Greece and the Greek islands as one of the star performers for holidays in Europe this year.

According to new figures for Mediterranean countries, Spain led the way in 2013 with 34 million tourists between January and July a four percent rise in holiday arrivals compared to last year.

But in the same period holidays to Greece grew more than double that at 9.2% with around seven million tourists in the same seven months.

Key indicators from the aviation sector confirmed the upward trend in visitors to Greece and the Greek islands as nearly two million foreign visitors flew to Greece's main airport at Athens International during the summer season.

The holiday visitor figures are a major boost for the Greek tourism industry which suffered badly last year in the wake of social unrest following the country's economic collapse and bailout terms.