Holidays beat the euro crisis
Archimedes: July 2011
Greek Island holidays beat the euro crisis.
It's not all bad press for Greece despite the riots and strikes on the mainland as authorities grapple with Greece's economic crisis. Greek island holidays are being featured in more newspapers and magazines than ever with the islands of Santorini, Skopelos, Crete, Rhodes and Mykonos leading the way.
And there have never been so many articles on Greek fashion and food while Greek dishes are cooked in ever more restaurant kitchens across the world.
According to a recent British survey of holidaymakers on the cost of their holiday, visitors found that the Greek islands has cut prices for tourists by at least 10%.
Those who put luxury and style top of their lists head for the top hotels in Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete while those watching their wallets head to islands like Naxos, Alonissos and Skopelos.
British newspapers have recently featured birdwatching holidays in Lesvos, townscapes of Symi and the marble of Paros.
A Swiss newspaper survey puts the Greek Islands top of the holiday list while a survey of tourist choices among Italians put Spain top (19%) and Greece second (14%) with Croatia third(12%).
Europeans not only see do not the Greek Islands as a holiday destination but also as a target for permanent residence after retirement.
For the British, Crete is the most popular destination for buying a house or land eight out of ten foreign owners in the Greek island are British. Other Europeans, especially Germans, Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans are attracted to mainland Greece, notably buying up homes in the Peloponnese.