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Google tour of the top Greek sights

- by Dabs Banner

Streetview video glimpse of the best of Greece.

Holidaymakers who fancy a quick tour of the top Greek attractions can take a 90 second virtual tour with the release of a Google street-view video.

The video has appeared on the company's YouTube channel and showcases many of the top sights in Greece and the Greek Islands in a high speed journey around the mainland and across the sea to some of the most popular Greek holiday islands.

The Google street-view video tour starts from the Acropolis in Athens and heads off at high speed to allow viewers to glimpse a few of the mainland sights that include views of Thessaloniki and the remarkable cliffs of Meteora before speeding away to the Greek Islands.

Don't expect a sedate cruise of the sights though. Fast and furious views include drives through Chania in western Crete at breakneck speed as well as fleeting glimpses of some of top attractions on the islands of Corfu, Rhodes and Paros.

The street-view tour also plays to the sound of a modern , loud and drum-thumping Greek pop song that will probably have most viewers clicking as quickly as possible on the YouTube mute control button.

Glimpses are all anyone can hope for in a 90 second YouTube video, no more than a brief taster of what is on offer for those considering a holiday visit to Greece or the Greek Islands.

But potential holiday visitors now have a good selections on satellite and photo images of Greece thanks to Google's map coverage of the country and its islands.

Most of the major tourist centres on the larger Greek islands now have street level coverage from Google streetmap but many of the smaller islands, naturally, have yet to get a visit from the company's camera vans.

This is a pity from a tourist perspective as all the more popular centres are already well known while a street level glimpse, even a virtual one, of less traveled islands could encourage many more visitors.

Although resorts like Kefalos on Kos get good street view coverage, nearby islands like Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos and Lipsi get no street views at all. A pity, as such small islands are not only more beautiful but would be easier to cover given the few roads and short distances involved.

Nevertheless, it has to be conceded that Goggle map coverage of the Greek Islands in now pretty good, even though low resolution satellite images are still the only ones available on some of the more remote islands.

Satellite maps and visitor photos do give potential holidaymakers a pretty good idea of what to expect on a Greek Island holiday and, given the importance of tourism to the Greek economy where it accounts for around 16% of GDP, it is a little surprising that the Greek government doesn't to more to fund and facilitate better Goggle street-view coverage of the more remote island spots.