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Rhodes welcomes first cruise ship of 2023

Rhodes welcomed its first cruise ship of the year on Sunday, January 1, 2023. MSC’s ‘Lirica’ brought 1,787 tourists to the popular island in the south-eastern Aegean Sea. The passengers were welcomed at the island at 10:00 a.m. with a brief ceremony onboard the cruise ship for the exchange of …

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UPDATE Ferries, ships to islands and Crete docked due to gale-force winds

Greece’s Shipping Ministry issued on Monday a ban on sailing of ships and ferries due to gale-force winds in the Aegean Sea reaching up to 9 Beaufort. Ships will not be sailing from the ports of Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrio to the islands of Cyclades, the Dodecanese and Crete. Ferries …

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Karpathos in National Geographic’s list of “breathtaking destinations”

The Greek island of Karpathos in the south Aegean Sea is included in the National Geographic’s annual list of the world’s 25 most impressive, “breathtaking destinations for 2023.” Karpathos is the only area in Greece included in the National Geographic’s subcategory of preserving local communities. The National Geographic refers to …

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Ferry Thessaloniki-Izmir temporary suspended, two months after launch

The ferry route Thessaloniki-Izmir linking the city in northern Greece with the Turkish coast will be temporarily suspended after its last winter run on Wednesday, in order to resume its operation in the summer of 2023, Levante Ferries Group said in an announcement n November 30. The suspension became known …

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Greece takes actions to attract Digital Nomads

Greece is quickly evolving into a remote work destination with authorities taking actions to facilitate the move of digital nomads, according to the conclusions of the 1st Work from Greece Summit organized by Marketing Greece on Tuesday. Government officials, company executives and digital nomads attended the event and exchanged ideas …

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Athens mayor calls for a city tax on tourists

Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis on Tuesday called for the introduction of a city tax that will be paid by visitors towards the municipal authority to help it respond to increased pressure on services from the influx of tourists. The Greek capital “has 650,000 permanent residents and serves 3.5 million people …

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Explore Athens: New Audiovisual Walks with Google technology

A new innovative way to explore the city of Athens on foot based on curated audiovisual walks was announced by the Greek Tourism Ministry, the municipality of Athens and Google on Thursday. The curated audiovisual walks are included in “Athens: The City is the Museum” available at athens.withgoogle.com There users …

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Metro Piraeus-Athens Airport cancels some schedules Oct 26-27

Athens metro will cancel some of its schedules between Piraeus and the Athens International Airport on Wednesday and Thursday due to the visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, following the order of the Hellenic Police. All stops between Piraeus (‘Dimotiko Theatro’ stop) and the Athens International Airport will be affected …

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Train services disruption due to derailment in central Greece

Hellenic Train – former TrainOSE – has warned train passengers about disruptions and big delays to services following a derailment on Friday morning. The first wagon of Intercity 882 Athens-Kalambaka derailed as the train was entering the station of Tithorea in Fthiotida regional unit around 10:00 a.m. No injuries were …

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Powerful winds disrupt sea traffic in the Aegean Sea

Powerful northern winds blowing locally with intensity up to 9 Beaufort disrupt sea traffic in the Aegean Sea on Monday, October 17, 2022. Affected are mainly the routes to the Cyclades islands. Monday morning the schedules to Cyclades from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina, in South-East Attica,Problems, were canceled, …

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Agrotourism amendment expands options for visitors to Greek wine producers, farms

Agrotourism in Greece: An amendment tabled by the Tourism ministry on Thursday will allow wine producers, breweries, olive presses, and cheese producers to expand tour services and provide short-term housing and food on their premises. Deputy Tourism Minister Sophia Zacharaki said in Parliament, the amendment improves on and adds existing …

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Ferry route Thessaloniki-Izmir launches on Oct 10

The much anticipated ferry connection between Thessaloniki in northern Greece and Izmir in the west coast of Turkey is launched on Monday, October 10, 2022. Ferry “Smyrna di Levante” sets sail with six itineraries per week Thessaloniki-Izmir-Thessaloniki. The one way trip, from Greece to Turkey lasts 12 hours. The first …

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Ferries to Cyclades docked due to powerful winds in the Aegean

Ferries for the Cyclades islands remained docked at the ports of Piraeus, Farina and Lavrio on Friday morning due to stormy winds blowing in several areas of the Aegean Sea. According to a warning issued by the National Meteorological Service EMY for the marine traffic, wind intensity reaches locally up …

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