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Ferries strike leaves thousands travelers stranded on Greek islands

Thousands of travelers have been stranded on Greek islands due to the 48-hour strike by the Greek Seamen’s Federation PNO. Locals and holidaymakers are not able to leave the islands because for many islands the sea offers the only way to connect with the mainland. Many tourists are at risk …

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And There was Light! Power fully restored on Hydra island

Power supply on the island of Hydra has been fully restored 34 hours after a black out paralyzed the touristic destination in the Saronic Gulf and brought locals and visitors on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The power outage occurred at 5:30 on Sunday morning (August 26 2018). The …

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Hydra island without power and water supply for more than 16 hours

Locals, weekend visitors and tourists on the island of Hydra in the Saronic Gulf remain without electricity and water since early Sunday morning, August 26th 2018. According to media reports, a power outage, a black out,  occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday and affected also the water supply …

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High Speed train “Silver Arrow” to connect Athens-Thessaloniki in just 3.5 hours

High speed train “Silver Arrow” will connect Athens – Thessaloniki in just 3.5 hours. The train arrived on Friday in Thessaloniki. However, it will still need some time to be in full operation between the Greek capital and the metropolis in the North of the country as the infrastructure has …

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Tourists at Heraklio airport are urged to not water the dusty plastic plants

One picture from “Nikos Kazantzakis” airport in Heraklio, Crete, …1000 words. The message to English-speaking travelers is clear: Do not water the plants, they are made of plastic. Apparently the Fraport management had watched tourists pouring water to revive the neglected plants and it decided to post a message to …

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Pressure works: Alpha Bank revokes decision to close branches on islands

Pressure by the local communities and outrage seem to have brought fruits. Alpha Bank has reportedly cancel its plans to leave three remote islands in the Aegean Sea without banking services and even cash. “The message the islanders sent to Alpha Bank was received,” Dodecanese lawmaker Dimitris Gakis told local …

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Skiathos: Campaign to protect famous Lalaria Beach and its unique pebbles

Famous Lalaria beach and its unique round pebbles on the island of Skiathos are at risk due to the human factor. A campaign by the local cultural organization aims to preserve the exquisite landscape of one of  the most beautiful beaches on the island of Skiathos and the whole Greece. …

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Miracle Snakes of Panagia appear again in Kefalonia church (video)

Punctually on the great feast of the Dormition day of  Virgin Mary, the miracle snakes of Panagia Fidousa made their annual appearance again in a church on the island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea. The church Panagia Langouvarda on the site of an old monastery by Markopoulos village  has …

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Chania prohibits access to Gorges on days with Very High Risk of Fire

Local authorities on the island of Crete have decided to prohibit visitors’ access to three gorges during the days for which Greece’s Civil Protection has issued a warning of Very High Risk of Fires, Level 4 and  Alert, Level 5. The decision affects access to Samaria Gorge, Agia Irini Gorge …

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Greece’s international Tourism not affected by the Athens wildfires

Greece’s tourism has not been affected by the Athens wildfires that raged in East Attica towards the end of July, international sector experts say. This has not only to do with the fact that the fire-stricken areas in East Attica, some 30 km away from Athens are more a summer …

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Zakynthos authorities dismiss UK teens claims “hospitalized with booze poisoning”

Claims by young British tourists that they were massively poisoned by methanol-laced alcohol and were hospitalized are “fake news” authorities on the island of Zakynthos (Zante) told Greek media on Monday. Although aware of some problems with tourism on the island, locals speak of defamation attempts. “This is a lie, …

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Passenger ferry Aqua Blue crashes at the pier of Skiathos port

A passenger ferry with 170 people on board crashed at the pier of the port of  Skiathos in the island group of Sporades. Passenger ferry “Aqua Blue” crashed at 6:30 Sunday afternoon after arriving at the port. The ferry suffered a small damage in a watertight section, its continuation of …

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