The single greatest symbol of Greece, the one image that has adorned millions of postcards; the Parthenon, is perched high atop the plateau that gives this ancient Greek complex its name, the Acropolis. But, like the part of the proverbial iceberg visible above the water, this marvelous pinnacle is but a fraction of the glory of Greece, even touristic glory. Another more practical wonder awaits Athens visitors, what is known as the Athenian Riviera.
Two seas surround Greece, each with its own special characteristics. In the East you have the famous Aegean, peppered with islands such as Mykonos, Paros, Milos and Santorini, commonly dry rocky places with sandy beaches. In stark contrast to the Aegean, there is the Ionian Sea in the West, its islands feature high elevations and lush green forests as far as the eye can see. Greece shares the waters of the Ionian with many other tourist paradises such as Croatia and Italy too.
Good things come in small packages, and nowhere is that more obvious than on the tiny Greek island of Mykonos. All 100 square kilometers of it are alive with a spirit unrivaled in the world.
The festival, a reunion of the hippies who once stayed in Matala’s famed caves, is scheduled for Saturday the 11th to Monday 13th of June 2011.
The festival will be held 20-26 June 2011, at the Technopolis events center, theater Eliart, and selected locations in the city.
The Interministerial Committee for Asset Restructuring and Privatizations (ICARP) in conjunction with the Greek Ministry of Finance and other entities, will now “fast track” the privatization of the Ellinikon airport area for development. The addition of five star hotels and other accommodations will transform this area of Athens into a thriving component of Greece’s new tourism initiative.
In the light of the latest events, this is probably not the best time to visit the Greek capital.
Greek ministers and US officials meet to sort out increased cooperation for Greek cruise travel. Greece’s most recent initiatives for improved tourism incentives and infrastructure were at the top of the list of an agenda set to heighten Greece’s cruise business.
Dion, Greece is one of the most beautiful and under developed areas in the country. An announcement by the Hellenic Tourism Development Co. of a public offering, forecasts new camping and hotel accommodations in one of Greece’s most historic areas. Under the shadow of Olympus, visitors to the area may soon have far better accommodations.
Hellenic Tourism Development Company announced public tender arrangement for the development of crucial marina space near Athens. The Vouliagmeni Marina is one of Greece’s most visited and trusted harbors for luxury yachts. The yachting and maritime industry in Greece will obviously benefit from further development of crucial assets like this famous marina.
More news of Greek – Russian cooperation where visas and travel are concerned. Greece’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism announces new visa centers in Russia and fast track visa approval there. More Russian’s visited Greece this year than in any year since the economic crisis began.
Some 10 million international tourists visited Greece so far this year. This number shows slight losses over 2009’s downward trend, giving pause to market experts and officials. 2009 was a very bad year for the industry in Greece, and the news that things are not progressing despite great prices and incentives is not good.