A selection of mentions of Greece in the international press during the summer.
Travel + Leisure: Discerning readers of Travel + Leisure magazine voted and chose the Greek island of Santorini as the World’s Best Island for 2014. Santorini was also in the first place among the best islands in Europe. The category also included Crete and Mykonos among Europe’s best islands.
Huffington Post: “Next time you’re island hopping around the gorgeous isles of Greece, do not leave Chios off your list,” the Huffington Post advised its readers in a photo feature dedicated to Chios in the northeastern Aegean.
CNN: American news network CNN featured an amazing time-lapse video that shows the sites of Corfu Island under the starry sky. “If you’re not inspired to head to Greece after seeing it, you probably didn’t full-screen this tribute to Hellenic beauty,” CNN said. The creators of the video entitled “Corfu Nightscapes — A Company of Stars” are Vasilis Metallinos and John Miliadis.
The Guardian: The big winner of this summer is Mykonos as celebrities put the glamor of the 1960s back in Greece, according to an article published on The Guardian website. It is underlined that Mykonos, in luring even greater numbers of the international jet set to its shores, has also supplanted Ibiza as the de rigueur hangout for celebrities and clubbers alike.
The Telegraph: After a seven-day stay on Skopelos in Greece, the Telegraph’s travel writer Oliver Smith wondered if the destination is perhaps the “perfect Greek island.” According to Oliver Smith, due to the fact that Skopelos is far from becoming home to themed bars and overcrowded beaches, it has maintained a refreshing authenticity.
The Telegraph also included Koufonissia among the best unsung beach holiday resorts in Europe. According to destination expert Jane Foster, what makes Koufonissia so special is its “sand, sea and sun that recalls the long-forgotten Greece of the 1960s.”
Jane Foster also gave insight to readers on how to find the ideal holiday destination in Greece since the country has “miles and miles of mainland coastline and over 1,000 islands, of which 227 are inhabited.”
USA Today: USA Today recently made a few stops along the Santorini wine trail and revealed what exactly makes the island’s wine so special. “Although this volcanic island has experienced a major tourism boom in recent years, and visitors travel across the globe just to soak in the spectacular views of world-famous Caldera, it’s really the native grapes that are the true heart and soul of this stunning destination,” Marla Cimini of USA Today said.
USA Today also advised its readers to take a cruise to the Greek islands. “A cruise to the Greek Isles takes you to dramatic landscapes where history is on display at archeological sites dating back thousands of years,” it is noted in an article that includes recommendations on certain cruise itineraries that will give passengers “time to sip local wine at a taverna, explore beautiful beaches and absorb the scenery of whitewashed homes clinging to cliffs above the blue Aegean Sea.”
Reuters: “Greece Returns as Tourist Hotspot” is the title of a video report from Athens by Reuters that highlights the recovery of Greek tourism after the crisis period. The report was also reproduced in US media such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe. “Historic landmarks and glorious sunshine have long made it a favorite holiday destination… Now as the country emerges from the crisis, visitors numbers are set to soar,” according to the Reuters report.
The news agency also ran a photo report of photographer Yorgos Karahalis in regards to the current state of Hellinikon, the former international airport of Athens.
New York Post: During the summer, Gisela Williams from the New York Post came to Athens, toured the city’s streets, talked with Athenians, went shopping, sampled beverages and food and then wrote up a personal favorites list to inform readers what can be discovered when spending time in the Greek capital. Entitled “What bust? Greek’s ancient capital is back in bloom,” the New York Post lists hotspots in Athens for food, drink, accommodation and shopping.
Daily Express: The travel section of the online edition of the UK’s Daily Express included a feature on the Greek Island of Paxi, the smallest of the Ionian islands. This is an island that has been overlooked by mass tourist hoards. The newspaper’s writer Jane Utting experienced the quiet life on the “sleepy Greek island” and enjoyed herself to the fullest.