Global Traveler distinctions for Greek destinations

The Greek island of Santorini has been distinguished for the seventh year running as the Best Island in Europe by Global Traveler's Leisure Lifestyle Awards.

The annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.

The coronavirus party

For all those beach bars across Greece that have been violating the ban on overcrowding, with their patrons reveling in a carefree, holiday mood, the imposition of controls to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is proving to be extremely difficult and the imposition of penalties and fines is so complicated that it ends up almost impossible to do so.

Despite risks, Greek islands keen to reopen to tourists


Mykonos' newest bar-restaurant, Pelican, seemed to appear from nowhere. Tables, coffee machines, light fittings, music mixers and staff wearing matching black face masks were still being slotted into place as Greek visitors trickled in at the start of a long holiday weekend.

Owner Vasilis Theodorou says he's in a hurry to get back to business.

Greece is, too.

Mykonos and Santorini placed in partial lockdown

Stricter restrictive measures have been imposed on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini in a bid to prevent a spread of Covid-19 in the two popular holiday destinations. 

At the same time, the villages of Damaskinia and Dragassia in the municipality of Voio, northern Greece, came out of quarantine on Monday.