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International media sing the praises of secret Greece

As of late, Greece features as a favourite subject in many news articles across the world. They all praise the natural beauty and describe the advantages and options for recreation and relaxing in less known or secluded tourist destinations in the country.

The Huffington Post website writes about Folegandros Island that “If Santorini didn’t exist, little, bare Folegandros would be world famous” as “Folegandros proposes a welcomed escape from the hustle and bustle of more popular Greek islands. The site describes the island as “perched on a towering seaside cliff” which “with the exception of Santorini, represents the finest cliff scenery in the Cyclades. In recent years, “it has become the secret island of Cyclades lovers who want a pure dose of the magic essence of the Aegean”.

In The Telegraph’s Travel Issue, there is a special feature on the top secret beaches of Europe, describing Pori beach on Koufonisia Islands in the following words: “This is sand, sea and sun that recalls the long-forgotten Greece of the 1960s”. The writer goes on: “the sandy beaches that rim Ano Koufonisi’s south coast give onto cerulean blue sea of a hue that seems confined to artists’ palettes, seemingly impossible in reality”. She adds that “it is only over the last decade that Koufonisi has become a popular escape with Athenians in search of an unpretentious and inexpensive summer holiday”.

The Independent describes how a sailing trip in Greece could involve “high jinks on the high seas”. The writer gives an account of the trip she took last June on a sailing boat “between the marina in Athens to towns in Aegina, Spetses, Poros, Hydra, and Ermioni on the mainland”.She provides useful information on sights, restaurants and bars she visited along the way.

A travel writer for USA Today in his article titled “Go to the Greek Isles on these cruises points out that “Greece actually has almost 6,000 islands, only 227 of which are inhabited”, so “a cruise to the Greek Isles takes you to dramatic landscapes where history is on display at archeological sites dating back thousands of years. The itineraries give you 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.”

The Express has picked “the sleepy island of Paxos” (or Paxoi) and neighbouring Antipaxos (or Antipaxoi) Island as the ideal destinations for relaxing summer holidays. According to the writer, “this smallest of the Ionian Islands has bucket-loads of old-fashioned charm – there’s no water parks, karaoke bars or large hotel complexes.” and adds in another paragraph that ”While the island’s west coast is dominated by dramatic limestone cliffs and sea caves, the east consists of gentler hills and sparkling bays. There are around 30 beaches, some accessible by car or on foot, others only by boat.”

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