Greece opens new islands to tourists so as not to become a second Venice

Greece opens new islands to tourists so as not to become a second Venice

Greece already has long been recognized as one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world. Travelers regularly return to their favorite places, and this creates certain problems. Despite Greece's 228 inhabited islands, no more than a dozen are popular. This is where the environmental impact of modern travel comes in.

Greek tourism officials note that there are many more interesting things in Greece, not only Crete, Corfu and Santorini, but also beyond, and if tourists go to different places, crowds can be avoided and thereby save nature.

“We are discussing not only the conservation of natural resources and the protection of the environment. For us, sustainability — it’s also something else,” — said Dimitris Fragakis, Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) in this regard.

He also stressed that Greece avoids over-tourism by expanding the list of places worth visiting and encouraging people who want to visit Greece to explore at other times of the year, not just in summer.

Seven Greek islands which are recommended to visit for all tourists, — these are Naxos, Kythera, Ithaca, Ikaria, Karpathos, Samothrace and Lychadonissia.

On Naxos, travelers can enjoy its fertile valleys and high mountains, combining relaxation with adventure. Naxos is also a great place to eat and relax on the beach.

If vacationers are looking for peace and quiet, Kitira — one of the most isolated islands in Greece and tourism is relatively undeveloped there. However, the island is known for its wildlife and natural waterfalls that create idyllic scenery.

Other “wild” the islands are recommended for those travelers who want to spend the summer more calmly and as far as possible from the crowds of tourists.

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