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Paphos – European Capital of Culture 2017

Some eyebrows have been raised about Paphos receiving the coveted 2017 European Capital of Culture Award. Surely Paphos is about all-inclusive hotels, mass-market tourism and endless rows of villas and apartments aimed at overseas buyers? Well that might be one side of Paphos – the modern side,

August 2016’s Sunvil Supper Club – Kotopoulo Tis Yiayias (Grandma’s Style Chicken)

Kotopoulo tis yiayias or Grandma’s style chicken is a simple and traditional recipe from the Sporadic Island of Skopelos, Greece. Traditionally, this Skopelitan recipe would see the chicken roasted with water and oregano and, once cooked, the juices from the chicken used to cook the locally sourced

Albania by private vehicle, and a visit to Berat

Along with Moldova and Belarus, Albania may share the accolade of least-known country in Europe. While most people will have heard of it, relatively few will be able to describe its main attractions, or give a convincing reason why they would wish to visit. A couple of

Dear Friends… A letter from Greece

Dear Friends, I would like to give you 5 good reasons to visit Greece, all of which are the main reasons why us Greeks choose to live in this country. 1. The Greeks From the hotel director to the doorman, the Greeks talk and have an opinion

Alternative activities in Ikaria

  Ikaria has long held a special place in Greek mythology. It was the birthplace of Dionysus, the god of wine, and is named after Icarus, he of the wax wings who flew too close to the sun. The island has also received modern-day fame thanks to

Tolon revisted

Following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and the total destruction of our holiday programme to that island, we decided that we had to diversify so that never again would we be caught by a similar calamity. So, in 1975, we featured Greece – and Tolon, in

Dodecanese – an introduction to 5 of the lesser-known islands

  The Dodecanese islands have long been popular destinations for British holidaymakers, and it’s easy to see why. Their location at the south-eastern end of the Aegean Sea provides them with the warmest, sunniest climate, while it is this strategically important location which has led to a

A walk in Thessaloniki’s Upper Town

Unlike Athens that shrank in importance after its heyday in antiquity, until its nineteenth-century revival as the capital of the modern Greek state, Thessaloniki has a continuous and glorious urban history. This is a town named after Alexander the Great’s sister and built by her husband, one

Do Come to Samos In 2016!

A personal view by Marc Dubin – travel writer and resident of Samos Greece‘s eastern Aegean islands, between Lesvos and Kos inclusive, spent much of 2015 in the overseas news for the wrong reasons. According to the UK press, they were swamped with refugees. I’m pleased to

EU referendum: What effect will the result have on your 2016 summer holiday?

On 24 June 2016 the results of the referendum were announced, and the British people have chosen to leave the European Union. Post ‘Brexit (British Exit), life in the holiday business will continue pretty much as usual. Of course in the long term questions about how we travel to/between our