Erdogan: Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis no longer exists for me

4 hours ago The BBC News Russian Service app is available for IOS and Android . You can also subscribe to our Telegram channel. image copyrightGetty Images photo caption, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan... Read more

US demands permission from Greece to deploy fighter jets in Crete

The Washington administration sent an official statement to Greece asking for permission to deploy F-35 and F-15 fighters on the territory of the island of Crete. Athens is already preparing a response. If the corresponding application is approved, the US... Read more

Greece helps Russia to circumvent sanctions: oil tankers continue to enter European ports

Greece is helping the Russian Federation to circumvent sanctions, despite attempts by the EU to ban the export of Russian energy resources. Tankers with Russian oil continue to enter European ports without hindrance. It is reported by Die Welt. Also... Read more

Russians make money on blood, and then they take this money as tourists to Greece and Turkey – Zelensky

The President of Ukraine stressed that you need to choose whether you are for the truth or not. The Russians make money on blood, and then this money is taken as tourists to Greece and Turkey. Meanwhile, for example, Turkey,... Read more

5 of the best holidays for the price of a return rail journey from London to Manchester

Below we round up five holiday options which highlight how much further your 36,940 pennies can go – where your window view will be slightly more impressive than the industrial edgelands of Crewe or Milton Keynes, and where your dining... Read more

The truth about ‘lazy’ Greeks

I first heard the label ‘lazy Greek’ several years ago from a cab driver. “I had this German passenger who said, ‘I don’t need to pay this taxi ride because I’ve already bailed out you lazy Greeks with my taxes’,” he... Read more

Greece’s best-kept secret – an authentic island where you can swim naked in secret coves

Only an hour’s ferry ride from the Greek capital, Aegina is a classic weekend destination for Athenians; but this accessible, unpretentious island is largely overlooked by foreign tourists. Those who do come either hop over on a day cruise –... Read more

British woman was trying to escape ‘abusive relationship’ with Greek husband before her murder

Murdered British woman Caroline Crouch was trying to escape an abusive relationship with her Greek husband in the months before she was killed, telling a therapist that she was “suffocating”, a court in Athens has heard. Ms Crouch, who was... Read more

The most family-friendly country in Europe? There’s no contest

Detours were made to the many high-quality tavernas nearby where, as expected, Margot was the star attraction. At Madrakia, which became our favourite lunch spot, facing the chapel-topped islet of Vardiola St Nicholas, she made friends with the manager’s mischievous... Read more

When will Spain, Italy and Greece finally ditch their ‘unnecessary’ Covid rules?

At a press event last week, over coffee and breakfast tapas, the Spanish Tourist Office spoke confidently about the year ahead, with visitor numbers – after two fallow years – expected to touch pre-Covid levels. Britain, the country’s biggest source... Read more

Could a Spartan lifestyle turn me from zero to hero? I travelled to Greece to find out

She has a point; one Leonidas I would probably agree with. The fabled 5th-century-BC warrior-king – a slayer of Persian invaders famously depicted by Gerard Butler in the 2006 movie 300 – still (supposedly) lies in his tomb, two miles... Read more

Travel to Greece: latest holiday advice as testing and paperwork scrapped

Do I need to take a test before travel to Greece?  Fully vaccinated arrivals no longer need to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result, although unvaccinated arrivals must bring with them either a negative PCR test (no more... Read more

Mussolini’s forgotten fascist utopia – in the Greek islands

The result was Lakki (better known as Portolago by the Italians) one of the best examples of rationalist-fascist architecture outside of Italy. Hopping into Giorgos’ battered car, a Lada (“My other one’s a Porsche,” he joked), we headed for Mount... Read more

The 20 best European cruises for summer

“People can book with confidence,” says Jamie Loizou, managing director of river cruise operator AmaWaterways. “Even if there are restrictions at the moment, by the time they travel in the summer they can be confident that things will be much... Read more

The 10 most popular islands in Greece – and the quiet ones you should visit instead

We all have an idea in our heads of the perfect Greek island holiday. For many it will essentially boil down to having lots of fun in an upbeat resort, with plenty of lively bars, tavernas, distractions and day trips.... Read more

10 secret corners of Greece for your next summer holiday

The wild one: Naxos Mykonos and Santorini might grab the headlines, but with its lost-in-the-past villages, endless sandy beaches and low-key tavernas serving succulent local dishes, their Cyclades sister Naxos offers a calmer – and more charming – alternative.  From... Read more

Finally, the death of Covid red tape on our holidays (if you’re vaccinated)

The last pieces of tedious Covid holiday bureaucracy are on the way out as Greece, Belgium and the UK plan to scrap their passenger locator forms this month. If you’ve been on holiday in the past two years, you will... Read more

10 secret corners of Greece that are now easier to reach

The wild one: Naxos Mykonos and Santorini might grab the headlines, but with its lost-in-the-past villages, endless sandy beaches and low-key tavernas serving succulent local dishes, their Cyclades sister Naxos offers a calmer – and more charming – alternative.  From... Read more

All your Covid cruise questions answered – from positive tests to mask rules

After being rocked by waves of coronavirus over the last two years, it finally appears that smoother waters are beckoning for the cruise industry. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents the industry’s major players, has branded 2022 a “pivotal... Read more

The secret (and cheaper) alternative to Greece and Italy

Then there are the earlier empires. Albania came under the influence of both ancient Rome and Greece. Southerly Butrint (the former Buthrotum) and Apollonia (near westerly Fier) tell this old tale in temples, statues and pillars, while Durres deflects some... Read more

The Trip of a lifetime: every restaurant visited by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon

Episode 3: Varoulko Seaside, Piraeus Over a harbourside lunch of mullet tartare and seafood risotto at Varoulko Seaside in the port of Piraeus, all Michelin-starred elegance with sailboats bobbing outside, Brydon mimes administering CPR to Coogan to the tune of... Read more

The 10 ridiculous Covid rules that could ruin your next holiday

There are plenty of destinations that are now allowing cruise ships to dock, however. Here are 20 strong options for the year ahead if a holiday at sea takes your fancy. Egypt gives Heathrow preferential treatment There is nothing particularly... Read more

Travel to Greece: latest holiday advice as Covid rules are tightened

Do I need to take a test before travel to Greece?  All travellers aged five years and above must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before they arrive, and bring with them either a negative PCR test (no more than... Read more

With Spain and France locking out British families, it’s time to look east

They can be oily skinned, sulky, intermittently selfish. But the way some countries are treating our teenagers feels rather unfair. With the UK dropping testing requirements from February 11, now is the moment to start looking at our holiday options... Read more

The offbeat alternative to the Alps with sun, ski and souvlaki

After a day of playing in the snow I was ravenous. Luckily Greece’s winter playground for the country’s rich and famous has plenty of good restaurants. At Kaplani’s, a taverna on a cobbled square above Arachova’s 19th-century stone clocktower, I... Read more