In this record year for the Greek tourism, with over 17,5 incoming visitors and a tourism income exceeding 11,5 billion euros, international press have not ceased praising Greece as a unique destination.
On September 2, Conde Nast Traveller, one of Britain’s most renowned travel magazines, announced the results of a poll amongst its readers about their favourite destination in the world (“Conde Nast 2013 Reader’s Travel Awards”) which brought many distinctions to Greece. More precisely, the Greek islands ranked 2nd in the “Islands” category and 5th in “The World’s Top 100”category, whereas “Costa Navarino” hotel was 7th in the category “Overseas Holiday Hotels – Europe, Turkey and Russia”. Greece as a whole was placed 5th in the list of “Countries”.
On September 10, CNN Travel Edition issued an article entitled “Which Greek island should you go to?” in which one can read that “Greece's 1,400 islands - 230 of them inhabited - are one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful assets”. The article, which has been reposted and shared by more than 7.500 social media users, includes reference to nine Greek islands: Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Naxos, Paros, Milos, Ikaria, Koufonissia, and Folegandros.
What is more, Washington Post goes “touring northern Greece, from an old tobacco port to the lakes of Prespes National Park” to advise its readers that “Northern Greece is ideal for the undecided: It’s the perfect place for lounging on the sun-soaked beaches of the Aegean by day and shivering in the rain-soaked mountains of the Balkans by night”. The article presents the city of Kavala, whose “main charm lies in its castle-topped, aqueduct-fed old city, which is built on a promontory jutting out into the Aegean”. Thessaloniki, with its unrivalled byzantine monuments, is featured as “repeatedly described as the most erotic city in Europe”. Besides, the lakes of Prespes are reported as “two stunning mountain lakes straddling Greece’s northern frontier, complete with pelicans, water buffalo and overgrown island churches”.
Finally, the electronic version of the German Der Spiegel put Crete in the list of the ideal destinations for an autumn visit, for those seeking sun, sea, and warmth. “In autumn, one can wander under the olive trees, following the footsteps of the most ancient - 3.500 years old - civilisation of high importance in Europe, and then dive into the sea” writes the columnist, adding that “on the southern coast by the Libyan Sea, the water temperature reaches 23 degrees, whereas the 26 degrees of the air temperature in combination with the seven hours of sunshine make swimming delightful even at the end of October”.