The Greek government reacted very quickly to protect its people from the virus, with all ferry connections except for cargo stopped and essential travel prohibited, resulting in a very low number of deaths (only 160 to date). Slowly, ferry services, domestic flights and a few international flights are being reactivated with reduced capacity and on 31st May, we are expecting more news regarding the navigational rules.
The prime minister announced this week that tourism will be reactivated from June 15 – hotels will be allowed to open and gradually other tourist services too, with international flights to tourist destinations permitted from July 1. Health protocols, including testing, will be outlined before the end of the month and we are also hoping for more clarification regarding the maritime industry.
Where to go
The Dodekanissa Islands
The Dodekanissa islands offer beautiful sheltered bays that are usually deserted or may have the occasional sailboat or Greek caique stop by. Lipsi is the island of the goddess Kalypso and the main island which consists of 24 islets and six rock islets, all rich with flora and fauna. Aspronisia and Makronissi are other islets not to be missed for their rock formations, turquoise waters and idyllic beaches.
Samothraki in the North Aegean has an intense wild energy about it Dense forests, secret waterfalls and hot prints like in hidden corners of the island as rich in mythology as it is in natural beauty. From the highest mountain in the Aegean, on top of which Poseidon is said to have watch the Trojan war, to the first settlements in the Neolithic times, Samothraki is a world of its own.
Anafi´s virgin beaches and sheer cliffs are a sight to be seen. With little road traffic it is ideal for guests who love hiking and taking in unspoiled nature. The beaches are raw and untouched, with no amenities soak in the simple pleasures – toes in the sand and pristine, crystal clear waters to rinse off the stress and worries of the day.
For information and advice on cruising this summer in Greece please contact Mike at Evolution Yachting.