Greece returns to top tourist destinations for 2015

british_airwaysConfidence is returning to Greece, reflected by a surfeit of new flights. British Airways leads the charge with four new routes starting this spring: seasonal services from Heathrow to Corfu and Kos, as well as Gatwick to Rhodes and Heraklion, Crete.

It is also bolstering its Heathrow services to Santorini and Mykonos (the latter of which is being touted as the “new Ibiza”) with services from London City.

Monarch is launching flights from Gatwick and Manchester to Rhodes, Luton to Zante and from Birmingham to the west-coast city of Preveza in early summer, while Jet2 will start flights from Newcastle to Zante.

Visitors to Macedonia in northern Greece will be able to marvel at the ongoing excavations at Kasta Tumulus at Amphipolis, about 50 miles east of Thessaloniki. It is a monumental burial mound that is being described as one of Greece’s most significant archaeological finds.

Peter Sommer Travels has a new two-week tour in the area: From the Slopes of Mt Olympus to the Shores of the Aegean – the Archaeology, Food & Wine of Macedonia departs in September; £3,595 per person excluding flights.

Travel association ABTA, has earmarked the Peloponnese as its destination of 2015, thanks to plans to develop Tripoli as a no-frills airline hub and the renovation of the region’s rail network.

Meanwhile, the Greek government has given the go-ahead for two underwater archaeological sites in Messinia, in the south west of the Peloponnese. Divers can explore the cargo of ancient shipwrecks from Roman, Byzantine and medieval times, plus archaeological remains.


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