Posts also include information about Ermioni and the Argolida region

New Covid-Free Measures

From Friday 16th July 2021, new rules for the hospitality and entertainment sectors, including restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs, will start to apply throughout all of Greece.  Government officials have warned that inspections will be frequent and strict in order to ensure compliance with the new measures.  Violation of the new rules carries stiff fines and penalties that escalate for repeat offenders an

Obligatory Covid Vaccination

New key measures were announced by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at an extraordinary live breifing on Monday evening 12th July 2021, including an obligatory Covid-19 vaccination for public and private hospital workers, and an entry ban for unvaccinated people in indoor spaces.  It is aimed at those aged over 60 and to young people to get vaccinated against the global pandemic as measures aimed at pr

UK Restrictions Ease

The UK government announced today that fully-vaccinated visitors returning from Greece will no longer have to quarantine when they return home from 19th July 2021.  At present, travellers arriving from a country on the amber list are required to self-isolate on arrival.  UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout only, will no longer have to isolate when they return to Great Brit

Greece win Euro 2004

Greece won the Euro 2004 Championship on this day, Sunday 4th July 2004, in one of the greatest shocks in the history of European football.  Unfancied Greece, to the surprise of most people, beat the hosts Portugal 1-0 in the final held in Lisbon.  A team expected to fail in the group stages, Greece defeated three top-seeded teams on the way to lifting the cup, Portugal with Cris

Mask wearing rules eased

'We can see you smile again!'  The government announced that as of Thursday 24th June, face masks are no longer mandatory in outdoor public spaces.  The decision comes following a steady decline in the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  However, the wearing of a face mask is still required at all indoor public spaces, including public transport.  It was also announced that from Monday

Acropolis Museum Anniversary

The Acropolis Museum in Athens will celebrate its 12th Anniversary on Sunday 20th June since it first opened its doors to the public in 2009.  To mark this special occasion, the museum will open on Sunday from 08:00 until 20:00 with a reduced entry fee of 5 Euros per person to all exhibition areas.  Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the new thematic presentation of

Ermioni pays tribute to Anthoula

Ermioni paid tribute to Anthoula Lazaridou-Douroukou who died on Thursday 17th June.  Anthoula was a painter, artist and writer who lived in Ermioni and created numerous paintings depicting Ermioni during its recent history.  Her paintings, in her very distinct style, showed Ermioni's historical buildings, olive harvesting, fishermen, people and children going about their everyday work and play. 

Greece-EU Anniversary

Thursday 27th May marks one of a programme of celebrations for the 40th Anniversary of Greece's accession to the European Economic Community (EEC), the predecessor to the European Union (EU).  The anniversary will be commemorated at a special event to be held in the Zappeion Hall in Athens.  The event will also mark the official launch of the European Commission's Conference on the Fut

New Olympic Museum

The new Olympic Museum of Athens opened to the general public on Friday 14th May.  Greece's new Museum is located at the Golden Hall shopping centre in the Maroussi suburb of Athens.  Visitors are invited to a unique journey through the long and exciting history of the Olympic Games, where three main events of the Olympic Games Ideal are highlighted.  1) The birth of the Olympic Games in ancient Ol

Greece to 'Reopen'

Greece will lift most of its existing lockdown restrictions on Friday 14th May, as it 'reopens' to the world.  The Greek government announced that it would cancel the rule stipulating that all citizens must send an SMS message to be allowed to leave the house for any reason, and lift the current ban on travel between regions.  However, restrictions will still apply to Greeks living on the mainland who