Greece’s Beach Battle: Hidden Gems and Environmental Efforts

ATHENS – Greeks and residents in the country often find themselves competing with tourists for space on public beaches, which are sometimes overtaken by businesses in violation of the Constitution. However, hidden gems can still be discovered if you know where to look.

One such gem is a charming cove on the island of Kéa, also known as Tziá. Additionally, islands like Karpathos and Syros, along with certain spots on the mainland Peloponnese, offer unspoiled beaches worth exploring.

The Finance Ministry, which permits businesses to unlawfully occupy 50% of many beaches by charging for sunbeds and umbrellas, has released a list of environmentally friendly areas in 198 designated locations.


Under the latest beach leasing law, this new list is compiled based on assessments from the Natural Environment & Climate Change Agency (NECCA). The government has pledged to crack down on violators.


ATHENS - The Minister of the Interior, Niki Kerameus, highlighted the postal vote for the upcoming European elections and the cooperation with local and regional governments at the thematic conference of the Union of Regions of Greece, "The Regions Facing the Challenges: Institutional Armoring - Rural Development," in Patras.

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CANNES, France (AP) — Before a journalist has even lobbed a question, Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos spit out a string of overlapping answers.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Extreme weather attributed to the El Nino phenomenon is causing a surge in hunger in several countries, including Zambia and Afghanistan, the UN's World Food Programme said Wednesday, and called on donors for much-needed help.

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