The Austrian daily newspaper, Die Presse, published a full page tribute to Chios, “the island of 53,000 people which offers calm in quiet mountain villages and small bays,” with the title, Retro-charm thanks to the economic crisis, while a second article talks about the Summer Academy in Zakynthos, an Austrian based company which provides a large number of creative activities and lessons for the Austrian Tourists of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Sea.
Kronen Zeitung, Austria’s largest newspaper, hosts a tribute to Kavala, Thasos and Drama entitled, The green north of Greece.
Krone describes the old town of Kavala with its traditional narrow streets and houses that date back to the time of the Ottoman Empire, its Byzantine castle, the imposing aqueduct of the 15th century, the residence where the pasha of Egypt, Mehmet Ali was born, the tobacco factories. It also mentions the ancient theater of Filippi was named in 356 B.C. after Filippos the II, Alexander the Great’s father.
As far as the Greek island of Thasos is concerned, the Austrian newspaper mentions the picturesque harbor, the archaeological museum, the beautiful house gardens, as well as the mountain village Panagia with its impressive stone houses and narrow streets. In addition, the tribute emphasizes the image of the island as a unique touristic destination, as it provides beautiful seas with crystal clear waters and delicious traditional cuisine.
The tribute also notes that Drama is the starting point for many routes among the one that goes around the Forest of Fraktos. The Fraktos Forest fauna is home to 100 species of birds and 32 species of mammals including all rare animal species in Greece and Europe.