Coronavirus lockdowns are beginning to lift in Europe and Greece has its sights set on the summer for reopening. They intend to reopen to tourists on July 1, but it won’t be a typical tourist season. Visitors will be able to sightsee and soak up the Grecian sun, but they won’t be able to partake in the nightlife activities that make up much of the country’s tourism revenue.
The Mediterranean country enforced a strict and early lockdown, which is considered a coronavirus success story, limiting deaths to around 150. This week Greek businesses are starting to reopen, and if all goes according to plan, the prime minister hopes to welcome tourists as soon as July 1.
Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, told CNN, “The tourism experience may be slightly different from what you’ve had in previous years. Maybe no bars may be open, or no tight crowds, but you can still get a fantastic experience in Greece – provided that the global epidemic is on a downward path.”
Below we have some beautiful pics from Greece.
Oia, Santorini: One of the most recognized places in Santorini, Oia is a picture-perfect village that constantly draws in the crowds.
Apiranthos, Naxos: This Cycladic village built on the slopes of Mount Fanari, is made up of tall stone houses, marble street slabs, and impressive inland views.
Lindos, Rhodes: With its car-free streets, sandy beaches and blue waters, Lindos is easily one of the most idyllic villages in Greece.
Assos, Kefalonia: Constructed among pines and cypresses on the craggy hillside of a jutting peninsula, Assos is part of the municipal unit Erisos.
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