We have arranged holidays for many people to the Greek islands this summer and all have had a great time, without any problems from either the financial crisis or the number of refugees arriving. But we are aware that holidaymakers have been concerned about trips to these destinations as refugees and migrants arrive on Greek islands such as Kos and Lesbos.

The migrants don’t tend to be in the tourist areas, and the message from the locals is clear:
The resorts are just as pleasant as ever, and they would love to see you there.

Our own holiday consultant Billur has just returned from a family holiday there, with nothing but good stories to tell.

Are the hotels and restaurants still open?

There don’t seem to be any reports of tourist facilities closing. Bookings to these islands are significantly down on last year, so most places will be quiet, but open and will welcome your custom.

Where else could I go?

If you want to go elsewhere, most Greek islands are unaffected. You could visit glamorous Santorini, or majestic Corfu with its Venetian architecture, for example.

Which other islands are affected?

The Italian island of Sicily also receives many refugees, but the same advice applies – it won’t affect your holiday and the locals will welcome you.