Rocky Coast of Algarve,  Portugal

Visit the Algarve for €99 Get a three day holiday in the Algarve for €99 from December 3rd to 6th with Ryanair. Staying in the Monica Isabel Beach Ho(...)

Damage and flooding are seen on a coastal road following a strong earthquake on the Greek island of Kos. Photograph: AP

Two people were killed and five seriously injured on the Greek island of Kos after an earthquake hit tourist destinations around the Aegean sea in the(...)

Laura Dempsey died while on holiday with her family the village of Stalida, Crete. Photograph: iStock

The Irish schoolgirl who died while on holiday in Crete has been remembered as a “popular” and “bright” student who had just completed her Junior Cert(...)

A teenage girl drowned while on holiday with her parents in the village of Stalida, Crete. Photograph: iStock

An Irish teenager has died in a drowning incident on the Greek island of Crete. Local media have reported that the 15 year-old girl was found in an (...)

Anne Madden: ‘Colours of the Wind’ (2017), from Colours of the Wind: Ariadne’s Thread at the Hugh Lane, Parnell Square, Dublin, until September 10th

Anne Madden: Colours of the Wind - Ariadne’s Thread ***** Cast your eye over Anne Madden’s radiant paintings at the Hugh Lane and it immediately(...)

Turkish troops  land in Kyrenia, northern Cyprus, on July 23rd, 1974. The illegal Turkish invasion, ostensibly to protect the many Turkish people living in Cyprus, precipitated a crisis that continues today. Photograph: AP/Hurriyet

The predictable collapse of last month’s Cyprus peace talks underlines the fragility of borders and identities in the entire Balkan-Levant region. The(...)

Santorini: the island’s mayor  has become a national hero by saying vehemently that his island is so saturated by tourism that it cannot absorb any more. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Today, there is hardly a tourist to be seen in Corfu. Most hotels and tourist outlets have closed for the season. It’s blissfully empty and quiet. Th(...)

A branch of Attica Bank in Athens: the effect on Greek self-confidence of the ongoing Attica saga is far-reaching. Photograph: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

If history did not continually repeat itself, we would be unable to learn its lessons. Consider this: “There is nothing that can be done about Greece.(...)

Taking a selfie before the marble Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, home of the first modern Olympics in 1896, illuminated in yellow and green, in honour of Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Reuters

When I remarked recently to a non-Greek cafe owner that the Greek economy was banjaxed, he replied “Why should I care?” This, from someone largely dep(...)

 British Airways planes sitting at  Heathrow Airport, London. Passengers on Thursday’s 8.15am flight from Gatwick to Heraklion complained of a foul odour and the pilot turned the plane back as a precaution. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A British Airways flight to Crete was forced to make an unscheduled return to Gatwick after an overpowering smell similar to that of cannabis filled (...)