The Southern Aegean probably provides more images of Greece to the world than any place besides the Acropolis. The National Herald, in a wide-ranging conversation with George Chatzimarkos, Governor of South Aegean Region, began by asking what accounts for the world’s fascination with those little islands.
George Chatzimarkos: There is a reason why we say about Aegean Islands: “Your real summer. Like no other.” All you want in a vacation is here, in the Cyclades and Dodecanese islands: The sun and the sea, endless beaches of every kind, prized gastronomy experiences, secluded areas, cosmopolitan resorts, historical sites, treasures of nature.
It is also a plus that in these unprecedented times, the Aegean Islands have proved as beautiful as always – and also safer than ever.
TNH: The Mediterranean diet is now world renowned – what is the South Aegean’s version and which islands have cuisine that stands out?
GC: Gastronomy has its very own special place in the South Aegean Region. Foodies from all over the world have good reason to visit the Aegean Islands as they have the chance to enjoy local specialties that brilliantly combine traditional and modern tastes. I am proud to mention that the South Aegean received the title `European Region of Gastronomy 2019′ as a result of a strong showing at a competition among the other European regions.
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