The very little-known Greek island of Kastellorizo is becoming hailed a good results for its vaccine rollout, turning out to be the initial in Europe to be completely COVID-no cost.
Tucked absent in a distant portion of the Aegean Sea, a couple of kilometres from the Turkish coast, it”s correctly inoculated all of its 520 citizens versus COVID-19, with initial and 2nd doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Since previous March only 1 COVID-19 circumstance has been detected on Kastellorizo. The Greek authorities is seeking to safeguard modest islands that do not have significant hospitals by vaccinating their whole populations.
Greece’s strategy is, therefore, to make all small and distant areas COVID-19-free ahead of the summertime. They will market this strategy internationally, with the hope of offering a new impetus to tourism.
Also recognized as Castelrosso, the farthest-flung landmass in the Dodecanese was the environment for the film Mediterraneo, directed by Gabriele Salvatores, which is about a little team of Italian troopers despatched to an isolated Greek island for the duration of WWII.
The movie won the Academy Award for Greatest Overseas Language Film in 1992.
Several travel organizations have currently turned their attention to Kastellorizo and, in accordance to Ethnos Greece, they estimate that this 12 months will see a 35% increase in tourism to the island.
Arid and rocky Kastellorizo is mentioned to be an unspoilt paradise. It does not have a popular seashore, but it does have other attractions, this kind of as an ancient castle and a cathedral-like Blue Grotto – a sea cavern accessible only by lying flat on a boat.
Staying so near to Turkey, the colourful island was as soon as portion of the Ottoman Empire. So in addition to the regular Greek churches and chapels, you will also obtain a mosque with its minaret.
Its remarkable harbour and classic neoclassical mansions all have attractive backdrops, with sights across the turquoise sea all the way to Turkey.