The former Prime Minister of the U.K., Boris Johnson, is once again enjoying a Greek sea-and-sun vacation with wife Carrie Symonds and their three children.
The politician was spotted driving a white mini van off a ferry boat as he arrived to the port of Marmari, on the island of Evia, Central Greece.
According to local media reports, he was followed by his private security, who were riding in separate vehicles.
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Johnson, who has close ties with Greece and is a known philhellene, would be heading to the seaside village of Nea Styra for a peaceful family vacation.
He had stayed in the same area last year, within the municipality of Karystos.
Boris Johnson’s family getaways to Greece
Boris Johnson has become a frequent visitor to Greece, particularly since he resigned from his duties as leader of the U.K. government.
His father, Stanley, who was also a politician, has a summer house in south Pelion, central Greece, but the former U.K. Prime Minister has been spotted vacationing at different locations across the country.
The first time he had been papped in Greece was in 2016, while he was lounging on the beach at the Greek island of Trikeri.
In August 2022, during his last weeks as UK Prime Minister, footage showed Boris Johnson and his wife Carry shopping at a supermarket in Nea Makri, near Athens, where they had traveled for a short holiday.
And in early 2023, while Carry was pregnant with their third child, Johnson enjoyed a three-day stay at the historic town of Kalavryta in the Peloponnese, southern Greece.
A modern-day resort as ancient as Homer’s Iliad
The village of Nea Styra on Evia, where the Johnson family will be vacationing this August, is a modern sea resort with plenty of hotels, cafes, clubs and restaurants, but its history goes back thousands of years.
The ancient city of Styra is mentioned by Homer’s Iliad, as the great Greek epic poem includes Styra in the list of city-states that contributed ships to aid in the rescue of Helen of Troy.
The area is also home to a megalithic site of unidentified origins, the so-called Drakospita (i.e. dragon houses).
There are 25 of them, and although it is unknown when exactly they were built, records of these ancient structures go back centuries.
They are thought to have been built 4,500 years ago, using enormous one-piece stones known as monoliths. The size of each of these stones is 4.0m length x 2.5m width x 1.5m height, similar to those found in megalithic monuments the Philippines and at Stonehenge.