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Ios, one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades

Ios, one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades

In the deep blue Aegean Sea, between Santorini, Paros, Naxos and Sikinos, emerges from one of the most beautiful islands of Greece, Ios. It is a small island differing for the long golden beaches, crystal clear waters and picturesque bays. Its characteristic is that it has 86km. coastline, of which 32 km. are sandy! It has an area 108t.chlm. with relevant dimensions, length 17km. and a width of 7.5 km. The distance from Piraeus is 108n.m. and it is covered by ferry in about 8 hours and from Rafina to speed in about half time. The daily ferry transport is very frequent in the tourist season (about 20 arrivals and departures every day) to Piraeus and the surrounding islands, but in the winter with two ships a day.The soils of Ios age about 500 million years. The island's climate is cool, so even the periods of high temperature (June-August), the winds will freshen the locals and visitors. The average temperature in the hot summer months is between 27C-29C, while other times 12-18C. It is known worldwide as the young people island, it has to offer visitors, many more than the sun, the sea and the fun. Ships arriving on the island are welcomed by the first beautiful, white chapel of Agia Irini (17th century), which is built right into the harbor. A visitor admires  the serenity, the charm and the tranquility of the famous, for the security through morphology, port of Ios. Every summer, it becomes an attraction for Greek and foreign yachts, with about 1500 port of call during the tourist season. It has all the capabilities of supplying yachts with fuel, water, food, ice and electricity from specific slots. The port is the paradise for visitors. Everywhere you can find information! For hotels, restaurants, beaches, roads, entertainment, traffic. The well-organized tourist agencies, and the hospitable locals are always eager to inform and help visitors. In Gialos (otherwise known as the local port) you can find almost everything! Super markets, shops selling clothes and souvenirs, cafes, restaurants, hotels and rooms to rent, bikes and cars. In the small beach of the harbor, visitors can enjoy the sun and sea with a view of ships and boats that go in and out of the port, or can do water sports. There is another option for swimming near the port. 2km. from the port lies the town of Ios. Scenic and white, it is built on the hill, which appears at the top of the beautiful lady of the island! The Panagia Gremiotissa. The view is panoramic. The whole village is poured on her feet forward. On the right is the Port, on the left the windmills, and across the neighboring islands of Sikinos and Santorini. When the weather permits, off in the distance stands the island of Crete. The church Gremiotissa is of Byzantine architecture and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The tradition explains why people of Ios built the church in the cliffs on top of the hill: The image of the Virgin Mary with the Christ, which is now in the church, was once on the Bay Mylopotas in rocks and lit by a candle.


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Bus Operators, Thessaloniki, routes, bus, schedules, prices

Bus Operators, Thessaloniki, routes, bus, schedules, prices

About Buses Thessaloniki and contact rates, operating hours and hours of services:ATHENS (THES / NIKI) +30 2310-595411AITOLOAKARNANIAS +30 2310-595.424ARTA +30 2310-595.406ATTICA +30 2310-595.413GREVENON +30 2310-595.418DRAMA +30 2310-595.420EVROU +30 2310-595.439EVIA +30 2310-595.448ILEIAS +30 2310-595.419IMATHIAS +30 2310-595.432Heraklion - 2310-595.433IOANNINON +30 2310-595.442Kavala +30 2310-595.422KARDITSAS +30 2310-595.440KASTORIAS +30 2310-595.440CORFU +30 2310-595.409KILKIS +30 2310-595.433KOZANIS +30 2310-595.484CORINTH +30 2310-595.405LARISSA +30 2310-595.430LASITHIOY +30 2310-595.433Magnesia +30 2310-595.424XANTHIS +30 2310-595.423PATRON +30 2310-595.425PELLA +30 2310-595.435PIERIAS +30 2310-595.428PREVEZIS - 2310-595.406RETHYMNON +30 2310-595.424RODOPIS +30 2310-595.419SERRON +30 2310-595.446TRIKALON +30 2310-595.405FLORINAS +30 2310-595.418FOKIDOS +30 2310-595.424CHANIA +30 2310-595.424CHALKIDIKIS +30 2310-316.555


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Lefkada, the island which enchants its visitor

Lefkada, the island which enchants its visitor

The island of Lefkada, which belongs to the Ionian Islands, is near the Akarnanian beach, which was once united. The Isthmus was opened by the Corinthians in the 7th BC century. The city of Lefkada is the capital, it is a mountainous island, with the mountains of Stavrota, which has the peaks of Elati, Meganoros, chalasmeno Vouno, etc. Among the mountains there are valleys of Fleva, Vasiliki and Egklismenou. The plains are very fertile and produce oil, olives, grain, etc. It also has salt production of 2-3 million pounds. In the 7th century, the Corinthians and Corfu people kill Akarnanes and subjugate the island. In 314, it is subjected to Kassandros and, after its release, it is conquered by the Romans in 197 BC. In 1204 AD, it passes to the Venetians, in 1477 until 1684 to the Turks, when it is occupied by the Venetian Morazinis. After this period, it gets the fate of the other Ionian Islands until 1864, when it becomes united with Greece. Nowadays, the island of Lefkada remains the ideal destination for summer holidays for those who appreciate its idyllic beaches and the serenity of the landscape.


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Elatohori Ski Centre

Elatohori Ski Centre

In Pieria mountain area, in the altitude of 1912 m., is found the ski centre of Elatohοrι. It is the newest centre in Greece, and presents, with the surrounding area and its modern / traditional guesthouses and hotels, big growth. This area is also characterized as the region, as well as the centre, with the biggest growth in Greece, even if the development of the area started approximately the years 2001-2002. This region is ideal for those who wish to relax and escape from the rhythms of a city. It has a splendid view to the mountain Olympus and the coasts of Chalkidiki from Northeastern site, while in Western site the mountainous region of Pieria and the river Aliakmonas compose a harmonious picture. The centre allocates three ski run slopes, called: Erato, Kleio and Thaleia, as 6 lifts in the total, with one air, sliding-lifts and baby lift.The region of Elatohori is also offered for various other activities, as:· Walk· Riding· Tour and exploration with the car or with legsIn distance hardly 8 km from the ski centre are found the graphic and renovated settlement of Elatohori, with enough luxurious guestrooms and hotels. Telephones: 23510 82994 – 72200


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Kryopigi, a remarkable resort of Halkidiki

Kryopigi, a remarkable resort of Halkidiki

Kryopigi is located in the Peninsula of Kassandra about 90 km away from Thessaloniki. It is built amphitheatrically at the slope of the piney hill with a great view to the gulf of Kassandra. The region is populated from the ancient years and today Kryopigi is located between Neapolis and Flegra. The perfect climate, the combination of the green mountain and the clear sea – was honored with many blue flags – along with the high services and the hospitality make Kryopigi one of the most remarkable resorts of the area.The hotel units today number 1000 rooms as well as the camping of GNTO and the three hundred furnished apartments and rooms in the area offer a comfortable and pleasant stay to the visitor as well as the possibility of various activities (sea sports excursions, tennis horse riding, etc). The Center of Pedagogic Research and Education is situated in Kryopigi and it is a donation of Dr. Erhart and Sofia Ziegler. This center is a meeting point of educators from the entire world who visit the center in order to cooperate and attend the various seminars and conferences that are being organized during the whole year. The visitor can enjoy high quality natural products, such as honey, fruits, olives, and olive oil and visit the fountain which exists many years now. The region provides all the necessary services, restaurants, taverns, super markets, fish taverns, nightclubs, bars, pop art shops, etc, which ensure heavenly vacations.


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Simi

Simi

Today, Simi continues giving her stain. The picture radically has changed and the island is continuously developing. The recovery came with the growth of tourism, which constitutes the basic activity of residents. The visitor can admire the best preserved modern-classic settlement in the Hellenic space, which from 1972 has been declared as reservable. Particular pole of attraction for the visitors of the island is the well-known Monastery of Archangel Micheal of Panormitis, built in the beautiful bight, Panormos, from which it took its name.Daily, most months of the year, daily excursions of tourists are organised in the island with passenger boats from the Mantraki of Rhodes. The needs are covered with enviable plenitude, since the tourist infrastructure is found in very satisfactory level. There are many hotels and even more traditional houses, which are offered for the stay of hundreds of tourists that are bewitched by the natural beauties of this place. The shops, where the most people are gathered, cafeterias, bar, restaurants leave a particular sense, since stone and wood, the most usual materials of layout, give their own atmosphere. The carefree summer morning invites seductively anyone, to know Pedi, Nanou, the Agios Georgios and the other stunning beaches of Simi with their wild beauty. Small boats that make daily the circumnavigation, have programmed also this.


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Paxos, the love nest of Neptune

Paxos, the love nest of Neptune

The more northerly part of the harbour, Maneskos, is deeper. Larger vessels are able to dock here. The name Gaios comes from Agios Gaios, who brought Christianity to the island. His tomb is in the sanctuary of the church of the Holy Apostles, where there are some noteworthy frescoes. According to tradition, soil from the tomb has medicinal properties and can be used in the treatment of snakebite. The islands most brilliant festival is on 29th June, when there is a celebration for both the Holy Apostles and Agios Gaios. The Byzantine as well as the Venetian periods promoted development of the islands both economically and culturally. Significant monuments, exemplifying these two periods are found among some island churches, dating back to the palaeo-Christian period, and the Venetian fortress respectively. White and imposing, the hermits cliff takes its name from a monk who lived here in old days, subsisting off the roots which he collected on the mountain. The only harbour on Antipaxi with level land on the shore in Agrapidia. Larger vessels do not moor there, the water being too shallow. The only village, Agrapidia, is set amid vineyards. The beautiful beaches of the island can be reached with speedboats, which every day shuttle to and fro with tourists from Paxi. There are some small tavernas where one can find food and relaxation after a day at the beach. There is a stream of fresh water coming into the sea at Kaloroi Beach. Antipaxi is a place for a quiet, peaceful holiday.Agios Nikolaos: This picturesque small island with its chapel, its old windmill and the ruins of a Venetian fortress built in 1423, occupies a prominent position at the entrance to the harbour of Gaios. The view from here is magnificent. The Monastery of the Panagia is situated on the small island of Panagia which can be seen by the visitor on entering the harbour of Gaios. Each year on 15th August, her feast day, boiled meat is served to the faithful. The rocky seashores and the clear waters are ideal for swimming. The village of Lakka took its name from its position. Its houses are built at a low elevation and close to the sea. The view from the lighthouse is superb. It is worth visiting the Ellinospito, a kind of fort, where the locals sought refuge when pirates came to the island. Similarly of interest is the Ipapandis Church, built in 1774. Renaissance elements can be seen in its ornamentation. One could also visit the Sea Cave of Ipapandis, which is said to communicate with the church and with the Grammatikos Mansion. Longos nestles amidst dense vegetation, which reaches as far as the harbour. The shallowness of the water makes it impossible for larger vessels to dock. The beaches of Levrechio, Marmari, Kipo and Kipiadi are suitable for swimming, windsurfing, and also camping. If the visitor is looking for unspoilt beaches, Fikia and Glyfada are worth visiting. Also of interest is the oil-press of the Anemogiannis family, one of the oldest families of Paxi. The churches of Agios Nikolaos, patron of sailors, and Zoodochou Pigi, have some frescoes of interest to a visitor. Ozias is the islands second largest village after Gaios. Of interest to the visitor are the ruins of the early Christian church of Agia Marina and the rocks with holes in them from the wind, a remarkable natural phenomenon.


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Piraeus, the largest port in Greece

Piraeus, the largest port in Greece

Piraeus is situated in the west of the district of Attica, about 5 km from the centre of Athens. Much of Athens's industry is located at Piraeus and the city is a major settlement. The port is a busy transit location for both goods and passengers. Ferries for the islands of Greece leave from the port and it is connected to Athens by the metro line.The area on which Piraeus stands has been inhabited since 2600 BC. The city was originally planned by the architect Ippodamos from Melos, and was built in the 5th century BC. Wall defences were built around the port 493–79 BC. Later, Pericles completed the fortification by building the Makra Teichi (the Long Walls) which protected both sides of the road between Athens and Piraeus. The area went into a state of decline from 395 BC onward, and was only revived in the early 19th century AD. In the intervening period the port was rarely used, except by pirates and invading enemies. The recovery of Piraeus began in 1829, and in 1834 the port was rebuilt using the original plans. During World War II, the port suffered extensive damage from both German, and subsequently Allied, bombing of the harbour and the boats moored in it. When the occupying German army left Piraeus they attempted to blow up the port on their retreat; resulting in its near-destruction. Beautiful Neoclassic buildings, hopefully some of them have been saved, are standing out with their prominence and brightness. Yet these ones among them, which have been reconditioned, are standing firm, proud like, ringed with the glamour of another past. The most distinguished among them is the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, built in 1884, designed by John Lazarides. It is really an architectural jewel of Piraeus. The building of Ernest Chiller (German architect), built in 1876 which is found at Alexandra square, the Chatzikyriakio orphanage for girls, built in 1883, the N.A.T. office building, the Nursing House of Piraeus, the old Post Office, the building of Metro Station, the summer resort of drink maker Metaxa, the building of the French institute (home of C. Strigos) and a lot of other old buildings at Kastella.


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