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Chios, the island of Greek tradition and local culture

Chios, the island of Greek tradition and local culture

The Town of Chios, which is called "Chora" by the locals, was built in the central east part of the island like all the adjoining in Asia Minor islands. Chios is situated opposite to the peninsula of Erythraia from which is separated with a narrow straight (channel), a position that proves the close connection between Chios and Ionia. Chora is built almost in the center of the east coast and is the most significant harbor in the island. According to archeological finds the island has been inhabited since 6000B.C. Chios town was built by Ions little before 1000 B.C. So, Chora has a history of more than 3000 years time. During this period, Chios enjoyed great prosperity but also a decline. The Town of Chios has a population of about 29000 people and is the largest area of the prefecture, for this reason is considered to be the administrative, spiritual, cultural, educational and business center of Chios prefecture.The harbor is connected coastal with the other two islands of the prefecture, Psara and Inousses, also with the biggest harbors in Athens and Greece generally, and with Turkey. As a result we have a great trading development and frequent journeys and trips both from tourists and residents. Today the Town has kept the basic town planning schedule without big changes during the course of time, with the castle, the harbor, the streets and the settlements. But the destruction of 1822 and the terrible earthquake of 1881, with the general reconstruction in postwar years have ruined the historic architectural physiognomy of the Town. For all its extent, the Town affords a unique opportunity for wandering by feet among the small streets of the settlements and the central arterial roads. In the center of the Town is the famous "Vounaki" square, where the biggest part of the area is taken up by the Public Park. From the center of the square, the "Kenenti" street leads to the official gate of the medieval Castle of Chios. The building of the Castle was at the end of the 10th century and the beginning of 11th in the area of the ancient town and very close to the harbor. By the time the Castle was built and until today is constantly inhabited and has kept the main characteristics of the old castle, narrow streets, many ruins and buildings of various ages.


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Papigo Zagori

Papigo Zagori

Papigo is one of the villages of the residential, cultural and historical unity of Zagoria. The particular layout, lush vegetation of the region and the unique wilderness of the landscape attract many visitors from Greece and abroad, all year round. Divided into two "neighborhoods", the Big and Small, which is built at the foot of Astraka beneath imposing towers and fabulous Drakolimni, Papigo has a tradition of exceptional hospitality and unique way of maintaining the territorial and cultural organization of local community.


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Skiathos, the green island of Sporades

Skiathos, the green island of Sporades

The city of Skiathos is the only built-up area of the island. It is built on the southeastern tip of the island in a windless bay which separates the island of Bourtzi in two. It is a relatively new settlement, built in 1829 - 1830 on the site of the ancient city, on two hills situated at the edge of the sea. The ancient settlement was built in 800 BC. The large natural port of the modern city is ideal in shape and in location. This has been a basic element in regulating the life on the island both in the old and in the modern times.In the modern city of Skiathos, the houses are small and simple, with two floors in their majority and built amphitheatrically one next to the other. The streets are narrow without any typical planning apart from few parts in the city. Bourtzi is a small peninsula which separates the port of Skiathos in two. In the past it was a fort, which was established by the Gizi brothers who occupied Skiathos in 1207. It was surrounded by walls battlements and embrasures and on the left and right of the gate there were two round towers.


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Attractions and Accommodation Karditsa

Attractions and Accommodation Karditsa

Karditsa is approaching the 40,000 residents and is the fourth largest city in Thessaly. Seat of the prefecture is the commercial, administrative and cultural center of Thessaly. Today the visitor will see Karditsa as a modern city, busy with polite people with good street plan, nice buildings, shops, sports facilities adequate for whom it is known the city of Karditsa and squares and spaces where young and older people are crowded together and create a pleasant and cosmopolitan character of the city. To stay in Karditsa will find hotels and hostels that will amaze you with their rooms and gracious hospitality.


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Destination Lake Plastira

Destination Lake Plastira

Lake Plastira belongs to the prefecture of Karditsa and is known as one of the best winter destinations in Greece. The creation of a work of Nicholas Plastiras from which it got its name. This idea is a holiday resort that was cultivated in his mind in 1926, became a reality in our time we see the result of a growing enviable destination.


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Kefalonia, an island with a long history

Kefalonia, an island with a long history

Kefalonia has been inhabited in an organized manner since the 10th century B.C. According to the historian Thoukidides, as early as the 5th century B.C. it was divided into four distinct and autonomous states that comprised the "Kefalonian Tetrapolis" (Sami, Krani, Palli, and Pronnoi). The names of the four city-states, according to myth, were derived from the names of mythical Kefalos four sons. Significant findings from archeological excavations in the area prove that it has been inhabited since prehistoric times and that it was an important Mycenaean Center. Excavations to date point to Kefalonia as the undisputable center of the Mycenaean Era in the western island region of Greece. This reasonably associates the island with the ongoing archeological research for the geographical location of Homeric Ithaca. Findings at the Drakena Cave in Poros prove human existence at least 6000 years B.C. and use of the cave as a place of worship.The most significant archeological find however is located at Bortzi near Tzanata village. It is a vaulted tomb of the Mycenaean Era that was excavated by archeologist L. Kolonas in 1992. The tomb has a diameter of 6,80 m. and is the largest and best preserved such tomb in western Greece. The excavation finds include seals, pottery, golden jewelry and copper tools. The discovery of the tomb proves the existence of a significant Mycenaean Center and strengthens the argument that this was the location of Homeric Ithaca. Other significant sites of archeological interest include the Temple of Apollo or Poseidon on the location of St. Georges chapel in Skala dated to the 6th century B.C., and the Roman Villa in Skala with its fabulous mosaic floors. Like the rest of the island, southeastern Kefalonia came to know many conquerors in the course of its history: Romans, Francs, Venetians, Russians, Turks, French, and the British - until 1864 when Kefalonia along with the other Ionian Islands was reunited with Greece.


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Agios Nikolaos, Crete - A Sunny Destination

Agios Nikolaos, Crete - A Sunny Destination

Agios Nikolaos, with its forty years of experience in tourism, is an international and cosmopolitan resort that welcomes thousands of visitors. The lake is the most charming place of the city. The legends have Athena and Artemis bathed in its waters. It binds to the sea by a narrow channel, while the natural surroundings of red rocks and trees makes it a magnet for visitors. In the small theater of the lake, locals and visitors enjoy interesting artistic events. A stroll through the shops of Agios Nikolaos is an enjoyable experience. In the shops of the city, the visitor can find a selection of traditional Cretan artwork, copies of objects from different archaeological museums, jewelry, embroidery, etc. There are also many weavers, Byzantine icons, jewelry shops, bookstores, cosmopolitan cafes, quaint cafes and bars, favorite hangouts for the local raki. There are countless opportunities for fun at numerous bars and discos in the summer, surrounded by honeysuckle, Christina cinema, or to centers of genuine Cretan feasts are always accompanied with local wine or strong raki. And range of sporting facilities enable athletes, fans and sports enthusiasts, locals and visitors to engage in any sports. Football, tennis, volleyball, basketball, beach volleyball, mini golf, swimming pools ... offer opportunities for exercise and fun.


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Drama, a city with long history

Drama, a city with long history

The natural wealth of the city in plenty of running water did not leave anyone unmoved by his passage from this area. Both prehistoric man and one of the historical years organized their lives around the water, making the area of water a connecting factor of the long presence of man in the modern city. The earliest permanent human settlement on the site of present city of Drama was identified after a systematic excavation of the prehistoric settlement of the "Arcadian", south of the park of Saint Barbara. The Neolithic settlement is the first residential heart of the city since the mid-6th millennium BC.Although Drama, in the mid-19th century, is the Capital of a big region, where there axist the administrative center, the army and the courts, it can not compete with the port of Kavala, a hub of the region. Significant changes are made to the city after 1870, when the production and the trade in tobacco cause population growth and strengthening of the commercial traffic. The operation of the railway station by 1895 and the improval of the road network to the port of Kavala connect Drama with the major centers of the empire and maritime trade routes. Large tobacco firms establish branches in Drama, built warehouses, operate banking offices, and England opens consulate in the city. Soon, new neighborhoods are created around the waters of Santa Barbara and west of the walled area to meet the needs of 6000-7000 residents. The new residents, Muslims, Christians and Jews, constitute separate residential cores according to the standards of the Ottoman period. Christians, who constantly reinforced with families from Western Macedonia and in particular Epirus, number at least 200 families in 1880, located within the old walls and south of this area in Santa Barbara. Muslims are located west of the market and settling Jews in the area of the waters of Santa Barbara. The new public buildings of the city and the private residences reflect the economic strength and influence of European standards. The Greek community differs, from 1870 until the liberation, for the economic development, the establishment of Educational Associations, the rebuilding of schools and the charity associations. In the early 20th century, When the population is already 14,000 people and the economic progress is continuing, sporadic violence of an undeclared war are being recorded, the Makedonian race. The Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Drama, the elders and the people of the town organize the defense of the Greek community.


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