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Argolida - Its rich History

Argolida - Its rich History

Argolida was inhabited in the Mesolithic Era (8000 BC) and it was one of the most crucial centers in Peloponnese. During the Neolithic Era, many significant settlements (Lerna, Tirintha, Mikines) were founded whereas in the period of the Brass the whole area flourished and many centers were developed (Midea, Asini, Tirintha, Prosimna). Among them, Mikines was the most glorious one and it gave its name to one of the most splendid cultural periods of the ancient times, the Mikinean period. The whole area was disordered in the 12th century BC by various movements of immigration. As a result, Argos was subjected to Dories it became a Doric center and gradually it subjected other Argolic towns.In the Archaic and in the classical period, there was a common sanctuary in Argolida Ireo whereas in the Hellenistic years the temple of Asklipios in Epidavros became very significant. In 146 BC, the city was conquered by the Romans and it declined. The invasions by Erouloi (267 AD) and by Goth (395 AD) disordered the area for one more time. During the Byzantine rule, Argolida belonged to the authorities of Peloponnese and it was greatly developed. At the beginning of the 13th century it subdued to the Francs and it belonged to Otto de la Ros master of Athens. For certain short periods of time it belonged to the Venetians and finally it subjected to the Turkish (1540). In the Revolution of 1821, its residents participated in some of the greatest military enterprises that took place here. Nafplio had become the temporary basis of the revolutionary government and the capital of the newborn Greek state (1828) until 1834 when Athens became the new capital. Today Argolida is one of the most fertile areas in Greece and a major tourist center.


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Loutra Pozar, Therapeutic Spa

Loutra Pozar, Therapeutic Spa

Pozar (Loutraki) is placed in the province of Almopia, 13km. northwest of Aridaia, in Pella and is spread on the foothills of Kaimaktsalan. The area, which is exploited by tourist hotels, restaurants, cafes, is built on the banks of Thermopotamos. The spa, hot water with constant temperature of 37oC, springs for thousands of years from the mountain, which creates a stunning landscape of mountain and forest. Visitors are arriving at the Spa from every corner of Greece to get the beneficial properties of the hot water (treatment - relaxing) and also to escape to the beautiful mountains with the caves. The thermal bath has therapeutic indications: Rheumatic diseases, arthrosis, bronchitis, nerve - dermatologic - gynecological diseases, circulatory diseases. In Pozar, there are two spas where each one has indoor pools, and individual baths.There is also a beautiful waterfall with spa water and an outdoor swimming pool in a majestic landscape. The whole complex is organized with hotels, swimming pools, restaurants, bars, offering every possible service to the bathers. Also, in Pozar, there is a Physiographical Speleological and Folk Art Museum, which houses a valuable collection of important paleontological discoveries. Bones, artifacts and tools, ceramics, wood and metal, on benches and shelves, followed by descriptions. It is worth mentioning that Pozar baths are located in the foothills of Voras or otherwise Kaimaktsalan. Just 10 km from the Old St. Athanasios you can find the ski center of Kaimaktsalan with modern facilities, accommodation and several magnificent views. Moreover, with the increase of rural tourism and alternative tourism were created places to visit, trying to continue to spread the tradition and customs of the place. In the Loutra Area, you will see a large cluster of 16 caves, in Ida Exaplatanos (in the foothills of Paiko) you will find the Distillery and vineyards Nivourli, and the river Moglenitsa or Almopaios a few km away from Pozar, you can try rafting and kayak.


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Patmos, a blessed island

Patmos, a blessed island

This particularity lies that it combines the historicity and the religiosity of space with the ideal place that offers in the visitor for relaxation and quiet vacations. One of the smallest inhabited islands of the Aegean, Patmos, is incredibly beautiful. It is the island where Saint John the Theologian, while exiled there, had a vision and in 1995 the 1900 years - since the writing of his Apocalypse were commemorated. The impressive stone monastery dominates majestically over most of the island, inviting you to approach it with respect, wonder and awe. The island, which has kept its ancient name, today has become a place of pilgrimage and the throng of faithful flock to supplicate and relish the spiritual heritage of this sacred island and also to admire and enjoy its beauty and serenity.The picturesque, interchangeable landscape, with the small plains and valleys, the impressive rocks - hoisted like castles on the tops and the slopes of the hills (the most prominent being that of Prophet Elias) - with thick spreading pine and other tree-forests, along with its religious significance and mysticism, presents a sup generis image. The island lies between Ikaria and Leros. It was inhabited since very ancient times and according to legend, it was here that Orestes -who killed his mother Clytemnestra - came to elude the vengeance of the Furies. The most important attraction naturally will be the fortress-like monastery of St John, built in 1088 by the monk Christodoulos. Many priceless treasures are housed in its sacristy. Also, in Hora, there is an Ecclesiastical Museum. Halfway between Hora and Skala there is the "Grotto of the Apocalypse", where the Revelation was written by John the Evangelist. At the mouth of the cave you will see the church of Agia Anna and at a short distance from there, the famous Patmias School is located. At the Patmos shops you find reasonably priced porcelain, crystal and silver items. The Patmian embroidery is famous for its elegance.


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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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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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Parnassos Ski Centre

Parnassos Ski Centre

One of the best organized and full equipped ski centers in our country, in order to cover all the requirements from beginners to advanced friends of ski is Parnassos. Parnassos skiing centre offers in the lovers of winter sports a lot of different ring levels, possibilities for interesting descent for skier out of the ring levers, while they consist an ideal initial point for crossings with mountaineering skis. The three ski centers – Gerontovrahos, Fterolakka and Kellaria – cover the requirements of winter sports and not only, while at the winter period they are in complete operation. The centers allocate: Parking, Helideck, Spaces of reception, Restaurant, Bar, Cafeteria, Experienced personal babysitting, First aids, and Road help. Also function faculties ski and snowboard, shops of renting and sale of types ski and snowboard. For the friends of ski but also for the friends of mountainous nature, in the ski centers that find in altitude 1.600 – 2.300 m., function 1 cable railway, 6 air lifts and 7 sliding lifts and 20 slopes, total length 14 km. From these 16 are slopes of skiing of length 6000m., until 4000m.. From these 13 are for new, medium and experienced  skiers, while the other three are for professionals. For those who want to learn ski or are beginners, the Greek Center of Mountainous Sports Arahovas, as other private faculties, teach daily courses ski at the duration of winter period.


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Ski Center Velouchi - Karpenisi

Ski Center Velouchi - Karpenisi

The Ski Center Velouchi Karpenisi is one of the best winter destinations and boasts all modern instruments and service for skiers. You can find hotels and hostels in Karpenisi and the region to stay.


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Thassos hotels

Thassos hotels

hotels in Thassos and Thassos rooms offer a cheap prices and offers and quality accommodation in Thassos and enjoyable holidays in Thassos.


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