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Amorgos - The Island of

Amorgos - The Island of

Amorgos means fresh air, sun, smell from the herbs and an endless view of the bright blue Aegean Sea. You can have this view from almost every single point of your route. Things to be taken into consideration it was not until the mid 1990s that the first proper roads were constructed. These are; a) From Chora to Arkesini southwards, and b) from Chora to Egiali northwards. Before then, the car as a means of transport was of little importance. Donkeys used to be the essential means of transport by land and therefore, a well-designed "system" of cobbled paths used to cross the island and guarantee the transportation of goods to the villages. Despite the fact that nowadays the car has already "invaded" the island, Amorgos remains peaceful and quiet. The traditional paths have mostly been preserved, providing us with amazing opportunities of exploring the island. Even today, it is possible to meet donkeys carrying heavy loads of fresh goat milk from the fields to the villages. It is at this specific moment that time seems to have stopped for a while and an idea of how hard life in Amorgos used to be can be gained. With an altitude of nearly 850 meters, Amorgos offers a variety of different possibilities of exploration. Considering that all this hypsometrical scale is actually completed within a short distance starting from the shore, it is easily understood that certain requirements must be met by anyone attempting such a tour. On the ridges the sun is really merciless. On the high peaks, the whole area can be covered by dense fog within a few minutes, while strong winds usually blow. These hard conditions should not be underestimated in any case. Drinkable water, suitable shoes and a special jacket are necessary. Even in the marked routes, suitable shoes should be worn and drinkable water should be brought along.Below are presented many routes for rambling over the island. Four of these routes go through marked paths (red and white signs with numbers). The "Royal Route" is the route 1, which starts from Chora, goes past the Monastery of Hozoviotissa and continues towards Egiali. This is distance of nearly 16 Kms along the central ridge of the island. It is an unforgettable trip with a view of Naxos, the Small Eastern Cyclades and Ikaria. The route 4 is also wonderful. Starting at Egiali and finishing at Egiali as well, it goes round the whole valley behind the Bay of Egiali. This route goes past the fascinating villages Tholaria and Lagada. The walking time mentioned for each route concerns walkers with medium training and experience. Apart from the routes described below, there are also many other possibilities of exploring the island. For example, there is the route to the high peak of Profitis Helias at Chora (almost 700 meters altitude) or the route to the vertical cliff of Ancient Arkesini in the southern part of the island. There is also the route to the Mountain Korakas, which is the highest mountain of the region. A lot of interesting opportunities for exploration can be found in the Bay of Egiali in the north of the island, such as the remote small bays of Megali Vlichada and Mikri Vlichada which are also suitable for swimming. Whichever route you choose, rambling round Amorgos is a celebration for all the senses.


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Argolida - accommodation - attractions

Argolida - accommodation - attractions

Argolida has a rich cultural tradition and is regarded as one of the most accomplished and summer tourist destinations in Greece. It can become an ideal destination for guests seeking a unique vacation experience and choices in hotels, apartments, campsites and apartments in Argolida.


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Santorini Airport

Santorini Airport

From Santorini airport transfers to hotels or beaches in Santorini: There are frequent bus service in summer between the bus station near the airport, the village of Fira and the airport of the island of Santorini. The cost of travel by taxi from the airport station in Fira costs about 8 euros. Professionals from the hotels and rooms in Santorini prosfferoun free travel after or before ptiseisstous visitors.


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Naousa Ski Centre

Naousa Ski Centre

In the western side terms of Vermio mountain is found the ski centre 3-5 Pigadia, 17 kilometers from Naoussa City, one of the most beautiful cities of Macedonia. In altitude of 2005 m., in an enchanting forest of characteristic beauty with unique pictures, the Ski Centre 3-5 Pigadia is offered for unforgettable vacations. It allocates 10 slopes for each level of difficulty, of total length 9 km. In them are included:· 2 slopes ideal for amateur skiers and 2 of medium difficulty· The slope Aristotelis in 1.800 m. that is the best red slope in Greece and· The best black slope 2000m. called Philippos.To the new skiers is given the possibility of learning the secrets of ski, but also in most experienced to try their faculties. Also, the centre allocates a snow park, while for the service of visitors function 7 lifts, from them the 6 are sliding lifts and one air lift. The package of ideal ski facilities supplements the infrastructures of artificial snow that ensure in all the duration of winter period the excellent snow quality. Justified it is the beloved destination of experienced and professional skiers. Moreover, in the centre you will find faculty ski and snowboard, renting shop of all types ski, renting snowmobile, restaurant, coffee, bar, but also football field. For those who want to stay in the ski center, there are guestrooms and hotel, while in the top of mountain functions a chalet with splendid view for your lounging moments. Information: 23320 4468 1 or 5, 23320 44446.


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Mithimna, a picturesque village on the beautiful island of Lesvos

Mithimna, a picturesque village on the beautiful island of Lesvos

The solid traditional buildings, made of stone or of painted wood, are situated in a labyrinth of narrow streets. On the far side of the town, there is a picturesque small port that completes this unique image. The Municipality of Mithimna is also a place of a deep cultural life. This is obvious from its rich cultural past and from its actual cultural activity. Its cultural tradition that is expressed in various ways is a part of the Greek Civilization that has been developed to the east Aegean. The buildings, the popular art, the painting, the literature, the poetry, the dance and the songs reflect all over the island this cultural activity.The visitor discoveries in Mithimna the traditional rhythms that characterize the life when living on an island. The visitor is welcome to be a part of those rhythms thanks to the hospitality of the inhabitants. Tourists have plenty of reasons to visit Mithimna such as the sunrise, the walking around the traditional streets and the venetian castle, the museum, the gallery, the small port and the beach of Eftalou. Many producers and stage managers have chosen Mithimna for their works. One of them was James Parish, who made an excellent presentation of Mithimna through his work, in 1960. This Municipality is consisted of five villages: the village of Vafio, the village of Sykamnia, the village of Skala Sykamnias, the village of Lepetymnos and the village of Argenos. At the Municipality of Mithimna, we will find a Port Authority, a Custom House, a Police Station, a Financial Service, a Post Office, a Telegraph Office, a Branch Office of the National Bank of Greece, a local Office of the Agricultural Service, a Primary School and a Conference Centre.


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Lemnos, the island of Hephaestus

Lemnos, the island of Hephaestus

According to the mythology, the Jupiter in his conflict with the Ira, flew his son Ifaistos from Olympus mountain in the ground of Limnos. Ifaistos installed there his laboratory and taught the art of metallurgy in the residents of the island. Another important fable of the island refers to the first king of Lemnos, Thoas. Thoas, son of god Dionyssos and Ariadnis, married to Mirina from Iolkos and had a daughter named Ipsipili. In his years, the women of island neglected the adoration of Venus so she punished them with an intolerable bodily stench. Their spouses brought concubines from the Thrace and their women for revenge killed all men by throwing them from the cape Petasos. When the anger of Venus calmed down, Jason with his Argonauts came to the woman-handled island.Here in Anemoessa Limnos, the Queen Ipsipili entertained the Argonauts, and in order to honor them she set up prizes and organized games. The first Demigods Pentathletes were Telamonas, Lygkeas, Zitis, Kalahis and Pileas. Pentathlon became an Olympic Sport since 708 BC in the 18th Olympic Games. The unique place of the island in the North-East Aegean opposite Ellispontos determined his historical course. Limnos was colonized occasionally by Sinties, Kares, Cretes, Minies and Pelasgous. The archaeological hoe determines the way that the island had been populated since middle Neolithic Age. The most important prehistoric settlement is Poliochni. It was founded at 4th millennium BC and developed into a fortified state – the oldest perhaps in Europe – with urban structure and important culture, with the first democratic chamber of deputies. In Poliochni, on September 17 1994, the agents of Aegean, invited by the Ministry of Culture, 70 personalities from a lot of countries of the world, persons of science, Politics, Actors, Philosophers, men of Art and Intellect, decided and signed the Statement of Poliochni, gazing the immense light blue sea and they nominated the Archipelago of Aegean as Cultural Park of Europe. Limnos, as well as the neighbouring Samothrace, is connected with the mystic adoration of Kaveires, sons of Hephaestus. Remains of Kaveires’s holy have been found in Northeast Island. Few kilometres southern has been discovered Hephaestia, a city dedicated to Hephaestus that flourished in 5th century BC.


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Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

kalambaka hotels : Every year, millions of visitors come from all over the world in order to admire and honour Meteora. If its needed, they stay at Kalampaka and Kastraki. Kalampaka is a city of rich history and important monuments. The one of the greatest importance is the Holy Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary that is at the north-eastern part of the city under the very high rock of Aea. The city of Kalampaka is built on the feet of the Meteora and it is at the left side of the river Pinios at the point that it enters the plain of Thessaly. It is the starting place for those visitors who wish to be familiar with the monuments and the magnificent sites of Aspropotamos of Hasia, of Koziakas and especially of the Meteora. The city of Kalampaka is the capital of the homonymous province that takes up the north-western part of the prefecture of Trikala. There, one can find nice hotels, modern campings, restaurants, tourist shops, etc. The ancient name of the city was Aeginion. This is how it is mentioned in the Hellenistic and Roman years because of the great importance of its position. The name Aeginion is witnessed from an enshrined inscription on the wall that is at the eastern part of the church of Saint John the Baptist. At the beginning of the 10th century (901-907) Kalampaka of today is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is reserved until today as a Metropolitan title. Many travellers passed through Kalampaka from the ancient years until today and they refer to it by the name Aeginion or by the name Stagi or by its present name Kalampaka. At the north-eastern part of the city exists the picturesque neighbourhood of Sopotos, under the rock of the Holy Trinity (east) and the rock of Alsos (north). In the city there are many small churches -country chapels of post Byzantine age. In fact, many of them have admirable hagiographies.The cathedral church of Saint Vissarion is constructed in the honour of Saint Metropolitan of Larissa, who was the founder and the owner of the Monastery of Dusikos. The church has been hagiographied entirely by John Albanis. The Byzantine church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is the most important and most imposing monument of Kalampaka which constitutes a point of reference and adoration for all the faithful people. Despite the significant efforts that have been materialised, it is obvious the abandonment on behalf of the people in change for the systematic maintenance of the temple and the environmental space, too. Let us hope that UNESCO, the European Community and mostly the Greek state will be interested in the maintenance of this appreciable monument of Orthodoxy before it is too late. The church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, which is found in the old city, was erected between the 10th and the 11th century on the ruins of an old Christian "basilica" church. The order (way of building) is "trikliti" (triforium) basilica of mixed type "it has very high and lit the intermediate "klitos" (aisle) of the narthex and the "trivilo". The outer narthex was added in the 16th century. In the southern wall there are surrounded with wall externally a lot of ancient parts of bas-reliefs (rodakes representations wrought in relief, signs, capes etc.), as well as old Christian sculpture with a vine-shoot. From the sculpture decoration of the Byzantine basilica, the oldest is the marble "kivorio" (tomb) of the Holy Altar found in the Sanctuary. Special interest presents the unique in Greece marble pulpit that imposingly is raised at the centre of the intermediate "klitos" in front of the Holy Gate. It has been reconstructed to its biggest part from architectural parts of the old pulpit. The murals of the church are dated from the 12th until the 16th century and are of exceptional interest. A lot of murals were created in 1573 by priest Kiriazis and by Neofytos, son of the eminent painter Theofanis from Crete. The most important of the temples portable pictures is the both sides painted picture, which on the one side portrays the Assumption of Virgin Mary and on the order the Christs Crucifixion. The two now separate, pictures after the theft and their restoration are kept in the Varlaam Monastery of the Meteora. The wood carved temple of the church belongs to the appreciable work of the post Byzantine wood carving and it was created during the 17th century. In a little depth on the front left part of the main temple, part of a mosaic flooring had been revealed. As we enter the temple on the northern wall of the inner narthex they are written, with capital letters writing, the "golden bull" of the Emperor Andronikos c Paleologos 1336 with which the borders of the Bishopric of Stagi are determined and privileges are granted, as well as the "sigilio" (the Patriarchs edict) of the Ecumenical "universal". Patriarch Antonios D 1393 with which the privileges of the Bishopric of Stagi - that various emperors of Byzantium had granted occasionally are renewed. Impressive and imposing is also the churchs bell tower, found on the northern side of the entrance in the grounds of the church.


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