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Alexandroupolis - A Hospitable City

Alexandroupolis - A Hospitable City

Alexandroupolis is one of the newest Greek cities. It was founded by the Turks in 1876 as a trading post (despite the fact that it did not have a port) for loading goods on ships destined for Adrianoupolis, which was connected by railway. It took the name Dedeagats, by the name of a Turkish monk who had been buried at that point. Russians engineers drew up the street plan in 1877, when the region was occupied by Russia, in the Russian-Turkish war. The Town, who had collected many Greek residents, came to Greece with the rest of Thrace, of ordering the Treaty of Sevres. Immediately, it took its current name in honor of the then King Alexander, who had visited it when it was just released. The ruins of ancient Traianoupolis are just ten minutes from the eastern exit of town. From the substantial administrative, civil and ecclesiastical center of Thrace, founded by Emperor Traianos in the second century BC, have left few buildings. The municipal park, the picturesque church of St. Eleftherios, the neoclassical building of the Pedagogical Academy and some old houses with typical architecture of the century make up the image of this city. In the old town hall is housed an archaeological collection. The Ecclesiastical Art Museum housed in the spiritual center of the metropolis. The folklore collection E. Philippidou will show weavings, embroidery, sarakatsani uniforms, etc. In the taverns of Alexandroupolis to eat fresh fish and abundant seafood. In Klimataria, in Koutouki of Stavros, in Metaxas, in Mermaid, and elsewhere. The town has a lively nightlife in bars and nightclubs.For swimming you can go to the beach of EOT (Greek Tourism Organization) and to the beaches until Makri. If you have a boat, in the port of Alexandroupolis, there is astation only for water. The supply of fuel is made from petrol stations.


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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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Kasos,  beautiful and quiet island

Kasos, beautiful and quiet island

It has five settlements: Fri, Agia Marina, Arvanitochori, Poli, and the Virgin Mary, which make up the municipality of Kassos, which belongs administratively to the province of Karpathos. The capital Fry is the only port. Next to the harbor, for the ships, there is a small port of Mpouka, full of boats and fishing boats. Near Fry is Emborios, the old port, with its beautiful old stone houses and the church of the Nativity of the Virgin. Also impressive are the churches of St. Spyridon and St. Marina.In all villages, but also in rural locations, there are churches and chapels with pebble floors and beautiful woodwork screens, such as the monastery of St. Mamas overlooking the Libyan Sea and St. George in Chadies, which has a large hostel. On the south, the bay Chelatros is ideal for those wishing to swim in the clear sea. The captain mansions are impressive, while in the settlements, the houses are whitewashed and the narrow streets are paved. Growing interest show the pastoral houses, "Mitata", carrying a long tradition of pastoral life. Many of them, particularly in areas Eleros, Troules, Xadies, Skafi, Maritsa are wonderfully preserved. Inside these houses, the fine dairy products of Kasos are being produced. For swimmers, the beaches are offered at Fry, Agios Konstantinos, Armathia, Chelatro. For the beaches, daily visits - trips with local boats are being organized.


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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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Dilofo Zagori

Dilofo Zagori

Dilofo is located in Zagoria villages or Zagori. It is built amphitheatrically feet densely planted two oak hills, from where it took its name, at an altitude of 880m. The distance form Ioannina is only 32Km.The earlier name was Sopetseli. It was structured settlement from 540 BC, where the houses were scattered over a large area. Remnants of these buildings are still around today, and the chapel of the Virgin Mary which is now a deserted church, is lost in the dense vegetation. Dilofo, in a few centuries before, was the reference point for residents and the center of the former settlements. The village offers a journey through time, and made few interventions in the structure and architecture of the beginning of this century. The attractions include stone fountains, mansions (among them the tallest house in Zagori, 13.5m. height at the entrance of the village), the cobbled streets so well preserved, its numerous churches.


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Komotini City

Komotini City

Komotini is a flat city, built in the Thracian plain and the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains at an altitude of 31-55 meters, about 30 km drive from the sea. It is a major commercial, financial and transportation center of Thrace and is located on the railway line Thessaloniki-Alexandroupolis. The population, according to the 2001 census, is 52,659 inhabitants, but that number is growing significantly due to approximately 16,000 students living in the city. Population are both Christians and Muslims living peacefully together. Under previously installed and refugees from Armenia, Greek refugees from Asia Minor and recently from the former Soviet Union.Komotini has many major attractions, including the Archaeological Museum, Byzantine Museum, the Museum Basketry of the Romans and the Museum of CaratheodorI.


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Naxos

Naxos

Naxos is the largest and most fertile island of Cyclades, blessed by the god Dionysus. The island is an impressive site with its rich geography and scenery. Meadows leading to endless blue beaches, green valleys, hills and mountains, vineyards and orchards, medieval towers and castles, wonderful Byzantine monuments scattered amid the olive groves. Chora, the capital of Naxos is a city that has banks, health center, post office, shops and of course hotels that provide excellent services. It is located in the middle of the west coast, around the hill to the medieval castle in the ancient city of Naxos. The monuments in that area as Portara, the archaeological site of Grotta and castle reveals history of the past. Also, at Chora is the archaeological museum of Naxos. Then the road to the area of Trageas, where you will find a basin full of olive and fruit trees. Among the valleys emerge beautiful villages Halki, Acadimi, Chimaros, Kaloxylos, Damalas, Damarionas and Tsikalario. Also, important are the Byzantine church of Panagia Protothroni, of Drosiani Panagia, Agios Georgios, the Venetian tower of Gratsia and the traditional lime distillery in Halki and the restored mill in Damalas. Continuing on the slopes of Za will find the village Filoti with white houses and paved roads, built above the foothills of Za, on two hills. There you will see the Virgin Mary and Filotitissa Tower Barozzi and southeast of the village is the famous Cave of Za.The next village you will find the beautiful Apeiranthos, which keeps almost intact the architectural form, since the Venetian. Impressive are the three small, interesting museums of Apeiranthos (archaeological, geological, folk), the tower of Zevgolis and the exhibition of the craft of the women cooperative. From Apiranthos begins a downhill road that leads to Moutsouna, a seaside village with beautiful beaches. From here begins the new coastal road that goes south and leads to a magnificent beach Psili Ammos and then in the bay of Panormos. In the region have found many traces of prehistoric Cycladic culture. Also, it worths mentioning that the village Melanes is built in the southeastern part of Chora, one of the green valleys of the island. Nearby Flerio position within a grove, is lying on the ground a half-finished Kouros, a work of the 7th century. Then the road passes by Kinidaros, where the summer evenings in the taverns of the village often take place celebrations of musicians and composers. Additionally, the area has marble quarries. Famous beaches of Naxos Agios Prokopios popular tourist resort and Agia Anna. Then follows Plaka beach, where along there are hotels, rooms, restaurants and bars. Other beautiful beaches on the south side of Naxos are Mikri Vigla, Kastraki, Orkos, Aliko, Pirgaki, etc. Finally, the people of Naxos keep alive the customs and traditions of the island, local recipes, festivals, dances.


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Edessa, the City of Falls

Edessa, the City of Falls

Edessa 3000 years of history History & Culture. In 814 B.C Heraclides KARANOS makes Edessa the capital city of the first kingdom of the Macedonians and the fate of the city was identified with the history of Macedonia. Ancient, byzantine but also industrial finds testify the towns' history. Romans, Slavs, as well as Ottomans, pass from its history. On 18th October 1912, the town was liberated and incorporated to the Hellenic state as capital city of the Prefecture of Pella. In 1923 many Asian refugees came to live in Edessa while in the 50 - 60, the "White Coal" (hydro energy), which for centuries had moved mills, workshops, industries and factories, becomes useless. This was the end of the industrial growth of the town.Capital of the prefecture with 18.832 inhabitants. Built on the foot of Vermio mountain, it has beautiful view on the plain, much green, gardens full of flowers and abundant waters. It is one of the most beautiful cities of Macedonia. In 1977, the excavations in Vergina proved that this city has no relationship with the city of Aeges, the ancient macedonian capital, as it was believed in older times. Edessa, as the excavations at Logos proved, was a significant city already since the Hellenistic Times, although its greatest bloom was noticed in the Roman and the Paleochristian Years, fact that is probably related to the existance of Egnantia Street as well as the decline of Pella. The city, which in the 7th century became bishop`s base, was significant even in the Byzantine Times. In the years of the wars of Basil the second (976-1025) against Samuel, the castle of Edessa was captured twice by the Bulgarians, yet it was taken back by the Byzantines in 1018. The sources of that age frequently mention the city by the name Vodena which results from the Slavic word "voda" which means water. In the 14th century, the castle of Vodena was under the domination of the Serbs of Dousan, till, after a siege of eight months, it was underhandedly captured by the Turks. In the years of the Turks' domination, christianity was intense in the city, while in the middle of the 18th century a hellenistic school was founded, where Parasceuas Amfilochios teached, who came from the city of Giannena. In 1782, "Hellenomuseum" and the "Common School", which was a public school, were founded, while the local people were offering money for their needs. In the end of the 18th century, when the city noticed great bloom and the Greeks were of the population, Edessa came to the authority of Ali Pasha. It was liberated with the rest Macedonia in 1912.


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