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Sifnos, an island that preserves its tradition

Sifnos, an island that preserves its tradition

The island of Sifnos is a municipality of the Cyclades prefecture and is located in the western Cyclades in the middle of the triangle Serifos - Antiparos - Kimolos. It extends 74t.chlm. It has a population of around 2000 inhabitants and is located 75 miles from Piraeus. According to the legend, Sifnos was the son of the Attic hero, Sounios, whose name was given to the island. In another version, the name of Sifnos derived from the adjective Sifnos, which means empty, which refers to the number of underground galleries of the underground of the island. For Sifnos, history has to give very interesting information. It was first inhabited by Pelasgians and then by the Phoenicians, Kares and Leleges and was named Merope. During the years 3200-3000 BC, in the island developed the arts and commerce. It had a rapid economic boom due to gold and silver mining. Later, it was inhabited by the Minoans, so it was named Minoa. Pottery, found in the areas of Kastro and St Andrew, witness the effect of the Mycenaean civilization. Around 1100 BC, Iones arrive on the island and starts the season named Golden Age of the island with great agricultural development of pottery and trade.At that time, according to Herodotus, the ancient capital of Sifnos, the city, is established in the center of the east side of the island at the current Castle. The new city begins to expand, and from the 6th century begins to be surrounded by a wall. The excavations by the British Archaelogogists School in 1934 - 1938 yielded remains of settlements and graves from the 8th century BC indicating the continued life in the castle. The 6th century BC was the era of great prosperity. Indicative that Sifnos was very rich is that in Sifnos were cut coins around 600 BC, after Aegina but before Athens and Corinth. The most important and best known architectural creation of Sifnian undisputed glory and witness thriving economy is the TREASURE OF SIFNOS, which rebuilt and dedicated the residents of the island to the sanctuary Apollo at Delphi. Later, the island joined the Athenian Alliance. Then came the Romans and then Sifnos followed the  fate of the other islands. Byzantine, Venetian rule in the Duchy of Naxos, and Barbarossa and his Pirates of the looting, and then the Turks until the final release in 1836.Keeping all the scars left by years of history, Sifnos is now a beautiful place with traditional villages with whitewashed houses, beautiful beaches and hills on which perched the spread villages. Today, in Sifnos, powerful economic factor is tourism ever-increasing. Sifnos, especially in the summer, is full of people that longs to taste its beauty. Most residents deal with tourism businesses to invest more and more to improve the service to Guests services. There are many hotels and many apartments. With the effort of the State, Municipality and the residents, Sifnos is trying to improve the infrastructure and the living level.


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Samos, a charming island

Samos, a charming island

Samos is in the East part of the Aegean Sea, close to the Asia Minor coastline. To the East of Samos is Turkey and Asia Minor, from which Samos is separated by the “Eptastadio” channel, (called Dar Bogaz in Turkish) whish is only 1650 meters wide at its narrowest point. To the North is the chersonese of Erythrea (Turkey), Northwest is Chios Island, west and southwest is Ikaria and the Fournoi islands and to the South are the islands of the Dodecanese. The ones closest to Samos are Agathonisi, Arkoi and Patmos.The population of the island is 33814 inhabitants (2001 census), and its capital is Samos Town. Samos is a mountainous island and it has two high mountains. The first one is rough and rocky Kerkis (or Kerketeus) with a height of 1443 meters and the second is verdant and fertile Ambelos (or Karvounis) with a height of 1160 meters.The Samian climate is mild, healthy and pleasant, cool during the summer and warm in the wintertime. North wind is the prevailing wind in Samos and during summer it blows almost constantly cooling the island. South winds, that carry most of the rain, blow mainly during the winter period along with the rest of the winds. Sunshine on the island is one of the longest in Greece, since, for a semester and possibly more, during the summer period, there is hardly a cloud in the sky. Even the most demanding visitor will love Samos. Apart from natural beauties, it has important archaeological sights and museums, where you will see treasures of the island’s cultural inheritance. Residents of Samos with their unique culture and hospitable feelings, contribute in creating the best memories from your vacation in this enchanting island. Samos’ tourist infrastructures satisfy all financial demands. You will find modern hotel units and luxurious complexes of rooms to let for every wallet. And as for entertainment, Samos is once again the leader. Clubs stay open until next morning and make spirits high.


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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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Chora of Samothraki

Chora of Samothraki

Chora of Samothrace is a traditional preserved settlement with special color, built in the slope of Mount Saos. Its picture is composed by beautiful cobbled streets, small squares and houses with tiled roofs. Some attractions worth a visit are the medieval castle, the Church of the Assumption from 1875, the Municipal Library and Cultural Center.


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Makriamos Beach in Thassos

Makriamos Beach in Thassos

Makryammos Beach in Thassos is located approximately 2 km west of the central Thassos Port, the main port of Thassos.It is a closed beach, guarded and stunning with golden sandy beach with crystal clear waters. The beach is organized and in Makryammos beach and beside is located the seaside resort of Makriammos with stunning stone houses and hotel rooms that will amaze you. The dense vegetation of pine surrounds the whole beach.


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The Mountainous Regions of Argolida

The Mountainous Regions of Argolida

Foreign visitors who come to Argolis usually restricted by tour guides and the main roads on a path to the south or east and coastal neighbors of Argolis or large urban centers like Nafplio, Argos, Epidaurus, the ancient sites of Mycenae located on the road to the beaches and coasts of Argolida. But there is only interesting and seaside hotels or apartments with swimming pools. Staying in Argolis takes another dimension to mountain Argolid!


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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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Milos, the island of Aphrodite

Milos, the island of Aphrodite

The civilization of Milos is considered to be as ancient as that of Crete and spans a period of at least 5000 years. Its fame spread throughout the civilized world thanks to the masterpiece of the Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo), a statue found buried on the island in the 19th century (1820) and is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Around 5000 BC, Flakopi, the oldest settlement on the island was in existence between 4000 and 5000 BC.The settlement was destroyed twice by invaders and was finally rebuilt in 800 BC in a different style. The ability to take advantage of the various mineral ores gave the inhabitants a plethora of tools having incredible precision for those years. Flakopis existence is situated between the Neolithic and Iron ages as many recent archaeological excavations have determined. The town was finally burnt down. The end of Flakopi came at around the same time as the Mycenaean civilization was flourishing elsewhere. It was around 1000 BC and at that time the Dorian invaders arrived on the island. In fact, Thucydides reported in one of his books that it was for about 700 years that the Dorians made Milos their home. Milos became a center for artistic endeavor as shown by the wonderful statue of Aphrodite of Milos created around 400 BC.


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