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Kalymnos, the real island experience

Kalymnos, the real island experience

This island is the home of the Greek sponge divers. All, of course, the Dodecanese are world known as a place of sponge divers, the best in the world. But, Karpathos, Kassos, Nisyros, Symi, Halki, and above all Kalymnos are the main nurseries of the diving activity spread across the eastern Mediterranean. But they have carried their art, even in America, in the Gulf of Mexico. Also in Florida, in the United States, have founded the city of Tarpon Springs, who live mainly people from Kalymnos, and other Dodecanese Greek-Americans and others who continue the tradition of virtuosos divers. The Dodecanese divers are not only used for sponge fishing, but for every job. The Italian expert Domenico Mantzolani says with admiration that a diver on the island of Symi, George Kangi, in 1913 passed a loop to the anchor of an Italian warship that had been cut down to the bottom. The one diver without diving suit, had managed to stay in bed for 3 minutes and 5 seconds! Each year, approximately 40 to 50 units of fishing boats, with crews of up to 800 to 1,000 sailors, ranging from the islands and especially from Kalymnos and head to the coast of Africa, especially in Tunis and Libya. To achieve the Sponge charged farewell, in Kalymnos are taking place two-day celebrations, which begin with the blessing of the ship and ends with the "Feast of Love". In those celebrations are taking part all the inhabitants of the island. In recent decades, divers of the Dodecanese dive "naked", ie without wearing special protective diving suit and learned their craft in an empirical way. Now they use special protective suits and other modernized equipment, while training at the National Diving School of Kalymnos.


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Paleopoli of Samothraki

Paleopoli of Samothraki

Paleopoli is a coastal village with important archaeological sites and picturesque sunsets. It is 4 km north of the country and it deserves to see the Ancient Paleopoli and the Temple of the Great Gods.


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Lesvos, the island of harmony and beauty

Lesvos, the island of harmony and beauty

Lesvos is beautiful. Olive tree covered hillsides reaching down to the sea and mountains thick with walnut, chestnut and cherry trees and lush ravines with plane trees and streams succeed the cool fragrant gardens of the villages of Gera. At the centre of the island, Ayiassos and the villages clustered around the slopes of the forested Olympos, the fresh crystal waters of the spring of Karyni and the old plane tree the folk artist Theophilos had made his home. To the west is the area of the Petrified Forest. The strong summer light creates a game of shadows enhancing the forms of a hilly landscape with gorges spotted with oleander and willows that roll down to small valleys by the sea. Around it all is the sea, embracing the island with the volcanic sand at Eressos and the soft dunes of Gavathas. Chroussos, Podaras, Pedino, Tavari, Kalo Limani, Yeni Limani, Tsichranta, Tsonia, Tarti, Ag. Ermogenis, Kaya all small beaches far from the crowd, with picturesque taverns by the sea where the visitor can rest and enjoy the island’s cooking. At the bay of Kalloni, Skala, Apothika, Achladeri, Skala Vasilikon, Nyphida, Parakoila, fishing villages with quiet little ports, warm waters, sandy beaches.At the north-eastern part Skala Sykamias, Eftalou, Molyvos, Petra, Anaxos. The changes in the landscape are astonishing.Secluded beaches and further down organized ones where one can rent equipment for all types of sport or umbrellas and deck chairs to just lie around in the sun doing nothing or go to bar or a kafeneion to enjoy cool drinks and music. From the EOT (Greek Tourist Organisation) beach in Mytilini to Thermi, Xambelia, Petalidi and the sandy beaches of the bay of Gera or the truly unique beach at Eressos and all round the island in general the visitor is sure to find what he desires. It is certain that throughout the year a tour around Lesvos by car, jeep, motorcycle, bicycle, donkey or on foot will delight everybody who is even slightly touched by the beauty of nature. One can walk everywhere around the island. Lesvos is ideal for walking. And for those who do not care about discovering the paths and the slopes of the island themselves four routes have been specifically marked out: Vatera - Gera winding through olive groves and woods with pines, oaks, chestnut and plane trees; Petra - Lapsarna along bays, creeks and promontories through olive groves and orchards; Kapi - Sykamia holm-oak, grey rock, olive trees, on the one hand the Bay of Kalloni and on the other Asia Minor; and finally Sigri - Eressos the severe volcanic landscape, rock, dust, sea and sky. The multifaceted landscape of Lesvos. For the summer months. Lesvos has a wide variety of great beaches to offer, open to the Aegean sea or protected in soft curve bays, sandy beaches, pebbly or rocky ones, isolated or organised. Many of the latter provide water sport facilities. In the recent years there has been a rise in activities such as sailing, surfing and scuba diving. During summer nights tavernas, lively bars with Greek and foreign dancing music, live groups and concerts or quiet corners by the sea can satisfy even the most demanding taste.


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Plastira Lake

Plastira Lake

The region of Plastiras Lake is located in Karditsa Prefecture, 25 km west of the city. Starting for the Lake by car from Athens you will need to cover about 340 km, and from Thessaloniki just 230 km. The route in the prefecture is mountainous and scenic, thrilling the driving lovers, with several turns and provincial network. The traveler, however, is compensated when reaches the lake edge when enjoying a landscape of incomparable beauty, habitat and wetland. The lake lies at an altitude of 1000 meters and bears the name of Nicholas Plastiras, a great military and political figure, who in 1925 conceived the idea of diverting the river Megdovas and to build a dam in the area. The idea finally materialized after his death and was completed in 1959. The lake spread in the plateau of Nevropolis creating one of the largest artificial lakes in Greece. Around the Lake, there are fourteen villages, giving the traveler a high degree of alternative destinations and different accommodations. The Mesenikolas is the first village leaving behind Karditsa. It's built at an altitude of 700m. and famous for its wine and raki its residents offer. It is worth visiting the church of the Life Giving Fountain with murals of 1646 east of the village. Two kilometers to the north at an altitude of 800m. is the Morfovouni, hometown of Nikolaos Plastiras, with stunning views of the plain of Thessaly. The path alongside the edge of the lake our guide to the villages overlooking the lake. From the village Kerasia, the ring road leads to Krioneri, a village built next to the lake with good tourist infrastructure. Trails lead to the forests of Krioneri with the firs, the oak, chestnut. Do not forget to visit them if you can tolerate. If you love nature, they will amaze you. The next village on the shores of the lake is the Kalyvia Pezoulas with a strong tourism development and organized outdoor areas and beaches. Street from Pezoula will lead you to Fylakti and Neraida. The village of Fylakti is at an altitude of 1200m. on the steep slopes of Mount Voutsinaki overlooking a dense forest. The road ends at Fylakti and so we turn back to Pezoula and at the junction that will lead us to Neraida at an altitude of 1120m. in an area full of chestnut trees and with magnificent views of the lake. Here you can take lots of pictures for your album. The area had been previously resort of the inhabitants of Karditsa. A small road from Neraida leads to a small ski resort at an altitude of 1550m. Then, we head for the largest and most organized tourist village in the area, Neochori, which lies on a slope and has the best view of the lake. In Neochori, it worths visiting the botanical garden that includes plants that make up the ecosystem of the region. The last stop on your journey is the dam you will find a few kilometers from Neochori and after Belokomiti. If you visit the lake be sure to see up close the dam. You will admire the beauty of the landscape and, if you want, you can complete the cycle route to the villages Moucha, Kastania, Lampero, St. Athanasius and Moschato. Lake Plastiras is an ideal destination for every season and is worth visiting to admire the colors of the Greek nature.


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Aegina - A Jewel of the Saronic Gulf

Aegina - A Jewel of the Saronic Gulf

Because of the quantity of archeological findings, Aegina is undoubtedly a historical island with lots of sights to visit. During the day, you can swim, fish, give into sea sports, eat in taverns above the sea waves and in the evening you can go to the cafes, bars and night clubs of the island. Surely you will taste the famous peanuts of Aegina and the fresh fish and sea food.The island was first inhabited in the Neolithic Era. This is proven by the stone tools and many clay pots that were found in the settlements on Kolona hill and Messagros, which were established by former inhabitants from the Peloponnese. Around 2100 BC, at the time when the powerful first - Helladic centre of Lerna was in decline, a new population factor from the North appeared. These Middle Helladic people settled in Aigina which become a powerful outpost, defending Attica from sea raiders, but failing to develop into a naval power because of Minoan Cretes naval supremacy. The mountain - dwelling Dryopians, the predominant element in the population in the Late Helladic Era, founded a new settlement at Oros in Aigina and it is said that they have introduced the worship of Hellanian Zeus to southern Greece. In the end of 13th century BC, Aigina took part in the 10-year Trojan War, sending more ships than any other island of the Argosaronic Gulf. During the end of the Mycenean Era, Aigina, now great and powerful, was attacted by the Myceneans, who subjugated the inhabitants. In the middle of 7th century BC, the Calaurian Amphictyony, part of which became Aigina, appeared. At that time the island had close commercial ties with Epidaurus. Around 650 BC, the spark of development was given by the cut of the first silver coin in the Greek area, which established the standards. Aigina developed into a powerful economic and commercial center of Greece and was distinguished for its fine pottery. When, in the beginning of the 5th century BC, the Persian fleet sailed into the Aegean Sea, Aigina offered no resistance and voluntarily cooperated with the Persians, to prevent her commercial dealings with the ports of Asia Minor from being cut off. Aigina's rise was stopped when the Athenian fleet dominated the seas after the Persian Wars. When the Athenians learned, in 459 BC, that the Aiginetans wanted to ally themselves with the Corinthians, the two fleets fought at Cecryphaleia.


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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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Tinos, the island of Virgin Mary

Tinos, the island of Virgin Mary

Tinos is without doubt one of the most gifted islands. With the cultural and religious heritage, with intact natural beauty and hospitality of its people, each year attracts thousands of tourists. Visitors of Tinos can admire the island's landscape, the island architecture, art and crafts of the inhabitants. The ever-growing tourist infrastructure expands the range of tourists. Tourists, who will choose Tinos for the holidays, choose the best location to enjoy sun, sea and all its pristine beauty known and unknown, with hundreds of pigeon, masterpieces of craftsmanship and sensitivity and a thousand chapels of Cycladic architecture nestled in the ravines, or perched in the hills. Tinos is the third largest island in the Cyclades after Andros and Naxos. It belongs to the northern Cyclades, located southeast of Andros and northwest of Mykonos. The distance from Andros  (at the Strait named) is just 1/2 miles and the nearest beaches of Mykonos is approximately 11 miles. Southwest of the island, 9 miles away is Syros, the capital of Cyclades. Tsiknias, located in the east, is the tallest mountain on the island with 726 meters height. In the central part is dominated the craggy rock of Exombourgo with 641 meters height with the ancient Venetian town, and the plateau of the "war valley" seems to hide many secrets, waiting the one to reveal them. The total coastline is estimated at 114 km. and the circumnavigation of the coast a short distance from shore requires sailing some 37 nautical miles. The climate is generally mild. The winter is mild and summer with the cool sea breeze. The thermometer in winter rarely drops to zero, in summer rarely exceed 37th Kelsious. The land is generally mountainous with altitudes not exceeding 720 meters. There are great forests and plains. Feature in most of the island is the sloping of the soil so that the fields show picture of large stairs separated by low walls.


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Salamina

Salamina

Salamina is the homeland of Aiantas and the tragic playwright Euripides, place of residence and establishment of the poet Angelos Sikelianos and host for George Karaiskakis. It is widely known in world history for the largest battle of the ages, made in 480 BC by the outcome of which, won by the Greeks, survived and developed the Greek culture and spread to the West and all over the world.In ancient times, Salamis was known by the names Pitiousa (Pitis the tree pine), Skiras (from hero Skiron) and Kychreia (from Kychrea). The island is also known since ancient times with the name Koulouris, from the Cape "Kolouris akra" (now Punta), in which was built the ancient city and the port of the 4th century BC. Today, the island offers culture, together with the municipality, various cultural associations.


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