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Rethymno, the heart of Crete

Rethymno, the heart of Crete

The prefecture of Rethymno is the most mountainous of the prefectures of Crete and extends to the west of Heraklion. Its characteristic feature is the location because it lies between the White Mountains and Psiloritis. The capital of the prefecture of Rethymnon is a very picturesque city, where you can admire the old harbor, Lodzia, the Venetian building of 16th century which was a place of political, financial forum and entertainment. An impressive building which is typical for the city of Rethimno is the Fortezza. It is a fortress built between 1571 – 1600 on Palaiokastro hill.Moreover, you should visit the Ottoman era, the mosque Nerantzes, the mosque of Kara Moussa Passa and Great Door of Veli Pasa. Walking the streets of old town, the visitor will see old and new buildings. Arriving in the new city you can see the variety of modern hotel units that make the stay of many visitors each year enjoyable. For beach lovers who do not have means of transport, sandy beach of Rethymno is ideal because it has a length of 12 kilometers, starting from the city and ends at Scaletta (area outside the city on the east side). There operate large hotels that emphasize in quality of service and everyone can find the accommodation of his choice. The part of the beach, located in the town attracts many visitors during the summer months and it has a large number of lifeguards. Also, at this beach one can deal with various activities like water sports.


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Holidays in the beautiful island of Thassos

Holidays in the beautiful island of Thassos

Thassos is located in Northern Greece, across the coast of eastern Macedonia. The coastline reaches 115 km and the surface spreads 378.84 sq. km. A distance of 18 nautical miles separates it from Kavala, one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, and just 6 miles from Keramoti and the Airport of Kavala. Administratively, Thassos belongs to Kavala Prefecture and it is one of the provinces. It is green and the wood is one of the main income of Thasians, like the marble mining, tourism, oil, olives, honey, etc. Olives, pine trees, fir, linden, cedar, dogwood and other domestic and wild trees cover the small valleys to the peaks of mountains. Blue and green, full of memories and promises, graphic and unexpected.What gives you the opportunity to enjoy nature is the majestic beauty of Thassos. Lush forests of pines, firs and pines, and land cultivated with olive trees cover the entire surface of the island and the picturesque villages revealed one after another. Inlets, beautiful beaches, wild cliffs and hidden caves promise unforgettable emotions. The white marble, the chosen wine, the famous honey, excellent olive oil and demonstrate the wealth of the island. Greater wealth presents the historical and cultural background of Thassos over the centuries. Without special effort, therefore, the emerald island, easily won the impressions of visitors without advertising propaganda gained fame spread all over the world and became a source of artistic inspiration for many artists. The landmarks were known to cause moments of great glory and great disaster settlers and conquerors often filled with the presence of the great history of Thassos. The foreign influences were absorbed rapidly and fertile but the locals have with respect the customs and traditions and traveling the island's history through time. The excellent infrastructure of Thassos, the unique natural beauty and the unique hospitality of the people make the island a unique destination for holiday fun.


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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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Vasilitsa - A Ski Centre Ornament

Vasilitsa - A Ski Centre Ornament

In an altitude of 1650 - 2150m., the Ski Centre of Vasilitsa, in Grevena, Greece, is a pearl in the mountain range of Pindos, with the beautiful forests and the unique landscape. You will find it 45 km from Grevena, 417 km from Athens and 250 km from Thessaloniki. The Ski Centre of Vasilitsa is one of the few that have snow in almost all the winter period. The ski in all the 17 slopes that allocate the centre, total length of 24 km, is a unique experience. The slopes of the centre have sporty style and are ideal for ski lovers with opinion and experience. For those who love winter sports and events, in the frames of activities of the ski centre are organised the following mountain ski games: Snowboard, Jump Demonstrations, Snow craft, and Night skiing. Except of winter sports in the ski centre, for those who want something alternative, other activities are also organised, like: Walks, Rafting, Mountain Biking, Canoe Kayak, and Jeep safari.For the service of ski friends, the ski-center allocates 7 lifts, from which the two are airlifts and have three sits and two sits, and the other five are sliding lifts. The last lift was manufactured recently and it is conjunctive between the mountains Vasilitsa and Gomara, offering the visitors the possibility to move easily in the mountains. For those who want to learn ski, are beginners or want to improve their technique, there exists a ski and snowboard school. Information: 24620 84100-84850.


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Kos, the island of Hippocrates

Kos, the island of Hippocrates

Kos island has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Originally colonized by the Kares, it was when the Dorians came in the 11th century B.C. the Persians invaded, but they were expelled by the joint efforts of the Athenian Federation 21 years later. The island saw great development in the 4th century B.C., especially after the building of their beautiful new city in 366 B.C., where the modern city is now situated. After a brief occupation by a Persian General, Kos again prospered under the auspices of Alexander the Great. Unfortunately, during the period of the Roman Empire, its libraries and other treasures were looted. But it saw new heights with the coming of the Byzantine Empire.Later conquered by the Venetians, Kos was sold to the Knights of Saint John in 1306. They ruled it for 200 years, until their abandonment of it to the Turks. The Turkish occupation lasted for almost four hundred years, until 1912, when the Italians took over. Germany, too, came to occupy Kos until the end of Word War II when the British arrived as guardians. Kos is known throughout the world as the birthplace of Hippocrates. He is known as the father of medicine (460 B.C.), because until he rescued it from the priests and charlatans, it was not a science but practice of magic and sorcery. He introduced and systematically classified new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and described conditions, which are today named for modern scientists. The Hippocratic Oath established his as the greatest medical Mind of the time, and the Oath is considered the most significant of his writings. Even today, doctors throughout the world take this sacred vow which binds them to art of healing. One of the most remarkable archaeological sites of the island is the Asklepion, possibly the best and certainly the most renowned hospital of its time. Its famous spa, with running mineral waters, was used to treat skin diseases. Only the foundations and some pillars have remained from the splendor of the Temple of Asklepios, as well as pillars of the arcade that is thought to have been part of Hippocrates Medical School. Also surviving the millenia is the plane tree of Hippocrates tutored his students under the shade of its rich foliage. The International Hippocratic Institute was recently built near the Asklepion as a public welfare foundation whose aim is the realization of the Hippocratic principles of humanized medicine. World-renowned cultural and medical personalities and institutions. In fact the Museum of Medicine has recently begun to function, with noteworthy exhibitions, collections of books, stamps, coins and busts related to Hippocrates.


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Holidays in Greece 2013: where to go, what to pack

Holidays in Greece 2013: where to go, what to pack

Holidays in Greece 2013: where to go, what to packIf there's a silver lining to the financial crisis - is there a silver lining? - it's that you can go on holiday and feel almost like a philanthropist, given that some countries, especially the warm ones with beaches, could use the extra cash.With that in mind, is there a better place to be philanthropic than Greece? With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and hundreds of islands to visit, and with an economy that was particularly hard-hit by the financial crisis and suffering high unemployment, it's the perfect combination of need meeting need. Holidays to Greece in 2013 could be a great idea all round. And in fact many tourists have realized it, returning since visits dropped at the height of the financial crisis.But if you're not in the mood for crowded beaches filled with umbrellas and booze, there are hidden gems inGreecethat will provide all the relaxation and sun you need. Start with Kastelorizo, an island so isolated that, according to one guidebook, it's left off many maps. The island is the easternmost stretch of land inGreece, and is located less than 2km from the Turkish coast. While the rocky, steep coastline means its beaches leave something to be desired, Kastelorizo is still a perfect escape, with Olympic Airlines flying to the island daily fromRhodes. Colourful houses with wooden balconies, a castle and a historic mosque add to its charm.Other off-the-beaten-path holidays in Greeceinclude a particularly historic and spiritual island called Patmos, where St Johnis said to have written the New Testament book of Revelation. There are dozens of small churches on the island and a large monastery, testament to the island's outsized impact on Christian history. Much of the nightlife is near the town's quaint port and there are also very good beaches on the island. To get to Patmos, fly to Kosand then take the ferry - the only way there. In 2009, Forbes magazine named Patmos one of the most idyllic places in the world to live, noting its “air of quiet tranquillity” which it maintains from its spiritual past.What to bring toGreece? Very little actually other than the basics, given that most of what you might need, you can buy. Of course, in light of the sunny climate, and how pricey items like sunscreen can be on holiday, bringing sunscreen and other skin creams to take care of sun rash or other ailments is highly recommended.


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Kavala, a city that can satisfy the most demanding visitor

Kavala, a city that can satisfy the most demanding visitor

This historical, amazing city located like an amphitheater by the sea, combines all the things that could satisfy the most demanding visitor: mountains and sea, picturesque scenery and modern life, archaeological sightseeing, exciting excursions, cultural activities and tranquillity within nature... That is Kavala! It takes about 2 hours (165kms) to reach it by car from Thessaloniki. It also takes the same time from here to the last European City to the east, Alexandroupolis (174kms).Easily accessible, by all means, air, sea and land, Kavala becomes the perfect destination with its frequent, comfortable communications with the islands of the Aegean Sea, the rest of Greece and Europe. There are international charter flights too, departing from the modern airport, situated 20km outside the city and considered as one of the safest in the Balkans. In Kavala there are available all kinds of public services (governmental services, banks, hospitals, etc.) as well as the characteristic hospitable spirit of its 60.000 inhabitants! Kavala’s journey through history starts approximately in the Homeric era. Thanks to its position, it has always been the focus of attention. Neapolis (new city) was the original name of the city (7th century BC) which was an alien of Athens at the time of Pericles (5th century BC). It was also a very important center during the Macedonian Age. Neapolis was the very first place St. Paul stepped on European land when he came here to preach the Holy Bible and spread the Christian religion. For this reason, during the Byzantine time it was renamed Christoupolis. Its port was an important commercial location, which attracted the interest of the Romans and became the cause of destructive attacks by Goths, Huns, Normans and Bulgarians. During the 15th century it falls into the hands of Turks and remains occupied up to the beginning of the 20th century. After its liberation it becomes a modern city.


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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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Greece is one of the best and most attractive holiday destinations in Europe. You can choose for your holidays in Greece hotels, half board or All Inclusive or course breakfast. Important destinations for your holidays are the Greek islands and the rest of Greece.

On vacation in Greece to enjoy the beaches in Greece, which are among the cleanest in the Mediterranean sea, unique sites in Greece such as archaeological sites, museums, ancient theaters, monuments and monasteries.

Holidays in Greece and Vacation Packages in Greece for Summer 2012.

Greece Hotels, apartments, camping sites, zimmer, studios and other accommodations are available for your vacations in Greece. Greece is considered the Mediterranean one of the most chosen destinations for summer holidays in the Greek islands or mainland Greece. The service from the hotels and apartments, campsites and other accommodation throughout the country has improved significantly in recent years, tourists have many options with the best rates for your stay in Greece.

Greece is the land of challenges in tourism. Visitors traveler will discover a wealth of summer and winter destinations with special activities and local events that will remain etched deeply in his memory. No need to look far for offers for summer holidays, as prices for accommodation in Greece, Greek islands and summer resorts are inexpensive and there are available hotel offers with half board, full board and All Inclusive. Family holidays pass in another dimension. Houses, wooden houses, apartments, villas, island style suites and luxury hotels are located throughout Greece. Your choices are many all around Greece.

The Focus Greece Travel Guide allows you to explore accommodation Tourism in Greece and to see a 360-degree panoramas, ie interactive presentation of hotels in GreeceFind hotel deals at the best prices in luxury hotels and destinations as winter and summer destinations in Greece with many accommodation options.

Your changes for excotic vacations in Greece are a lot and you can select the best hotel offers in Greece between many holiday and vacation packages in Greece. Internet and especially focusgreece travel is a way for you  to search and find best vacation offers coming straight from hotels and rooms in Greece and including HB, all inclusive, BB and many many facilities for the most demanding visitors.

Enter our offer page for summer holidays 2012 (upper an right position) and after exploring the offers you may buy them only mostly with 10 euros in advance, that is the cost of the coupon offer.

Choose between summer and winter destinations in Greece as Halkidiki, Santorini, Mykonos, Tolo, Nafplion, Kyllini, Thassos, Zagoria, Tzoumerka, Kastoria, Vasilitsa, Kaimaktsalan, Palios Agios Athanasios, Lake Plastiras Pertouli, Kalambaka, Meteora, Florina, Grevena , Valia Kalda, Lake Kerkini, Parga, Sivota, Mani, Gytheion, Kythira, Milos, Paros, Syros, Skiathos, Pelion, Larisa and other destinations for your holidays in Greece.

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