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Kythnos, an island ideal for relaxing holidays

Kythnos, an island ideal for relaxing holidays

Kythnos probably took its name from the leader of Dryops and first inhabitant of the island, Kythnos, although his existence is doubtful. Another possibility is that its name comes from the stem "kyth", which derives from the verb keptho (hide) and refers to the place where one can hide, probably a place with woods, valleys, caves or mines. Recent excavations at Maroulas area have brought to light findings which prove that the island was inhabited during the Mesolithic Period, that is it may have been the oldest settlement of man on Cyclades. In the 13th century B.C., according to Herodotus, the Dryops emigrated to the island, traces of whom are the Cyclopean walls and the temples they have left behind. The Ions were the next to inhabit the island. In the Kinthean Republic, Aristotle refers to the ideal state those peoples had created.During the Persian Wars, Kythnos participates with one trireme and soon after it becomes member of the Athenian Alliance. Later it becomes part of the Roman state and afterwards it is included in the Aegean Theme by the Byzantines. During the Venetian domination it is conquered by the noble Marko Sanoudo and it is called Thermia, because of its hot (therma) spring waters. Then it comes under the rule of the Castelli family and later on the family of Gozadini. It remains under the rule of the family even after the looting of the pirate Barbarossa (1537), because of the peace treaty that was signed between the Turks and the Venetians, while during the Russian-Turkish war it is conquered by the Russians. In 1827, the island is called Kythnos again and takes part in the fight against the Turks. During the reign of Othona, rebels and political prisoners were exiled to Kythnos. In 1862 rebels from Syros came to the island to free the prisoners and clashed with the government’s army at the bay of St. Irini. The outcome of the clash was the repression of the rebels and the death of the rebels Leotsakos, Moraetinis, Scravelis and other exiles. Today, the people of Kythnos are in tourism business, without having abandoned other occupations such as agriculture and fishing. They offer to the visitor the perfect combination of the Cycladic scenery, the crystal clear waters, the local products (meat, dairy products, fruit, vegetables) and the fresh fish out of their own fishing boats.


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Parnassos Ski Centre

Parnassos Ski Centre

One of the best organized and full equipped ski centers in our country, in order to cover all the requirements from beginners to advanced friends of ski is Parnassos. Parnassos skiing centre offers in the lovers of winter sports a lot of different ring levels, possibilities for interesting descent for skier out of the ring levers, while they consist an ideal initial point for crossings with mountaineering skis. The three ski centers – Gerontovrahos, Fterolakka and Kellaria – cover the requirements of winter sports and not only, while at the winter period they are in complete operation. The centers allocate: Parking, Helideck, Spaces of reception, Restaurant, Bar, Cafeteria, Experienced personal babysitting, First aids, and Road help. Also function faculties ski and snowboard, shops of renting and sale of types ski and snowboard. For the friends of ski but also for the friends of mountainous nature, in the ski centers that find in altitude 1.600 – 2.300 m., function 1 cable railway, 6 air lifts and 7 sliding lifts and 20 slopes, total length 14 km. From these 16 are slopes of skiing of length 6000m., until 4000m.. From these 13 are for new, medium and experienced  skiers, while the other three are for professionals. For those who want to learn ski or are beginners, the Greek Center of Mountainous Sports Arahovas, as other private faculties, teach daily courses ski at the duration of winter period.


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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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Agios Nikolaos, Crete - A Sunny Destination

Agios Nikolaos, Crete - A Sunny Destination

Agios Nikolaos, with its forty years of experience in tourism, is an international and cosmopolitan resort that welcomes thousands of visitors. The lake is the most charming place of the city. The legends have Athena and Artemis bathed in its waters. It binds to the sea by a narrow channel, while the natural surroundings of red rocks and trees makes it a magnet for visitors. In the small theater of the lake, locals and visitors enjoy interesting artistic events. A stroll through the shops of Agios Nikolaos is an enjoyable experience. In the shops of the city, the visitor can find a selection of traditional Cretan artwork, copies of objects from different archaeological museums, jewelry, embroidery, etc. There are also many weavers, Byzantine icons, jewelry shops, bookstores, cosmopolitan cafes, quaint cafes and bars, favorite hangouts for the local raki. There are countless opportunities for fun at numerous bars and discos in the summer, surrounded by honeysuckle, Christina cinema, or to centers of genuine Cretan feasts are always accompanied with local wine or strong raki. And range of sporting facilities enable athletes, fans and sports enthusiasts, locals and visitors to engage in any sports. Football, tennis, volleyball, basketball, beach volleyball, mini golf, swimming pools ... offer opportunities for exercise and fun.


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Heraklion, one of the best tourist destinations

Heraklion, one of the best tourist destinations

The prefecture of Heraklion is located in central-eastern part of Crete and is the most economically developed prefecture in Crete and one of the most productive in Greece. Its capital is Heraklion, the largest city on the island. The coast and the mountainous parts of the prefecture, are inhabited from prehistoric times to today. For this, the area is considered to be one of the richest sites in Crete, with the magnificent Minoan palaces at Knossos, Phaistos, Malia and Heraklion. Of course, the beautiful beaches excite the interest of locals and visitors, just outside the urban centers, where hotels operate along the northern coastline.Some popular beaches are Amoudara, Karteros, Tobruk, Mallia, Hersonisos, where the most are established with adequate facilities for water sports, such as beach volleyball, and restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, attracting every year a large number of tourists and providing alternative entertainment options. Less cosmopolitan are the beaches Pantanasa, Paliokastro Ligaria, Agia Pelagia, Psaromoura and Mononaftis, which began as small settlements of fishermen and has developed into tourist resorts without losing their authenticity. Moreover, beyond the beach Mononaftis are beautiful beaches, as Fodele, which have the necessary hotel facilities. Also, in recent years is an increasing trend of rural tourism accommodation, created in the hinterland of Heraklion, on existing or new buildings.


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Rhodes, the island of Knights

Rhodes, the island of Knights

Rhodes is the biggest island of the Dodecanese. It lies at the south-eastern corner of the Aegean, opposite the coast of Asia Minor, about 11 miles away. It has an area of 1398 square kilometres, being 79.7 km long and 38 km wide. The city of Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese Prefecture, a group of islands formerly known as the Southern Sporades. The name Dodecanese (Twelve Islands), although finally prevailing, does not correspond to the actual number of islands making up the Prefecture, there being many more than twelve. The medieval town of Rhodes, or the Old town as the locals call it, is a living monument. It is a well preserved centre where many Rhodians live and work. Various projects are currently being implemented and developed by the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Rhodes in aid of the restoration and improvement of the medieval town, which has been designated a world monument of architectural heritage by UNESCO.The fortress town was divided into two parts: The KOLLAKIO or KOLLAKO to the north, including the Street of Knights, leaders, the Palace of the Grand Master (Castello), the official churches of the Order, the Hospital (today’s museum), and other edifices. This area was separated from the rest of the town by inner fortifications, sections of which are still preserved. The BURGH or HORA to the south, with the old market (Socrates Street) and Turkish bazaar around Suleiman’s mosque, and other sites. Hora was the area for the bourgeois, and the Greeks, as well as other nationalities (Jewish, Turkish and others) each lived in their own districts. Dating from 1522 – the start of the Turkish occupation of Rhodes and their settlement within the fortress town – construction began on the newer districts beyond the walls, the so-called Marasia. These took their names from the major churches of the districts Ag. Anargyroi, Ag. Iannis, Ag. Anastasia, Metropolis, Ag. Giorgios Ano, Ag. Giorgios Kato or Kammenos (burned down), and Ag. Nikolaos. Greater Marasi, or Neohori, was developed by the Italians (1912-45) who also constructed the recent buildings of Mandraki city centre. They did not employ the island’s traditional style, but rather tried to echo the walls and fortifications, creating an architectural complex that impresses even now. These buildings included the Prefecture Administration building, the City Hall, the Port Authority, the Post Office, the Bank of Greece, the Aktaion, the New Market, the National Theatre, and the Hotel of the Roses, which now houses the Casino following its restoration (April, 1998). Adjacent to the Prefecture building is the Church of the Annunciation, modelled on the destroyed Knights’ church of Saint John. Opposite the National Theatre is the mosque of Murat-Reis. The visitor may see other buildings of the same period in the area of Neohori: the Teaching Academy of Rhodes, the Girls Orphanage, the Hospital, and others.


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Municipality of Karpenisi

Municipality of Karpenisi

Evrytania Prefecture comprises the following municipalities: Agrafa endless Aspropotamos Viniani, Domnistas, Karpenisi Ktimenion, Potamia, Bursa, bakery and Fragista.


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palios Agios Athanasios

palios Agios Athanasios

Palios Agios Athanasios hotels and hostels are combined in a fantastic environment in ski mountain resort of Kaimaktsalan or Voras. Palios Aghios Athanasios is one of the most traditional villages in Kaimaktsalan who have maintained their traditional identity and style. All hotels in Palios St. Athanasius and guesthouses are clad in stone and wood.


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