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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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Ioannina hotels

Choose your accommodation in hotels in Ioannina and visit the sights of Ioannina is unique. In Wax Museum in Ioannina will find remarkable figures of important people and heroes of the Greek revolution, and other forms of the League of Ioannina. The region of Ioannina has a wealth of options as Zagorohoria or Zagoria the Glyke the necromancy, Konitsa and many areas with activities and options for the most demanding guests. You just come in Ioannina and you will find a unique winter and summer destination for your vacation.

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Ioannina, a city that combines everything

Ioannina, a city that combines everything

Being built on the bank of Lake Pamvotis in 500 m altitude, it fascinates everyone with its beauty and its warm atmosphere. It is a lively city of 100.000 inhabitants, which carries a history of centuries. Each alley and square, each part of the city echoes its great tradition. The combination of innumerable historical monuments and museums with the unbelievable natural beauty of the landscape is a guarantee for the visitors. The castle of Ioannina, the lake with the island, the cave, the fabulous ancient city with its traditional stores and its exceptional market give no other choice to the visitors but attract their attention and captivate them.It is a city that combines everything. There are idyllic spots for walks in nature for the romantic ones and the nature lovers. There is intense nightlife and superb traditional cuisine for the ones who enjoy a good party and good food. There are important museums and sights for the lovers of tradition and history. But there are also countless opportunities for extreme sports in beautiful natural locations for the bold ones. And those who are interested in escaping from the city, they will be impressed by the wild nature and the magical landscapes that wait for them only half an hour away from Ioannina. Ioannina is a wonderful city worth visiting, a magical wandering beyond your expectations, a journey that you will never forget!

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Alonissos - The Story of a Βeautiful island

Alonissos - The Story of a Βeautiful island

Today Alonissos took this name in the early years of the liberation of Greece and is not the same as the ancient Alonissos. The island in ancient times was called Ikos, while the neiborhood island  to the north, Kyra Panagia, was probably called Alonissos by the ancient Greeks. The island's history is lost in the Paleolithic era, when it is probable that it was connected to the other islands and Thessaly. Tradition says that Cretans led by the mythical hero Stafilos made colonies in Peparithos (current Skopelos) and Iko. This colonisation became in the 16th century BC during the Minoan naval in the Aegean Sea. In that time, begins the cultivation of olives and vines. The Minoan colony takes later a Mycenaean character. The Mycenaean city is located in today Kokkinokastro, on the east coast of the island. At the end of the Mycenaean era, on the island come the father of Achilles, Peleus, and stays until the end of his life. According to tradition, in the island was found the tomb of Peleus. Historically, however, it is clear that in the geometric times is found Iko under the authority of Dolopes. The Dolopes appeared to be a part of the great race of the Pelasgians. After a period of time, they became dangerous and evil pirates of the Aegean. To deal with them, later, the Athenian fleet under the command of Cimon moved to the island, who routed them and annexed the islands to Athens. Thus, in 476 BC, the island joins the first Athenian Alliance. In the classical era, Ikos must have two cities (the geographer Skylax, 5th century BC, called it dipolin). At that time the island is famous for the cultivation of vines and fine wine. The wine was exported in jars, which are one of the two handles bearing the inscription IKION. At this time it appears that the location of the island is very important. This is confirmed by the number of ancient shipwrecks, which have been identified in the region. This important position has made the island base of the Athenian fleet struggles against Philip. In 190 BC the island was conquered by the Roman fleet. We have almost no information for the history of Iko until the capture of Constantinople by the Franks in 1204 AD, when the island and the adjacent islands came into possession of the Franks. Along with Skopelos, Alonissos is an alternating conquerors. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453, the islands were obtained by the Venetians. They remained Venetian until 1538, when the Turkish fleet under Barbarossa Chairedin imposed on the Turkish authorities. During the revolution of 1821 and the first years of liberalization of the Greek nation, the Greeks resorted to Alonissos from various parts of Greece. They, along with the natives of the island, compose the present population of Alonissos.

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Prespa, two beautiful lakes

Prespa, two beautiful lakes

A large number of Greek and foreign vacationers and tourists flock to the reputed Prespa Lakes. The latter are situated on the Greece - FYROM - Albania border, with an elevation of 850 m above sea level and a depth of 50 m. In many parts, the lake banks are steep rocky walls, while elsewhere they become almost flat with lush vegetation. Mikri (small) Prespa lies on the left side of the central road and is separated from Megali (big) Prespa by a narrow strip of land measuring 1,000 m.The entire area is worth visiting and has been designated as a national park. Mikri (small) Prespa, fringed with reed beds, provides shelter to pelicans, wild ducks and to many rare species of birds that attract the interest of international scientific institutes. Access to the Prespa Lakes is possible via two roads. One starts from Florina and the other ascends from Kastoria. They intersect at Prevali. 50 km from Florina near the village of Lemos Prespon the road forks again, one branch leading to Agios Germanos, the largest village in the Prespa area, and the other to the military post of Koula. On the rocky lakeshores of Prespa caves are found featuring religious paintings. The Prespa Lakes are situated 45 km west of Florina, and 50 km north of Kastoria.

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Sparta, the capital of Laconia, a historic city

Sparta, the capital of Laconia, a historic city

Situated at the shores of Evrotas river and under the watchful eye of Taygetos mountain, Sparta is spread across the valley of the mythical river. Sparta is a simple, uncomplicated and always hospitable place, ready to offer its services to the visitors all throughout the year, since the sights around Sparta, as well as all over the prefecture of Lakonia are so many and of such a kind that they attract the interest of tourists all year through. The capital of the prefecture of Lakonia, located 220 km from Athens, has 14000 inhabitants and a modern and efficient town planning since it was built in the beginning of the modern Greek state according to the 1834 official town plan. Sparta has the appropriate infrastructure to ensure an enjoyable stay and provide for the organization of tours around the prefecture, since it constitutes not only the administrative but also the transportation center of the prefecture. The Mycenaean vaulted tomb of Vafio, constructed from small, carved stones, has been the subject of many archaeological studies and has become worldwide known because of the two golden cups found inside the tomb. These cups, bearing depictions of wild bull hunting, can be seen at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, and even though the location of the palace of Mycenaean Sparta has not been identified, they constitute evidence of the prosperity and development of the region much earlier than 1000 B.C. The regions significance has been attested also by the discovery of the Mycenaean tombs in the location "Spilakia".One of the most important archaeological discoveries in Greece, located in Vafio close to Amycles. The archaeological excavations brought to light a vaulted tomb containing two golden cups. These findings underline the significance of the region during the post-Hellenic and Mycenaean period. The Archaeological Museum of Sparta is the first Greek Museum that was built in a provincial town (1874-76) and it was designed by the Greek architect G. Katsaros. It consists of six rooms and a hall. The exhibits include findings from the temple of Artemis Orthia (clay labeled columns commemorating the winners of contests dedicated to goddess Artemis) and the temple of Athena Chalkioikos (bronze idols, pottery, etc), findings from the excavations in Amycles, as well as a small part of the mosaic floors that have been revealed during the excavations around the town of Sparta and used to decorate the wealthy family houses of the Hellenistic and Roman period. There are also two rooms with sculptures, including the statue which is known as Leonidas, and a room with findings from the prehistoric excavations in Pellana and Amycles. The Ancient Theater of Sparta is located on the southwestern slope of the Spartan Acropolis just below the temple of Athena. It has a southern orientation, which is a quite common characteristic of the ancient theaters, but because of the natural relief, it leans slightly towards the south. It is one of the biggest ancient theaters, with an external diameter of 140 m. and natural ground, but through the works for the walls, the size of the available space was almost tripled. The current form of the theater dates back to the Roman period and more specifically to its latest reconstruction during the era of emperor Theodosios.

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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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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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