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Piraeus, the largest port in Greece

Piraeus, the largest port in Greece

Piraeus is situated in the west of the district of Attica, about 5 km from the centre of Athens. Much of Athens's industry is located at Piraeus and the city is a major settlement. The port is a busy transit location for both goods and passengers. Ferries for the islands of Greece leave from the port and it is connected to Athens by the metro line.The area on which Piraeus stands has been inhabited since 2600 BC. The city was originally planned by the architect Ippodamos from Melos, and was built in the 5th century BC. Wall defences were built around the port 493–79 BC. Later, Pericles completed the fortification by building the Makra Teichi (the Long Walls) which protected both sides of the road between Athens and Piraeus. The area went into a state of decline from 395 BC onward, and was only revived in the early 19th century AD. In the intervening period the port was rarely used, except by pirates and invading enemies. The recovery of Piraeus began in 1829, and in 1834 the port was rebuilt using the original plans. During World War II, the port suffered extensive damage from both German, and subsequently Allied, bombing of the harbour and the boats moored in it. When the occupying German army left Piraeus they attempted to blow up the port on their retreat; resulting in its near-destruction. Beautiful Neoclassic buildings, hopefully some of them have been saved, are standing out with their prominence and brightness. Yet these ones among them, which have been reconditioned, are standing firm, proud like, ringed with the glamour of another past. The most distinguished among them is the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, built in 1884, designed by John Lazarides. It is really an architectural jewel of Piraeus. The building of Ernest Chiller (German architect), built in 1876 which is found at Alexandra square, the Chatzikyriakio orphanage for girls, built in 1883, the N.A.T. office building, the Nursing House of Piraeus, the old Post Office, the building of Metro Station, the summer resort of drink maker Metaxa, the building of the French institute (home of C. Strigos) and a lot of other old buildings at Kastella.


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Golden Beach in Thassos

Golden Beach in Thassos

Golden Beach in Thassos is located approximately 12 km south east of Limenas Village, the port of Thassos island. It is a long and impressive golden sand beach with crystallic waters. It is surrounded by densive vegetation reaching up to the beach in some places.


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Eressos, the birthplace of Sappho

Eressos, the birthplace of Sappho

Eressos is one of the most famous towns, known for its history and its beauty, situated to the southwest part of the island. The village Eressos is built four kilometres from the sea, among arid and volcanic mountains. It is a village that maintains its traditional character intact. The wonderful mansions that decorate the village reveal the economic and cultural development of the village.A straight road of 4 kilometres, that passes through the green plain of Eressos with the rich gardens, the abundant waters and the beautiful country houses takes us to Scala Eressou and to its famous beach (three kilometres long) which is the ornament of the area. In the past Sigri had been a port protected by the small islands to its west, from which the biggest is Nisiopi, as well as by the small fortress, which is by the sea. Today it is a very well organised summer resort frequented by many tourists, with many beautiful beaches and fresh fish. The sunset in Sigri is an enchanting and unforgettable spectacle, as we watch the sun "diving" into the waters of the Aegean Sea.


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Halkidiki, a heavenly place - Sights and Information

Halkidiki, a heavenly place - Sights and Information

There are many interesting places and monuments to visit during your stay in hotels in Chalkidiki Greece. Below you will find the most interesting sights:


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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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Kalloni, Lesvos

Kalloni, Lesvos

The Municipality of Kalloni consisting of seven villages, which are Anemotia, Skalohori, Philia, Parakila, Skala Kallonis, Papiana, Kerami, Argiana, Dafia and Arisvi, is situated in the centre of the island. The area of Kalloni has been the centre and the "lighthouse" of the orthodoxy and the culture. Its contribution to the determination of the education's level, thanks to its Monasteries and to its historic Metropolis, was very important.The square of Kalloni has been reborn many times from its ashes due to the strong will and insistence of the locals. It is Orthodoxy's and Civilization's lighthouse because of the historic Monasteries, the Metropolis and the local culture. At the holy Monastery of Limonos - in the year 1530 - we find the first school for clerics and at the holy Monastery of Panayia Myrsiniotissa at the same year the first school for women - unique in Greece. There, in the year 1804, the Regional Greek Institute had been established. No matter where we are on the island, we can go to the Municipality of Kalloni in less than an hour. In the Municipality of Kalloni we will find a big and modern market place with shops that can satisfy everybody's needs. The Medical Centre of the north west island is situated in the Municipality of Kalloni. The inhabitants have the possibility to get there a full medical and pharmaceutical care.


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Kaimaktsalan Ski Centre

Kaimaktsalan Ski Centre

The Ski Centre of Kaimaktsalan got its name from the place name of the mountain which hosts it. The word Kaimaktsalan, according to an analysis of the scholar and professor, Mr N. Sidiropoulos, has Turkish roots and literally means the thief of creamy foam. Why this name was given is not accurately perceived and there are several interpretations based on what is transferred orally from generation to generation. Mount Kaimakatsalan or Voras is on the border with FYROM and its ridge is the line between the two countries. It is the third largest highest mountain in Greece with 2.524m., which is a top in the ski center. At the top, and on the border line, there is the church of Prophet Elias, which is a monument of the first World War. Most of its areas are proposed to be included in Nature 2000.At the foot of the mountain is Lake Vegoritis, one of the largest of Greece in scope and depth, that lies within the geographical borders of three prefectures - Pella, Florina, Kozani - and protected by the Ramshar Treaty. The view from the mountain is spectacular, as one can, with naked eye, observe the Thermaikos Gulf, the peak of Mount Olympus and of course the ski centre of 3-5 Pigadia of Naoussa. When the cloud is low, you feel that you are on an airplane and you see beneath the white quilt-forming clouds. The Ski Center at an altitude of2.050m., where is the main shelter, parking lots, ski schools, ski slopes for beginners, rental shops, vendors and the first lift, and it ends at 2.480m altitude, where is the arrival station of the highest lift of Greece.


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Macedonia Airport - Flights Schedule

Macedonia Airport - Flights Schedule

Airport MACEDONIA | (info) +30 2310 473212 | (reclaim department) +30 2310 471 560. Also information on the companies aircraft operating to or from Macedonia Airport will find below:OLYMPIC AIRWAYS (Information) - +30 2310 368 311OLYMPIC AIRWAYS (Reservations) - +30 2310 368 666OLYMPIC AIRLINES (Airport) - +30 2310 408 411AEGEAN AIRLINES - +30 2310 239225 - +30 2310 239226ALITALIA - +30 2310 471372 - +30 2310 257707AUSTRIAN AIRLINES - +30 2310 471220JAT - +30 2310 268332SWISS AIRLINES - +30 2310 471481 - +30 2310 471466GOLD AIR - +30 2310 236454CYPRUS AIRWAYS - +30 2310 272531 - +30 2310 228352TAROM - +30 2310 250598CSA - +30 2310 472326


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