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Ios, one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades

Ios, one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades

In the deep blue Aegean Sea, between Santorini, Paros, Naxos and Sikinos, emerges from one of the most beautiful islands of Greece, Ios. It is a small island differing for the long golden beaches, crystal clear waters and picturesque bays. Its characteristic is that it has 86km. coastline, of which 32 km. are sandy! It has an area 108t.chlm. with relevant dimensions, length 17km. and a width of 7.5 km. The distance from Piraeus is 108n.m. and it is covered by ferry in about 8 hours and from Rafina to speed in about half time. The daily ferry transport is very frequent in the tourist season (about 20 arrivals and departures every day) to Piraeus and the surrounding islands, but in the winter with two ships a day.The soils of Ios age about 500 million years. The island's climate is cool, so even the periods of high temperature (June-August), the winds will freshen the locals and visitors. The average temperature in the hot summer months is between 27C-29C, while other times 12-18C. It is known worldwide as the young people island, it has to offer visitors, many more than the sun, the sea and the fun. Ships arriving on the island are welcomed by the first beautiful, white chapel of Agia Irini (17th century), which is built right into the harbor. A visitor admires  the serenity, the charm and the tranquility of the famous, for the security through morphology, port of Ios. Every summer, it becomes an attraction for Greek and foreign yachts, with about 1500 port of call during the tourist season. It has all the capabilities of supplying yachts with fuel, water, food, ice and electricity from specific slots. The port is the paradise for visitors. Everywhere you can find information! For hotels, restaurants, beaches, roads, entertainment, traffic. The well-organized tourist agencies, and the hospitable locals are always eager to inform and help visitors. In Gialos (otherwise known as the local port) you can find almost everything! Super markets, shops selling clothes and souvenirs, cafes, restaurants, hotels and rooms to rent, bikes and cars. In the small beach of the harbor, visitors can enjoy the sun and sea with a view of ships and boats that go in and out of the port, or can do water sports. There is another option for swimming near the port. 2km. from the port lies the town of Ios. Scenic and white, it is built on the hill, which appears at the top of the beautiful lady of the island! The Panagia Gremiotissa. The view is panoramic. The whole village is poured on her feet forward. On the right is the Port, on the left the windmills, and across the neighboring islands of Sikinos and Santorini. When the weather permits, off in the distance stands the island of Crete. The church Gremiotissa is of Byzantine architecture and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The tradition explains why people of Ios built the church in the cliffs on top of the hill: The image of the Virgin Mary with the Christ, which is now in the church, was once on the Bay Mylopotas in rocks and lit by a candle.


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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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Parga hotels holidays and accommodation in a superb summer destination

Parga hotels holidays and accommodation in a superb summer destination

Parga, 48 km south of Igoumenitsa and 77 km north of Preveza City, spills down to a rocky bay flanked by coves and islets. Add a Venetian kastro and the long pebble-and-sand Valtos Beach, and you have somewhere trully alluring. So it will come as no surprise that it's overrun with tourists in midsummer and that hotels, rooms and travel agents have swamped this once-serene fishing village.


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Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

kalambaka hotels : Every year, millions of visitors come from all over the world in order to admire and honour Meteora. If its needed, they stay at Kalampaka and Kastraki. Kalampaka is a city of rich history and important monuments. The one of the greatest importance is the Holy Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary that is at the north-eastern part of the city under the very high rock of Aea. The city of Kalampaka is built on the feet of the Meteora and it is at the left side of the river Pinios at the point that it enters the plain of Thessaly. It is the starting place for those visitors who wish to be familiar with the monuments and the magnificent sites of Aspropotamos of Hasia, of Koziakas and especially of the Meteora. The city of Kalampaka is the capital of the homonymous province that takes up the north-western part of the prefecture of Trikala. There, one can find nice hotels, modern campings, restaurants, tourist shops, etc. The ancient name of the city was Aeginion. This is how it is mentioned in the Hellenistic and Roman years because of the great importance of its position. The name Aeginion is witnessed from an enshrined inscription on the wall that is at the eastern part of the church of Saint John the Baptist. At the beginning of the 10th century (901-907) Kalampaka of today is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is reserved until today as a Metropolitan title. Many travellers passed through Kalampaka from the ancient years until today and they refer to it by the name Aeginion or by the name Stagi or by its present name Kalampaka. At the north-eastern part of the city exists the picturesque neighbourhood of Sopotos, under the rock of the Holy Trinity (east) and the rock of Alsos (north). In the city there are many small churches -country chapels of post Byzantine age. In fact, many of them have admirable hagiographies.The cathedral church of Saint Vissarion is constructed in the honour of Saint Metropolitan of Larissa, who was the founder and the owner of the Monastery of Dusikos. The church has been hagiographied entirely by John Albanis. The Byzantine church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is the most important and most imposing monument of Kalampaka which constitutes a point of reference and adoration for all the faithful people. Despite the significant efforts that have been materialised, it is obvious the abandonment on behalf of the people in change for the systematic maintenance of the temple and the environmental space, too. Let us hope that UNESCO, the European Community and mostly the Greek state will be interested in the maintenance of this appreciable monument of Orthodoxy before it is too late. The church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, which is found in the old city, was erected between the 10th and the 11th century on the ruins of an old Christian "basilica" church. The order (way of building) is "trikliti" (triforium) basilica of mixed type "it has very high and lit the intermediate "klitos" (aisle) of the narthex and the "trivilo". The outer narthex was added in the 16th century. In the southern wall there are surrounded with wall externally a lot of ancient parts of bas-reliefs (rodakes representations wrought in relief, signs, capes etc.), as well as old Christian sculpture with a vine-shoot. From the sculpture decoration of the Byzantine basilica, the oldest is the marble "kivorio" (tomb) of the Holy Altar found in the Sanctuary. Special interest presents the unique in Greece marble pulpit that imposingly is raised at the centre of the intermediate "klitos" in front of the Holy Gate. It has been reconstructed to its biggest part from architectural parts of the old pulpit. The murals of the church are dated from the 12th until the 16th century and are of exceptional interest. A lot of murals were created in 1573 by priest Kiriazis and by Neofytos, son of the eminent painter Theofanis from Crete. The most important of the temples portable pictures is the both sides painted picture, which on the one side portrays the Assumption of Virgin Mary and on the order the Christs Crucifixion. The two now separate, pictures after the theft and their restoration are kept in the Varlaam Monastery of the Meteora. The wood carved temple of the church belongs to the appreciable work of the post Byzantine wood carving and it was created during the 17th century. In a little depth on the front left part of the main temple, part of a mosaic flooring had been revealed. As we enter the temple on the northern wall of the inner narthex they are written, with capital letters writing, the "golden bull" of the Emperor Andronikos c Paleologos 1336 with which the borders of the Bishopric of Stagi are determined and privileges are granted, as well as the "sigilio" (the Patriarchs edict) of the Ecumenical "universal". Patriarch Antonios D 1393 with which the privileges of the Bishopric of Stagi - that various emperors of Byzantium had granted occasionally are renewed. Impressive and imposing is also the churchs bell tower, found on the northern side of the entrance in the grounds of the church.


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Elati Trikala - The best of winter destinations in Greece

Elati Trikala - The best of winter destinations in Greece

Elati Village in Trikala is the nearest village of Trikala encountered during our journey to ski Pertouli and passing by the nearest route from the village of Trikala Gate.You will love the village, dressed with Pine Trees and tradition which is scattered in hotels and guesthouses in Trikala. In the center of the village Elati you will find restaurants and taverns that will make your nose to sigh for a snack.Try the local traditional recipies and then you can choose (if you have not already) a hotel or guest house in Elati Trikala for your stay.Prices are reasonable and if you choose long stay you will find great deals and offers.


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Ioannina hotels

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 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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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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Samothrace, an island of great natural beauty

Samothrace, an island of great natural beauty

This elliptical island covers an area of 180 Sq. klm with a shoreline of 32 klm. Its terrain is mountainous and the highest peak of mount Saos or Saoki is Fengari at 1640m. The crystal-clear sea water and the underwater lushness which reminds you of Coustos documentaries invite you to swim and dive (free and scuba).A veil of mystery covers the knowledge about ceremonies that were taking place there in ancient times (called Kaveiros Mysteries). The ancient city of Samothrace did not fall short of radiation of Delphi. Today many findings remind the greatness of that season. One of the the most famous masterpieces of antiquity is found in Museum of Louvre (Paris, France), the "Victory of Samothrace".


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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.

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