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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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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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Milos, the island of Aphrodite

Milos, the island of Aphrodite

The civilization of Milos is considered to be as ancient as that of Crete and spans a period of at least 5000 years. Its fame spread throughout the civilized world thanks to the masterpiece of the Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo), a statue found buried on the island in the 19th century (1820) and is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Around 5000 BC, Flakopi, the oldest settlement on the island was in existence between 4000 and 5000 BC.The settlement was destroyed twice by invaders and was finally rebuilt in 800 BC in a different style. The ability to take advantage of the various mineral ores gave the inhabitants a plethora of tools having incredible precision for those years. Flakopis existence is situated between the Neolithic and Iron ages as many recent archaeological excavations have determined. The town was finally burnt down. The end of Flakopi came at around the same time as the Mycenaean civilization was flourishing elsewhere. It was around 1000 BC and at that time the Dorian invaders arrived on the island. In fact, Thucydides reported in one of his books that it was for about 700 years that the Dorians made Milos their home. Milos became a center for artistic endeavor as shown by the wonderful statue of Aphrodite of Milos created around 400 BC.


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Thassos hotels

Thassos hotels

hotels in Thassos and Thassos rooms offer a cheap prices and offers and quality accommodation in Thassos and enjoyable holidays in Thassos.


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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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Chalkidiki hotels | a land of many natural charms

Chalkidiki hotels | a land of many natural charms

The prefecture of Halkidiki is located in Northern Greece, southeast of Thessaloniki. It is a beautiful place and attracts thousands of visitors because of the unique features it has. Famous for its natural beauty, and has lush vegetation, streams, springs, lakes and bays. One of the biggest attractions are the beaches of Halkidiki, many of which blend with lush forests. The villages are very picturesque, with a strong traditional element, either they are located above the green hills or close to the rugged beaches. In every corner of Halkidiki there are significant archaeological, historical and religious attractions that deserve a visit. Polygyros, the capital of Halkidiki, is the land area of the county and is built amphitheater on the slopes of Mount Prophet Elijah, offering breathtaking sea view and magnificent scenery. The most popular tourist resorts of Chalkidiki are the three peninsulas, or else the Trident or three feet, Kassandra in the west, Sithonia in the center and the Holy Mountain in the east.Sithonia, the central peninsula of Halkidiki, is known for its unique natural beauty. Here you have the opportunity to stroll to beautiful sandy beaches and beautiful coves or beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages. It retains many traditional features, while it has a wide variety of hotels, rooms and apartments. It offers all the tourist facilities and amenities, tavernas, restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as organized car rental agencies.Kassandra, the western peninsula of Halkidiki, is the busiest of the three peninsulas because of its short distance from Thessaloniki, but especially the developed tourist infrastructure, with many hotels, apartments and rented rooms, and numerous entertainment venues and catering for all tastes. Kassandra offers some of the best beaches of Halkidiki, and many combine the beauties of sea and mountain.Mount Athos, the easternmost peninsula of Halkidiki, is a unique place. It is the spiritual center of Orthodoxy, and is the only autonomous state of Greece. It offers unparalleled spiritual aura and serene atmosphere that you will not find anywhere else in the world. The monasteries are surrounded by forests of ancient trees, and these contribute to the refreshing atmosphere of the area. At the entrance of the peninsula are the seaside resorts of Tripiti and Ouranoupolis, where there is a wide selection of hotels, bars, clubs, taverns and restaurants and beautiful beaches.


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Dionysus beach in Halkidiki

Dionysus beach in Halkidiki

The settlement of Dionysos Beach was created in 1964 by refugees and residents of the City!The natural beauty of Dionysos Beach can enchant the visitor immediately after the wonderful silence is the hallmark and the natural noise of the waves leaves a pleasant summer complexion.Stroll through the pedestrian zone near the coast and enjoy the colors and scents of flowers. If all you want on your vacation this summer is quiet, cocktails by the sea and the waves, fresh fish, clear water and endless beauty, then you found the perfect summer destination in Dionysos Beach in Halkidiki and Greece that covers you.


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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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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.

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