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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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Makriamos Beach in Thassos

Makriamos Beach in Thassos

Makryammos Beach in Thassos is located approximately 2 km west of the central Thassos Port, the main port of Thassos.It is a closed beach, guarded and stunning with golden sandy beach with crystal clear waters. The beach is organized and in Makryammos beach and beside is located the seaside resort of Makriammos with stunning stone houses and hotel rooms that will amaze you. The dense vegetation of pine surrounds the whole beach.


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Alikes Beach Thassos

Alikes Beach Thassos

Alykes beach considered one of the best beaches on the island. The visitors of Thassos will definitely visit and enjoy the sandy beach of Alykes and kryastallina waters. Tasty treats at restaurants located on the beach and frenetic pace and space of the beach clubs in Alykes.


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metsovo, a touristic destination with traditional character

metsovo, a touristic destination with traditional character

Metsovo is one of the most picturesque and traditional towns in Greece. It is built like an amphitheatre at an altitude of 1.156m., on one of the highest peaks of the Pindos range at the junction of Epirus, Thessaly and Western Macedonia. It is the capital of the homonym province and it has a population of 6.000 inhabitants. The first reference to Metsovo was made in 1380 A.D. in the chronicle of the Philanthropinos brothers Proklos and Komnenos. At first, Metsovo used to be a small settlement of shepherds. Later, due to its important geographical location, Metsovo acquired a number of privileges that contributed to its survival and accelerated the development course in difficult times. Such privileges were granted in 1430 A.D. by the Sultan Murat II as a reward for the good behavior of the Metsovite guards of Zygos to the Ottoman trοops of Sinan Pasha, who were heading for Ioannina.Τhe Sultan Mehmet IV renewed the privileges in 1659. Based on these privileges, Metsovo and the surrounding villages of Malakasi, Milia, Anilio, Votonosi, Palia Koutsoufliani (Platanistos) and Derventista (Anthochori) formed a federation, an autonomous, democratic state within the limits of the Ottoman Empire. The privileges granted to Metsovo, with the exception of the Patriarchal Hexarchy that was preserved until 1924, were abolished in 1795 by Ali Pasha. In 1700 A.D., a self-catering Greek school was founded in Metsovo to become one of the most important education centers, staffed with the eminent teachers of that time. Metsovo suffered considerable destruction on March 27, 1854 by the Ottoman troops of Abdi Pasha. This became known as the Grivas disaster. Following the Grivas disaster, Metsovo experienced a unique progress that was attributed to the large number of benefactors, who hailed from the town and offered substantial sums of money in order to contribute to its re-establishment. Metsovo was liberated from the Turkish yoke on October 31, 1912 by forces of the Greek Army and Cretan and Epirot volunteers. Decisive role in the economic and cultural development of Metsovo played the Baron Mihail Tossizza Foundation, established in 1948 by the Baron himself at the instigation and the encouragement of Evangelos Averoff Tossizza. Among the great men of Metsovo are the Metsovian neomartyr Nicholaos (May 17, 1617), the teachers of the nation during the Turkish occupation Nicholaos Tzartzoulis, Parthenios Katzioulis, Dimitrios Vardakas, Tryfon the priest-monk, Adam Tsapekos, the national benefactors George Averoff, Nicholaos Stournaras, Mihail Tossizza, Triantafyllos Tsoumagas, Kyriakos Flokas, Baron Mihail Tossizza, the freedom fighters Dimitrios Ipatros, Anastasios Manakis, Ioannis Gadelos, Apostolos Hatzis, Dimitrios Zamanis and the politician and benefactor Evangelos Averoff Tossizza.


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The Mountainous Regions of Argolida

The Mountainous Regions of Argolida

Foreign visitors who come to Argolis usually restricted by tour guides and the main roads on a path to the south or east and coastal neighbors of Argolis or large urban centers like Nafplio, Argos, Epidaurus, the ancient sites of Mycenae located on the road to the beaches and coasts of Argolida. But there is only interesting and seaside hotels or apartments with swimming pools. Staying in Argolis takes another dimension to mountain Argolid!


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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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Kamariotissa, Samothraki's port

Kamariotissa, Samothraki's port

Port of the island, Kamariotissa with the beautiful sunset stretches along the coast and has a considerable tourist traffic. Here tie fishing and excursion boats. It is 5 km west of Chora. Sights of the village is the church of Panagia Kamariotissa and small lagoon of Saint Andreas.


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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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