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Holidays in Greece 2013: where to go, what to pack

Holidays in Greece 2013: where to go, what to pack

Holidays in Greece 2013: where to go, what to packIf there's a silver lining to the financial crisis - is there a silver lining? - it's that you can go on holiday and feel almost like a philanthropist, given that some countries, especially the warm ones with beaches, could use the extra cash.With that in mind, is there a better place to be philanthropic than Greece? With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and hundreds of islands to visit, and with an economy that was particularly hard-hit by the financial crisis and suffering high unemployment, it's the perfect combination of need meeting need. Holidays to Greece in 2013 could be a great idea all round. And in fact many tourists have realized it, returning since visits dropped at the height of the financial crisis.But if you're not in the mood for crowded beaches filled with umbrellas and booze, there are hidden gems inGreecethat will provide all the relaxation and sun you need. Start with Kastelorizo, an island so isolated that, according to one guidebook, it's left off many maps. The island is the easternmost stretch of land inGreece, and is located less than 2km from the Turkish coast. While the rocky, steep coastline means its beaches leave something to be desired, Kastelorizo is still a perfect escape, with Olympic Airlines flying to the island daily fromRhodes. Colourful houses with wooden balconies, a castle and a historic mosque add to its charm.Other off-the-beaten-path holidays in Greeceinclude a particularly historic and spiritual island called Patmos, where St Johnis said to have written the New Testament book of Revelation. There are dozens of small churches on the island and a large monastery, testament to the island's outsized impact on Christian history. Much of the nightlife is near the town's quaint port and there are also very good beaches on the island. To get to Patmos, fly to Kosand then take the ferry - the only way there. In 2009, Forbes magazine named Patmos one of the most idyllic places in the world to live, noting its “air of quiet tranquillity” which it maintains from its spiritual past.What to bring toGreece? Very little actually other than the basics, given that most of what you might need, you can buy. Of course, in light of the sunny climate, and how pricey items like sunscreen can be on holiday, bringing sunscreen and other skin creams to take care of sun rash or other ailments is highly recommended.


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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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Holidays in Fourka Halkidiki | Halkidiki hotels

Holidays in Fourka Halkidiki | Halkidiki hotels

Fourka Halkidiki is one of the most popular summer destinations in Greece. These hotels have rooms Fourka to stay covering all your needs and requirements.


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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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Heraklion, one of the best tourist destinations

Heraklion, one of the best tourist destinations

The prefecture of Heraklion is located in central-eastern part of Crete and is the most economically developed prefecture in Crete and one of the most productive in Greece. Its capital is Heraklion, the largest city on the island. The coast and the mountainous parts of the prefecture, are inhabited from prehistoric times to today. For this, the area is considered to be one of the richest sites in Crete, with the magnificent Minoan palaces at Knossos, Phaistos, Malia and Heraklion. Of course, the beautiful beaches excite the interest of locals and visitors, just outside the urban centers, where hotels operate along the northern coastline.Some popular beaches are Amoudara, Karteros, Tobruk, Mallia, Hersonisos, where the most are established with adequate facilities for water sports, such as beach volleyball, and restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, attracting every year a large number of tourists and providing alternative entertainment options. Less cosmopolitan are the beaches Pantanasa, Paliokastro Ligaria, Agia Pelagia, Psaromoura and Mononaftis, which began as small settlements of fishermen and has developed into tourist resorts without losing their authenticity. Moreover, beyond the beach Mononaftis are beautiful beaches, as Fodele, which have the necessary hotel facilities. Also, in recent years is an increasing trend of rural tourism accommodation, created in the hinterland of Heraklion, on existing or new buildings.


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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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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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Mytilene

Mytilene

Mytilini got her name by one of Makaros daughters, the island's first colonist. The Municipality of Mytilini consists of the villages Agia Marina, Taxiarhes, Loutra, Panagiouda, Moria, Alyfanta, Afalonas, Pamphila and the city of Mytilini. It is about 188 miles from Piraeus and it has about 25000 inhabitants. Impressive buildings of a neo-classic architecture, historical monuments, unique archaeological treasures, like the mosaic-works found at Menandros House (exhibited now at the Archaeological Museum) and the natural hot springs compose a rich cultural context.The town's foundations are extended over seven adjoining hills. The centre of the town is divided into three main parts: Kioski, which is a very beautiful suburb, the central old neighbourhoods and the west neighbourhoods. The efforts of the authorities to reconstruct the centre of the town and to adapt the needs of the Municipality of Mytilini to the demands of the new century are remarkable. Kioski, the old aristocratic suburb of Mytilini where we can find the new Archaeological Museum, is not far away from the Enetic Castle. The Castle was situated on the isolated, by the channel of Euripus, part of Mytilini and seemed like a small island. The channel of Euripus, along which there were a lot of bridges, had been uniting, in the past, the south port to the north port dividing, this way, Mytilini in two parts. At Kioski there are still authentic mansions of a traditional Lesbian architecture. The main street that goes through Kioski leads to the north port, where we can see the shattered quay and other ruins of the past. In a small distance from there, there were found ancient ruins and the entrance of the channel that was mentioned above. Important ruins of ancient and roman structures are also discovered in the north part of Mytilini.


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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.

Greece is the land of challenges in tourism. Visitors traveler will discover a wealth of summer and winter destinations with special activities and local events that will remain etched deeply in his memory. No need to look far for offers for summer holidays, as prices for accommodation in Greece, Greek islands and summer resorts are inexpensive and there are available hotel offers with half board, full board and All Inclusive. Family holidays pass in another dimension. Houses, wooden houses, apartments, villas, island style suites and luxury hotels are located throughout Greece. Your choices are many all around Greece.

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