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Serres, a place of challenge, full of contrasts

Serres, a place of challenge, full of contrasts

Serres prefecture is historically rich, starting in mythological times. Through a course of many centuries, that count the following periods; Ancient, Hellenistic, Romaic, Byzantine, Turkish Domination, the Revolution of 1821, Macedonian War, Balkan Wars, World War I & II, Serres constitute the heart of economic, cultural, tourist development of our country, as well as the route of Greece to the northern and eastern countries of Europe.In the prefecture of Serres there are 350 cultural, educational, traditional - folklore, sport clubs with an important cultural presence and work. The railway station is picturesquely preserved to remind the older people of earlier times. It is a beautiful city that combines picturesqueness with the not so noisy surroundings of larger cities. The central square, "Eleftherias", with its fountain, the green, the sidewalks and the many cafes all around, is a meeting place for the inhabitants of Serres. The pride of the city are: the Acropolis (its highest point), the valley of Agioi Anargiroi, Agios Ioannis, the swimming pool, the sports facilities and many other places. The history of the city is many centuries old. It becomes known in history for the first time at the beginning of the 5th century BC and it is mentioned by Herodotus. The cultural life of the city is enriched by the District Public Theater, which offers classical and modern performances with the participation of well-known actors, thus satisfying the theater loving audience in the city of Serres. The nightlife of the city of Serres is quite rich. The young can entertain themselves in many nightclubs, discos, etc. The shopping area of the city is famous for its finely decorated and full shops. Many foreign tourists from the neighboring countries of Eastern Europe often visit Serres to do their shopping. Among the special things that one can buy in Serres is the famous all over Greece "akanes", a traditional kind of Turkish delight, which is made only in Serres since 1927.


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The border Thrace

The border Thrace

Occupying a prime location, Thrace, with a major contribution to the shaping of Greek mythology, was inhabited by the utmost antiquity. Main geographical features of this gifted by nature region is the Rhodope Mountains, Mount Saos of Samothrace, large forests, fertile plains, rivers such as the Evros and Nestos, lakes Vistonida and Ismarida. The visitor is impressed by the famous archaeological sites, the byzantine, medieval and ottoman monuments, the fine examples of folk architecture, the harmonious coexistence of Christian and Muslim tradition.Thrace is an area of 8,578 sq. km. and a population of 345,709 inhabitants. It is divided into the prefectures of Evros, Xanthi and Rodopi. In Thrace belongs the island of Samothrace, which is a special province of Evros Prefecture. The climate of Thrace is continental, but generally healthy except for the river Evros, which is very fluid. Financially, Thrace is a rural area. It cultivates mainly cereals and tobacco, which is world renowned and is one of the greatest sources of wealth in Greece. It has valuable livestock and there is a good exploitation of the forests.


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Lemnos, the island of Hephaestus

Lemnos, the island of Hephaestus

According to the mythology, the Jupiter in his conflict with the Ira, flew his son Ifaistos from Olympus mountain in the ground of Limnos. Ifaistos installed there his laboratory and taught the art of metallurgy in the residents of the island. Another important fable of the island refers to the first king of Lemnos, Thoas. Thoas, son of god Dionyssos and Ariadnis, married to Mirina from Iolkos and had a daughter named Ipsipili. In his years, the women of island neglected the adoration of Venus so she punished them with an intolerable bodily stench. Their spouses brought concubines from the Thrace and their women for revenge killed all men by throwing them from the cape Petasos. When the anger of Venus calmed down, Jason with his Argonauts came to the woman-handled island.Here in Anemoessa Limnos, the Queen Ipsipili entertained the Argonauts, and in order to honor them she set up prizes and organized games. The first Demigods Pentathletes were Telamonas, Lygkeas, Zitis, Kalahis and Pileas. Pentathlon became an Olympic Sport since 708 BC in the 18th Olympic Games. The unique place of the island in the North-East Aegean opposite Ellispontos determined his historical course. Limnos was colonized occasionally by Sinties, Kares, Cretes, Minies and Pelasgous. The archaeological hoe determines the way that the island had been populated since middle Neolithic Age. The most important prehistoric settlement is Poliochni. It was founded at 4th millennium BC and developed into a fortified state – the oldest perhaps in Europe – with urban structure and important culture, with the first democratic chamber of deputies. In Poliochni, on September 17 1994, the agents of Aegean, invited by the Ministry of Culture, 70 personalities from a lot of countries of the world, persons of science, Politics, Actors, Philosophers, men of Art and Intellect, decided and signed the Statement of Poliochni, gazing the immense light blue sea and they nominated the Archipelago of Aegean as Cultural Park of Europe. Limnos, as well as the neighbouring Samothrace, is connected with the mystic adoration of Kaveires, sons of Hephaestus. Remains of Kaveires’s holy have been found in Northeast Island. Few kilometres southern has been discovered Hephaestia, a city dedicated to Hephaestus that flourished in 5th century BC.


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Dilofo Zagori

Dilofo Zagori

Dilofo is located in Zagoria villages or Zagori. It is built amphitheatrically feet densely planted two oak hills, from where it took its name, at an altitude of 880m. The distance form Ioannina is only 32Km.The earlier name was Sopetseli. It was structured settlement from 540 BC, where the houses were scattered over a large area. Remnants of these buildings are still around today, and the chapel of the Virgin Mary which is now a deserted church, is lost in the dense vegetation. Dilofo, in a few centuries before, was the reference point for residents and the center of the former settlements. The village offers a journey through time, and made few interventions in the structure and architecture of the beginning of this century. The attractions include stone fountains, mansions (among them the tallest house in Zagori, 13.5m. height at the entrance of the village), the cobbled streets so well preserved, its numerous churches.


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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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Argolida - accommodation - attractions

Argolida - accommodation - attractions

Argolida has a rich cultural tradition and is regarded as one of the most accomplished and summer tourist destinations in Greece. It can become an ideal destination for guests seeking a unique vacation experience and choices in hotels, apartments, campsites and apartments in Argolida.


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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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Ano Pedina Zagori

Ano Pedina Zagori

Ano Pedina (Upper Soudena) is one of the oldest Zagorohoria villages. It is located 35 kilometers north of Ioannina City and at an altitude of 900 meters. The name probably Soudena is Slavic and means "cool place", possibly because of the cold airstreams coming from the five hills' slope to the village Ano Pedina that is allocated among the hills.The first historical reference to the village is the Chrysovolo (order) in the year of 1362 of the Byzantine Emperor Andronikos III Palaiologos. The upper village area called Machalas has its center in the church of Virgin Mary. Around 1670 was created Under Machalas which is centered in the area of church Metamorphosis. During the late Ottoman Empire the village has the best period as all Zagorohoria villages, because of the autonomy and the famous travel baths of Zagori. The Soudeniotes inhibitants traveled mainly in Wlachia, Istanbul, Minor Asia and Egypt.Moreover Soudena had developed a high spiritual growth, which shows the dozens of floors at the perimeter of the settlement.


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