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Ελλάδα είναι ένας από τους πιο δημοφιλείς τουριστικούς προορισμούς στον κόσμο. Η χώρα μας περιβάλλεται από τρεις θάλασσες της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου:. Το Αιγαίο, το Ιόνιο και το Κρητικό Πέλαγος Ο πλούτος και η ποικιλία των ελληνικών θαλασσών, είναι περίπου 15.000 χιλιομέτρων ακτογραμμής, το ποσό των 3.000 μεγάλα και μικρά νησιά, το ήπιο κλίμα, ζεστό ηλιοφάνεια και μεταβάλλοντας το τοπίο προσφέρει τη μεγάλη παραλία για τους επισκέπτες και θαλάσσια σπορ για ενδιαφέρουσες αμέτρητες ευκαιρίες.

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[:en] Nafplion[:ru]Нафплион

[:en] Nafplion[:ru]Нафплион

Nafplion….one of the most romantic cities all over Greece!!!!

One of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis (in eastern Peloponnese) as well as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece…..,
The most photographed spot of Nafplio –and its point of reference as well– is Bourtzi, the Venetian small fortress standing on the rocky islet of Agioi Theodoroi. During the Venetian rule it was connected to Akronafplia through a huge metal chain that secured the port against enemy ship attacks. At the beginning of 1860 in Bourtzi used to live the executioners of Palamidi prisoners. In the summer you can reach the fortress by boat departing regularly from the port. If you are lucky enough you may even be able to attend one of the fascinating festivals taking place on the islet!
At sunset take a romantic stroll around the so-called “Arvanitia Promenade”, the most popular walk in town (1 km in length) dominated by the rocky landscape of Akronafplia/ use the tourist trains to enjoy a leisurely tour around the town/ buy some souvenirs from the Old Town’s souvenir shops, certainly “komboloyia” (a circular chain with beads, usually made of amber used by Greeks to keep hands occupied and ease stress) for the production of which Nafplio is particularly famous/ enjoy a cup of coffee or a delicious meal in Syntagma Square/ sip a drink at the port taking in the amazing view of Bourtzi – always lit up at night.
Accommodation: Choose among luxurious hotels overlooking Bourtzi, fabulous mansions, traditional guesthouses, estates and lovely houses converted into “rooms to let” with respect to the local architecture.
Getting there:
Nafplio is approximately 94 km far from Athens. You can reach the town either by car or by suburban buses (KTEL) departing regularly from Kifissos bus station.
Nafplio was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834. According to mythology, the town was founded by Nafplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus (Danaida) Anymone. The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War alike. The town declined during the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.

discover-greece-nafplio-10While you are here:
– Follow a dream trail to discover Nafplio’s precious gems starting from the medieval Old Town, the narrow cobblestone alleys, the neoclassical well preserved mansions with the Bougainvillea trees adorning their yards and balconies and the Turkish fountains.

– In the very heart of the city stands the Italianate Syntagma Square where you can admire important historic buildings and monuments. Two Turkish mosques (the first used to house the first “Mutual Learning” School and now operates as a cinema/theatre whereas the second was home to the first Greek Parliament), the Archaeological Museum with important artifacts from the Prehistoric and Mycenaean Era and the Municipal Gallery are among the buildings that stand out. Very close to the modern city stand the church of Agios Spyridonas, in front of which Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias was assassinated, and the church of Agios Georgios boasting important murals such as a copy of the famous Leonardo Da Vinci work “The secret Dinner”.

discover-greece-nafplio4Next stop: the Palamidi Castle, which proudly stands 216 m above sea level. In order to reach it you have to climb all of its 999 steps carved into the rock.
Not to worry, though: the view from above here is totally rewarding! Venture into a place drenched in history, where the famous hero of the Greek Revolution Theodore Kolokotronis had been imprisoned; it seems as if its battlements -named after the renowned ancient heroes Themistocles, Achilles, Fokion, Leonidas, Epaminondas and Miltiades- are still carefully protecting the city. Agios Andreas battlement built at the top of the Castle by Venetian conquerors undoubtedly offers stunning views to the Argolic gulf and the Mycenaean plain.
Akronafplia is the historic rock at the foot of Palamidi hill, also known by its Turkish name “Its Kale” (meaning inner castle). Inhabited since prehistoric times, the peninsula consists of three levels, among which stand three independent castles, the oldest being the western one. It was there that the ancient acropolis was situated, fortified with polygonic Cyclopean walls.

Beaches: In the summer, take an invigorating swim on the beaches of Arvanitia, Karathonas, Nea Kios, Miloi and Kiveri. You will also find a nice beach offering all kinds of facilities in Tolo, only 15 min away from the town.

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[:en] Corinthia[:ru]Коринфиа

[:en] Corinthia[:ru]КоринфиаΕλλάδα είναι ένας από τους πιο δημοφιλείς τουριστικούς προορισμούς στον κόσμο. Η χώρα μας περιβάλλεται από τρεις θάλασσες της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου:. Το Αιγαίο, το Ιόνιο και το Κρητικό Πέλαγος Ο πλούτος και η ποικιλία των ελληνικών θαλασσών, είναι περίπου 15.000 χιλιομέτρων ακτογραμμής, το ποσό των 3.000 μεγάλα και μικρά νησιά, το ήπιο κλίμα, ζεστό ηλιοφάνεια [...]Read more

[:en] Aigialia[:ru]Эялия

[:en] Aigialia[:ru]Эялия

Admire the beautiful landscape and wild flowers…….Discover the marvellous green countryside by the sea! In Aigialia “little Tuscany” …… a hidden secret in the northeast of Achaia!
Although Aigialia is very close to large urban centers (Patras and Aegio) and internationally recognizable spots as Ancient Olympia, Delphi, etc., it remains relatively unknown and unexplored. Aigialia is called “Tuscany of Greece” as mountains and verdant slopes plunge into the sea and and compose a unique color canvas between the green of firs and the blue of the sea.
Aigialia is known since ancient times as in the 8th century B.C. here was founded “the first Achaean League” based in Aigio. It was the first federal republic in history, 2600 years before U.S.A and 2800 years before the European Union!

Aigialia 1
Another attraction of the area is the rack railway….gets on the wagons and enjoy the unforgettable beauty of Achaean nature!

Aigialia 2The main characteristic of Aigialia is the vast number of beaches (an endless coastline total length of 55 km) and sea attractions in the area.
The villages of Longos and Selianitika are situated near a bay in the northeast district of Achaia. The area is outstanding with its picturesque bay, green olive groves and citrus tree plantations. There are cosy taverns on the beach, as well as in the villages, with excellent Greek and international food. Moreover, there are numerous lovely cafes, an open air cinema and many shops.
Athens is 185 km away (airports: Athens-Eleftherios Venizelos) and Patras, the capital of the district Achaia, is only 30 km away (Araxos Airport near Patras).

Buy the house of your dreams in the magnificent Aigialia
For wine lovers, welcome to RIRA vineyards!
Aigialia The litlle Tuscany
The region of Aigialia (means coastline), is located in Achaia and is one of the most beautiful and most interesting of northern Peloponnese.
The scenery is a contrast of wonderful beaches in the Corinthian Gulf, fertile plains (citrus trees and olive trees), lush hills and mountains.
In this mountainous landscape you will find typical mountain villages, hidden monasteries and forgotten ancient sites.
At the foot of the Mount Chelmos (2,340 m above sea level), a popular skiing area of this region, lies the famous town of Kalavryta which is to be reached from the coastal village Diakofto through the Vouraikos Gorge by cog railway.
The main places in Aigialia include Aigio, Diakofto, Akrata, Longos, Selianitika and Aigira.
Aigio is the capital of Aigialia and this is the second biggest city of Achaia after the town of Patras. In Aigio you will find a number of tourist attractions with the most important the church of “Panagia Trypiti” which was built inside a cave and is located near the harbour of Aigio and 2 more significant and well known religious shrines, the Holy Monastery of the Taxiarches and St. Leontius.

Sightseeing
In less than half an hour the visitor can be found from the coast (an endless cosatline, total lenght of 55 km) in the mountainous area of Aigialia or even in the ski centre of Kalavryta. Beautiful villages offer varied agrotourism activities such as cultivation, harvesting and processing of the fruits. Visitable wineries mark the wine tourism activities of the area and the local wine roads between the vineyards. Visitable olive mills present the creation of the exceptional local virgin olive oil.
Alternative museums such as: Water Power Complex Eftapitas, archeological sites, monasteries and churches of particular architecture, of religious and historical value. The picture is completed with the gastronomic experience of high quality local products and delicacies.

Odontotos rack railway Diakopto –Kalavrita, under the shadow of Helmos Mountain!
A trip on the train will give you a real taste!

About 113 years ago Odontotos rack railway started from the seaside town of Diakopto parallel to the river and climbed to Kalavrita through bridges and tunnels.
Since then the Vouraikos River and Odontotos go together.
The little train incorporated so well to the natural environment that it seems that it had always been there.
The way it was constructed did not put a strain on the ecosystem of the gorge.
Using stone and wood from the area the technicians’ work is so perfect that someone may think that the nature worked on its own.
Odontotos is not just a train.
Vouraikos gorge and Odontotos rack railway Diakopto – Kalavrita is a unique attraction in Greece!

Activities: Which activities can someone wish to do and not find them in Aigialia?
On mountains
Trekking, hiking on the E4 path on Vouraiko, hiking: on mountains Helmos, or Panachaikon, mountain bike, jeeping 4×4 trails, activities in the snow a little higher, in Kalavrita or even collecting wild mushrooms.
On air
Paragliding: Slope parachute parapente on the track of Diakopto.
On sea
Diving, water ski: Water ski on the cosmopolitan beaches, wind surfing, kite surfing, sailing: Optimist, laser, offshore on the Nautical club of Aegio and fishing…everywhere, by fishing line or net.

The Beaches of the coastal region of Aigialia
There are wonderful charming beaches along the Aigialia coastline. Everybody will find a beach of his dreams. And if adrenaline and sea salt open your appetite, all the beaches offer local dishes and drinks “on the sea”. The choice is yours………

Psathopirgos, a picturesque fishing village is the perfect spot for a swim and a meal in one of the many seafood eateries.
Lampiri is a small village 3 km west of Longos. It has a nice natural bathing bay with pine trees and some very good seafood restaurants.
Longos/Selianitika are situated near a bay in the northeast district of Achaia. The Longos and Selianitika area is outstanding with its picturesque bay, green olive groves and citrus tree plantations. There are cosy taverns on the beach, as well as in the villages, with excellent Greek and international food. Moreover, there are numerous lovely cafes, an open air cinema and many shops.
Akoli is a small settlement with a wonderful large beach 5 km east of Longos. The village itself has many taverns and cafes as well as directly on the beach. It has a large park, a football field and many shops.
Aliki is the beach of the city of Aigion and is situated at a nature reserve of the same name. There are also nice taverns and cafes along this wide beach.
Nikoleika is a nice beach with taverns and cafes about 15 km east of Longos.
Rodia is a small isolated beach.
Eleonas is a wide beach about 18 km east of Longos, with many taverns and cafes directly on the beach.
Diakofto, has a lovely sandy beach at the outskirts, called Engali, with several cafes, snack bars and open air discos.
Trapeza is a wonderful beach about 22 km east of Longos with deep clear water and beach taverns.

Distances
Araxos Airport: 75 km
Railway station: 7 km
Aigion : 7 km
Patras: 35 km
Athens: 185 km
Olympia: 150 km
Delphi: 150 km
Corinth: 100 km
Epidaurus: 150 km
Mycenae: 150 km

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[:en]Achaia [:ru]Ахаия

[:en]Achaia [:ru]АхаияΕλλάδα είναι ένας από τους πιο δημοφιλείς τουριστικούς προορισμούς στον κόσμο. Η χώρα μας περιβάλλεται από τρεις θάλασσες της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου:. Το Αιγαίο, το Ιόνιο και το Κρητικό Πέλαγος Ο πλούτος και η ποικιλία των ελληνικών θαλασσών, είναι περίπου 15.000 χιλιομέτρων ακτογραμμής, το ποσό των 3.000 μεγάλα και μικρά νησιά, το ήπιο κλίμα, ζεστό ηλιοφάνεια [...]Read more

[:en] Methoni[:ru]Метони

[:en] Methoni[:ru]Метони

..the Venetian Charm

On the southwestern tip of the Peloponnese there is one of the most impressive medieval castles of Greece. It is located in a beautiful small town. Golden beaches and olive groves are spread in the neighborhood, with quiet old villages scattered among them. The Oinousses archipelago lies nearby. One of the islands is named Sapientza; it is full of charming secrets.

Methoni would have been a simple, picturesque coastal town of Messinia, if it did not have this extremely photogenic castle, surrounded by the sea. The castle makes Methoni one of the most famous travel destinations in the Peloponnese. The town deserves to be discovered by strolling on its narrow streets, beneath the beautiful iron balconies, walking among houses with arches, neoclassical buildings, squares with palm trees, the Venetian well on the Syngrou Square, lemon trees and flowered gardens. Of course all the paths eventually will lead you to the castle that controlled for several centuries one of the most important passages of the Mediterranean.
For swimming you can choose the beach of Methoni with view to the Venetian castle!
See the castles of Methoni and Koroni

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[:en] Kalamata[:ru]Каламаты

[:en] Kalamata[:ru]Каламаты

.….the Heart of Messinia…. Beats in Kalamata

This city boasts the fragrance of sea breeze and olives. Sweet smells pour up from the castle and the bell tower of the Church of the Presentation, pass over the tiled roofs of the Old City to the narrow streets and squares with the lively pulse of the entertainment, and reach the port and the cosmopolitan marina.

Kalamata is the city of bicycles, pedestrian streets and culture.
It seduces you and makes you its faithful fan forever!

TIPS
Beach Life: The coastal Navarinou Street is ideal for endless walks, while on the 2.5 km long beach full of beach bars, umbrellas and sunbeds, one can take a bath without leaving the city.
Shopping: in the pedestrian Aristomenous Street / Alternative proposal: Buy silk shawls from the Nunnery of Kalamata.
Night Life: café-bars, clubs, nightclubs, winter and summer haunts – here you can find everything.
Yachting: marina of European standards, where you can berth your boat or rent one for mini cruises.
Accommodation proposal: stay for the night in the historic Rex Hotel – the oldest one in Kalamata. Now it is completely renovated, belongs to the 4 star category and adorns the city with its neoclassical beauty.

Kalamata – Walking around
The point of reference par excellence in the city of Kalamata is the legendary “castle of Isabeau” where the renowned International Dance Festival takes place annually. It is amphitheatrically constructed on the site of the Farai acropolis offering a bird’s eye view of the city. Constructed in the 13th century by William Villehardouin, it underwent subsequent additions and conversions by the Venetians and the Turks. Nowadays, it is an ideal open air venue for theatre, music and dance shows.
No less beautiful is the exquisite Palia Poli (Old City) at the foot of the Castle. The wider region boasts the Metropolitan Panagia Ipapanti church (1873), the patron saint of Kalamata celebrated on February 2nd, the 12th century Kalograion Monastery with the renowned silk weaving workshop, and the Byzantine churchAgioi Apostoloi (13th century) with the brick enclosed masonry. The area is the hotspot for the city’s youth, for it is the beating heart of the nightlife in Kalamata and by no means will it be still!
Must-see attractions
– The City Hall.
– The Modern Greek Art Gallery, with paintings, sculptures and carvings.
– The Benakeion Archaeological Museum (housed in the neoclassical building of the old Municipal agora) with findings dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman period.
– The spacious central Vassileos Georgiou (King George) square with many coffee shops, meeting places and strolling venues for residents and visitors. The pedestrian walkway of Aristomenous Street starts here with many stores and coffee shops to populate it.
– To the west of the square the neighbourhood unfolds around the picturesque railroad station with a network of pedestrian ways, small coffee shops, bars and tavernas.
– The Folklore and History Museum, which is housed in the Kiriakou mansion, with traditional objects and relics from the 1821 Greek War of Independence.
– The Municipal theatre.
– The Railways Park with exhibits of old motorcycles and railway wagons.
– The seaside road in front of the city’s extensive beach (4 km length with marvellous waters). On the seaside of Kalamata, people can swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy lace-like beaches, which have been granted the Blue Flag award of quality. Along the seaside, there are several tavernas, ouzo restaurants, cafeterias, bars, clubs, whereas beach aficionados can enjoy all kinds of water sports.
– The western beach with the city’s marina connected to the city centre via a cycle lane too.
Near-by destinations
– The beaches at Verga (8 km E), Mikri Mandineia (10 km SE), Avia (12 km SE) and Kitries (17 km SE), which in recent years have developed into resorts with significant tourist facilities and a vibrant nightlife in the summer.
– The small town of Messini (11 km NW) with the Byzantine church of Agios Dimitrios, the prominent Municipal Mansion (1870) and the Τ. Katsoulidis – Museum of Carvings.
– The mountain villages on the Western slope of Mt.Taygetos, on the road to the city from Sparta, which is one of the most beautiful roads in Greece.
Events
– The revival of the impressive “saitopolemos” (dart-war) custom at Easter, on the eve of the Resurrection (Western Beach Kalamata – Old Abattoirs).
– Cultural events, theatrical performances and concerts at the Castle amphitheatre during summer.
– The Carnival events with the traditional “gaitanaki” (maypole dance) in the city’s central square.
– The International Dance Festival in summer (www.kalamatadancefestival.gr).
– The International Documentary Festival.
– The major carnival in Messini on the last Sunday of the Carnival (Apokries) with the customary happenings culminating in “the hanging of the old lady” on Ash Monday.
– The horse racing events at the town of Plati (16 km NW) on Easter Monday.

Castle of Kalamata

The castle of Kalamata, the center piece of Angelos Terzakis’ celebrated novel Princess Isambeau, has become integrated into the city’s urban fabric and is typical of the castles built by the Franks in the Peloponnese in order to rapidly assert their dominance.
The castle has been attributed to the Villehardouins, the historic family that established the Principality of Achaea. Over the centuries, however, the castle often found itself at the heart of conflicts; it was seized by the Byzantine armies, Franks, Albanians, Venetians and Ottomans and played an integral part in the city’s history all the way through the 19th century.
The current fortifications around the hill that are still visible today were mostly created during the period following Frankish rule (early 13th century). According to “The Chronicle of Morea”, when the Franks occupied the city, the castle was a scraggy, insignificant Byzantine fortress which had been converted into a monastery, and fell easy prey to the knights of the Fourth Crusade. The castle of Kalamata was offered by William of Champlitte to Geoffrey I of Villehardouin, prince of Achaea, as his personal fiefdom. He renovated, expanded and fortified it. Construction work was completed during William II’s reign.

In 1293 the castle was seized by the Slavs of neighboring Yiannitsa, who stormed straight up the stairs to the top of the main tower. Once it was re-occupied, by Florent II of Hainaut, husband of Isabelle Villehardouin, the walls were made higher in order to thwart similar attacks. A part of the Frankish castle was demolished by the Venetian conquerors of Francesco Morosini (1685), to be rebuilt considerably stronger.

The present-day appearance of the castle is the result of additions made by the Turks during the first period of Ottoman rule, by dilapidation suffered in 1658 and 1825 and also because building material was removed to construct the houses and schools of Kalamata.

Today visitors may still make out traces of the outline of the Frankish castle dotted around the hill, while a row of fortifications runs north-to-south along the hill’s plateau. A second defensive front was built along the vulnerable eastern flank of the hill. Both walls follow the curvature of the natural landscape and are built perpendicular to the ground. No battlements survive. The castle’s keep (or donjon), built on the most precipitous part of the hill in the north-eastern corner of the inner courtyard, is still visible today.

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[:en] Pylos[:ru]Пилос

[:en] Pylos[:ru]Пилос

Beautiful town, with vivid insular colors. It has white houses with two floors and yards with flowers. The town has great history as well as peculiar architectural character. Characteristic are the arches of its buildings as well as the square with the cannons and a very high shady plane-tree. It is built on two low hills, while in the center of its port there is a rock, nowadays named Marathonisi or else Chelonaki, with its breakwater. This rock is the historical islet of Sfaktiria.

Ancient Pylos
It was situated north-west of the city and it became significant during the Peloponnesian War. It isn`t the prehistoric Pylos of king Nestoras, which took part in the Trojan War, reported by the historian Thucydides. On the ancient acropolis there are remains of the Roman, Protochristian and Hellenistic years, as well as traces of the city`s fortification and ruins of tomb, which, according to the tradition, belonged to Thracimidis, son of Nestoras.
More:
Pylos -Town, History/Messinia Peloponnese
Palace of Nestor – the Mycenaean palace at Pylos
The little islands of Navarino Bay: Tsichli-Baba, Sphacteria, Chelonaki
Pylos Castles
Voidokilia Beach

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[:en] Finikounda[:ru]Финикунда

[:en] Finikounda[:ru]Финикунда

Finikounda: the Exotic

Finikounda does not have many palm-trees, but hides in its bosom the most enchanting beaches of Messinia. These sandy beaches have made this small coastal fishing village a popular summer holiday resort. The village was established 150 years ago by fishermen from Crete and is literally built on the sand!
The main beach situated in front of the village of Finikounda has coarse sand with small pebbles, and attracts large crowds thanks to many cafes, restaurants and hotels located along its length.
To the south of the village lies the sandy beach of Ligonammos, and nearby spreads the pebbled beach of Loutsa.
To the west of the village there is the stunning sandy beach of Anemomylos, which is approximately 3 km long and offers to the guests the opportunity to indulge in water sports. It has camping, taverns and cafes.
The Anemomylos beach is so large, that even on the busiest summer days you will find enough space to sit and admire the crystal clear waters of the Messinian Gulf.
In Finikounda, which is 60 km from Kalamata, you can find many hotels, rooms to let and traditional taverns with Greek music, where you can have fun till dawn.

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[:en] Kyparissia[:ru]Кипариссия

[:en] Kyparissia[:ru]Кипариссия

The location has a history dating back centuries ago…….

….. Fact which is referenced in the epic saga of Homer ILIAD, rhapsody-B-S93…phonetic transcription from Ancient Greek extract “…and Kyparissientos and Amfigeneias…..

Why Kyparissia?
– The area being quiet and inspirational, relatively flat and easy accessible town of Messinia
– Beautiful panoramic views over the sea and mountains
– A local micro-climate that is less hot in the summer and pleasantly mild in the winter
– The locals being friendly, frank and inviting
– Being near to many interesting places such as the Ancient Olympia, Sparta, TheTemple of Apollo etc.
– Has more than 30 km of fabulous sandy beaches
– The principal beach “Santa Lagoudi” is fully organized..
– The area developing as a Riviera look…

Kyparissia’s (permanent) population counts 7500 inhabitants, shared among ten beautiful communities across the location. It is the capital of the new municipality Trifylia of Messinia region. The compelling rocks, the dense vegetation of Mount “Egaleo” and the marvelous sand beaches of Kyparissia Gulf are bond together harmoniously offering a fascinating picture to the visitor.
Apart from the sunset, we suggest you take a walk in the old town, the castle, the square of the castle with the plane tree, the scattered fountains in the old city, the Agia Triada church [Holy Trinity], the wonderful pebbled streets, the Folklore Museum in the renovated building where Kostis Palamas lived, the beautiful mansions and old folk homes, our modern Olympic size [25mCh50m] swimming pool , where you can either swim or train along with the members of the excellent Nautical / Sports Club.
You should definitely visit the village of “Raches” and the nearby archaeological site of “Peristeria” where you can see some vaulted tombs of Mycenaean civilization, the picturesque and beautiful village “Vrises” and next to it the monastery of “Katsimakadas”, the “Stasio” the “Armenioi”, and the “Spilia” villages where you can visit the traditional local tavernas and enjoy the local products and flavors.
Also take your children to see the famous “Castle of the Fairytales” in “Agrilis” and the excellent beach of the nearby village “Kalo Nero”, a place where the protected species of “Caretta – caretta” sea turtles lay their eggs and nest.

Access
Kyparissia is located 235 km away from Athens and the visitor can drive a distance of 2 hours and 30 minutes from Athens, via Tripoli, using the impeccable National Road.
By bus it takes approximately 3.5 – 3 hours while there are scheduled departures on a daily basis from Athens.
Through Patras, the distance is 120 km longer and the visitor needs 4 hours by car, 5 hours 1/2 by bus and 6 hours by train “INTERCITY”.
The city is also accessed by airplane since there are three weekly flights connecting Athens with the airport of Kalamata, which is just 50 km from Kyparissia; furthermore there are various charter flights connecting foreign airports with Kalamata and Andravida hubs [70 km away].

Local products of Kyparissia
Castle of Kyparissia

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[:en] Koroni[:ru]

[:en] Koroni[:ru]

…the Island Beauty
On the southwestern coast of the Messinian Peninsula, 52 km from Kalamata, is situated the town of Koroni, crowned by an imposing Venetian fortress, which dominates the hilltop. This town is unique and captivating at the same time. It is built amphitheatrically with view to the small bay, in a way very reminiscent of the Cycladic Islands………
Between the sea and the hills covered with olive trees, one can see colorful houses with tiled roofs, wooden balconies and flower gardens, while the whitewashed paths lead you through a small square to the famous castle.
Inside this Venetian castle, built in the place of a Byzantine fortress, near the carved tombs, the cisterns and the Turkish bath, now stands the imposing Church of Our Lady the Merciful (“Eleistria”). From the large churchyard one can admire the endless beach of Zaga.

The Zaga beach is a visual feast. Seeing the transparent turquoise sea waters, nobody can resist diving, playing games and endless hours of sunbathing.

In the local harbor restaurants and traditional fish taverns offer local delicacies and meals. The big variety of seafood, appetizers and ouzo come and go, and the local people welcome the visitors with a warm smile.
Before you leave, do not forget to buy “Koroneiki” olives and extra virgin olive oil, for which this region is famous.

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[:en]Stoupa, Kardamili - Messinian Mani (Outer or Exo Mani) [:ru]Ступа, Кардамили - Мессиния Мани (Эксо-Мани)

[:en]Stoupa, Kardamili - Messinian Mani (Outer or Exo Mani)  [:ru]Ступа, Кардамили - Мессиния Мани (Эксо-Мани)

the Paradise of Mental Pleasures
Fall in love with the sea coast of Mani, enjoy peaceful holidays in Stoupa, visit the old town of Kardamili, located on the heavenly green peninsula, which is lost among the olive trees, pines and cypresses. The visitors are impressed and pleasantly surprised by the quick change of scenery in Messinian Mani. Cliffs, caves and canyons tie with olive groves, picturesque beaches, bays and islets.

The castle of Stoupa, the tower houses of old Kardamili, the islet of Kardamili, stone paths, fountains, bridges and Byzantine churches scattered in the villages, give special character to this area. Colors and scents of various wildflowers and herbs (the area is a true paradise of herbs and aromatic plants, with more than 1000 species) welcome the visitors during all year.
The climate of the area is warm Mediterranean, with mild winters and much sunshine.
Mani is a unique all year round tourist destination!
Perfect beaches for swimming in the crystal clear waters are: Ritsa, Kalamitsi, Stoupa, Katafigi and Pantazi.
For beach life you can prefer the popular beach of Kalogria, and for rest and relax the unique beach of Foneas with an impressive rock in its center.
Hotels, tower houses and apartments providing ideal environment and services, can be found throughout the Messinian Mani. Taverns and restaurants offer excellent traditional dishes based on local cuisine and ingredients.
Kardamili is located approximately 30 km from Kalamata, while Stoupa is about 6 km farther.
TIPS
– You wish to taste fresh fish right from the fisherman’s net; all you have to do is to visit the harbor of Agios Nikolaos.
– If you dream of a romantic dinner right on the seafront, the area of Kitries is a perfect place for you.
– For ecological explorations walk through the Viros Gorge and pick up yourself the herbs of Taygetos.
– Visit the mountain village of Kastania, the oldest one in Mani, built between the three mountains.
– Go up to the village of Pyrgos Lefktrou in order to take pictures of the Messinian Mani coastline.
– Do you know that according to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest European woman is Greek and her origin is from Mani? Her name is Zaharoula Foundea, she is 118 years old, and lives in Kardamili together with her 78-year-old son Christos.

Maybe it is the time to move to Mani?
Author Mary Tsikoura

See video about Mani – Peloponnese
Messinian Mani (Outer or Exo Mani)
Stoupa
Kardamili
Mountainous landscape of Mani
Recommended hotels in Mani

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[:en] Zakynthos[:ru]Закинф

[:en] Zakynthos[:ru]Закинф

Zakynthos “the flower of the East”
The island of Zakynthos is known to all over the world for its lifestyle, mirth and songs. Guests can have a pleasant stay with many memorable experiences. To know the culture, the idyllic beaches of Zakynthos, its cuisine and experience the unique lifestyle of Ionian Island. Zakynthos is the southernmost island of the Ionian Islands and is situated on the south of Cephalonia and west of the Peloponnese.
Zakynthos has many clean sandy beaches, mostly are in southern and eastern coasts, many of which are located in quiet coves and bays. The largest resort in Zante is Laganas in the south, with a big, spectacular beach, 5 km long!
The island is known also of the sea turtle Caretta and the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus. So in Zakynthos was established for protection in the bay of Laganas, the National Marine Park.
Discover the island with its endless beauty!

The island of Zakynthos (or Zante) is known to all over the world for its lifestyle, mirth and songs. Guests can have a pleasant stay with many memorable experiences. To know the culture, the idyllic beaches of Zakynthos, its cuisine and experience the unique lifestyle of Ionian Island.
Zakynthos is the southernmost island of the Ionian Islands and is situated on the south of Cephalonia and west of the Peloponnese.

SHIPWRECK
The most famous and most photographed beach in Zante!
Located on the north side of the island, beach access is only possible by boat, but you can go by car in a special balcony that has been built and you can admire the magnificent view from above.
Be enchanted by the white sand and clear turquoise waters!
This place named “Wreck” because on this beach in 1983 a ship that carrying contraband cigarettes persecuted by the Coast Guard and was wrecked at this point of the coast.
Distance from Zante Town to this place is about 30 km, this is 45 minutes. Drive away from various parts of the island you can get the boats organized tours to Shipwreck.
BLUE CAVES
The Blue Caves are located in north of the island these are one of the best sites.
The only way to go there is by boat, you can either rent one or go with one throughout the island and make frequent.
The closest point to the Blue Caves is the port of Agios Nikolaos, near the village Volimes, on the north coast of Zakynthos.
XIGIA
The Xigia is located on the north side of the island and is known with its spa!
The water of the beach Xigia contains sulfur which gives it the status of natural spa. Thanks to this advantage the water is good for the skin, removes cellulite, and relieves arthritis, rheumatism and various other properties beneficial to our health.
The beach is accessible by car and there is parking nearby. It is a small and secluded beach ideal for quiet and relaxing moments.

– Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos
The museum contains a superb collection of icons dating from the Byzantine era, and carved wooden screens, murals, sculptures from the Hellenistic, Byzantine and post-Byzantine period. The museum is even a detailed model of the town of Zakynthos at the period 1930-1950.
Location: square Solomos, Zakynthos town.

– The nightlife of Zakynthos is exciting and has much to offer
You will find countless bars and nightclubs, with different kinds of music, dancing and all kinds of drinks and cocktails. The nightlife of the island is concentrated in the famous seaside resorts of Argassi, Laganas, Alykes and Tsilivi. In the city of the island there are many clubs and bars, many restaurants, taverns and cafes.
Zakynthos is the island of serenades and operetta. Here all the emotions dress with notes!
How could anyone not adore Zakynthos?
This island has everythig: History, attractions, towering mountains, lush forests and fertile plains, endless beaches and turquoise waters. Together they embody the dream of every summer imaginative traveler.
Visit Zakynthos and discover the paradise of the Ionian Islands!
How to get to Zakynthos:
BY PLANE
The international airport Dionysios Solomos is 4 km from the town of Zakynthos. The island has daily flights to the new Athens airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, flying with the Olympic air. Flight time is approximately 45 minutes.
– Also, a large number of charter flights arriving in the summer months.
– There is no bus service to and from the airport.
– The carriage of passengers is by taxi.
BY SEA
KYLLINI – Zakynthos
The Island is connected by ferry to the port of Kyllini, located on the northwest coast of the Peloponnese. There are at least 4 daily routes. The distance is 18 nautical miles and the trip takes about 1 hour.
INFORMATION – RESERVATIONS
Consortium Zakynthos Ferries: Tel.: +30 26950 – 22083 / 48267 / 41500
Agency Killini: Tel.: 26230 to 92422, 92100, 92385
* the services of the ferry-boat changed regularly. If you have a car it is advisable to book early.
COACH
ATHENS – Zakynthos
The buses operate daily to the port of Kyllini, located on the northwest coast of the Peloponnese. The distance from Athens Kyllini is 286 km and the trip takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes.
INFORMATION – RESERVATIONS
Athens: Bus Station: Kifissou 100, Tel.: 30 210-5129432
Zakynthos Zante Bus, tel: +30 26950 – 22255, 42656

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[:en] Elafonissos Island [:ru]Елафониссос

[:en] Elafonissos Island [:ru]Елафониссос

Elafonissos….a sun-kissed tropical destination!

Experience the azure waters, tiny tropical islets, spacious luxurious rooms….Rejuvenate body, mind and soul in the unspoiled island on the edge of Peloponnese

Since you get to the island you must understand the meaning of real holidays. All you have to take care about is to put your sunscreen often, to take enough water with you and which beach you choose to enjoy lying on the sand under the sun! These are all…

The first image of the island is its “capital” and biggest village, where some hundreds of people enjoy a peaceful style of life…

The island of Elafonissos is an attractive and relatively isolated island situated not far from the mainland in the Peloponnese area, a little southwest of the town of Neapoliand just above the larger island of Kythira.

Beaches

The fantastic beach of Simos has been characterized as one of the finest beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. Indeed…

The beach consists of two parts (two beaches, Frago and Sarakiniko) that come together and behind it are high sand dunes.

Panagia beach: Green trees frame the soft sand, the crystal clear waters too…
There are 3 uninhabitable small islands next to Panagia beach; you can go there without many difficulties…

Getting to Elafonissos

There is frequent (usually hourly or twice an hour during the high season) connection viaferry between Elafonissos Island and the mainland. The trip lasts less than 10 minutes.

During the high season, there is connection between Elafonisos Island and Neapolis as well.

Visitors to Elafonissos Island can drive their own vehicle from the Greek mainland, or fly to the airport of Kythira and then arrange for transportation to Elafonissos Islandthrough Neapolis via ferry.

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[:en]Kythira Island [:ru]Китира

[:en]Kythira Island [:ru]Китира

Visit Kythira….Aphrodite’s Island!

The wonderful for its exciting contrasts island of Kythira has been home to hosts ofpeoples and civilizations: from the Neolithic Age to the Minoan times (20th century AC) and to the Mycenaens, the Dorians and the Spartans, still in the ancient times; from the Byzantine middle ages to the Venetian rule; from the Ottoman to the English occupation; from the State of the Ionian Islands to the modern Greek State which it joined in 1864. The ancient myth that referred the island as Aphrodite’s birthplace has been the inspiration for the paintings of celebrated artists such as Sandro Botticelli and Jean-Antoine Watteau. Now, a trip to Kythira is the symbol of a burning desire, of hankering for beauty; and not unjustly so.

Beaches: Diakofti, Kaladi, Melidoni, Halkos, Fyri Ammos, Palaiopoli, Platia Ammos, Agia Pelagia, Kapsali, Fourni, Lagada.

Monasteries & Churches: The greatest monastery is Panagia Myrtidiotissa which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The monastery of Agia Elessa, Agia Moni andAgios Theodoros are also significant.

Historical monuments are in Paleochora (the Byzantine capital of Kythira with many churches), the bridge of Katouni and the lighthouse of Moudari (the highest -25 metres- the English built in the Hellenic area).

On Kythira there is also a Byzantine museum (with hagiographies from the early Christianic period and an archaeological museum (with vessels of the Minoan and Mycenaean years.)
Villages: On Kythira there are many villages. Hora is the capital of the island (with narrow roads and white houses and also a dominant castle). Avlemonas is very beautiful and picturesque, Kapsali is the seaport of Hora where many festivals take place and Potamos is the commercial centre with a market every Sunday.

In addition, the island offers opportunities for hiking and hunting.

Local products: the high quality honey of Kythira and Sempreviva (a yellow plant which grows only on Kythira and never dies).

Kythira is an island of unique majesty and beauty which keeps its authentic characteristics and offers a sense of calmness and revitalization to the visitor.

Getting to Kythira:

Ways of access:

  1. By plane from Athens, daily flights from the airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”.

Sky express flights from the airport of Heraklion “Nikos Kazantzakis”,

Also flights of the Ionian islands of Zakynthos, Cephalonia, Aktio / Lefkada, Corfu
2. From Piraeus port, by F/B Vitsentzos Kornaros.
From Kythira island by the same boat there is a connection with the island of Crete andKalamata port.
3.From Gythion port
4. From Neapolis port, every day, by the boat Porfyrousa

 

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[:en] Alonissos[:ru]Алоннисос

[:en] Alonissos[:ru]Алоннисос

The “alternative” island Alonissos, invites you to give up a little on its cosmopolitan beaches, wild parties and let the magic of nature to amaze you! Here you will see the largest in Europe National Marine Park and if you’re lucky, you will see dolphins, seals and turtles. Here you can visit the International Academy of Homeopathy, which produces an important task in modern alternative medicine. If you are an artist you have a bunch of pictures and stimuli to draw, compose, record and
capture the best photos …
Alonissos is…… an alternative island … a well-kept secret!

MORE about Alonissos
Alonissos is the third largest island in the group of Sporades.
Patitiri is the capital and at the same time the port of the island. The white houses with tiled roofs and green areas create fairytale images. Its name is owed to the grape presses that existed previously in the area and was the main occupation of the inhabitants. Patitiri is the noisy, colorful, charming and cosmopolitan center offers plenty of entertainment and activities to its guests.
The Old Town or Hora or just Alonissos (4 km from Patitiri) is the old capital of the island and the oldest settlement that connects the island with his past. Walk in the serpentine lanes with quaint courtyards, stone towers, the old castle and numerous churches and traditional floors. Visit the Byzantine church of St. Anargyroi and enjoy the unique landscape and the pink sunset.

Best beaches
Rousoum Gialos is situates very closely to Patitiri.
Milia is the best destination with the white pebble that is near to the pine forest.
Mourtias, Marpounta, Bythisma: These beaches are located in successive small hugs of sculptured cliffs and with dense pine forest on the southern tip of the island.
Steni-Bala: Natural harbors and maritime small rivers with sheltered water among the inhabitant but very green islands… The favorite haunt and refuge of sailing…
Botsi: You will swim in small sandy beach and if you will take a boat you can visit many secluded beaches that will make you feel like shipwrecked on an exotic island.
Agioi Anargyroi, Megali Ammos: Wherever you will go you can see the sand and peddle. It is the amazing place with a lot of green trees in all the island of Alonnisos.
Agios Dimitrios: wide beach with white peddle on the north part of Steni Vala. It is the most beautiful and characterizing part of the island, especially for the family holidays,
Kokkinokastro:( 7 km. from Patititri). When one of the beach has it something special to provide it is mean that is different from the other one, this beach has it owns red stones creating the colorful staying among the green color of the island and every time is the favorite destination of every traveler.
Who knows maybe it is the best beach on Alonnisos!

-Visit the National Marine Park of Alonnisos in North Sporades – that is the largest park in Europe and one of the shelters for the seals Monachus-Monachus. The Mediterranean monk seal is one of the rarest mammals in the world, almost on the verge of complete extinction, with the total population decreased to 600. Half of them live on Greek islands, especially on Alonnisos, where the Marine Park gives them opportunity of growing and reproducing. If you want to see closely this beautiful animal you can go to the places where they live with some excursion guide.
-If you are interested in Holistic Alternative Therapeutic Systems there you can find the International Academy of Homeopathic Medicine. You can meet the teacher sir Vithoulka where with his care and supervision produced an important work in the field of modern alternative medicine.
Staying on the island:
On Alonnisos there are many hotels of all the categories and apartments.

Night life and entertainment:
Alonnisos is not the island for the parties but the evenings are so beautiful in Patititri and in Palio Xwrio (Old Village). Good music, one cocktail near the sea or in Patitiri where you can look at the stars that are laying high from the sea in Hora will give you so much unforgettable memories!
-If you will on this island at 15 of August you can go to the fest that is celebrated here every year with good traditional music, fresh food, sweets, dancing and songs.

Food and restaurants: if you like the sea food you can enjoy the best meals here, because Alonnisos is the island of the fresh fish. Taste different kings of sea food: fish soup, stuffed squid, the pasta with lobsters, the barbecue eggplant and traditional cheese pie of Alonnisos. What about desserts, here you can taste traditional rice pudding, the cake of walnuts, sweets from almond and roasted gigs with honey.

Shopping: In Patitiri you can find many shops with souvenirs, joys from wood, and also jewelry. In Hora there are a lot of pictures of well known local artists, you can amaze them and buy. Do not forget to take something in Marine Park where you will find a lot f thing for buying, because all money finance works with the rescue of seal.

Activities: On the island you will find a lot of places to go, where you can go for a walk, for swimming and diving with experienced guides.

Excursions: From the harbor in Patitiri you can take a boat that has daily races and small boats (kaikia) that are going to the all beautiful coastal settlements of the island you can go around Marine Park, to Skopelos and to Skiathos.

If you go with your own Yacht:
The port in Patitiri is the main port of the island Alonnisos. Here you can buy fuel, drinking water, ice, food. There are also work mechanics that can help you. The residential bays of Votsi and Stenis Valas are safe anchorages for staying for the small or big yacht.

How to get to Alonissos:
On the airplane
The nearest airport is on the island Skiathos. The hydrofoil approaches you to Alonissos in 15 minutes.
On the boat
Alonnisos is connected with ports of Volos (2, 30 hours) and of Agios Konstantinos (2,40 hours) via Skiathos and Skopelos. In summer the routes work very good and you can go to Skiro, Aidipso, Thessaloniki and Halkidiki.

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[:en] Skopelos[:ru]Скопелос

[:en] Skopelos[:ru]Скопелос

There is the place where the green color of the trees flirting with the blue color of the sea….
When the blue sea united with the sky and between them there is a green line of pine trees that makes unique view … Skopelos…. the green island with crystal clear beaches.
Skopelos is an island of Sporades amazed all its visitors every year!

More about island :
Skopelos is one of the emerald islands of the Sporades. The capital of the island is Hora that has a lot of colors of the island. The old town of Skopelos has been declared and preserved settlement is a part of the national cultural heritage.
Walk through the narrow streets admiring the whitewashed houses with colorful bougainvillea, visit the Folklore Museum and walk the paved waterfront close to numerous cafes and restaurants!

Do you wonder why are scattered around the island so many churches and chapels?
The island has 360 churches: it is called according to local legend, when was happened an Asia Minor catastrophe in 1922, the Greek population who line in Turkey threw pictures into the sea to save themselves from the cruelty of the Turks. The images wandered around the Aegean Sea and arrived in Skopelos, so when people have found some picture they built a church!
The city Glossa is built like an amphitheater on the slope of the mountain and has a quiet harbor Loutraki. From here you can see another island of the Sporades the island Skiathos.
Climb to the top of the huge rock in Kastri and the church of St. Ioanni will amaze you. If you will come to the island on 29 August you will take part in the biggest festival on Skopelos!

Beaches:
The beach Stafilos with its crystal clear water is the most popular and close to the Hora. You can get to the other beach Velanio swimming or by foot; this beach is comfortable for the nudists. The Panormos is a large sheltered bay with crystal clear.
The Antrines is an idyllic location with secluded bays and small trees that touch the sea.
The Milia is an ideal place for relaxing with clear water and small pebbles.

On Skopelos you will find a lot of the hotels and apartments, taverns with good traditional Greek food and also a lot of offices where you can rent a car.
The island is well known for the developing of the honey and big plumps that you can eat in taverns with meat.
Do not forget to taste the cheese pie of Skopelos (pie with local cheeses and twisted dough) or to treat yourselves with dishes from fresh fish, shrimps and lobsters. The local walnut pie is another specialty and usually served food with ice cream.

The night life is in the city of the Skopelos. Many bars are located on the dock and around the city. At night the Hora is alive, everywhere in bars and taverns and night clubs is playing Greek or foreign music.

How to get to Skopelos
By air
There is no airport on the island. You can get to the island from the Skiathos and from that you can take the hydrofoil to the port of Skopelos.
By sea
There are daily routs from the port of the Volos (Thessalia) and from the St.Konstantinou (fthiotida). You can get to this island form every island from the group of Sporades.

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[:en]Skiathos [:ru]Скиатос

[:en]Skiathos [:ru]Скиатос

Pine forests mingle with the waves, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere and youthful high spirits!
In the center of the Aegean, where the green of nature mated with the blue sea created the Sporades surrounded by emerald blue waters of the Sea. The island is the first island of the complex to the eastwards of Thessaly.
The island can be proud of worthy loud nightlife, apartments for all pockets and 60 beaches, countless beach bars and small islands around it!
What to do in Skiathos
– Must go to Koukounaries that is the biggest beach brand of the island, with 99% of visitors who come here just for a swim!
– Exploration in the impressive Castle on windswept cliff.
– Classic Papadiamantis shopping street, the heart of skiathitikis market.
– Afternoon in the atmospheric old port, the main scene of «Mamma Mia!»!
– Sergiani alleys in the old town and drink in the modern lounge cushions cafe.
– Rent one boat and go on the exotic island Tzougkria!
Skiathos is the only island that has an international airport, which facilitates access for visitors from around the world!
Skiathos … the island with endless beauty, combining perfectly – old and new, classic and modern, tradition and progress – not to spoil the balance is ready to become your own and just love it……. .

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SPORADES ISLANDS

SPORADES ISLANDSΕλλάδα είναι ένας από τους πιο δημοφιλείς τουριστικούς προορισμούς στον κόσμο. Η χώρα μας περιβάλλεται από τρεις θάλασσες της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου:. Το Αιγαίο, το Ιόνιο και το Κρητικό Πέλαγος Ο πλούτος και η ποικιλία των ελληνικών θαλασσών, είναι περίπου 15.000 χιλιομέτρων ακτογραμμής, το ποσό των 3.000 μεγάλα και μικρά νησιά, το ήπιο κλίμα, ζεστό ηλιοφάνεια [...]Read more

[:en] Chios[:ru]Хиос

[:en] Chios[:ru]Хиос

 

 If you want to fell it, to understand the atmosphere on the island you should go there….
If I tell you that here was Christopher Columbus?Is it true that in some villages on this island some people have the same name and surname?
If I tell you that here was born Saint Marcella?
Hers brief life is connected with Chios, and the day of her birthday July 22 all the pilgrims and all woman who have the name Marcella from all over Greece come here.
Can I hint that here are performed miracles of healing?
Can I whisper to you that on Chios you can plunge in the mysteries of the middle age, visiting the villages Anavatos, Avgonima and Mesta?
Or exclaim loudly that Chios – the only place in the world, which produces mastic, which makes excellent taste of any sweetness, mastic, which previously competed with vanilla and is used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes?

Here you will find more information about mastic of Chios
Here you will find recipes with mastic of Chios

Of course, you can just fall apart and lie on the beach in Karfas (golden sand and shallow sea),St. Markell (pebbles), and Nagose, Yosonose(pebbles) or Maura Volya (black pebbles and spectacular scenery), but you can skip one day in Turkey (or vice versa, from Turkey to Chios!) or to participate in gathering mastic, to eat roast goat in the medieval village Avgonima, to visit Omirupoli and Daskalopetra, where taught Homer, to discover silver religious affiliation of tsarist of Russia in the medieval sites, or just to enjoy the amazing taste of the local citrus and their products and to take a ride on the Genoese “summer cottages”, and you must to look “Argentikon.”

I’ll tell you a secret: the man, who presented to the king’s table the caviar from Russia and Europe, was from … Chios! And the island itself had close relationships with St. Petersburg
Chios has another secret: come here in March and see … field of wild tulips in Anemone.

Can I surprise you saying that Chios – is the birthplace of tulips, from where they were moved to the Netherlands?
Numerous of Byzantine monasteries and churches will truly amaze you with its history!
Want to know more?
…….Be sure to come to this unusual island, as you know it is better to see once than hear a hundred times!!

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[:en] Cephalonia[:ru]Кефалония

[:en] Cephalonia[:ru]Кефалония

Cephalonia like a post card!
Cephalonia is the largest island in the Ionian Sea and sixth in size in Greece.
It is located between the islands of Lefkada and Zakynthos. The deep blue sea, the golden sandy beaches, the unique dreamy caves, the Rocky Mountains and the traditional settlements with their picturesque ness and grandeur of the past will be the ideal scenery of your holidays in the island of Kefalonia. Its beautiful places, archaeological areas and historical monuments will impress you.
“Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”
The island of Kefalonia has escaped mass tourism and recently was used as a location to film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, set in war-time Kefalonia. The film, with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz, was a huge success and it put Kefalonia firmly on the ‘must visit’ list of destinations.

Above the small peninsula, in the area of Fanari, stands the wonderful Argostoli, the capital of the island, with the bridge of Drapano, the Koutavos lagoon, the Lighthouse of Agii Theodori and the Cave of Agios Gerasimos.

The beaches of the island are unique and magical with wonderful gold, red or white sand, blue transparent or green emerald waters along with the presence of the green slopes and the sea breeze of the Ionian Sea.

We suggest you from swimming, playing and relaxation the sandy beaches Agios in Emplisi, in Argostoli, in Antisamo, in Mirto, in Makri Gialo, in Ammes, in Agia Pelagia, in Spartia, in Avitho, in Livatho, in Lourda, in Karavomilo, in Agia Kiriaki, in Fiskardo, in Xi, in Batsa, in Mersia, the Akrotiri in Petanous and in Agio Spiridona.
If you rent boat, your choices for swimming in the lonely beaches and the unapproachable areas are countless. For those who love fishing, there are many fishing-villages and good spots for fishing

The food in the island is rich in taste with many choices in every village, small town or touristic centre.
Your accommodation is ensured in any point of the island with choices of rent-rooms, furnished apartments and hotels. Those who love nature can visit the organized camping sites of Sami, Argostoli and Fanari.

The island is offered for summer excursions in the natural beauties of the island with its kind inhabitants.
We suggest you for your summer vacations the island of Kefalonia and the wonderful Ionian Sea!

How to get to the island:
By plane
Daily flights to Kefalonia airport.
The journey is 45 minutes from Athens.
Additional Information: Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, tel. +30 2103530000,
Olympic Airways to Argostoli, tel. +30 2671028808
By bus: Daily flights from Athens (via Patra and Killini) to Argostoli (through the port of Poros, Sami or Argostoli)
Additional Information: Bus station of Athens Street. Kifissia 100, tel. +30 210 5129498
Additional Information: Bus station in Argostoli, tel. +30 2671022281
The journey is 6.5 hours.
For more information visit KTEL
By ferry
– From Patras to Sami (3 hours and 30 minutes)
Additional information: Port of Patras, tel. 2610 – 341 002, 2610 – 324 817
Additional information: Sami Port, tel. 2674 – 022 031

– From Killini in Poros (2 hours and 30 minutes)
Additional Information: The Port of Killiney, tel. 2623 – 092 211
Additional Information: The Port of Poros, Tel. 2674 – 072 460

– From Astako in Agia Efimia
Additional Information: Port Astako, tel. 2646 – 041 052
Additional information: Sami Port, tel. 2674 – 022 031
Additional Information: The Port of Agia Evfimia, tel. 2674 – 022 456

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[:en] Corfu[:ru] Kорфу

[:en] Corfu[:ru] Kорфу

Corfu….Where the Venetians, the French and the British used to live…..
“The more I see from this place, the more I feel that no other spot on earth can be fuller of beauty” wrote Edward Lear in 1863 to describe the island of Corfu. With the passage of time the island may has changed, but we can still feel the spirit of a distant glorious past.
Its rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic monuments, its stunning natural landscape, its crystal clear seas, and its excellent weather all year round explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean destinations weaving a powerful spell on its visitors….

Corfu (Kerkyra), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather the Levantine world. Their culture wielded strong influence in the city: it was here that the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of Fine Arts were founded. In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical “repertoire” came to be successfully applied to local artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with lines of drying washing in tiny alleyways and small secluded squares. Strolling through a complex of narrow cobbled streets with stairways and vaulted passages, the so-called “kantounia”, will make you feel as if you’ve travelled to Genoa or Naples.

Discover the most beautiful spots in the city of Corfu walking through:
• Spianada, the bigger square of the Balkans, is the centre of the city, adorned with 19th-century remarkable works of French architecture. Here you can watch cricket games, or participate in musical concerts organised throughout the year.
• Liston, the city’s trademark, where the aristocrats used to enjoy their evening promenades. The characteristic arcades form the most romantic background setting for a welcome cup of coffee at one of the town’s cosy cafés.
• The smart suburbs: Mandouki, Garitsa and Sarokos.

The most important city’s attractions bear eloquent witness to its rich history:
• The impressive 15th century Old Fortress, as well as the New Fortress.
• The Saint Michael and George Palace at the north part of Spianada, built during the British occupation.
• A considerable number of churches. The most imposing one is the city’s Cathedral, the Church of St. Spyridon, the island’s patron Saint, whose relics are kept here. The church’s immensely tall bell tower certainly reminds us of that of San Giorgio dei Greci in Venice. Four annual processions are held every year during which the body of Saint Spyridon is carried around the streets of the city (on Palm and Easter Sunday, on April 11th and the first Sunday in November). All the philharmonic bands of the city accompany the processions creating a remarkable awe-inspiring spectacle.
Call in at the city’s fascinating museums:
• The Museum of Asian Art: Being the only one of its kind, it was founded in 1927 after the donation of 10.500 items by Gregorios Manos. Until 1974 it was a Chinese and Japanese Art museum, but later it was enriched with other private collections.
It is housed in Saint Michael and George Palace.
• Archaeological Museum: Here you can admire important finds from the temple of Artemis and excavation finds from the ancient city of Corfu.
• Byzantine Museum: It is housed in the Church of the Virgin Mary Antivouniotissa and houses an interesting collection of icons and ecclesiastic items from the 15th to the 19th century.
• The Banknote Museum showcases an almost complete collection of Greek coinage from 1822 to the present day.
• Dionysios Solomos Museum: The national Poet of Greece left Zakynthos and moved to Corfu, important spiritual centre of the Ionian Islands in those years. Solomos lived in a state of self-imposed isolation, and Corfu offered him the ideal environment to work on his studies in poetry. Today his house hosts a museum dedicated to his honour.

These five sites located around the city of Corfu used to be the aristocracy’s favourites:
• Mon Repos Palace was built by the British Commissioner Adams as a gift to his Corfiot wife. It is a small but beautiful palace with colonial elements, which today operates as a museum. In this luxurious dwelling, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Elisabeth the Second, was born in 1921. The park around the palace is ideal for long romantic walks.
• Kanoni (meaning canon) offers from its circular terrace an amazing view across the island of Pontikoníssi (meaning Mouse Island), one of the most photographed spots of Corfu! According to the legend, this rocky islet was a Phaeacian ship that was turned into stone.
• Paleopolis (at Mono Repos estate) stands where the Agora of the ancient city of Corfu was located. Admire the remains of several public buildings erected there along with sanctuaries, workshops and residencies.
• Achilleion is a fairy palace built among cypresses and myrtles by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who wished to escape from life at the Austrian court. Elisabeth truly fell in love with the island, and she dedicated this palace to Achilles as she cherished the belief that he represented the very soul and fairness of Greece.
The island where Ulysses met Princess Nausicaa in one of Homer’s Odyssey most celebrated scenes is a magical destination all year long: colourful music events, culinary feasts, religious festivals, carnival celebrations –known for their deep Venetian influences–, and the most joyful Easter in Greece form an exquisite mosaic of experiences.
Edward Lear vividly describes the magic of Corfu: “Anything like the splendour of olive-groves and orange-gardens, the blue of the sky, the violet of the mountain, rising from peacock-wing-hued sea and tipped with lines of silver snow, can hardly be imagined […]”.
And don’t leave before you pay a visit to the nearby islands of Paxi and Antipaxi!

TRANSPORTATION – TRAVEL
BY PLANE
Airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias”
Tel: +30 26610 89605, +30 26 610 89 622
You can get to Corfu by plane with services from the Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) or charter flights that especially are used in the summer
BY SHIP
You can take ferry boats to get Corfu from Igoumenitsa.
In Corfu, the roads are quite good for cars. You will need car if you want to discover all the island.
Internal Ferry (Ferry Boats): Tel: +30 26610.32.655
Ferries: Tel: +30 26610.21.991, 23,876
Port: Corfu tel: 26610.32.655
Igoumenitsa Tel: 26650.22.235
Patra Tel: 2610.341.002
BY CAR
There are regular buses from Athens to Igoumenitsa your journey will take 8 hours and Thessaloniki it is the same time to get to Igoumenitsa.
Buses:
Station in Corfu Tel: +30 26610 28927, +30 26 610 28 929
Station in Athens Tel: +30 210 5129443

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[:en]Rhodes[:ru]Родос

[:en]Rhodes[:ru]Родос

A journey through the Ages
When Zeus and the other gods distributed among themselves the various countries of the earth, the island of Rhodes was yet covered by the waves of the sea. But Rhodes rose out of the sea when Helios chose it, gave it the name of his beloved nymph and stayed there forever.
Rhodes – famous for its excellent nautical centre during the Hellenistic Era, desired prey of many conquerors, later residence of Knights of the Order of St John.
Modern Rhodes is a cosmopolitan centre. With its Medieval Town- a UNESCO World Heritage site, four ancient cities, Byzantine monasteries, villages built in traditional style and natural reserves, Rhodes meets the needs of the most discerning visitors.
There is a whole range of accommodation to choose from: luxury hotels, apartments in the Old Town, coast rooms to rent, small villas in the villages and family-run hotels. There is a large international airport on the island which is connected with almost all European capitals by charter airlines. Also, it is connected by air and sea with the other Dodecanese islands, port Piraeus, Thessaloniki and other major cities of Greece.

Sightseeing:
– Old (Medieval) Town: The oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe is both a tourist attraction and an integral part of everyday life. It is surrounded by medieval walls with seven gates. Inside the city walls its multicultural past can be vividly seen: the Knights’ Palace and the Hospital, the Gothic churches, arches and cloisters, Byzantine churches, a working ‘hamam’ (Turkish bath), fountain squares, imposing houses with atriums and inner courtyards, museums and galleries…
– On the acropolis of ancient Rhodes, on St. Stephen’s Hill, you can see the ancient (and still used) stadium, the white marble Odeon, and the restored temple of Apollo, a popular spot for magnificent sunset watching.
– The period when Rhodes was under the Italian Empire, left a significant mark on the island’s architecture and urban planning. As a capital of the “Italian Aegean islands” (during the rule of the Italians on the island) Rhodes was the centre of large construction.
Here you can find the only underground aquarium in Greece and the maritime museum.
– Don’t forget to take a picture against the backround of the famous windmills and “deers”- two well-known symbols of the city and sights of the island.
– The Hospital of the Knights now houses the Archaeological Museum. In the old town you will find and other important exhibitions and museums, such as the Exhibition in the Palace of the Grand Masters and the Folk museum.
– On the hill Filerimos you will find the ancient Acropolis of Ialysus, early Christian basilica, the church of Virgin Mary with the medieval monastery and the alley with bas-reliefs of Christ’s final journey to Golgotha.
– Kritinias Castle, one of the best preserved feudal castles
– In the ancient city Kameiros you can see the ruins of Acropolis, with the temple complex of Athena Kameiras and the remains of an ancient settlement with impressive water supply system and underground tanks.
– Lindos with its medieval castle and ancient acropolis is one of the most beautiful places of the island.
– Theatres based in the Medieval Moat, in the Palace of Grand Masters, in the Old and New town host international events.

Entertainment:
– In one of the most luxurious establishments of the Mediterranean of the early 20th century, recently restored, you will have the opportnity to try your luck in the only casino of Dodekanese islands.
– In the bay of Kallithea you can get get scuba diving lessons.
– The “Butterfly Valley” is one of the most attractive destinations on the island.
– Surfers and Holiday Makers call Prasonisi “surfer’s paradise” – little island! The natural phenomenon of wavy side and a slalom side is a “rest or surf hard spot” whenever the mood takes you!
– From ancient times Rhodes was famous for its wines. Emponas village is the centre of wine industry on Rhodes Island. In the summertime a lively and fun wine festival takes place at the village.
– In the village Afandou next to the sea you will find a golf course with 18 holes.
– In the area of Apolakia, the nature’s lovers can watch sailing events and rowing races.
– Take a walk through the streets paved in black and white sea pebbles and the many shopping streets. Here you can find handmade jewelry, carpets, carved wooden figurines, ceramic products, and embroidery and miniature ships.

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Dodecanese Islands

Dodecanese IslandsΕλλάδα είναι ένας από τους πιο δημοφιλείς τουριστικούς προορισμούς στον κόσμο. Η χώρα μας περιβάλλεται από τρεις θάλασσες της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου:. Το Αιγαίο, το Ιόνιο και το Κρητικό Πέλαγος Ο πλούτος και η ποικιλία των ελληνικών θαλασσών, είναι περίπου 15.000 χιλιομέτρων ακτογραμμής, το ποσό των 3.000 μεγάλα και μικρά νησιά, το ήπιο κλίμα, ζεστό ηλιοφάνεια [...]Read more

[:en] Spetses Island[:ru]Остров Спетсес

[:en] Spetses Island[:ru]Остров Спетсес

Welcome to the Island of Spetses ! They are here, waiting for you, inspire of the current modern era of speed, being a classic value of the Greek Naval History and the Greek Islands Tradition!
Spetses, the beautiful island of the Saronic Gulf, is a cosmopolitan and stately island. It is one of the popular destinations for holidays all year round. Spetses became popular as a holiday destination mostly during the ‘60s and ‘70s and is a spot favorite for Athenians looking for a short escape and an alternative vacation without cars. The island excites the visitor with its lush pine – forested landscapes and crystal waters. The historic character of Spetses is apparent everywhere. Spetses is also famous as the Bouboulinas island, because here was lived the heroine of the Greek Revolution. It is not surprising that great men of intellect and art, Greek and foreign, have loved Spetses, lived on the island and were inspired by it.
In ancient times, it was called Pityousa which means “full of pines”. Its present name was probably given by the Venetian who called the island “Isola di Spezzie” which means “island of fragrances” due to its many aromatic plants.
Spetses is a very nice island where you get the choice of just relaxing, going out at night and visiting some interesting sites.
Spetses is a popular destination for all year round. It is found close to Athens and it constitute a lovely place for relax and entertainment. The hotels here are open all the year.

More about Spetses
Spetses is the capital and the harbour of island. The settlement has been characterized perceivable.
The mansions houses of the captains with their characteristic architecture, the Byzantine churches and the pebble paving alleys constitute samples of the traditional architecture that characterize the town.
The central square of the town, Dapia, assembles the bigger tourist interest. Around of her function a lot of taverns and cafeterias, while in these neighbourhoods there are a lot of hotels and villas.
At the restaurants and taverns of the island with a view of the sea, the visitor can enjoy fresh fish (“a la speciota”), sea nibbles and a great variety of other dishes, while you should not neglect to taste the marvelous almond toffees of Spetses.
The quietness of the day follow the intense pace of the night entertainment, which has a great variety of Greek and foreign music and thus satisfies all wishes and preferences.
The beaches of Spetses promise unforgetable moments to you!
The most popular of them are the Agia Marina beach that is found in the north-eastern side of Spetses, the beach of Agios Mamas that is found near to Dapia, the Kounoupitsa and Agios Nikolaos with crystal waters. The beach of Agia Paraskevi is considered as one of the more beautiful beaches of the island. It is found in a dense vegetation region. The pines and the golden sandy beach compose an exotic scenery.

WORTH SEEING

– Bouboulinas Museum
The contribution of the island in the Greek Revolution has been identified with the action of the heroine Laskarina Bouboulinas. She is the woman that consecrates ones life to the fight for the freedom. The mansion house of the captain woman, as the local habitants called her, functions from her descendants as museum. The visitor has the opportunity to be informed, from the guide, the facts of life of Bouboulinas, from then that she was born in a Turkish prison, her initiation to the Friendly Company (Filiki Etairia), her action during the fight, and finally her inglorious death. The heroine was killed during a familial conflict in her house. Also the visitor will see the house in which lived Laskarina and many personal belongings of her.

– Museum of Spetses / Hatzigiannis-Mexis Mansion
The Museum of Spetses is housed in the mansion of Hatzigiannis-Mexis one of the lords of the island who took part in the Greek Revolution for Independence in 1821.
The exhibits include findings from an early Mycenaean shipwreck (around 1200 B.C), vessels of the Early Hellenic and Classical Period, sculptures and coins from the Roman and Byzantine years, post Byzantine icons and relics. Also there are the bones of Laskarina Bouboulina, guns and portraits of local heroes, pictures of ships which took part in the combats.

– The lighthouse at the old harbor
One of the oldest lighthouses that ever operated in Greece is located on the right side of the old harbor of the island of Spetses. It first operated in 1837 and is standing in an overall height of 27 metres from sea level on a beautiful hill with pine trees. Since 1986 the lighthouse is operating automatically with electric current.

-The monastery of St. Nicholas is situated just outside Spetses town, and is open to visitors. The patron saint of this monastery is also a patron of sailors, and it was here the Spetsan leaders took the oath of freedom when the war of Independence was about to break out in 1821.

Getting There
Spetses is located 185km away from Athens. You can access the island by ship from Piraeus, or drive to Spetses by following the way to Epidaurus, Kranidi, Porto Heli, and reaching Costa, where you can catch a water taxi or ferry boat to Spetses.

Piraeus Port Authority: +30 210 4511311-7
Spetses Port Authority: +30 22980 – 72245, 74416
Horse carriages: +30 22980-73171
Taxi station: +30 22980 – 72072
Hydrofoils (Flying Dolphins): +30 210-4226395, 4199950
Spetses Hydrofoils: +30 22980-73141

Recipe “Fish a la speciota”
This is a method of baking fish that comes from the island of Spetses – hence the name a la Speciota.
It can be used for a few different types of fish. The one we prepared which you can see in the photo is Fagri or sea bream. You can also use large Lavraki or sea bass, Sinagrida or dentex, Sfirida or white grouper, largeTsipoura or dorado. As far as I have checked, these are the correct English translations of the fish names.
Ingredients
1 kg fish
3 cups grated tomatoes
1 ½ cups olive oil
3 tbsp parsley finely chopped
1 clove garlic crushed
1 cup crumbled rusks
Salt & pepper

Preparation
Clean the fish and salt it.
You can leave the fish whole, but if it is large you can cut it into slices.
Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl, apart from the rusks.
Place the fish in an oven dish and pour the sauce over it.
Take half of the rusks and sprinkle them over the fish.
Put a little of the sauce over the rusks to moisten them.
Sprinkle the rest of the rusks on top.
Put in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approx. 1 hour.

During this time, once or twice you can spoon some of the sauce in the oven dish over the fish. If, for some reason, you find that there is not enough sauce, you can add a little white wine.
When it’s done, the sauce should be like a crust on the fish.

Eat and Enjoy!

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[:en] Aegina Island[:ru]Oстров Эгина

[:en] Aegina Island[:ru]Oстров Эгина

Aegina, the “eyesore of gulf”, as it is visible from the Acropolis of Athens, was the first capital of Greece. In Aegina you will find historical sights bearing witness to its long past, as well as splendid beaches, clear sea and a traditional infrastructure. Aegina is also ideal for relaxing weekends, with the opportunity for great excursions. Aegina has sandy beaches, with clean and cool water and all the facilities that will make your life easy and exciting. It has hundreds of fish taverns with fresh fish, is famous for its pistachios that are produced on the island and bear its name (Aegina pistachios), for the Monastery of Agios Nektarios as well as the temple of Aphaea. Places to visit: are the small port town of Agia Marina, the very small town of Perdika and the Archaeological Musem.
fistiki_aegFestival of Fistiki (Pistachio)
Aegina is a very lively island, very hospitable and has many things to offer to the tourists who visit the island. Most importantly, one can combine all these within a single day and one never gets bored if he stays longer. On the contrary! Upon leaving, don’t forget to take with you some pistachios.

 

 

Getting there
From the Port of Piraeus there is daily connection to Aegina:
– By ship
– By flying dolphin
– By hydrofoil
Aegina can also be reached by boat from: Agistri, Hydra, Poros and Spetses.

See more:
Discovering Aegina
Monastery of Saint Nektarios, Aegina

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Lavrio

LavrioΕλλάδα είναι ένας από τους πιο δημοφιλείς τουριστικούς προορισμούς στον κόσμο. Η χώρα μας περιβάλλεται από τρεις θάλασσες της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου:. Το Αιγαίο, το Ιόνιο και το Κρητικό Πέλαγος Ο πλούτος και η ποικιλία των ελληνικών θαλασσών, είναι περίπου 15.000 χιλιομέτρων ακτογραμμής, το ποσό των 3.000 μεγάλα και μικρά νησιά, το ήπιο κλίμα, ζεστό ηλιοφάνεια [...]Read more

[:en]Athenian Riviera [:ru]Афинская Ривьера

[:en]Athenian Riviera [:ru]Афинская Ривьера

There is a sense of change in the air, just 30 minutes away from Athens…..
Southern Athens is a fantastic multi – tasking destination for couples, families and business travellers seeking to unwind and experience “island magic” without having to step foot on a ferry. Easily accessible by car, bus or light rail, this “Athenian Riviera” is a “must-see” for anyone wanting to enjoy Athens to its fullest.
A magnificent terrace of city of Athens to the Saronic Gulf…..
The Athenian Riviera overlooks the Saronic Gulf lies at a coastline dotted with luxury hotels, beautiful beaches, waterfront boulevards and one of the fastest up-and-coming cultural areas in Attica……And all this overlooking a stunning seascape, sailing yachts and small islands on the horizon!
Where is the Athens Riviera?
The Athenian Riviera is delimited from Floisvos – at the end of Syggrou Avenue, from Alimos, Elliniko, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Agia Marina, Saronida, Anavyssos, Palea Fokea and Legrena areas – to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. This beautiful location offers a number of opportunities: relaxing at one of many cafes or beach bars, enjoying the nightlife in open-air clubs, dining at international restaurants or local fish taverns, swimming in turquoise waters off sandy beaches, participating in water sports, walking along the seaside pedestrian walks or alongside the marinas, shopping at top brand shopping centres, treating oneself at deluxe spa centres, swimming in a natural thermal lake with healing properties or exploring museums and ancient monuments.
Beaches, recreation, and culture…
With island getaways (Saronic islands), city beaches and family-friendly shores perfect for tanning and sand-castle building, the Athenian Riviera promises a beach for every visitor!

For native Athenians, the blue-flag beaches are just part of daily life; but for those who come from colder climates, the sea that extends from the city is something to be appreciated daily. It’s not many cities where you can take a swim after putting in a full day at the office or sightseeing!

This is the Athenian Riviera. Starting from the port of Piraeus all the way to Cape Sounion along the coastal Poseidon’s Ave — named after who else, the god of the sea Poseidon — one can enjoy a fully-fledged holiday in Greece — sun, sea, glamour and all — without leaving the capital …

ACCOMODATION
The Athenian Riviera boasts a large number of hotels which guarantee an unparalleled hospitality.

WEDDINGS
Athenian Riviera……Your Dream Wedding Destination! The magical atmosphere and idyllic beauty of Attica can offer you everything your heart desires! The ‘Athenian Riviera’, with its cosmopolitan and luxury hotels and numerous chic restaurants will offer you and your guests the finest in Greek and Mediterranean dining. Here you will also discover a wide range of modern nightclubs with music for all tastes, refreshing cocktails, gorgeous settings and an amazing view of the calm waters of the Argo-Saronic Gulf.

ENTERTAINMENT
Catering and entertainment businesses dotting the Athenian Riviera promise unforgettable moments day and night, even for the most demanding visitors. From Flisvos Marina in the morning to the nightclubs late at night, the sounds of music and the sense of relaxation will make every visit unique.

NATURE
Vouliagmeni Lake is at the centre of a wider region marked by an exceptional coastline, with beautiful beaches and hillsides hidden in the shadows of pine trees. It is where nature of the Mediterranean finds its best expression. Athens’ southern suburbs invite visitors to a unique tour.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL INTEREST
The Temple of Apollo Zoster in Asteras, the archaeological park of Kavouri, the Temple of Agios Nikolaos and of course the majestic Temple of Poseidon in Sounio are the places that are worth visiting.

Faliro Exhibition Centre, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center , Elliniko complex, Technological Park – Lavrio

ACCESS
Athenian Riviera has easy access to Piraeus Port and Lavrio Port, to Athens city-centre and to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” via Vari-Koropi Avenue (the distance to the Airport varies of the location and ranges from 5 to 30km). The small city of Lavrio is just 10km away.
HOW TO GET THERE
Athens Riviera can be accessed by private car, TAXI, buses and TRAM line
By tram: Choose T1 line from Syntagma towards “Néo Faliro” (Peace and Friendship Stadium station) or T2 line towards Voula (Asklipio Voulas station). You can also board T3 line departing from Voula to Néo Faliro.
By bus: You can take the B3 route (Akadimia-Glyfada, through Vouliagmenis avenue) or the express bus number E22 (Akadimia-Saronida).

ATHENS RIVIERA – MUST SEE

– Paleo Faliro
Flisvos Marina
Begin your morning with a stroll through Flisvos Marina in Palaio Faliro, not too far from Athens’ city center….. Here lies Greece’s most prestigious VIP mega-yacht parking lot. More than 200 gleaming luxury boats are berthed at the marina, and the impressive seaside redevelopment includes restaurants, cafés and shops. Pull up a chair in a waterfront café and take in the sights and sounds of the mega-yachts floating lazily in the morning hours while you enjoy your morning coffee.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
Along this very coast, one the country’s largest infrastructure projects, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, also behind the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the 566 million euro Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is expected to open in 2016 and will house the Greek National Opera, a two-million-book National Library and the 170,000m2 Stavros Niarchos Park on the Faliro Bay shoreline. Further down the coast, the Maritime Tradition Park near Paleo Faliro’s Flisvos’ area hosts historical ships, with the Georgios Averof battleship taking center stage.
Olympic Tae Kwon Do Stadium
The Olympic Tae Kwon Do Stadium, also located in the Faliro Bay area had converted into a modern conference centre.
Peace and Friendship Stadium
The Peace and Friendship Stadium, commonly known by its acronym SEF is a multi-purpose arena in Piraeus, in the coastal zone of Athens. Built in the early 1980s by Greek construction companies, the stadium is easily accessible by bus, tram and metro lines. Resembling the famous Milano Arena, its auxiliary facilities include a first-aid centre, large car parks and a variety of food outlets. Thanks to its high-tech infrastructure, in addition to major sporting events, it also hosts exhibitions, conventions and other large-scale activities.

– Alimos
The town of Alimos, adjacent to Paleo Faliro, has the nearest developed—and clean—beach to Athens. The so-called “Beach of the Sun” extends over 60,000 square meters and has umbrellas and lounge chairs, beach bars, a couple of tavernas, and one mini-market.
The Alimos Marina
The Alimos marina has around 1000 docks for servicing cruise boats and yachts up to 40 meters long. The coastal road leading to the marina is strewn with lively beach bars and clubs. Alimos Marina is located South West of Athens 15 Km from the city center, 8 Km South of Piraeus port and 30 km from El. Venizelos International Airport. It is served by a dense transportation network of Trams, Buses and Taxis, with stations 500 meters from the Marina.

– Elliniko
Elliniko is situated near the Saronic Gulf coast, 10 km south of Athens city centre. Many commercial exhibitions are hosted every year at Elliniko complex (former Olympic games complex and also former airport). In a total surface of 170 acres has 15.000sq.m accommodated exhibition space Elliniko complex also has attracted investors interest. Elliniko is well connected to the centre of Athens through a new line of the Athens metro (Elliniko station). The Athens Tram serves the coastal part of Elliniko.

– Glyfada
Glyfada, one of the more elegant suburbs of Athens, borders the ex airport Hellinikon . The area, which is home to many of Greece’s millionaires, ministers and celebrities, stretches from the foot of the Hymettus Mountain to the Saronic Gulf. This fashion-conscious suburb is known for its cosmopolitan bars and clubs, stylish restaurants and a shopping area specializing in top brands. It features an 18-hole golf course, high end estates and looks on to the Saronic Gulf.
Glyfada has also been called “Knightsbridge-on-Sea”, “Hellenic Hamptons”, or the “Beverly Hills of Greece”.
Glyfada’s main retail artery of Metaxa St can appear soulless. Uncover more of the “real Glyfada” in the leafy side-streets where a wave of new start-ups is creating an energetic SoHo village vibe. The area around Laodikis, Esperidon Square and Kiprou in particular is loaded with edgy boutiques; cosy outdoor bars; inventive culinary ventures…..shopping malls and fast food giants.
Glyfada Golf Course
A place of sport, recreation, culture situated in an idyllic spot, with a gorgeous view of the sea and breathtaking sunsets. It is an 18-hole par 72 championship course , easily accessible from the city center ( 12 km ) by car, bus and tram; the perfect place to escape for the whole family . In conjunction with the famous market of Glyfada, rich in restaurants and cafes, and a step away from the beautiful Saronic Gulf, it is a memorable experience for everyone.

– Voula
Just two miles south of Glyfada lies Voula, home to two amazing organized beaches and the Riviera’s biggest beach clubs. Enjoy during the day a colorful summer setting that brings to mind a real amusement park with modern beach bars, jet ski equipment, beach volleyball courts, a vibrant dance deck and exciting waterslides, whereas at night you can enjoy a cocktail in one of the district’s elegant clubs! Voula A’ beach has been awarded a blue flag this year, which makes it ideal (and safe!) for families as well. On Voula B’ beach disabled people can also enjoy a swim thanks to the special infrastructure that has been installed on the beach.

– Vouliagmeni – Jewel of the Riviera
Vouliagmeni is to Athens what Cannes is to the Cote d’Azur…
For lovers of glamour, jetsetters and sophisticated travelers alike, the suburb of Vouliagmeni constitutes the best part of the Athenian Riviera. It is located 25 km away from Athens city center and is endowed by nature with sunshine, beaches, green spaces and beautiful neighborhoods all of which will make you feel so far away, yet, at the same time actually so close to Athens city center. A marina, a palm tree-lined boulevard and a brace of private beaches are its trademarks whereas the picturesque harbour offers stunning views of the distant Saronic Gulf islands. The perfect Vouliagmeni day starts at Moorings in Marina Vouliagmenis. Skip breakfast Greek style and sit over an icy frappe while admiring the sweep of Vouliagmeni bay (and all those Russian oligarchs’ mighty vessels). Lunch is served opposite Lake Vouliagmeni, at a local institution for more than half a century thanks to its magnificent bay setting and nostalgic ambience. Go for simple classics such as grilled barbounia (red mullet), fresh calamari, mydopilafo (mussel rice) and horiatiki (the ever-present Greek salad), aided by a crisp Santorini white wine while you watch the yachts jig about on the crystalline seas. Walk off lunch with a gentle hike on the popular Mount Hymettus trail above Vouliagmeni’s cafe strip and be rewarded with hypnotic views of Athens and the Saronic islands. Astir beach on Apollonos street with its shallow, delicately turquoise water, smooth sand, excellent facilities and blue flag certification for cleanliness is one of Attica’s most luxurious and most popular beaches. Opposite Astir beach lies the public beach, which has no facilities and therefore no entry fee.

If we add the bustling nightlife, the elegant cafes and restaurants and the luxurious hotels, Vouliagmeni is definitely a summer hotspot that you cannot afford to miss!

Vouliagmeni Lake – Natural Spa Waters

An important Monument of Nature……

Before heading home, stop by the Vouliagmeni Lake Natural Spa Waters, just across the street for a refreshing dip in nature’s own spa. Vouliagmeni Lake, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, is the hidden treasure of Attica’s nature.The natural beauty of this scenery offers the visitor true moments of relaxation. Its modern and quiet installations are environmental-friendly and are suitable for swimming and body exercise in the natural nursing springs. The café provides excellent service and is the place to enjoy the view of this ecological paradise. Free parking is also available. Vouliagméni Lake, only a five-minute walk from the little square in the centre of the town, lies “sunk” (Vouliagmeni meaning sunk) in the remains of a huge limestone cave fed by lukewarm springs welling from underground.

Vouliagmeni Lake, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, is the hidden treasure of Attica’s nature. Situated on an idyllic landscape, this rare geological phenomenon is waiting to be discovered. The lake’s brackish waters which are continuously replenished both by the sea and the underground thermal springs offer a natural and unique thermal spa experience.

History: The Lake is recognized as an important Monument of Nature, because of its marvelous surroundings and its natural location. The Lake’s impressive shape was formed by geological changes that were unable to be chronologically specified. The scientific research came to the conclusion that where the Lake stands now, millions of years ago, a huge underground cave existed. The walls of the cave suffered erosion, because of the high temperature hot springs that were streaming inside, causing the roof to collapse and ending with the ground’s sinking.

The water: The water of the Lake gushes from its water springs located 50 to 100m underground. The water’s temperature remains stable between 21ο C and 27ο C. The level of the Lake’s water is half a meter above the sea level making it to move towards the sea, therefore, keeping its waters constantly renewed.

The Water’s Composition: The water of the Lake is brackish and has healing capacities due to its composition which among other minerals it consists of: Potassium, Natrium, Lithium, Ammonium, Calcium, Ferrum, Chloride, Iodine, and is slightly radioactive. All these elements provide relief in all kind of arthritis, dermatological and gynecological conditions, as well as, in backaches and sciatica.

– Varkiza
Beyond Vouliagmeni lies the bustling little resort of Varkiza, where an outstanding seascape unfolds with impressive coves below the coastal road. You will have the chance to swim in free or organized beaches with azure waters, to exercise your favorite water sports or enjoy a delicious meal in a picturesque tavern by the sea while sipping a glass of ouzo which perfectly complements fresh seafood! Windsurfing enthusiasts will be thrilled to exercise their favourite sport in Varkiza since it is considered to offer the best windsurfing infrastructure!

– Agia Marina
A small beach between Varkiza and Lagonissi

– Saronida
The small sandy beach in front of the summer settlement of Saronida is situated at a distance of some 48 kilometers southeastern to the center of Athens. The beach is not organized and the sea is rather shallow.

– Anavissos
Anavissos is one of the most known and beautiful beach resorts situated close to Cape Sounion. It is 2 km north of Palaia Fokea, 4 km east of Saronida, 10 km west of Lavrio and 34 km southeast of Athens city centre. The area is well-known for its clean and shallow waters, ideal mostly for the children who love activities in the water and the sand. The beach is surrounded by tall pine trees and a lush green environment that create a peaceful landscape in combination with the crystal clear waters. The beach is also one of the best windsurfing destinations.

– Palea Fokea
Palea Fokea next to Anavissos is a nice sandy beach southeast of Athens. A beautiful fishing port adds to the beach charm. Several restaurants on the beach offer what the local fishermen provide.

– Legrena
Legrena is the last beach before reaching Sounion, and the Templae of Poseidon lies a few meters further down the road. The beach is located 60 km southeast of Athens and 3km west of Sounion, and for many meters surrounded by a protected cove.This beach is totally disorganized, but one of the cleanest in Athens and quite unspoilt. There are many taverns and cafeterias in the wider region, where you can enjoy a coffee or a delicious meal by the sea. It can get a bit crowded on weekends but it’s perfect during the week days.

– Temple of Poseidon – Cape Sounio
A must-see for travelers to Athens

The coastal road continues through marvellous tourist resorts and ends at Cape Sounio, Attica’s southeastern tip. There you will find the impressive Temple of Poseidon – the last piece of the ancient Athenians’ homeland every time they sailed into the Aegean. Watching the sunset filling the sky with every shade of mauve and pink and making the sea glowing like a sapphire is an unforgettable experience that will weave a powerful spell over you.

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[:en] Serifos[:ru]Серифос

[:en] Serifos[:ru]Серифос

Serifos is Love!
Bare, undulating hills interspersed with small, fertile valleys covering this picturesque island.
The rocky coastline is deeply indented with a succession of coves and bays.
The curious rock formations resemble human figures which call to mind the myth of Danae, Perseus and Medussa, as if these prehistoric inhabitants of the island had been turned to stone.
Livadi is the sheltered port on the eastern side of the island, where there is long, horse-shoe-shaped sandy beach.
Perched on the top of a steep hill, Hora or Serifos, the main town of the island, with its little cube-shaped houses and churches in the island style, with its Venetian castle above, looks like a fairytale town.
The fortress-like monastery of the Archangels (moni Taxiarchon), near the village of Galani, which houses some fine wall-paintings and important books and manuscripts, is of special interest.
The village of Panagia (which takes its name – meaning ‘Our Lady’ – from the dedication of a fine 10th century church) commands a panoramic view of the whole island.
The greatest attraction of Serifos is its magnificent beaches – Mega Livadi, Koutalas, Agios Sostis, Psili Ammos, Agios Ioanis, Sikamia.
However, it is a charm all of its own, something in the unique ‘atmosphere’ of the island, which attracts an ever-increasing number of visitors from all over the world!
How to get to Serifos
Travelling from Piraeus Port to Serifos Island takes 2 ½ hours by high-speed boat and 4 ½ hours by ferry boat.

Myth & History of Serifos Island
Serifos, a rock made of iron rooted in the middle of the sea, was known for its ore deposits from the ancient times.
It was inhabited by the Boeotians, 3000 years ago, having Diktis and Polydektis as kings, and flourished so much that it had had, since the 6th century B.C. its own currency.
This is where Perseas was born, the legendary son of Zeus and Danae, the only daughter of Acrisius, the King of Argos, who, being afraid of a prophecy given by the Delphi oracle that his grandson will kill him, first locked her in the basement of the palace and, then, when Zeus left her with a child by appearing before her in the form of golden rain, put the mother and the child in a box and threw them at sea; the gentle waves of the Aegean Sea led it to Serifos.
Perseas, once he became an adult, wanting to release his mother from the suffocating courtship of Polydektis, wore the winged sandals and by holding the mirroring shield of Goddess Athena, cut off the head of Medusa, the dreadful monster that turn into stone anyone who looked at it; the blood of Medusa inseminated Earth to give birth to Pegasus, the winged horse that was reasonably regarded by many as an offspring of Serifos.
Perseus showed the head of Medusa to the conniving King Polydektis, turning him into stone and made the doting Diktis king of the island and husband of Danae.
Odysseus has also visited this island when returning to Ithaca, according to the legend, but he did not have a good time in the cave of the Cyclops Polyphemus, who sent him off by targeting his ship with a rock outside the Koutalas cove.
Today, there are still remnants of Cyclopean walls overlooking the Aegean Sea.

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