Paxi – Antipaxi – Lefkada

To the south of Corfu, near the shores of Epirus, are two small islands called Paxi and Antipaxi only 19 square kilometers in area. They have recently been developed into fascinating tourist resorts with comfortable bungalows and fine sandy beaches below the olive groves. Covered with dense subtropical vegetation, they offer a delightful retreat away…

Kos – Kalymnos – Leros

KOS The island is best known as the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Like Rhodes, it has a superb climate and beautiful scenery. Antiquity has also left traces of a prosperous past. Notable remains of the Classical and the successive periods lie scattered all over Kos. The monuments and places one should not…

Kalamata

Kalamata

Traveling eastwards along the coastal road, we come to Messlnia, a province whose capital is Kalamata, a thriving commercial town with some 40,000 inhabitants. The road southwest of Kalamata leads to Pilos ( 51 km ), a charming seaside town, known also as Navarino. It is the site of the famous naval battle during the…

Lamia – Karpenissi

Lamia is situated along the National Road to Thessaloniki ( 214 km from Athens ). It can also be reached from Levadia. It is an important road and rail junction and the starting point for excursions into the mountainous inland regions. Lamia itself is a pleasant town flanked by two pine-clad hills. On the summit…

THEBES

Thousands of years of Greek history cover the towns and the places of the area around the two roads from Athens to Lamia. Thebes, the once-powerful city-state that fell along with Athens in the battle of Chaeronea in the 4th century B.C., has little to show of its past glory and wealth. The remains of…

Cephalonia Kefalonia

Cephalonia Cephalonia is mountainous, sprawling, and pine-covered. It is the largest of the Ionian Islands. Among its many attractions are the Mycenaean tombs, ancient mosaics, and medieval castles. Tourist centers are located among pine-tree groves and next to sandy beaches, bays, and headlands. Argostoli, the principal town, lies on an inlet deep in Livadi Bay…

KYTHIRA

Kythira Kythira can be reached from Pireaus, Gythion, or Monemvasia. It is one of the seven Ionian islands, the Eptanissa, but geographically it belongs to the Peloponnese since it lies south of the Laconic Gulf. This mythical island of Aphrodite was a Minoan and then a Phoenician colony before belonging to the Lacedaemonians, in the…

Ancient CORINTH

The ruins of this once splendid city lie high up on a hill above the modern town, overlooking both the Corinth and the Saronicos Gulfs. In fact, ancient Corinth owed its power and wealth to this advantageous position between two large harbors, Lechaion in the Gulf of Corinth and Kechreae on the Saronic Gulf. Corinth…

Aghios Mamas to Pyrgadikia

On this second journey, we shall follow the road linking Thessaloniki to the peninsula of Sithonia. After Nea Moudania, a detour in the main road brings us to Aghios Mamas, which is known for its village fête, celebrated in early September, while two kilometers further along another fork in the road leads to Nea Olynthos….

Chalkidiki – Introduction

Southeast of Thessalonike lies the peninsula of Chalkidiki. Its three long “fingers” – Cassandra, Sithonia, and Athos – stretch out across the Aegean.The peninsula has been richly endowed by Nature: along the delicate tracery of the coastline a string of enchanting coves and bays alternate with rocky headlands and beaches of golden sand, while groves…

How To Get To Mt. Athos

The visitor can take a boat from Ouranoupolis to Daphne ( journey time 1.30-2 hrs. ). Information on boat schedules from tel.23770/71149, fax.79016, and the Ouranoupolis Harbor Police, tel.23770/71248. Occasional kayaks run from Ierissos to the monasteries of the north-eastern coast. For information, contact Ierissos Harbor Police, tel. 23770/22576. FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE HOLY MOUNTAIN…

Chalkidiki – Spa’s, Marina’s, Food And Sports

There is a spa at Loutra Aghias Paraskevis in Cassandra, 85 km., south of Polygyros. Water temp.: 39° C. The installations consist of a hydrotherapy center with two common baths for the treatment of skin diseases, gynecological diseases, rheumatic ailments, arthropathy. Information from tel/fax no. 23740/61439.Information from the marina: 2310/444598, 444594-5, and the Port Authority:…

Central GREECE

This part of mainland Greece is one of the largest in the country, extending from the Aegean Sea in the east to the Ionian Sea in the west. In the south, it embraces the Saronic and the Corinth Gulfs and reaches northwards as far as Thessaly ( For Attica see pages 18-37 ). Central Greece…

The best Museums in Thessaloniki Greece

Archaeological Museum, XANO ( YMCA of Thessalonike ) Square, is on 6 Manoli Andronikou Street.Among its exhibits are architectural fragments from the Archaic temple of Therme, finds from the excavation at Sindos, the amazing and unique treasures from the royal tombs of Vergina, and finds from the tombs at Derveni and the areas around Thessaloniki,…

How To Get To Thessaloniki

HOW TO GET TO THESSALONIKI By air Several flights operate daily throughout the year between Thessaloniki ( “Macedonia Airport”, 16 km. from the city ) and Athens ( West/Olympic Airways Airport ). Thessaloniki is also linked by air to Rhodes, Corfu, Ioannina, Herakleion, Chania, Lemnos, Myti-lene, Samos, Chios and Kavala, and in summer to Mykonos…

Macedonia Greece

Macedonia, the largest and northernmost of the 9 Greek Provinces, is bounded on the north by Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Albania. It possesses great fertile plains, many large rivers like the Nestos, the Aliakmon, the Strymon, and the Axios, and several lakes. While the climate along the coast in the Mediterranean, further inland it is continental….

The Saronic Isles

Salamina ( ancient Salamis ) lies nearest to the coast of Attica and can be reached by the motor launch in about 20 minutes from Piraeus. The narrow strait which separates the island from the mainland marks the site of the celebrated Battle of Salamis ( 480 B.C. ) when the combined Greek fleets defeated…

Peloponese

This large peninsula technically forms an island in southern Greece and resembles a huge mulberry leaf. For this reason, it was called in the Middle Ages Moreas ( from the Greek word for mulberry ). Its ancient name was Peloponnese or Peloponnissos ( the island of Pelops, the mythical King of Phrygia, who later ruled…

Attica and Athens

ATTICA Attica is the Greek area upon which ancient Athens nurtured philosophy and democracy. In this little corner of the earth, the vitality of the Greeks found expression in all creative fields, and their thoughts helped to transform the whole outlook of Western man by the immortal and splendid Attic Civilization. First inhabited in the…

Greek Folk Art

Traditional Greek Popular art, examples of which a visitor may come across in each of his steps, has to offer a unique sense of form and color. From his dress to the decoration of his home and items of daily use, the Greek can be distinguished for his good taste. The artisan expresses himself with…

Thessaly – Sporades

Thessaly has the largest plain in Greece, a densely cultivated area ringed round by the Pindus, Othrys, Pelion, Ossa, Olympus, and Agrapha mountain ranges. The River Penios meanders across the plain, and to the north, it falls through the celebrated Tempi gorge, a narrow pass above which tower the steep slopes of Mt Olympus and…

Volos – Pelion

Volos is a pleasant provincial town at the head of the Gulf of Pagassae ( Pagassitikos ). It has two main Interests. On the one hand, it is a thriving industrial center and a commercial port, especially concerned with fruit, and on the other, it is a popular holiday resort with safe bathing and excellent…

Ioannina – Dodoni

IOANNINA Ioannina ( or Yiannena ) is situated 459 km from Athens ( via Rion-Antirrion ) and some 100 km from Igoumenitsa on the shore of the legendary Lake Parrivotis. It is an important commercial and cultural center. Ioannina was founded by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century A.D. It rose slowly in statue and…