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  • Athens Acropolis

    Athens Favorites

    It’s on all those annoying lists of ‘places you must see before you die’ but the city’s centrepiece, the Parthenon, and the Acropolis, the rocky hill on which it stands, really do live up to the hype. It’s more impressive than ever now that most of the scaffolding has come down and a massive restoration project launched in 1983 is finally nearing...

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  • Towns and Villages

    Crete Island Favorites

    Bali is a small, picturesque village between Heraklion and Rethymno. People go there usually when they buy the whole package (flight, hotel, food etc) Bali used to be a fisherman village, but now during the summer it is a family vacation destination. There are few large hotels and many small hotels. Bali has at least 3 beaches with the largest (not...

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  • Fira Town

    Santorini Island Favorites

    Santorini is probably best known, by people that have never been there, by the dramatic white buildings with the blue domed roofs. Hiking around the island you'll see all sorts of colors but the hills of Thira are very dramatic with their stark appearance against the volcanic cliffs.

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  • City overview

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    this tip is not about a "favourite thing" nor a "fondest memory". it is only here to give you a link to this website http://www.thessaloniki360.com an excellent work that gives 360 degree images of the city, overlaid on a map. i think it's both helpful for travellers and a good way to see images of the city even if you do not plan to travel...

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  • Lake and island

    Ioannina Favorites

    visit the ISLET ON THE LAKE. A Very picturesque place. Frequent boat departures from 'molos' (every half an hour during the summer). You can visit the house where Ali-Pasha's killing and decapitation took place (there's a small museum and wood-carving shop there), visit the 'secret school' in Filanthropinon Monastery (note an unusual fresco of...

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  • Ancient Civalisations

    Prefecture of Heraklion Favorites

    Faistos, 63 km south of Irakleio, was the second biggest administrative, economical and religious city of minoan Crete. The excavations by Italian archaeologists in 1900 gave away the history of the place: there were two palaces, the first one (1900-1700 BC) was destroyed by an earthquake, the second was built between 1650-1400 BC. There are not...

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  • Plaka

    Athens Favorites

    Starting at the foot of the Acropolis, the old area of Plaka is a maze of narrow, cobble-stoned, medieval streets that twist through ancient sites, tourist-packed squares and lovely Byzantine courtyards. The best way to explore it is simply to get lost among its enchanting passages. The most beautiful section of Plaka is Anafiotika, a cluster of...

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  • Exploring the Island

    Crete Island Favorites

    Cretean spring is beautiful. After months of bad weather, relative cold and rains the plants burst with life. Crete becomes a blooming place and the fresh greens give a great shade against strong sun.

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  • Nea Kameni - The Volcano

    Santorini Island Favorites

    The present-day funny shape of the island is created by a huge eruption of the ancient supervulcano, which dates back more than three thousand years. The 30-40 kilometers high eruption cloud was seen from hundreds of kilometers and the thundering noise from the explosions must have been heard in almost the entire world. The height of the following...

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  • Seaside (Paralia)

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    To most Northern Europeans, the Thessaloniki climate will appear very generally pleasant and sunny, especially if they visit in the (hot) summer. But to a southern Greek like myself, Thessaloniki represents the North, its winters colder and foggier than those of Athens or the Peloponnese. However, I don't count this among the city's...

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  • Museums

    Ioannina Favorites

    You shouldn't miss the VRELLIS WAX MUSEUM! If you have heard of Madam Tysseu's museum in London then you'll get to know that its only Greek counterpart are to be found in Ioannina! But in contrast with that of Mme Tysseu, Ioannina museum hosts exclusively persons of the Greek -recent mainly- history.(In the photo a close up of one of Ali-Pasha's...

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  • Exploring Towns and Cities

    Prefecture of Heraklion Favorites

    Matala is still charming, although the beach is full of tourists, even at the end of October... About one hour by car south of Irakleio, you may feel how hippies in 1960's were enjoying their lifes... Near Matala, you can also go for swimming at the long beaches of Kommos and Kaloi Limenes.

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  • Athens Acropolis (south slope)

    Athens Favorites

    Unfortunately, for visitors like you, the ticket to the Acropolis is "one-entrance ticket"! Once you enter there, the ticket-collectors withdraw a part of the ticket, practically make it "invalid" for a next visit! That means that you can enter as nany times you wish to the Acropolis, provided that every time you pay a new entrance! Do not forget...

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  • Exploring Cities

    Crete Island Favorites

    Chania (Hania) is the capital of the Prefecture of the same name and the second biggest town in Crete, with a population of 60.000 inhabitants. As for me Chania is one of the nicest towns in Crete with wonderful houses, parks and squares and a well designed town-plan. Visit Public Market in the town center with grocery stores, butchers' shops,...

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  • Oia Village

    Santorini Island Favorites

    Our accommodation was in Firostafani Village only 10 minutes walk from Fira Town. It would have been easy to remain in this comfort zone and have a memorable holiday on Santorini , however we made the trip to Oia twice, once for the sunset and again mid afternoon the following day to enjoy the village when it is less crowded. If you want to see...

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  • Summer Resorts nearby

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Visit Perea Perea is at the eastern end of Thessaloniki. You can reach it by bus or car. During the night it has probably the best view at Thessaloniki (sorry I don't have any photo to show you). There are a lot of bars and tavernas where you can sit down and enjoy the view.

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  • Castle/Old town

    Ioannina Favorites

    A Stroll Around the Frourio: The Walled Old Town & Citadel / For many of the centuries that Ioannina fell under the occupation of foreign conquerors, city walls enclosed all the most important structures. There's virtually nothing of historic or architectural importance outside the citadel except on the islet of Nissi. Originally the fortress was...

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  • City Scenes

    Athens Favorites

    Athens is wonderful to walk, even we, Athenians love to do it! The Rough Guide Map of Athens is the only thing you will need to get around It has not only the map of the whole city, but also of Piraeus, Kifissia market and an extra , more detailed picture of Plaka-Monastiraki. Also a metro map, sights/shops opening schedules a huge selection of...

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  • Beaches

    Crete Island Favorites

    While staying in Stalis although the beach there is not bad I prefer sissi , sissi is a very picturesque village and a lot of boat trips come here and stop for a swim and lunch. we drove the short distance from Stalis to sissi going through the town of malia and just after malia you come to sissi. The water is extremely clean and its a lovely...

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  • Beachs

    Santorini Island Favorites

    We did a 3 hour tour on a yacht called Dreamcatcher (Santorini Saling) ... had fabulous time ... swam at couple of beaches and saw Oia village from the sea .... thanks Vladi (Captain), George (Chef) and Pete (Bartender) for a great time!!!!!

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  • Food and Drink

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Eat a pie that is well known in Thessaloniki and it´s called 'bougatsa' and it is with cheese or with cream. Eat greek kebab to one of the millions fast-food places and taste the crepes in Navarinou square. Walk by the sea and enjoy your coffee to one of the numerous cafe by the sea, or you can enjoy in the old town from where you can have a...

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  • Cave of Perama

    Ioannina Favorites

    visit PERAMA CAVE (located in the homonymous village, 4 km north of the city of Ioannina) The Cave was incidentaly discovered during the Greek-Italian war of 1940 by a resident of the village who was looking for a shelter to avoid bombardments. In 1951 the speleologists Ioannis and Anna Petrocheilos proceeded to the exploration of the cave and...

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  • Neoclassical Trilogy...

    Athens Favorites

    It was built between 1887 and 1902, based on a study of the Danish architect, Theophile Hansen. Hernest Ziller was the supervising architect who also studied the entrance stairways and the main bookstands. As early as in 1858, King Otho had ordered Hansen to make a study for the construction of a Library next to the University, that had already...

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  • History of Crete

    Crete Island Favorites

    Crete was the centre of Europe's most ancient civilisation, the Minoan. Though early Cretan history is surrounded by legends (such as those of King Minos; Theseus and the Minotaur; and Daedalus and Icarus) that have been passed to us via Greek historians/poets (such as Homer), it is known that the first human settlement in Crete, dating to the...

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  • Upper (old) city (Ano Poli)

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Take a long walk at the Old Town It's one the pretiest areas of Thessaloniki. With old houses, small alleys and a beautiful view its worth it. Especially when you realise that you are totally lost but you still keep going. A map would be helpful at the point that you decide you would rather head back. There are a lot of small squares where...

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  • Athens Museums and Galleries

    Athens Favorites

    This small museum is situated on the Acropolis, just next to the Parthenon. It contains finds from the Holy Rock. The exhibits are put chronologically. You'll see the characteristic Kouri and Kores, statues of the Archaic period (6th cent. BC) as well as pediments from the archaic temple of Athena. The statues were not actually white but painted...

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  • Exploring the Mountains

    Crete Island Favorites

    Hiking at the Gorge of Samaria is something you must do if you ever visit this beautiful island. It is 16 km long and since 1962 has been proclaimed as a national-park. It isn't so tiring as it sounds, you can walk through it in between 3-7 hours, it depends on your foot... At the picture, you see the starting point, which is at an altitude of...

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  • Airport area

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    There is no Olympic Airways shuttle service to main city which is 16 Kms, but Bus # 78 can help u in this regard.It leaves from the front of the train station and stops in front of the ferry terminal costing 0.50 Euros (Approx.). A one way taxi costs 7.50 Euros.

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  • Syntagma Square/Parliament

    Athens Favorites

    A free wifi Internet connection service is now available on Syntagma square. This service is going to be free ultil December 2007 (that's the plan at the moment). More information on www.athenswifi.gr So now, with either a laptop or mobile supporting wifi technologies, you can connect for free to Internet, while enjoying your coffee on the square's...

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  • Minoen Ruins

    Crete Island Favorites

    The Palace of Minos at Knossos in Heraklion is unmissable. Much of it has been reconstructed but it does give you a better idea of the true scale of some of the ruins once you've seen how the ground level ruins can be translated into full scale buildings. I think I agree with the advice that it's best to see Knossos first for that reason. On the...

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  • Aristotelous square

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Aristotelous square is just beautiful. It's full of cafes and shops and the best place to meet friends..it's a large square that connects the bigest street in Thessaloniki, 'Egnatia Odo' with the sea 'paralia', so you can view the city unfolding from the upper part of the square and the beautiful sea, sparkling from the reflection of the sun on the...

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  • Lycabettus Hill

    Athens Favorites

    From the Lycabettus hill you can enjoy the fantastic view of Attica. The funicular brings you up to the top of the hill, or you can reach the hill by walking.The nice little chapel of St. George and the theatre in the north of the hill are very nice. At the top of the hill there are some cafes and restaurants.

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  • Language and Culture

    Crete Island Favorites

    Greek people will really appreciate if you try to speak a few words in Greek while talking to them, you will see their faces smiling, for this reason below you will find few of the main words you "have" to know when traveling in Greece: Salad = Salata Potatoes = Patates Wine = Kras-si Beer = Birra Greek coffee = Elliniko No sugar = Sketo A little...

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  • Museums & Galleries

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    The first thing you should visit is the Byzantine Culture Museum. It received an award for being one of the best museums in Europe. I wish I had gone there soon after arriving instead of 4.5 months later... It gives a good idea of the city's history and the area's development and place in history. Directly behind the museum is the free municipal...

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  • The Temple of Olympian Zeus

    Athens Favorites

    Also known as the Olympeion, THE TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS is located on Amalias Avenue about 500 meters south-east of the Acropolis. The Temple was built of marble from Mount Pentelus. It consisted of 104 Corinthean columns, each 17 meters high. Only 15 of these columns remain standing today.

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  • The People

    Crete Island Favorites

    Greek people as a whole, and especially Cretans are some of the nicest people I met on my trip. While Switzerland's people are almost too nice, too good to be true, Cretans just seemed at home helping you and being nice. Engaging a Cretan person, who for me HAD to speak English, was one of the easier things I did. They were always courteous and the...

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  • White Tower (Lefkos Pyrgos)

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    There are three floors inside the White Tower, their shape is circular. You can see in a few minutes some such byzantine icons. Thessaloniki is the richest city of Greece in byzantine temples, Agios Dimitrios is the most famous one. It is the place where this patron saint of the city -a 20 years old officer of the roman army- lived, martyred and...

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  • Panathenaic Stadium

    Athens Favorites

    This Stadium is called "KALIMARMARON" which means "Beautiful marble stadium". It was built in the 4th century BC. It has been restored twice and its capacity is 70.000 spectators. In 1896 the first modern Olympic games were held in this Stadium.

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  • Visiting Islands

    Crete Island Favorites

    A small island is situated south of Crete, just 9 miles of Ierapetra town. It is called as '"HRISI" (Gold), a incredible exotic small island all covered with white sand, cedar tree forests and beautiful beaches. It can be reached by small boats.

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  • Excursions

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Although Vergina is not in or near Thessaloniki, you must not miss it if you have time to spare. Vergina is the site of excavated palace remains and tumulus tombs of the Macedonian kings and dignitaries. In fact, one of the tomb is believed to be that of Philip II, father of Alexander the great. First, while still in Thessaloniki, you can start...

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  • Churches and Monasteries

    Athens Favorites

    As Brotherleelove said the airport Chapel was a good place for a nap, but it is not allow, and generally looks bad when the staff is going into work with campers all over the hall ways and their front door. (I was one of them) Many people still sleep all over the place and camping under escalators like myself and spill into the Mc Donalds coffee...

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  • Hiking/walking

    Crete Island Favorites

    Walking down the gorge of Samaria is a great experience. It’s a fascinating landscape. At the beginning, you have to walk down in serpentines and will see below the ground of the gorge and above you the big mountains, it looks great! Then, the way will lead you through the gorge, with a view on the steep rock faces, several clean sources (you...

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  • Fairs & Festivals

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION-THE FILMS: 1. BOATS OUT OF WATERMELON RINDS, Ahmet Uluçay (2004) 2. DAYS AND HOURS, Pjer Zalica (2004) 3. GREEN HAT, Liu Fendou (2004) 4. HARVEST TIME, Marina Razbezhkina (2004) 5. THEY CAME BACK, Robin Campillo (2004) 6. DUCK SEASON, Fernando Eimbcke (2004) 7. TO TAKE A WIFE, Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz (2004) 8. ONE...

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  • The changing of the Guard

    Athens Favorites

    Every hour at Parliament Square you can see the Changing of the Guard. The soldier called Euzone stand stright and still for an hour in front of the Ignote Souldier Monument. Than new soldiers come and both the old and the new couple of men walk around in kind of dance. Very interesting to see. They wear their traditional clothes that are different...

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  • Food and Drink

    Crete Island Favorites

    A lot of things are favourite to me in Crete, well i can simply say know that i would like to drink some tsigoudia in a taverna in the mountain and having at the same time graviera (cheese) dipped in honey and then have a short walk nearby in the very quite nature. Camping times

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