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The first travel guide to Greece was written back in the 200 AD and in the 19th century it was considered a major stop of the European aristocrats. The countries most enduring quality is its archeological sites, but the country is much more than historical sites. Its allure is due to its intangible qualities, the unique blending of its East and West culture, the blue sea, the clear light and a strong character of the past. For the purposes of this website we have divided the country into 4 regions; Cyclade Islands/ Mykonos/ Santorini, Dodecanese Islands/ Rhodes, Athens Area/ Hydra, Crete.




Cyclade Islands/ Mykonos/ Santorini, Greece
Named after the rough circle they form around the island of Delos, these islands are the quintessential Greece with white washed villages, clear light and golden beaches. Delos in ancient times an important religious site and commercial port is now an uninhabited archeological wonder.

Mykonos is an island with well developed beaches with elegant shops and houses throughout the island and has an international airport.

Naxos. The largest of the islands in the Cyclades has wonderful hiking trails in the interior, which wind through olive groves and Byzantine churches.

Paros is best known as the windsurfing capital of Greece and for its Valley of the Butterflies where during the summer months butterflies congregate in the thousands.
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Dodecanese Islands/ Rhodes, Greece
Perched on the easternmost edge of the Aegean with whitewashed walls, deep blue sky, olive groves, fig trees, azure Aegean waters, the Dodecanese Islands are gems unto themselves. Rhodes City, on the Island of Rhodes, is an excellent surviving example of a medieval fortified town. The west coast of Rhodes has extensive ruins of a Doric city. During the summer months there are a daily ferries to Turkey.

Patmos. It was on this island that St John wrote his Revelations. There is a Monastery located on the site and you are able see the cave in which he lived and wrote.
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Athens Area/ Hydra, Greece
The monasteries of Meteora are one of the most extraordinary sights in mainland Greece. Built into and on top of huge pinnacles of smooth rock, the earliest monasteries were reached by climbing articulated removable ladders. These days, access to the monasteries is by steps hewn into the rocks. The group of monasteries is best explored on foot. Thessaloniki is Greeceā€™s second largest city. It was once the second city of Byzantine, and as a result there are some magnificent Byzantine churches as well as some Greek and Roman ruins.
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Crete, Greece
Steeped in Homeric history and culture, scented by wild fennel and basil, Greece's largest island now hosts a quarter of all visitors to Greece. Crete was the birthplace of one of Europe's oldest and most fascinating civilizations, the Minoan. Iraklio, the capital, has some fine museums in which you can learn more about the island's history, or you can visit the ancient Minoan site of Knossos. Hania has a beautiful old Venetian quarter.
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Links:

Greek Ferries:
www.greekferries.gr

Greece Now
www.greece.gr

Greece Tourism
www.greecetourism.gr

Olympic Airlines
www.olympicairlines.com

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