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Greece – an ancient princess dressed in blue, always friendly despite her heart of stone.

Oh no! Please don’t let us be misunderstood. The above poetic statement is used in order to illustrate the contradictory hypostasis of this beautiful and historical land.
 
Undoubtedly the principal color of Greece is blue. Greece has the largest coastline in Europe due to its numerous islands. The country really looks like swimming in the sea, and the variety of its beaches can seduce even the fussiest visitor. Nevertheless, the Greek mainland is mountainous. Sculpted rocks, fertile valleys and forests, gorges and mountain lakes, breathtaking landscapes with rich flora and fauna create a magical collage, so beautiful and pure in its asperity. Plus, the Greek traditional old villages, rich in legends and tales, and the hospitable locals are waiting to amaze you and make you fall in love with the land of the eternal light which hosted one of the greatest civilizations of all times.
 
Greece, of course, is the ideal place for someone interested in history and mythology. The whole country constitutes a spectacular museum filled with monuments which crystallize the country’s rich cultural heritage.
 
Here are some destinations which depict the Greek beauty and are definitely worth a visit:
 
Athens – the queen of Western civilization 
 
Athens is the historical capital of Europe , with a long history , dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age . In the 5 th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and  civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm. 
 
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Thessaloniki – the nymph of the Balkans
 
Thessaloniki (520 km. north of Athens) is the second largest city of Greece and the most  important centre of the area. Built near the sea (at the back of the Thermaïkos Gulf), it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a special beauty and charm.
 
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Cyclades – like jewels in the water
 
The most famous island group in the Aegean Sea comprises some of the most beautiful islands in the world! Gorgeous sandy beaches, architecture in white and blue, traditional lifestyle, folk music, warm, hospitable people and barren landscapes with isolated chapels turn a trip to the Cyclades into a lifetime experience.
 
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Crete – the land of heroes and dancers
 
Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive  mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Crete is, after all, a small universe teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover! 
 
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Ionian islands – exploring the Greek romanticism
 
Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxi (or Paxos) and Kythira are the seven largest and most popular islands of the group, while Antikythira, Antipaxi, Ereikousa, Mathraki, Othonoi, Meganisi and Strofades are lesser-known smaller islands, which have a lot going for themselves. They are destinations attracting many visitors every year for a variety of reasons:
Their temperate climate, lush vegetation, beautiful mountains and breathtaking beaches will provide the perfect surroundings for your next holidays.
 
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Peloponnese – under the eyes of Apollo
 
Monuments from every period of the eventful Peloponnesian history , great archeological sites such as ancient Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Tirynth, Byzantine churches, unique settlements and amazing castles, natural beauties such as mountains, forests, rivers and caves surrounded by the sea, beautiful beaches, sandy and smooth coasts on the west – rocky and dentelated on the east, make this part of Greek land ideal for holidays, touring, sports and connecting to the history and culture. It is not accidental that especially during the summer season many tourists arrive in Peloponnese from all over the world to travel around it. Such trip is very popular and well known.
 
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Chalkidiki –when forests touch the sea
 
Shaped like Poseidon’s trident, Halkidiki’s prongs jut out into the Aegean Sea. Lush green forests extend all the way to the beachfront where reflections of golden sunlight add sparkling hues to turquoise waters. Long stretches of beautiful ever-changing shoreline , unique archaeological sites, world-renowned Christian monuments, lesser-known natural wonders and man-made masterpieces have all helped shape the region’s diverse identity, made even more interesting by the rich local culinary and cultural heritage.
 
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Epirus – a brush of harshness in an earthly paradise
 
Epirus is located in the north-west part of Greece, between the mountain range of Pindos and the Ionian sea and combines impressive mountains and a charming seaside scenery. The entire area is run by mountains and rivers which are traversed by wonderful arched bridges. Fertile plains and valleys interrupt the mountain ranges from north to south. The climate of the coastline is moderate, while in the interior it is harsh, with heavy winters, frequent frost and abounding rain and storms. The villages and cities have always been connected via a number of trails carved through the many mountains. Later, this contributed to the flourishing of trade and the development of the region.
 
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Lesvos or Mytilene – lyrical echoes, oriental flavors

Sappho, one of the most famous lyric poets of ancient Greece, was born on the island of Lesvos. You will find grand beautiful houses in Mytilene, the island capital, and traditional villages across the island (Agiassos, Assomatos, Vatousa, Eresos, Mantamados, Mithymna, Petra, Plomari, Polichnitos, Sigri, Sykamia). Plomari Village is known for its top quality ouzo, which is famous across the country and around the world. Accompany your ouzo drink with sardines from Kaloni. Enjoy the hot springs at Thermi, Eftalou and Gera or walk along unspoilt, golden beaches.
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