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    Athanasia suggests Chania of Crete


    Chania, a beautiful town on the island of Crete, is a heavenly and pure land brimming with natural beauty, history, memory and culture. It is a land whose visitors will experience nature in all its glory and will encounter breathtaking sights. Endless stretches of seashore bordered in frothy lace, inlets and islands of exotic beauty and sandy beaches tucked away at the foot of forbidding mountains. Impenetrable but yet such majestic gorges, holy caves, blessed rivers and lush, green plains thickly covered with olive and citrus trees. It is a self-sufficient land in every way that is rich in endemic and rare flora and fauna. The works of art produced by man will also not leave any visitor indifferent. He will bow with awe in respect for the intimidating remains of past civilizations which still stand proud, examples of creative spirit and signs of human futility, vigorous warriors of bitter and ravenous time. He will relive moments of legend, history and glory since memories of the past will awaken and resurrect themselves in his passing. Here he will satiate his hunger for colour and aroma, he will savour original and unique tastes, he will overhear stories about experiences taken from the passion and wisdom of a people whose roots and endurance are embedded deep in history. He will live intense contrasts and feelings, he will juxtapose the old with the new and he will respect modern life through the eyes of wisdom gained from tradition. Perhaps most importantly, the visitor will encounter a people who recognize life’s gifts and value. The Cretan soul will infuse him with the feeling of true hospitality and will leave him mesmerized and forever partial to its beauty.

    Christina suggests Milos, a beautiful island of the Cyclades

    Milos island in Greece, with its unique horse shoe-shape, set in the blue waters of the Aegean, boasts several of the best hotels in Cyclades bathed in radiant sunlight and scattered with small white houses. Milos, the place with the most hospitable islanders. With fine touristic organisation, clear waters, noteworthy monuments. Milos, steals the hearts of all those who come to visit …and now will steal yours!

    Kyriakos suggests the island of Thasos

    Thassos is a green greek island in the Aegean Sea and it is far famed for its clean beaches, its hospitality, its tasty vine and the magnificent honey. The history of Thassos is lasting back into the antiquity. At that time, Thassos was famous for its goldmines and marble. Until today, you can see much archaeological treasures, which will make your journey to something special. Also the giant marble factories, which are exporting the marble in the whole world, will amaze you.

    Fotini suggests the island of Santorini

    Santorini is the currently first runner up nominee for the 7 Wonders of Nature due to its impressive wildlife. Voting will take place via the World Wide Web by fall 2010.
    Santorini is the last of the Cyclades islands to the South. The closests islands are Ios, Folegandros, Sikinos to the North, Anafi and Amorgos to the East and Crete to the South. We refer to it as one, but actually it is a complex of five islands. Santorini (Thira) is the main island and around it Thirasia and Aspronisi (parts of the ancient Stroggili) and the two volcanic islands Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni.
    It was one island named Stroggili (circle in Greek) until about 1645 BC, when the volcano in the middle of the island erupted and Caldera was created. Many reasons made this island famous worldwide and more or less we all have seen a picture of it (it was that picture the travel agency used for Greece). There is a talk about the connection between Thira and mythical Atlantis. Also Jules Verne made Santorini famous with its books “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and “The mysterious island” where captain Nemo and his crew watch the volcano eruption. He was one of the visitors and scientists that came to Thira during the eruptions of 1866 - 1870 and wrote the well known book just after it. It is realy the mysterious island, the volcano rules, the caldera view is the most breathtaking one on the planet!
    If you are after the caldera view have a look at Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani, Akrotiri. For the best beaches check Perissa, Kamari, Perivolos, Vlihada and Red beach.

    Kostas suggests Ammouliani, an island of Halkidiki

    Ammouliani is the only inhabited island of Halkidiki that charms every visitor since it’s the place where everyone can find anything they dream of in an area of only 4,5 km2. Ammouliani is located 120 km from Thessaloniki and is connected by frequent ferryboat routes that last only 10 minutes to Tripiti, the beach located across the island.
    With very little luggage, you will find in Ammouliani a heaven on earth to be carefree and relaxed. This island is an idyllic combination of fine, golden sand, aquamarine sea, vegetation and giant rocks. Its isolated bays are the ideal destination for those that desire peace and relaxation, while you can get involved in all sorts of water sports at its sandy beaches.

    Theodoros suggests the island of Rhodes

    One of the most beautiful islands of Greece is Rhodes. Because of her natural beauties, her historical monuments and the exceptional tourist infrastructure constitutes one of the leading summer destinations. When the gods of Olympus won the legendary Giants, Zeus decided to share the ground. However, at the time of division god Sun was absent. So he remained without his own ground. As fair head, Zeus promised that he would give him the first piece of land that would emerge from the sea. At the moment a gorgeous island, Rhodes peeped out of the waters. The sun fell in love and since then to make her distinguish, blazes down on the island with his beams. According to the mythology, this is the explanation that Rhodes is the island with the biggest sunlight.
    Rhodes, the biggest island of Dodecanese, is particularly encouraged by nature. Apart from her memorable natural beauties, the island is also found in a preferential geographic place (in the south-eastern side of Aegean and opposite from the coasts of Mikra Asia) that contributed in the economic and cultural growth of the island in each historical period. Also, in the past, that was the cause of battles among motley civilizations from East and West. While touring in the island every visitor is impressed by its beauties. The Medieval city with the brilliant buildings that accommodated the Knights and the imposing buildings, bequests of Italian possession, characterize the city of Rhodes. The out of city monuments that are also very important and belong to different historical periods, gain the admiration of visitors. The sources of Kallithea, the antiquities of Ialissos, Monte Smith, Kamiros, the Acropolis of Lindos and her mansions, all reveal aspects of the island’s past. And naturally the long sandy beaches and the dark blue waters of Aegean Sea will accompany your walks. Also the pinewoods or the vineyards that colour your travel to the country, will give you many sweet memories. Nowadays, Rhodes exploiting this important past, has evolved to a cosmopolitan resort of international fame. Luxurious hotels, restaurants and shops of all types, satisfy all sort of tastes. The island is also famous for the night life. The famous Casino of Rhodes and the high standard clubs and bars hold the first place.

    Maria suggests the island of Andros

     Andros is one of the closest Greek Islands to Athens (only an hour and a half away) and next to Tinos. Andros is a very attractive island of the Cyclades whith some traditional and very picturesque villages. The fortified capital of the island is a real jewel which combines Venetian and Cycladic architecture, narrow stone paved alleys, arcades and bright coloured flowers. Andros is a great holiday destination.

    Touristic attractions of our Prefecture and Town

    Kostas P. suggests Kerkini Lake

    Inn the flat and semi-mountainous area, important hydrobiospheres are developing which are of great international significance and acceptance. The most essential hydrobiosphere is the one in Kerkini lake. It is a miracle of nature which came about by man’s technical intervention on the natural characteristics of Strymon river. The water extent, which varies from time to time from 54 km2 to 72 km2, works out to be useful in two ways: as a technical work of great agricultural utility and as a hydrobiosphere for thousands of water fowls.

    This wonderful biosphere is recouped by the Internetional Convention of Ramsar and presents numerous admirable elements. Thousands of birds, both rare and protege, riverside forests, water-lilies in a large area, fish variety and fantastic panoramic view from the mountains of Beles and Krousia give it a characteristic tone. Actually the lake hosts 227 kinds of birds, especially non-migrants. 76 of them are recorded in the National Red Catalogue, while at least 31 of them are protected by EEC’s Directive concerning wild life. What makes an exceptional presence is the buffalo’s herd in the area, plus the one of the jackelo in the area of Kerkini lake. In the surrounding area of Kerkini lake there are at least 10 amphibian species (frogs, salamanders, tritons), 5 snail species, 19 reptile species (lizards, snakes, turtles) and a great variety of insects which play an important part in the food chain and contribute towards the biological resources of the lake. The lake was created where Kerkini lake was by making embankments on the eastern and western sides and a dam was constructed near the village of Lithotopos, which started functioning in 1932. The main water provider of the lake is Strymon river. Additionally, there is Kerkinitis river from Krousia that flows into the lake. After the construction of the dam, the form of the initial hydrobioshere changed completely. The human intervention usually retracts or takes negative action against the natural processes, Kerkini lake is a rare example, where the gentle human handling had the exact opposite result. As time went by, the lake’s capacity was reduced because of the substances that were washed up by Strymon river. So the rising of the embankments and the construction of a new dam was necessary, which was started operating in 1982. Its natural beauty, its high ecological significance and its contribution to the agricultural production of the valley of Serres, act as a main promoter of well-being and development. It is worth visiting as well as making any possible effort in order to preserve its wealth.

    Fotini suggests the Lion of Amfipolis

    The colossal animal, reassembled from fragments, has been mounted on a pedestal built on the ancient foundation with blocks of the 2nd century BC dredged from the Strymon river bed, where they may have been reused in a medieval dam.In 1912-13, Greek soldiers found the base and some fragments of the statue. Later, during WW1, English soldiers discovered more pieces and more others were revealed in 1930-31, during works for the re-arrangement of Strymon riverbed.

    Kyriakos suggests Rupel fortifications

    The Rupel fortifications are not far from the Serres-Promahona national road which leads to the Greek-Bulgarian border. They are just a short distance from the border in a narrow gorge through which the River Strimonas flows. This place is of strategic importance for entry to Greek or Bulgarian territory and was fortified in 1914 when Fort Rupel was built there. This fort became the most renowned in the whole of Greece, and not unjustifiably so. With World War I raging, the advance of the German and Bulgarian armies was stopped in front of this fort. On the eve of World War II a new line of defence was built to repel an invasion into Greece from Bulgaria. For three days the fort held out against German and Bulgarian attack and was only abandoned by its men after the surrender of the Greek army in Thessaloniki.
    Today one of the fortification galleries is open to visitors, as is a small museum and the visitors’ pavilion. In the gallery visitors can see dioramas, life-sized models arranged in tableaux representing the Greek troops in the Battle of the Forts (the gunner, the doctor in his surgery treating a wounded soldier, the sergeant in the lieutenant’s office). In the museum, which is only open on the anniversary of the Battle of the Forts (6th-9th April) and in the pavilion, which is open throughout the year, the visitor can see firearms, uniforms, medals awarded for bravery, personal belongings and a map detailing the Battle of the Forts in 1941.

    Athanasia suggests Alistrati’s cave

    Alistrati cave lies about 6 km southeast of the village of Alistrati at a place called “Petroto” in Serres . The expanse of the area is almost 14.000 square meters. At a distance of 250 km from the southern part of the entrance of the Alistrati cave it passes the railway line from Serres to Drama. As a result of the water flow of the river the limestone layers of the mountain has been corroded and the ravine of Aggitis river has been shaped. Because of the thin limestone layers above (10-30m) the temperature of the Alistrati cave is quite high (15-17oC). Temperature is stable even in the winter because the airing of the Alistrati cave is less than the proper. In May humidity is high (95-105%) and it’s quite stable all year long. According to a study of the atmospheric conditions of the cave all chambers are sufficiently air-filled. The temperature inside the cave is stable all year long for the formation of a cubic centimeter of a stalactite it will take at least 100 years. According to Dr. Seeman, the Austrian official researcher of the Alistrati cave, the last time a rock fell was 700.000 years ago. Very impressive is the big variety of stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave mostly because of the difference of their shapes and their age. The biological interest in the ecosystem of the Alistrati cave is extremely high, because of its size and its impressive bat populations. Some of the kinds which have been found: Amphibians, Mammals, Rhinolophus Mehelyi, Rhinolophus Euryale, Myotis Myotis, Myotis Blythi, Myotis Capaccini, Miniopterus Schreibersi. Thousands of bats more into the cave in order to nest and being reproduced, mainly in the summer. Some other mammals that have been found in the cave accidentally are: rabbit, mouse, fox and weasel.
    The explored surface of the cave is of 25000 m and length of 3000 m, with parts of different breadths. These parts as those of all of the caves in Greece, belong to the quaternary period and consequently the faunae too, belongs to the same period , dated at 2.000000 years ago.

    Christina suggests Agios Ioannis

    In the eastern part of the city of Serres, only 2 km away, you can see the picturesque suburb of Agios Ioannis, which constitutes another jewel for the city. The first image that visitors get is of the age-old, deep-shaded plane-trees and the abundant water that forms small waterfalls flowing from everywhere. In an artificial lake made by the Municipality and taking advantage of these waters can see many ducks swimming. The rural restaurants in the area of Agios Ioannis offer their shade to the visitor. Every year during the hot months (spring-summer) thousands of visitors enjoy the beauty of its surrounding nature. Excursion coaches cannot pass through Serres without visiting Agios Ioannis resort. In fact it constitutes a custom, so that the visitors refer to Serres-Agios Ioannis and not to Agios Ioannis-Serres.

    See an official guide for information of Serres : www.serrestown.com