Olympus is worldwide known so much for the ecological characteristics and his unprecedented natural beauty, what for his relation with the ancient Greek mythology. The importance of Forest has been recognized not only in Greece, but also in Europe and world. In 1981 the UNESCO nominated Olympus “Reserve of Biosphere”. The European Community has included Olympus in “Important for the Bird fauna Regions of European Community”.
OLYMPUS, our mountain, the residence of twelve gods of antiquity. The twelve gods live in the gorges, “the aspects of Olympus” as calls him Homer – where are found also their palaces. The Pantheon (current Mytikas), is their point of meeting, theatre of their Gusty discussions.
Each year, thousands of nature lovers visit Mount Olympus to admire the charm of nature and enjoy the tour of its slopes and the conquest of its peaks. A classic starting point is the picturesque town of Litochoro at the eastern foothills of the mountain.
Finally, in order to view the excursion to Olympus, stop at the traditional village of Palaios Panteleimonas, which is literally a part of our cultural heritage.
The picturesque village, the well-preserved houses, the stone paths are painted by the deep color of the sea that appears at every turn, in every narrow place under the glory of the Gothic castle and the shadow of Olympus.
Meteora is a complex of huge, dark rocks of sandstone, rising out of Kalambaka, near the first hills of Pindos and Hassia. The giant rocks of Meteora dominate Kalambaka between the mountains of Koziakas and Antichasia. This magnificence of nature reveals all its grandeur for centuries now as it is a unique geological phenomenon and an important monument of Orthodoxy.
At the view of the sacred rocks the visitor is stunned by the impressive majesty of this gigantic stone complex. The ascetic huts on the rocks testify to the irrepressible presence of the first monks who devoted both soul and body to God. The ministers of Christ the Almighty recorded their ascetic course in monastic life, marching on the paths that lead from heaven to heaven.
The first monasteries were built with much diligence and craftsmanship in the 14th century. Over the years some of them have been reconstructed and others have undergone major repairs in order to complete them, thus giving their final architectural form. Since then they have been standing on top of the rocks, giving the impression that they are their natural finish.
The ascent earlier was done with scaffolding supported by beams embedded in the rocks, with a net, and a little later with ladders. Today the pilgrims use the stairs that were carved on the rocks, thus ensuring a comfortable and safe climb to the monasteries.
Of the 24 monasteries today are six, while the remaining 15 are uninhabited and dilapidated. The Holy Monasteries of the Transfiguration of the Savior, the Holy Trinity, St. Nicholas of Anapache and Barlaam are male, while the Monastery of Rousanou and Saint Stephen are women.
Vergina is about half an hour away from Naoussa, a total distance of about 33 km (19 kilometers to Veria plus 14 additional to Vergina, where you will pass through the Aliakmon Dam). Vergina is very close to Aigai, the location of the ancient capital of Macedonia and the excavations of the archaeologist Manolis Andronikos (1976-1980) brought to light important findings.
The most important attraction of Vergina is the Royal Tombs in the ancient necropolis of Aigai. There is a museum with the finds, right next to the tombs, covered with soil, as was the tombs for so many years. Passing through the entrance of the museum, in a dark environment, the visitor feels he is going through another era.
There are many exhibits in the museum, but the most important and best known are the golden urn with the Macedonian star containing the bones of King Philip II and the golden wreath the dead man wore.
Apart from the royal tombs, in the archaeological site of Vergina there are also the Ancient Theater, the Eukleia Sanctuary and the Palace.
In a peaceful natural environment, on the southern foothills of Parnassus, Delphi is where the most important religious center of antiquity was founded and flourished. According to mythological tradition, here were the two eagles that Zeus sent from the ends of the universe to find the center of the world, so the Delphi were identified with the Earth’s navel.
During the Mycenaean times in the small settlement of Delphi the goddess was worshiped. The development of the sanctuary and the oracle began in the 8th century BC. With the full prevalence of the worship of Apollo. Under the protection and administration of Amphictionia (a union of Thessaly and central Greece), the sanctuary of Delphi took over in the 6th century BC. His autonomy, expanded, increased his religious and political influence while he was adorned with brilliant statues, statues and other voices.
In the later centuries, Delphi was repeatedly destroyed (Persians, Fokes, Galatses). In the 3rd century BC Gentlemen of the sanctuary became the Aetolians, while in 191 BC The Roman sovereignty began, during which Delphi was sometimes treated favorably and sometimes unfavorably. The sanctuary began to decline with the dominion of the new religion and finally closed at the end of the 4th century AD, by the decree of Emperor Theodosius I. Life in Delphi continued, while in the Middle Ages it was built in the site of the holy village.
The archaeological site of Delphi was revealed by the systematic excavations of the French Archaeological School at the end of the 19th century, followed by restorations and restorations. The great artistic centers of antiquity are represented by high quality works (inscriptions of all categories, statues, miniature works and parts of the decoration of buildings).
Mount Athos Is an “Autonomous Monastic State” within Greece (perhaps unique in the world, with the exception of the cosmic Lassa of Tibet), on the peninsula of Athos of Chalkidiki in Macedonia, considered the center of Orthodox monasticism.
It is considered to be one of the most important sections not only of the Balkan, but also of Europe and the Eastern Church because of its great national, historical, religious, secretarial and cultural value as a center of conservation and maintenance of rich material so as to be characterized as a “shelter” Museum “of unique treasure of Greek art and letters. Mount Athos consists of twenty holy, sovereign, royal, patriarchal and monastery monasteries. According to the hierarchical order, the Holy Monasteries of Mount Athos, also called Athonites.
From the green pine to the full of bars and restaurants, Skiathos invites you to enter the climate. Cosmic, ideal for sailors who plow the Mediterranean and for those who require high-level tourist infrastructure, counts fanatical friends from all over the world. Holidays in one of the most idyllic Greek islands. The beaches of Lalaria and Koukounaries, the top in Greece. The 14th century Castle, the Strofilia habitat, the caves …
The beauty of Skiathos is spread everywhere. Page, as if it were a short story of Alexandros Papadiamantis, the great Greek writer who came from here, you will turn it and you will love it because it is full of vitality. And as a proper hostess she takes care that all her guests go unforgettable.
Nice place to ride the old harbor with Bourtzi. From here, small boats depart for the round of the island and stop for dives in the beaches, especially the north, but also those that make daily excursions to Skopelos and Alonissos. There are many taverns, bars and cafes along the old and new harbor, while the island’s clubs are on the edge of the new harbor. From the town, located to the east of the island, the main coastline that reaches to the southwest, with the most popular beaches, is full of tourist facilities such as hotels of all categories, rooms to let, taverns and few residences.
Rich in history, culture and beauty, Thessaloniki is one of the cities that once you visit it, it will be hard for you not to return to it regularly. The exciting museums, the countless monuments of all historical periods, its stunning cuisine, its intense nightlife and the wide waterfront along the sea are just some of the elements that make you fall in love with it.
Following the waterfront just below Aristotelous Square along the sea and heading southeast, you will reach the White Tower, the characteristic monument – a symbol of Thessaloniki: It is a part of the fortification of the city during the Byzantine and Ottoman period, which It functions as a museum, but it is also an ideal place to enjoy the magnificent view.
Around Aristotelous Square, a series of monuments testify to the history of the city since its foundation in 315 BC: Kamara (Arch of Galerius), built during the Roman period, Rotunda, a building of the 4th century that was transformed into Hagia Sophia, Byzantine church of the 8th century, and dozens of beautiful neoclassical, artnouveau and artdeco buildings – including the famous Modiano market, which mainly houses food stores
Athens, especially its historic center, is full of sights, museums, and archaeological sites. Wherever you look, Athens is full of monuments of ancient and newer culture. Walking in Athens and taking a tour of her sights is like walking through her own story.
Athens has some of the most important museums in the world, such as the brand new Acropolis museum and the National Archaeological Museum. As Athens is the capital of Greece, it is fortunate to have unique museums that best promote Greek culture in all its dimensions. From prehistoric times and antiquity, to the present day.
Ambelakia is the historical seat of the Municipality of Tempi. They have been designated by the State as a traditional settlement. There are many well-preserved stone-built mansions and traditional stone fountains that reveal earlier times of glory, wealth and acne.
Few can imagine that here in the late 18th century. There were 6,000 people who worked zealously, sending their products across Europe! But many could assume that all that prosperity of that time came from the vines, grapes and wine – as the name of the village testifies.
Waterland is a water park in Thessaloniki. The park is located near the village of Tagarades, on the outskirts of Thessaloniki on the way to Chalkidiki. Waterland is an active member of the World and the European Water Parks Zone and the International Amusement Park Association.
The park first opened its gates to the public in 1994 and at that time it was the largest water park in southeastern Europe, covering an area of approximately 150,000 square meters. Waterland is the first water park to operate in Greece.