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The Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance. The word “acropolis” comes from the Greek words ἄκρον (akron, "edge, extremity") and πόλις (polis, "city").

Within the later tradition of Western Civilization and classical revival, the Acropolis, from at least the mid-18th century on, has often been invoked as a key symbol of the Greek legacy and of the glories of Classical Greece. The Athens Parthenon is one of four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek art. It was built as thanks to the goddess of Athena for the triumph of Athens over the Persians. The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the preeminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on the 26th March, 2007 and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

The Metéora

The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα), lit. "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" (the meaning of Meteora in Greek) or "in the heavens above" — (etymologically related to "Meteorite") is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Several monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.

In a wild region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremitic ideal in the 15th century. Their 16th-century frescoes mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.

The Delphic Sibyl

The Delphic Sibyl was a legendary figure who made prophecies in the sacred precinct of Apolo, at Delphi, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, Central Greece. The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the ‘omphalos’; the 'navel of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. There were several prophetic figures called Sibyls. There are a number of legends about the Delphic Sibyl, though they are not necessarily all consistent. One claim is that her last prophecy was said to be the birth of Jesus Christ. Pausanías (Greek traveler & geographer of the 2nd century AD) claimed that the Sibyl was "born between man and goddess, daughter of sea monsters and an immortal nymph". The whole area around the Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

Lefkada

Lefkada (in Greek: white, pure) is the fourth biggest island in the Ionian Sea and is very close to the mainland, so close that it is assumed that the island was once attached to the mainland. The island covers a 302.5-square-kilometer area and has a typical Mediterranean climate: mainly wet, hot summers and cool winters. The whole island is a miracle of nature, full of beautiful seaside resorts and picturesque villages built between the mountains. The visitors are also highly likely to find plenty of caves, waterfalls and natural water taps. The island of Lefkada has a great number of breathtaking beaches, whose main characteristic is the clean, blue-green waters; a feature that makes them popular all over the world. On the west coasts of the island lies the infamous beach of Porto Katsiki, which has been nominated by the international Press as the best beach in the Mediterranean.

Tzoumerka

The proud, imposing chain of mountains known as Tzoumerka, stand in a wild area which remains untouched by the modern civilization. It is one of the lesser known and lower touristic parts of Greece. A unit of beautiful villages and traditional settlements surrounded by pure lush flora. Deep gorges, bare rocks, rich natural environment and impetuous rivers are some of the characteristics that compose scenery of unique wild beauty. Motorcycle touring within such a complex mountainous terrain makes for an unforgettable experience. On the steep slopes of Tzoumerka mountains, villages which are built like aeries, old churches, pre-industrial civilization monuments, watermills, as well as well-known stone bridges, definitely impress every visitor. Tzoumerka mountains entered the European network Natura in 2000.

Olympus

Olympus, Greece’s highest mountain, is part of a national park rich in history, culture, and ecological diversity. It is also the legendary abode of the gods. The favor of the deities gave the mountain an honored place in Classical Greek culture and that mythical status has been passed down through the centuries, across Western civilization. Larger animals prowling the park include wolves, jackals, wild cats, foxes, chamois, and deer. More than a hundred bird species, plus more than 1,700 plants are found live in Olympus National Park, including rare and threatened woodpeckers and golden eagles. The park is also famed for the colorful array of butterflies found there. Few, but stunning routes cross the mountain from East to west.

Galaxidi

Historic Galaxidi offers a unique experience to each and every visitor. This ancient ship-building village provides an island atmosphere of laid-back living. Numerous restaurants and taverns offer traditional Greek delicacies, as well as unique local dishes and freshly-caught seafood. Today, it is a serene town over the Corinthian gulf, protected by two harbors filled with brightly colored skiffs and lined with stone houses. It is a must stop for travelers to at least enjoy a coffee break by its seaside.

Karpenisi

In the central part of Greece there is a remote area nicknamed the "little Switzerland of Greece". The area in Greek is known as Evritania and the central town is named Karpenisi. It lies in the well-wooded foothills of Mount Tymfristos (2315m) and is 48km east of the wonderful Lake Kremasta. Not surprisingly, given its home in the mountainous prefecture of Evritania, the town has an alpine-village feel to it, with chalet-style lodgings mixed in among its churches, taverns and bakeries. It offers great opportunities for hiking, rafting and mountain-biking to surrounding villages and historical monasteries. In the winter, a nearby ski centre is a popular destination.

Ioannina

The capital of Epiros and the gateway to the Vikos-Aoös National Park and gorge, Ioannina (NW Greece) is fast becoming one of Greece’s most happening cities. It is a bustling commercial and cultural centre, and home to 20,000 energetic university students who give it a fair amount of nightlife. Set on placid Lake Pamvotis and facing sheer mountains, Ioannina has an idyllic setting and an evocative old quarter (the Kastro) interspersed with narrow lanes and architectural wonders, dating back to Byzantine and Ottoman times. The city is also becoming a real treat for epicureans, with plenty of fine food and drink on offer.

Lake Plastira

The famous Lake Plastira, located in the Prefecture of Karditsa, was named after Nikolaos Plastiras, a former Prime Minister of Greece. The picturesque Lake Plastira in the Agrafa Mountains has brought prestige and fame not only to the Karditsa region but also to all of Greece. All villages surrounding the lake are truly enchanting because of the splendid view and sylvan backdrop. The scenery is magical with verdant woods comprising of oak, plane and chestnut trees and abundant flowing water. It is an ideal place for romantic holidays and a favorite honeymoon location. It is a beautiful place offering opportunity for holidays with diverse activities such as horse riding, mountain-biking, canoeing, boating, rambling, rafting. Beloved destination for motor bikers too.
 

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