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Explore Greece:Mykonos

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Mykonos is part of a cluster of islands including Delos, Rhenia and some rocky islets. Mykonos, already inhabited since the 5th millennium B.C. (prehistoric settlement of Ftelia), has shared with them a long and copious history with them. Its intense tourist and cosmopolitan activity, which has continiously kept Mykonos in the foreground, inevitably reminds us of the cosmopolitan ancient Delos during the period of its commercial peak (Hellenistic-roman period).

Mykonos is located to the area of the central Aegean Sea and belongs to the prefecture of Cyclades. Its total surface is 26.370 acres, while the length of its shores reaches 81 kilometers.
It consists of the municipality of Mykonos. The resident population of the island adds up in 9.320 people according to the census of 2001 (E.S.Y.E.). The highest point of Myconos reaches approximately the 14 kilometers and its widest about 10.

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Explore Greece…. Patra

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The Patras City Area is a conurbation of 160.400 inhabitants,while its wider urban area, in the new Patras municipality, has a population of 213,984 (in 2011).] Patras' core settlement has a history spanning four millennia, in the Roman period it had become a cosmopolitan center of the eastern Mediterranean whilst, according to Christian tradition, it was also the place of Saint Andrew's martyrdom.

Dubbed as Greece's Gate to the West, Patras is a commercial hub, while its busy port is a nodal point for trade and communication with Italy and the rest of Western Europe. The city has two public universities and one Technological Institute, hosting a large student population and rendering Patras a major scientific centre with a field of excellence in technological education. The Rio-Antirio bridge connects Patras' easternmost suburb of Rio to the town of Antirrio, connecting the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland Greece.



View of Patras from the fortress
View of Patras from the fortress
Seal of Patras
Patras is located in Greece
Coordinates 38°15′N 21°44′ECoordinates: 38°15′N 21°44′E
Country: Greece
Geographic region: Peloponnese
Administrative region: Western Greece
Regional unit: Achaea
Districts: 11
Mayor: Kostas Peletidis (KKE)
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
 - Population: 213,984
 - Area: 333.1 km2 (129 sq mi)
 - Density: 642 /km2 (1,664 /sq mi)
Municipal unit
 - Population: 171,484
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (min-max): 0–10 m ­(0–33 ft)
Postal code: 26x xx
Telephone: 261
Auto: ΑΧ,AZ



Explore Greece:Karditsa

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Karditsa (Greek: Καρδίτσα) is a city in western Thessaly in mainland Greece. The city of Karditsa is the capital of Karditsa regional unit.

Inhabitation is attested from 9000 BC. Karditsa ls linked with GR-30, the road to Karpenisi, and the road to Palamas and Larissa. Karditsa is south-west of Palamas and Larissa, west of Farsala and the Volos area, north-west of Athens, Lamia, Domokos and Sofades, north of Karpenisi, north-east of Arta, and east-south-east of Trikala, Grevena, Ioannina, and Kalampaka.

Karditsa has schools, lyceums, gymnasium, the Veterinary Medicine Department of the University of Thessaly, three technical education departments, church, banks, a post office, a railway station on the Trikala – Karditsa – Domokos line, a sports ground, a water tower, and squares. Karditsa is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Greece with an extensive network of bicycle paths. Approximately 30% of all the city transportation, according to the National Technical University of Athens, is done by bicycles.


Plastiras' Lake, near the city.

Statue of Nikolaos Plastiras (1883-1953) in Karditsa.

View of the cathedral church of Saints Constantine and Helena.

Explore Greece: Trikala

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Trikala (GreekΤρίκαλα) is a city in northwestern ThessalyGreece, and the capital of the Trikala regional unit. The city straddles the Lithaios river, which is a tributary of Pineios. According to the National Statistical Service, Trikala is populated by 81,355 inhabitants (2011), while in total the Trikala regional unit is populated by 131,085 inhabitants (2011).


  • The Old City of Trikala, which consists of the districts Varousi and ManavikaVarousi was the Christian district of Trikala during the Turkish rule and is located at the foot of the fortress. Until 1930, this part of the city was considered as the noble district of Trikala and is now preserved in its entirety, with a large number of old buildings, built between 17th and 19th century, preserved until today . In this part are located the oldest churches of the city. Following the district Varousi up to the central square is the part of the city called Manavika, a neighborhood of the old city with a uniform architecture . Here are located some of the best restaurants and coffee bars in town.
  • The archaeological site of Asklepieion of Trikke, the most significant and the most ancient of Greece, according to Strabo.
  • The Byzantine Castle, built by Justinian onto the acropolis of ancient Trikke in the 6th century AD. Later it was rebuilt by the Ottomans, who in the 17th century placed a huge clock tower, which was accompanied by a bell weighing 650 kg (1,433 lb). In 1936, another clock tower was placed and today remains the trademark of the city, while offers a panoramic view to the city.
  • The Osman Shah Mosque (16th century), building designed by Mimar Sinan. Behind the mosque stands the mausoleum of Osman Shah, nephew of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. The mosque is now a monument protected by UNESCO and serves as a museum.
  • The hill of Prophitis Ilias, a park with a nice view of the city and within walking distance from the city center. On this hill is situated the church of the Prophet Elijah and the zoo.

  • Lithaios river and the Central Bridge, built in 1886, which connects the central square with the Asclepius pedestrian zone.
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