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Corfu

Corfu | History | Museums | Civilization
Map of Kerkyra

History

The name Corfu or Corifo comes from the ancient saying “city of the Mountain point” because of the two hills that stand in the land. Corfu used to have many names in the past like scythe, because it looked like a scythe, or Makria (it means long in Greek), because the island is long, or Kassiopia, Keraina, Arpi und Sheria, like Homer used to call it.

The mythology mentions that the island got its name from the nymph Kerkyra, whom Poseidon brought to the island. The fruit of their love was Faiakas, ancestor of the ancient Faiakes, people who according to Homer, offered hospitality to Ulysses before he arrived in Ithace.

The known Homeric hero arrives, exhausted after many adventuries, in the island where Nausica – the daughter of the King of Faiakes Alkinoos – finds him and brings him to the rich palace of her father, where he is offered the best hospitality and honors that are suitable for all strangers.

The mythical ancestors of the inhabitants of Corfu are present in Homer’s Epic as the founders of a great technological civilization with the best equipped navy and a democratical organized society. However, it is not verified from the archaeology yet.

On the contrary there are findings that reveal the existence of inhabitants since the Stone Age (in Agios Mathaios) and the neo- Stone Ago (in Sidari) and in the Copper Age (in Kefali, Amfioenes).

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Museums

In a city like Corfu with history and cultural inheritance, you can find many museums that preserve the memories and the tradition of the island. Some of them are:

Archeological Museum
The Museum of Asian Art
Byzantine Museum
Museum of bank notes
The Museum of Solomos
The public Gallery
Reading Society
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Civilization

People from Corfu keep the traditions alive. These traditions were saved through the centuries despite the repeated dominations by foreign conquerors. They managed to assimilate the foreign elements in their own civilization and combine them with the Greek element, resulting to a wonderful blend that astonishes the visitor.The characteristique singing accent of the people, the mood to celebrate and dance, the optimism, the warm and true humanity, that represents the Greek values, the rich business activity with respect to the cultural inheritance and the natural environment, the deep religious belief that is obvious from the innumerable churches and monasteries everywhere in the island, the simplicity, the grace and the harmony are all characteristics that form the cast of features of the locals who were lucky enough and did not taste the Turkish domination which deprived Greece the chance to develop for four centuries.
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Corfu travel guide

Corfu | Accommodation | Hotels | Apartments | Restaurants
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Information about Corfu
Corfu is the second largest island of the Ionian Sea and it covers an area of 592 square kilometers and a luxuriant coastline of 217 kilometers. It is situated in the north side of the Ionian Sea, in the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, two and a half miles from the beach of Albania. The mythical island of the Faiakes is an ornament of the Ionian Sea, but it is also one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, combining the green mountains and the long sandy beaches. The mild and rainy climate of the island brings out the rich flora which creates the unique color of the island. The beautiful beaches form many bays. The best known of them are: Ipsos, Garitsa, Limnothalassa Chaliopoulou (in Pontikonisi), Mantoukiou and others. Also, there are some capes like in Kavo Sidero in the City of Corfu, Agia Barbara, Kassiopi and Agia Aikaterini in the north of the island, Kefali, Asprokavo and Leukimmi in the south, Agios Stefanos in the west, Arilla, Falakro and Ag. Isidoros.Three rows of mountains cross the island. The highest peak is Pantokratoras (914m). Between the mountains there are many fertile valleys, like Lefkimmi and the grassland of Ropa that are washed by many rivers, which, however, are dry during the summer.Around the island there are many small islands of the same beauty and clean beaches, like in Corfu.Opposite the city of Corfu there is Bido (ancient Ptychia) and Lasareto, northwest stands Erikousa, Mathraki, Othonoi and in the south the beautiful Paxi and Antipaxi.The innumerable natural beauties of the Mediterranean climate, that result in cool summers and mild winters, the history and the rich cultural tradition, have made Corfu into an excellent holiday resort that attracts many Greeks and foreigners. People of Corfu offer their hospitality to the visitors of the island, who experience a unique opportunity to enjoy comfortable and unforgettable vacations.A mosaic of all nationalities and races walk through the picturesque alleys, known as the traditional “kadunia” of Corfu, which create an atmosphere of past times. In this scenery, one can find the ideal place for vacations, since he/she can choose between the small fishing-islands for quite and relaxing staying or the cosmopolitan places with loud night life. Also, the villages that are built in the green valleys are the ideal place for those who love the country or the innumerable beaches for those who love the extreme water sports.

Sightseeing

The ancient city of Corfu was built during the 8th century BC and it stood south of where today’s city is placed, between Garitsa bay and the lake Chaliopoulou. The center of the ancient city stood where Palaiopoli is today, up to the cannon.The market must have been opposite the palace of Mon Repo and it is believed that in the place of Analipsis, stood the Acropolis. The most important monuments are the following:

The monument of Menekratis
The tower of Nerantziha
The temple of Artemis
Palace of Saint Michael and George
The Ancient fortress
The new fortress
The Saint Spiridon
Town hall
Achillion
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Excursions

The old city lies between the old and the new fortress, surrounded by the walls. Most of the houses are old stone, multy storey buildings which survived the bombing during the war and stand witnesses to the history of the city. The place of those buildings that were destroyed during the war was taken by a few, new multy storey buildings. In Kampielo, which is the oldest residential area of the ancient city, the houses are built close to one another, and although they look like deserted, they are actually inhabited. Even the picturesque laundry is hanged in ropes which are tied from one balcony to the other across the street. And still the housewives throw the basket, which is tied to a rope, to the street when they want to buy something from the street salesman.
It looks like time has stopped in this part of the city, where you can easily get lost walking in “kadunia”. If you take a walk to the square of the city, the Spaniada Square, you find out that it is full of life.
Young and old people walk in the small stone alleys to meet friends and have a cup of coffee with them in the famous Liston, an arcade, in French order, with coffee shops and restaurants, where people are coming and going throughout the year.
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Mykonos travel

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Information about MykonosMykonos is the most famous island in the Cyclades. Its re-putation has spread during the last years due to its unique lan-dscape, its archeological sites, its cosmopolitan environment and its magnificent seas.
Mykonos is an island that is full of contradictions. The contradicting elements that are apparent in this small stretch of land, give the island a distinct eccentricity.
Mykonos sways between the traditional and the contemporary, from the simple to the complex, and from the accustomed and unaccustomed elements.
Mykonos is composed of two shades: the summer and winter shade. Its summer shade appears to be flashy and wild. The summer sounds are even different, even a loud buzz has something wild, something out of this world to it.
During the winter Mykonos is authentic. It is the Mykonos of the good old days. Everything changes, the rhythm lowers and the lights turn off.
Whoever experiences a winter in Mykonos, will love and appreciate it, because they will have the chance to realize that is it a place full of character.
In spite of all these things Mykonos is distinctly different both in summer and winter. The only thing that changes is the scenery. It has charmed many anonymous and famous travelers that have written many valuable descriptions of the island. Nikos Kazantzakis even wrote in Toledo that, ” Jerusalem, Mykonos, and Moscow are the three cities that amazed him “.
Mykonos is 94 naval miles southeast of Piraeus ,with an area of 83 sq.klms and about 80 klms of coastal line.
Small rocky uninhabited islands that are valuable fishing and herding areas surround it. Marmaronisi, Tragonisi and Parsons are some of the most important ones.
The terrain is rocky without many bulges and bays. The winters are mild and the summers are cool.

Greek cuisine

Gastronomy and restaurants are,as you understand, the most subjective issues “greek-tourism” will broach, particularly provided that we know we are addressed to readers with very different origin and gastronomyc habits.In general, cuisine is good in all restaurants in Mykonos. From taverns to classy restaurants you will be amazed by the variaty of choices. You can choose between Greek food or international, as well as Italian, Asian, and even Mexican.But which are the criteria for choosing the right restaurant?Certainly the satisfaction of the palate, the surrounding space, the atmosphere, the reception, the quality and the price. We are choosing the best having in mind those criterias as well as what the locals and the visitors told as, without leaving out our opinion about the places that we think the most of, and we recommend without a doubt that you should visite them.The tourist guide “greek-tourism” will help you so that you don’t fall into the trap of those restaurants that price the view at the sea and the sunset than the food in our plate. We will inform you about the restaurants that serve greek food take care of you and from which you’ll leave so satisfied that you will recommend Mykonos to all your friends and move them to visite as. You see this guide is thinking about you as much as the island we all love.

Nightlife

Mykonos has nothing to be jealous of Rio’s Carnaval. It’s the Saint Tropez of Greece. Ibiza’s sister!Fun never stops here.
It follows the island in all of it’s expressions. Mykonos celebrates summer, celebrates life! She has “temples” dedicated to her and they are full of legends, celebrities and thousands of sweet memories. Her most famous “temples” are: Cavo Paradiso, Super Paradise, Ramrod club..In the afternoon, just before the sunset, you can hear the songs of sirens which speak about dancing and unlimited fun. Few can resist them. If you love Fiesta follow them.

Hotels

Which are the criteria for choosing the right hotel or lodging?Certainly, the surrounding space, the atmosphere, the reception, the quality and the price.We are choosing the best, bearing in mind these criteria as well as what the locals and the Internet visitors told us excluding our opinion for those hotels that we think the most of, and we recommend without doubt that you should visit them.The tourist guide greek-tourism will help you so that you don’t fall into the trap of those hotels which charge the customer based on the circumstances.We will inform you about the hotels that will take care of you because holidays means fun! This guide considers you as much as the island we all love.

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Car rentals and bike rentals are closely tied to our family tradition. We keep the first service station that was founded on the island by our grandfather.
Having experience in engines and vehicles, in 1994 we founded the car and moto rental company moto-power in Agios Prokopios and in 2002 a branch in Agia Anna of Naxos. Both are on the main road connecting the town of Naxos (port) and Agia Anna.

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Travel information guide about Samos

Samos|Accommodation|Hotels|Rent a car|Restaurants
Map of Samos
Information about SamosThe evergreen island of the world famous mathematician Pythagoras and the astrophysicist Aristarchos with its large dream-like sandy beaches, its crystal clear deep blue waters, its traditional settlements, its graphic narrow streets and its exquisite passages will offer you an unforgettable vacation. Flooded in vegetation, with its vast unique vineyards, its rich growth and majestic sunrises, is ready to welcome you to its summer excursions and tours.From Kerki or Kerketea, the tallest mountain in the Aegean the view towards the Cyclades and Dodecanese is unbelievable and at the same time fascinating.Ideal for the lovers of the natural life and beauty, the trails and the magically picturesque sites, offer themselves to walking and mountain climbing. With ecological, historical and paleontological interest the island would satisfy even the most demanding visitor.The tradition and folklore through the revival of the various traditions and customs gushes out at every traditional village of the island. It is not accidental that the admiration of the visitors is plentiful when coming across the art of woodcarving that emerge from within the exquisite iconostasis present at the churches, the impressive workmanship of the icon paintings and the ecclesiastical architecture.The architecture and the immeasurable good-natured hospitality of the inhabitants convert the island in a summer refuge of pleasure and leisure.With an area of 476 sq. klms, a coastline of 159 klms, and a population of approx 42.000 inhabitants this island is situated very near the coastline of Asia Minor, from which it is separated by multileveled strait of approx.1300 meters in width. The highest mountains of the Aegean are found in Samos, some of which are, the mountain range of Kerkis, with an altitude of 1434 meters, which due to the many ravines and concealed slopes is inaccessible. Mount Karbounis at the centre of the island, with an altitude of 1160 meters and followed by the offshoots of Chondros, Kaprovouni, Bournias and Thio.The mainland plains are consisted of many significant plains, Mesokambos, the plain of Blamaris near to Bathi and the plain of Karlovasio at the Northeastern side of the island. The most important capes are the ones of Praso, Kotsikas, Schinos, Gourlotes, Pefkos, Arapis, Asprokambos and Fonias. Surrounding the island you can find the small islands of Daskalio, Prasonisi, Diapori, Makronisi, Strogilo, and Petrokaravo.
Even though Samos is very green and mountainous with exquisite rich vegetation, its climate is that of a sea surrounded area, with mild winters and cool summers. Due to its terrain and exceptional climate, the island produces agricultural, fish, wood, and minerals products. Standing out from all of these are its vineyards and wine, the well-known Moschato or as the ancients called it ” the anthosmias – the beautifully scented ” is also exported to France. Their honey and oil is also exquisite.Wine making prospers on the island, with characteristically large and modern wine making installations in Karlovasi and in Malegari. Also flourishing is the production of oil and soap.The capital of the island is situated at the harbor and stretches out to a picturesque cove and an ever green bay from which it got its name, due to the existence of an old village known as Vathi. The city is amphitheatrically built with neoclassic buildings, old mansions, graphic back streets and traditional houses that state the wealth, nobility and superiority of the island. In the city, the square of Pythagoras, stands out with its marble lion. Also you can see the old mansion of the parliament, which up to this day houses the town hall with the municipal art gallery. Leaving the city behind we would recommend that you take a glimpse the regiment of the sculptor Genelo, copy of which exists in its original position at Iraio, the wooden sculptures in the archaic temple of the Goddess Ira, the cooper sculpture of the head of a bull from the 7th century , the clay figures from Cyprus and the heads of the vultures, are unique samples of Samos copper art.The sight seeing of the island includes, the Art Gallery with historic relics of the island dating back to the revolution of 1821, the constitution of the island and portraits of its royals. In the small church of Saint John an exquisite sample of post-Byzantine archeology can be found.For swimming we recommend the pebbly beaches of Gakos and Roditses while outside of the city the beaches of Psili Ammos, Kerveli, Klima and Poseidon are worth visiting.Don’t forget to attend the local festivities, at the open air festival of Saint Nikolas and Saint Spiridona on the 6th and 12th of December respectively. At these festivals a unique local recipe “giorti” is offered to the visitors, which is made from meat and wheat.

On the 6th of August the victory against the Turks is celebrated, at the wine celebration that take place at Pythagorio. Celebrations take place on the 8th of September at the Monastery of the Virgin Mary and on the 13th of September at the Monastery of Timios Stavros. Also remarkable is the revival of the local customs during the Apokries (Greek Carnival time).

The beaches of the island are famous for their majestic landscapes, their dazzling sandy shorelines and their crystal clear blue waters, in combination with its evergreen surroundings. Standing out are, the beaches of Saint Constantine, Votsalakia, Avlakia, Potami, the Small and Large Saitani and the beach at Marathokambos bay.

Furthermore Kokkari the most graphic fish harbor of the island, the pure white beach of Lemonakia, the beaches of Potokaki and Samiopoula a charming small island on the most Southern shores of the island.

The visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the sport of their liking and at the same time enjoy their vacation on the island. The beaches offer themselves to wind surfing and many other water sports, while many hotels are equipped with tennis fields. The amazingly pictorial fishing areas that are spread out through out the island will fascinate the fishing fans. North of Vathi you will find a complex of small little islands, Prasonisi, St Nikolaos, Diaporti, Strogylo, and Makronisi.

On the eastern shores of the island Dafnes, Melissovraha, Kerbelis bay, and the shores of Hondro Vouno while south you can find Poseidonio, at the strait between Samos and Turkey and the shores of Kiriakou. Also south of Iraion close to the islet of Samiopoula are the beaches of Spatharaion. West you will find Katergo, Palaiochori, the Plakes, Small and Large Pounta and St Isidoros. Finally north we recommend the location of Krunder between St Konstantinos and Karlovasi and the region or theWater reservoir close to Kokkari.

You will find many Rental rooms, apartments and hotel resorts, which offer luxury during your stay, together with organized beaches, athletic installations, parking, garages, restaurants and nightclubs. The food is offered generously in every graphic tavern and restaurant with amazing local specialties, Greek and International cuisine, and ready to satisfy every gastronomical quest. Standing out is the “Kes-Kes”, which is made with wheat and is offered either on its own or is together with loukoumades (Greek doughnuts).

Your pleasant stay on the island will be accompanied by entertaintment, which is apparent at the beachfront tourist centres, like the town of Samos, Pithagorio, Karlovasi, Kokkari, and Marathokambos Bay. In all these locations you can find nightclubs, discotheques, clubs that can satisfy your every musical and dancing choice.

We believe that the island will manage to fascinate and offer you an unforgettable vacation full of leisure and delight.

Hotels in Greece

October 9, 2007 · Posted in Hotels in Greece · Comment 


Cyclades Hotels

| Amorgos | Anafi | Andros | Antiparos | Delos | Ios | Kea | Kimolos | Kythnos | Milos | Mykonos
| Naxos | Paros | Santorini | Serifos | Sifnos | Syros | Tinos | Folegandros |


Dodekanese Hotels

| Astypalaia | Kalymnos | Karpathos | Kasos | Kos | Lipsi | Leros | Kastelorizo | Nissyros | Patmos
| Rhodes | Symi | Telos | Chalki |


Ionian Hotels

| Corfu | Lefkada | Ithaca | Kefallonia | Zakynthos | Paxoi and the faraway Kythera
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Evoia Hotels

| Marmari | Amarynthos | Vasilika | Chalkida
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Pilion Hotels

| Zagora | Ag.Ioannis | Chania | Portaria | Volos | Makrinitsa | Kala Nera | Afisos | Milina | Paltsi | Agxialos | Almyros | Achillio |


Crete Hotels

| Chania | Rethymno | Iraklio | Ammoudara | Ag.Nikolaos | Elounda |


Argosaronic Hotels

| Agkistri | Aegina | Poros | Salamina | Spetses | Hydra | Methana |

Chalkidiki Hotels

| Fourka | Kallithea | Chanioti | Pefkochori | Marmaras | Thessaloniki |


Aegean Hotels

| Limnos | Ag.Efstatios | Lesvos | Psara | Inousses | Chios | Ikaria | Fournoi |


Sporades Hotels

| Skopelos | Skiathos | Alonnisos | Skyros |

Peloponese Hotels

| Nafplio | Tolo | Porto-Cheli | Korinthos | Epidavros | Kyparissia | Monemvasia |
| Githio | Mani | Argos | Loutraki | Kiato | Xilokastro | Patra |

Sterea Hotels

| Kamena Vourla | Thisvi | Athens | Karpenisi | Nafpaktos |

Athens Hotels

| Kineta | Marathonas | Oropos | Pireas | Glyfada | Sounio | Lagonisi | Anavissos || Nea Makri | Spata | Rafina | Keratea | Megara | Mandra | Aspropirgos | Elefsina |

Samos Hotels

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Other hotels and regions in Greece

| Samos | Sterea Ellada | Thessaloniki | Athens | Peloponese |

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