Great and Small Prespa Lakes, a natural paradise in northwestern Greece

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  Prespa lakes are two lakes in Northwest Greece, one called Small and the other one Great. The Great one is shared between Greece, Albania and FYROM. The Small one is shared between Greece and Albania.  
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The lakes are one of the most important natural parks in Europe with exceptional beauty. Visitors have stunning views of the surrounding mountains reflecting in the waters. If you like bird – watching this is a paradise of 261 bird species, such as pelicans, wild ducks, Dalmatian pelican and many migratory birds.
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Saint Achilios is a small island in Small Prespa. One can visit the island by a wooden floating bridge. There are 11 houses on the island, a guest house with a restaurant and the  ruins of Saint Achilios church which does worth a visit. Definitely an ideal place for those who seek quiet vacation near nature.

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Panoramic views at the Ionian Sea from Skopiotissa Church in Zante

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The road up to Skopos hill and its Skopiotissa church in the Ionian island of  Zante (Zakynthos) is not an easy one. But once you get at the top you will appreciate that it was worth the effort. The views from there are astonishing. 
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The church was built in 1624. It is the oldest on the island and the only one with a white stone dome. When the sunlight hits the dome its white colour magnetically turns into warm gold.
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The church is surrounded by the ruins of an older monastery set at that location in the past. Walk inside and admire the art of some very old Greek orthodox icons. The icon of Virgin Mary was brought to the monastery from Istanbul. 
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Tip: Walk on the east side of the church and climb up even further at the top of the rocky hill. Wait for the sunset to admire the impressive colours it brings on the skyline. 

A small miraculous chapel, Saint Theodora in Vasta

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  This is a miraculous church built on soft soil near Vasta Village. It is a unique phenomenon that its holds 17 trees on its roof. It is impressive that some of the trees measure about 30m in height. Their roots are invisible either from inside or outside of the church. Another fascinating fact about the location is that a river runs beneath this church and irrigates the trees.
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According to Orthodox Church, Saint Theodora was tormented at the location where the chapel was built. The last words she said before she died were “My body should be a church, my blood water and my hair trees”.

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After various investigation, researchers have come to a conclusion to explain this static phenomenon. For more information you can check Wikipedia’s link  http://bit.ly/157ndas Read more...

Doxa Lake, a quick escape from the busy Athens centre

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Doxa lake, is an artificial lake very close to Ancient Feneos Village. The water is very calm and as you walk around the lake you adore the magnificent landscape reflected in it.  
  In the middle of the lake you will see a small peninsula with a tiny church built on it which is accessible by a narrow strip of land.
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According to triathlonworld.gr the lake helds each summer the Sprint Distance Triathlon: 

Lake Doxa, in the middle of a marvelous pine forest at 900m altitude, will held another Sprint Distance Triathlon, in its crystal waters and asphalt roads in its perimeter.
750m of Swimming21km of Biking and 4.2km of running, with the view of mount Ziria and mount Helmos tops. An exprerience that everybody should live, from begginers to experienced triathletes, in individual and team categories, only 2 hours away for Athens! – The Location

The start of the race will be at 11 in the morning, on Sunday, 15th of July and the road wll be closed for vehicles. The race includes 750m of swimming in a triangle route in the lake, 5 laps of the lake perimeter by bicycle and 1 lap running in the opposite direction of biking. Read more...