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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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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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
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.
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.