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. 

Elatia forest, Greece’s natural monument

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With over 1.700 different plants, 38 pieces of mammals and 100 species of birds, Elatia forest near Drama city, is the largest forest complex in Greece. It  is also known as Karadere. The green and dense tall trees landscape reminds the visitor forests that are usually seen in Northern Europe.   
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This beautiful forest is located in the central and northern part of Greece and extends along the Greek-Bulgarian border. It is a unique spot for those who seek close contact with nature. Admire the colours of the plants, the wild flowers and calm your soul as you hear the sounds of the nature.
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UNESCO has categorized the forest as a natural monument. Needless to say this is an ideal place for hiking, trekking and bird-watching. One can find beautiful hotels near this natural place to enjoy a relaxing stay and an unforgettable alternative vacation.

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Makrinitsa, the Balcony of Pelion

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Makrinitsa village is also known as Pelion‘s Balcony due to its location. This mountainous village’s characteristics are the epitomy of Pelion style architecture: the beautiful cobbled stoned mystical paths, the traditional churches and bridges that send you back in time.   
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Locals successfully managed to preserved its beauty and charm through the years and you are really going to be amazed by the architecture of the stoned built mansions and houses, that look like a piece of art hanging on the mountain.  
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One of the village’s most popular places is the main square. The panoramic views towards the Pagasitic Gulf are just impressive day or night. It is the ideal place to treat yourself with a nice meal or coffee.  Tip: The guesthouses in the village have kept the traditional architecture inside out. Most of them have rooms with fireplaces, and offer breakfast made of local products to make your stay unforgettable. 
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The traditional architecture, beauty and colours of Xanthi’ s Old Town

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The Old Town of Xanthi, is one of the best preserved traditional architecture in Greece. It is an old traditional village hidden in the modern city of Xanthi and it was built in 1829 after a catastrophic earthquake that took place in the area. Traditional and glorious houses stand on each side of its narrow lanes. The power of its colors, aromas and architecture virtually travel you back in time.   
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  Once you start strolling on the alleys you will be astonished by the perfectly crafted buildings and the paved streets. You will get the feeling that you walk in endlessly beautiful labyrinth.   
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Apart from the traditional and neoclassic residences with their well sculptured doors, the Old Town consists of beautiful squares to rest, shops, hotels, guest houses, cafes and restaurants. Tip: Xanthi is also popular for its traditional sweets and the old tobacco storehouses.   Find accommodation in Xanthi with Booking.Com      

Dimitsana, a "work of art" mountainous village

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Dimitsana is a stone-built village on the slopes of Mainalon mountain at an altitude of 1.000m. The first thing a visitor will notice is the outstanding traditional architecture of the buildings. Many guest houses and hotels are found around area which makes the village a fascinating but not crowded with tourists winter resort.     Wandering the cobbled stoned streets is a must. The village’ s little cafes serve hot beverages and spirits all day. After your walk, sit yourself in one of these beautiful cafes and if you visit in the winter treat yourself with a warm rakomelo, the cafes’ most popular drink.   
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Tip: The surrounding area is not to be missed. The hydro-power museum, the Lousios river gorge, the Prodromos Monastery are just an example to perfect your travel experience in Dimitsana Find accommodation in Dimitsana with Booking.Com
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