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Map of Athens - Crete Itinerary

Brief Presentation

1 Athens – Hydra 38
2 Hydra - Spetses 19
3 Spetses – Kiparissi –  Gerakas 28
4 Gerakas – Monemvasia 9
5 + 6 Monemvasia – Kithira 50
7 Kithira – Andikithira 28
8 Andikithira - Chania 40

Details of Athens - Crete Itinerary

Today, Hydra is one of the most cosmopolitan points in the Mediterranean. The fact that Hydra has a unique beauty in its architecture and its landscape, taken together with its proximity to Athens and its important historical interest, have gradually raised the island to the level of an international tourist centre. Undoubtedly, Hydra is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece with a unique atmosphere. Cosmopolitan, vibrant and lively, with trendy discos, bars and clubs. Must see places: The Monastery of Pofitis Ilias (found in the early 19th century) at an altitude of 500 meters has an excellent view, Kamini the little fishing village, Episkopi Hydra's pine forest (beginning to recover after a fire), popular Molos for swimming, Bisti, Ag. Nikolaos and Limioniza for swimming, Dokos an islet (1 hour's caique trip) made of a kind of marble where Jacques Cousteau discovered a 3,000 years wreck.

Spetses is a beautiful island with rich vegetation and many pine trees. It has various wonderful sandy beaches and lovely secluded bays. Its villages are picturesque and authentic and its capital is a real architectural beauty full of two-storey neoclassical houses with wooden balconies and coloured walls, and narrow stone-paved alleys. Archaeological findings indicate that Spetses has been inhabited since Early Bronze Age (also called first Hellenic Era, about 2500 BC).
One of the most famous heroes of the Greek Revolution was the Spetsiote female captain Lascarina Bouboulina who took the command of her husband’s fleet when he died, fought in many important battles and spent most of her fortune to finance the war.

Kiparissi, to the north of Monemvassia and southeast of Sparta, is a charming coastal village, which has recently developed into a resort attracting those who like to "get away from it all". It has three marvelous stretches of beach lining three successive coves. Kiparissi is one of the most beautiful places, famous for the crystal waters of its beaches.

GERAKAS is a small hamlet surrounded by the hostile mountains of the Parnon, hardly touched by outside influences. The entrance is almost invisible hidden between the high cliffs. On the summit of the entrance is an extensive ruined acropolis, probably of Mycenaean origin. In the hot afternoon sun, out of the cooling touch of the meltemi, the whole hamlet snoozes until the cool of evening when things come to life again

Monemvasia occupies a steep, rocky islet connected to the Laconian coast by a bridge. The settlement was founded in the 6th century A.D. by the inhabitants of Laconia. A second settlement was later founded on a lower level, and gradually developed into a town of significant strategic importance. After a short domination of the Popes, the area was captured by the Venetians in 1464. In 1540 it was occupied by the Turks and its decline became more evident. In 1690 it was given over to the Venetians and in 1715 was recaptured by the Turks. It was the first among the fortified towns of the Peloponnesus to be liberated by the Greeks in 1821. The area is inhabited today and many of the ruined buildings have been restored by the 5th Ephorate. The settlement is surrounded by a U-shaped fortification wall with two gates, one on the east and one on the west side, and a small exit to the sea. Important Monuments of the Lower Town are: Church of Christ Helkomenos (Led to the Passion), Moslem Mosque, Church of Panaghia (Our Lady) Myrtidiotissa.

Kythira is an isolated island situated at the foot of the Peloponnesus, between the Ionians and the Aegean Seas.
Because tourism is still quite undeveloped, the islands looks like a calm refuge, with astonishing deserted beaches and traditional life. Even if part of the Ionian group, the island’s architecture reminds more the Ionian. The village of Paleochora is the island’s pure marvel. It is the ruins of the Medieval capital of Kythira Greece dating from the Byzantine times and was called Agios Dimitrios. The village is situated on the north-eastern side of the island, northwest of a deep cliff.
The village is characterised by its beautiful architecture which reminds the beautiful Monemvasia and Mystra. The Island offers a large range of astonishing beaches, from long white sandy beaches to small deserted rocky cricks. Here are some of the best beaches of the island, but there are much more to discover.

A pitted rocky island rising sheer from the sea, is inhabited by a few hardy souls. This small island lies 28 nautical miles south of Kithira Early this century, a wreck of the 1st century B.C. was discovered near the island and a number of valuable bronze and marble statues that were recovered are now displayed in the National Museum in Athens.

Chania, a beautiful and picturesque city with reminders of the past at every corner. Chania is the main town in the west of Crete, with the second largest population after Heraklion. It is divided into two parts : the New Town which is where the day to day business of the Chania goes on, with its shops and offices, the post office and banks, the renowned indoor market and the bus station - and the Old Town, built around the Venetian harbour with numerous picturesque narrow streets and architecture showing the influence of decades of foreign domination.


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