Cadogan Guide: Greek Islands

Overview

Over 3,000 islands lie scattered in the Aegean and Ionian seas, from barren rocks to mighty Crete, all bathed in light so clear it can break your heart. To their outrageous beauty, add a big dollop of dream-like myth and Byzantine mutk, olive groves and wild thyme, beaches on the most transparent sea you’ve ever seen, magical nights filled with kéfi and swathes of unchained holiday babylon. No one knows them as intimately as Cadogan, whether you seek the elemental Aegean dream or a dance-till-dawn fleshpot. This ...

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Overview

Over 3,000 islands lie scattered in the Aegean and Ionian seas, from barren rocks to mighty Crete, all bathed in light so clear it can break your heart. To their outrageous beauty, add a big dollop of dream-like myth and Byzantine mutk, olive groves and wild thyme, beaches on the most transparent sea you’ve ever seen, magical nights filled with kéfi and swathes of unchained holiday babylon. No one knows them as intimately as Cadogan, whether you seek the elemental Aegean dream or a dance-till-dawn fleshpot. This updated edition packs in 30 years of experience from an author with Greek island roots, a sometimes classical scholar who has been known to bellydance for a sardine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860113253
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Country & Regional Guides - Cadogan
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Facaros is passionate about Europe and has written over 30 books for Cadogan her first being the guide to the Greek Islands which she still visits annually to see her family.


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‘There’s nothing like the Greek islands to make the rest of the world seem blurred, hesitant and grey. Their frontiers are clearly defined by a sea that varies from emerald and turquoise to indigo blue, with none of the sloppiness of a changing tide; the clear sky and dry air cut their mountainous contours into sharp outline; the whiteness and simplicity of their architecture is both abstract and organic. Even the smells, be they fragrant (wild thyme, grilling fish) or stinks (donkey flops, caique diesel engines) are pure and unforgettable.’

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Table of Contents


Introducing the Greek Islands     1
Where to Go     6
Itineraries     15
History, Art and Architecture     19
An Outline of History     20
Greek Art and Architecture     30
Topics     33
The Bull in the Calendar     34
Endangered Animals and Plain Old Pests     35
On Kefi, Music and Dancing     36
An Orthodox Life     37
The Periptero and the Plane Tree     39
Lamp Chops and Sweat Coffee     40
A Traditional Greek Island Calendar     40
A Quick Guide to the Gods     42
Food and Drink     43
Greek Dishes     44
Greek Restaurants     45
Wine     46
The Greek Menu     48
Planning Your Trip     50
When to Go     52
Climate     52
Festivals     52
Tourist Information     53
Embassies and Consulates     53
Entry Formalities     53
Passports and Visas     53
Customs     53
Disabled Travellers     53
Insurance and EHIC Cards     53
Money andBanks     54
Getting There     54
By Air     54
By Train     55
By Sea     55
By Car     56
Getting Around     56
By Air     56
By Train     56
By Bus     56
By Sea     57
By Car     58
By Motorbike     58
By Bicycle     58
Yachting, Sailing and Flotilla Holidays     59
Where to Stay     59
Specialist Tour/Self-catering Operators     60
Practical A-Z     61
Conversion Tables     62
Children     63
Crime and Safety     63
Eating Out     63
Electricity     63
Health and Emergencies     63
National Holidays     64
Opening Hours     64
Post Offices     64
Shopping     54
Sports and Activities     65
Telephones and the Internet     55
Time     65
Tipping     66
Toilets     66
Transliteration and Pronunciation     66
The Guide
Athens and Piraeus      67
Athens     58
Syntagma Square and Plaka     76
The Acropolis     77
South and East of the Acropolis     81
West and North of the Acropolis     82
The Ancient Agora, Kerameikos and Around     84
North of Syntagma to Omonia Square     89
National Archaeological Museum     89
East of Syntagma Square     91
Piraeus     99
The Argo-Saronic Islands     104
Aegina     105
Angistri     112
Hydra     114
Poros     118
Salamina/Salamis     122
Spetses     126
Crete     131
History     134
Nomos Chania     140
Chania     141
The Gorge of Samaria     156
Nomos Rethymnon     165
Rethymnon     165
Nomos Heraklion     179
Heraklion     179
Knossos     188
Nomos Lassithi     206
Ag. Nikolaos     211
Sitia     216
Zakros     219
The Cyclades     223
Amorgos     227
Anafi      231
Andros     233
Folegandros     240
Ios     244
Kea/Tzia     248
Kimolos     254
Kythnos     255
Milos     260
Mykonos     269
Delos     275
Naxos     281
The Back Islands     291
Paros     294
Antiparos     302
Santorini/Thira     303
Serifos     315
Sifnos     319
Sikinos     325
Syros/Syra     327
Tinos     335
The Dodecanese     341
Astypalaia     344
Chalki     348
Kalymnos     350
Karpathos     358
Kassos     365
Kastellorizo/Megisti     366
Kos     370
Pserimos     381
Leros     382
Nissyros     388
Patmos     392
Lipsi     399
Arki and Marathi     401
Agathonissi     402
Rhodes/Rodos     402
Symi     431
Tilos     437
The Ionian Islands      443
Corfu/Kerkyra     447
Ithaca/Ithaki     470
Kefalonia     478
Kythera     494
Near Kythera: Elafonissos and Antikythera     500
Lefkada/Lefkas     502
Paxos/Paxi     513
Antipaxos     517
Zakynthos/Zante     518
The Strofades     530
The Northeastern Aegean Islands     532
Chios     533
Inousses     546
Psara     547
Ikaria     548
Fourni     554
Lesvos/Mytilini     555
Limnos     573
Ag. Efstratios     580
Samos     580
Samothraki/Samothrace     594
Thassos     599
The Sporades and Evia     609
Alonissos     610
Skiathos     615
Skopelos     622
Skyros     628
Evia     634
Southern Evia     636
Karystos     636
Central Evia     643
Chalkis and Around     643
Northern Evia     647
Reference
Language     653
Glossary      657
Further Reading     658
Index     660
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