DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: The Greek Islands will lead you straight to the best attractions the Greek islands have to offer. With over 1000 detailed maps, illustrations, and color photographs, this bestselling guidebook gives detailed background information on the best things to do, from magical island cruises and scenic walks and tours to taking a family vacation on the best beach resorts of the Greek Islands.

Features include a visual glossary of island food specialties and ...

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Overview

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: The Greek Islands will lead you straight to the best attractions the Greek islands have to offer. With over 1000 detailed maps, illustrations, and color photographs, this bestselling guidebook gives detailed background information on the best things to do, from magical island cruises and scenic walks and tours to taking a family vacation on the best beach resorts of the Greek Islands.

Features include a visual glossary of island food specialties and sections on Greek mythology, Greek history, Greek architecture and art. This essential travel guide also includes 3D aerial views to give a bird's eye view of the Greek Islands' most charming towns and villages, from Kefallonia to Rhodes, and is illustrated with beautiful cutaways and floor plans of all of the Greek Islands' ancient landmarks. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: The Greek Islands is fully updated and expanded with dozens of reviews for Greek Island hotels, recommended restaurants, clubs, and bars, as well as ferry routes and tips for the best shopping in Greece.

Don't miss a thing on your vacation with the DK Eyewitness Travel guidebook to The Greek Islands.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Packed with photographs, illustrations, and maps
Cutaways and floor plans of all the major sights
3D aerial views of the city's most interesting districts
Huge selection of hotels, restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756670207
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/20/2011
  • Series: Eyewitness Travel Guides Series
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 4.86 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Old, gnarled, cross-legged fishermen mending bright yellow or dark crimson nets are one
of the everyday sights of the Greek islands, and no island harbour is complete without its flotilla of tiny, brightly painted fishing boats. Almost all of them bear the names of a local saint, who protects both boat and boatmen. This is a very traditional form of life insurance, and is reflected onshore in the tiny chapels dedicated to the Panagia (Virgin), built by grateful fishermen in thanks for their safekeeping and livelihood at sea. You can see traditional wooden caïques being built and repaired in the harbours of Kokkári and Karlovási on Sámos, Sými, Thásos, and at other island ports. If you look closely at the prow of one of these little vessels, you'll often see a diamond shape cut into the wood - a stylised version of the eye painted on the prow of the ancient triremes and a reminder that the captains of these little fishing-boats are descendants of the sailors who trounced the Persian fleet at Salamis.
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Table of Contents

Background 4
Introduction 4
The Land 6
History 8
Governance 14
Culture 16
First steps 18
What to see 24
Argo-Saronic Islands 46
Cyclades 52
Crete 78
Dodacanese 84
Northeast Aegean Islands 112
Sporades and Evvoia (Evia) 132
Getting away 146
Directory 158
Shopping 158
Entertainment 162
Children 166
Sport and Leisure 168
Food and Drink 170
Hotels and Accommodation 176
On Business 178
Practical Guide 180
Index 190
Maps
The Greek Islands 4
Ionian Islands (Ionia Nisia) 25
Around Zakynthos Cruise 44
Argo-Saronic Islands 46
Cyclades (Kyklades) 52
Cruise to Dilos 62
Thira (Santorini) Crater Cruise 72
Crete (Kriti) 78
Samaria Gorge (Farangi Samarias) Walk 82
Dodecanese (Dodekanisos) 85
Rhodes (Rodos) 103
Rhodes Old Town Walk 106
Kos Old Town Walk 110
Northeast Aegean Islands 112
Samos 120
Hills of Samos Walk 128
Sporades and Evvoia (Evia) 132
Walks and Tours
Cruise: Around Zakynthos 44
Cruise: To Dilos 62
Crater Cruise: Thira (Santorini) 72
Walk: Samaria Gorge (Farangi Samarias) 82
Walk: Rhodes Old Town 106
Walk: Kos Old Town 110
Walk: Hills of Samos 128
Features
Turtles on the Brink 42
Volcanoes and Vampires 70
The Knights of St John 100
Mosques and Muslims 108
Fishermen and Boatbuilders 130
Traditional Costume 144
Island Flowers 148
Dolphins and Seals 156
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