DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans, and reconstructions of the must-see sights, plus street-by-street maps of cities and towns.

DK's insider travel tips and essential local information will help you discover the best of the Greek Islands, from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to ...

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Overview

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans, and reconstructions of the must-see sights, plus street-by-street maps of cities and towns.

DK's insider travel tips and essential local information will help you discover the best of the Greek Islands, from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, while practical information will help you to get around by train, bus, or car.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten up every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands truly shows you around this destination as no one else can.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756695088
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Series: Eyewitness Travel Guides Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 165,051
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (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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