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REGION OF SOUTH AEGEAN

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The South Aegean Region lies on the southeastern frontier of Greece and the European Union. As a cultural destination, the South Aegean has are numerous significant cultural elements and resources of a global caliber, such as archaeological sites, monuments, historical settlements, buildings, churches, monasteries and traditional folk architecture.

Moreover, cultural and art events are held in all the islands, as well as traditional festivals, revival of old traditions and more. The combination of all the elements constitute a dynamic point of attraction in the South Aegean region.

Dodecanese

At the southeastern edge of the Aegean Sea, the Dodecanese Islands have their own identity and characteristics. Lying close to the Asia Minor coastline and the island of Crete, the islands are linked to both areas and their age-old civilizations.

The uniqueness of the Dodecanese variety in natural landscape, clean beaches, quaint settlements, historical monuments and modern Greek lifestyle have promoted the area to one of the most popular international destination in Greece, including alternative tourism destination.

Rhodes, the "island of the sun", combines thousands - years - old historic monuments, beaches to suit all tastes and an excellent reputation for ideal destination for congress tourism; Patmos, the "Jerusalem of the Aegean" an ideal destination for religious tourism;

Leros, goddess Artemis’ island preserves its original island-lifestyle, boasting verdant mountains, traditional windmills, Byzantine and medieval monuments; and Kos, The green island of Hippocrates has a very good road network, organized bicycle tracks, splendid buildings and excellent tourist infrastructure, an ultra - modern marina and thermal springs


 

Cyclades

The Cyclades comprise a complex of 24 inhabited islands and several rock-islets, forming an imaginary cycle around Delos, the sacred island of antiquity, once with its own oracle comparable to that of Delphi. Most of the islands are bare with sparse vegetation, strewn with white-washed houses and thousands of chapels, quaint harbours and windmills, embraced by the immense blue of the Aegean Sea.

Enjoying a special geographic position between mainland Greece, Asia and Africa, along the ages they became "bridges" for the establishment of commercial routes and the spread of civilization. A plethora of traditions reflect their age-long history evidenced at their archaeological sites and the local museums that house excavation finds of the illustrious Cycladic civilization.

Today, the Cycladic islands with their unsurpassed charm have gained world renown. Some of them are small and quiet, others, like Santorini, Mykonos, Syros and Tinos are bustling and popular with the international jet-set.

 
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