Greece: Northern Greece

by Dana Facaros

Greece: Northern Greece

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This new guide to Northern Greece, written by Greece expert and long-time travel writer Dana Facaros, is the only guide available to the region and includes the areas of Epirus, Thessaly, Macedonia and Thrace, complete with their five dramatically beautiful national parks, the country's highest peaks and mountain lakes, rushing rivers and the world's deepest gorge, and (this is Greece, after all) long sandy beaches. Sections on background and practical information are followed by an easy-to-follow breakdown of the area offering detailed coverage in 12 chapters, from Greece's second city, Thessaloníki, to Chalkidikí, Central Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia, Thrace, Western Macedonia, Epirus (including Ioánnina), Thessaly and Magnesía, the Pelion Peninsula and the Islands, plus a short chapter on Athens, the gateway for many visitors to Greece.
Greece is becoming more popular by the year and this area in particular offers the more natural, authentic experience that many travellers seek. Bradt's Northern Greece focuses on just this relatively unknown but up-and-coming region and is an ideal companion for travellers of all ages, budgets and interests, from culture lovers to wildlife enthusiasts, history buffs to archaeologists, foodies to wine connoisseurs. Holidays in the great outdoors are covered, too, including mountain climbing, skiing, white water rafting, rock climbing, sailing, canyoning and sea kayaking, not to mention those who just want to sit on a sandy beach and dance the night away.

About the author

Dana Facaros has been in love with Greece ever since she was 14 and spent a summer on her father's native island Ikaria. After studying ancient Greek, mythology and the classics during a brief stint at university, she has been visiting and writing about the country since 1977, when she wrote her first guidebook, to the Greek islands. She later co-authored the Cadogan guide to all Greece with Linda Theodorou, published in 2003. While researching that book she concentrated on Northern Greece. Since then she has become a Greek citizen and writes frequently about Greece for the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

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Contents

CONTENTS
Introduction
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography 3, Climate 3, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Archaeology, art and architecture, Music, Literature, Cinema
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tourist information and tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health and safety, Women travellers, Travelling with a disability,
Gay and lesbian travellers, Travelling with children, What to take, Money and budgeting, Getting
around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Sports and activities, Museums and archaeological sites, Opening times, Photography, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively

PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Thessaloniki (Tessa??????)
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Getting around, Tourist information and tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Sports and activities, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 4 Chalkidiki (?a???d???)
History, Getting there and away, Tourist information and tour operators, Sports and activities,
Central Chalkidiki, Kassandra Peninsula, Sithonia Peninsula, Chalkidiki's east coast, Akte Peninsula, Mount Athos (Agion Oros)
Chapter 5 Central Macedonia (?e?t???? ?a?ed???a)
Tourist information, Mount Olympus National Park, Veria, Vergina, Naoussa, Ancient Pella, Edessa, Kilkis, Lake Kerkini National Park, Serres, South of Serres
Chapter 6 Eastern Macedonia (??at????? ?a?ed???a)
History, Tourist information, Kavala, Ancient Philippi, Mount Pangaion, Drama, The Nestos River and Gorge, Thassos
Chapter 7 Thrace (T????)
Tourist information, Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupolis, The Evros, Samothraki
Chapter 8 Western Macedonia (??t??? ?a?ed???a)
History, Kastoria, East of Kastoria, Florina, Prespa National Park, Kozani, Pindus National Park
Chapter 9 Epirus (?pe????)
History 246, Ioannina, The Zagorochoria, Konitsa and around, Metsovo, Dodona, The Tzoumerka, The Ambracian Gulf, Parga, Syvota, Igoumenitsa
Chapter 10 Thessaly (Tessa??a)
History, Larissa, Around Larissa, Trikala, Meteora, West of Trikala: Pyli, Elati and Pertouli,
Karditsa, Lake Plastira, Loutra Smokova
Chapter 11 Magnesia (?a???s?a) and the Pelion Peninsula Volos, The Pelion
Chapter 12 The Sporades (Sp???de?) Islands
History , Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos
Chapter 13 Athens (????a)
History and mythology, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information and city tours, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Further Information
Index