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 Épirus, 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 nine chapters, from Greece's second city, Thessaloníki, to Chalkidikí, Central Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia, Thrace, Western Macedonia, Épirus (including Ioánnina), Thessaly and Magnesia, the Pélion Peninsula and the Islands.
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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Chapter 1 Background Information
At a glance, Geography & geology, Climate, Natural history & conservation, History, Archaeology, Government & politics, Economy, People & culture (inc Religion, Language, Education), Art & architecture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Women travellers, Gay & lesbian travellers, Travelling with kids, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around (plus a bit on Athens) Accommodation, Eating & drinking, Public holidays & festivals, Shopping, Arts & entertainment, Photography, Media & communications, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively

Chapter 3 Thesssaloniki
History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Orientation, What to see, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment & nightlife, Shopping, Sports & activities, Other practicalities
Chapter 4 Chalkidikí
Approaches to the Kassándra peninsula, Kassándra peninsula, Sithonía peninsula, Across Chalkidikí towards Mount Athos; Mount Athos
Chapter 5 Central Macedonia
West of Thessaloníki: Alexander Country (Ancient Pella, Édessa, Lefkádia, Náoussa, Véria, Vérgina). Thessaloníki to Mount Olympus, including Dion
Chapter 6 Eastern Macedonia
Kavála, West of Kavála to Amphipolis, Northwest of Kavála to Sérres, Kilkís and Lake Kerkíni; North of Kavála: Ancient Philippi, Dráma, Down the Néstos River
Chapter 7 Thrace (Thráki)
History, Xánthi, Komitiní. Marónia and the Coast to Alexandroúpolis, Alexandroúpolis, East of Alexandroúpolis: Up the Evros valley, Samothráki
Chapter 8 Western Macedonia
Kozáni, South of Kozáni: Aianí and Lake Polifito, West of Kozáni: Siátista and Grevená, Kastoriá, Around Kastoriá, Flórina and the Prespa Lakes
Chapter 9 Épirus
Ioánnina, Around Ioánnina, Southwest of Ioánnina: Dodona; The Ambracian Gulf (Árta, Préveza, Nikopolis, Kassope and Zálongo) Párga and the Coast, South of Párga (the Necromanteíon), The Achérondas Gorge and the Súliot Villages, North of Párga, Igoumenítsa, The Zagóri and the Zagorochória, the Víkos Gorge, East of Ioánnina: Métsovo and the Vália Cálda
Chapter 10 Thessaly
Lárissa, Ambelákia, the Vale of Tempe, Inland Thessaly, Lake Plastíra, The Metéora
Chapter 11 Magnesia, the Pelion Peninsula and the Islands
Vólos, Ancient Cities around Vólos, Thermopylae, The Pelion Peninsula, Skíathos, Skópelos, Alónissos

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