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Epiros (Epirus)

Epirus, or Epeirus, an ancient country north of Greece. The region lies between the Pindus Mountains and the Ionian Sea, and is now divided between northwestern Greece and southern Albania. The most noted king of Epirus was Pyrrhus, who fought the Romans, 281275 B.C. Epirus was annexed by Rome in 168 B.C. and when the empire was divided in 395 A.D. it became part of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire.

When the Fourth Crusade turned against Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire in 1204, Epirus was one of the few imperial regions not conquered. It was made into an independent despotate (kingdom) by Michael Angelus Comnenus, a Byzantine noble. His successor, Theodore, expanded the despotate to the Aegean Sea in 1222 and declared himself Byzantine emperor. Theodore fought his way to the walls of Constantinople, but then turned back to meet a Bulgarian attack.

In the 1240's the Nicaeans, Byzantines of Asia Minor who considered themselves the true imperial heirs, drove back the Bulgarians and took Epirus' eastern lands. In 1259 the despotate was reduced to a vassal state of Nicaea, which in 1261 captured Constantinople and restored the Byzantine Empire. Epirus remained a nominal part of the empire until overrun by Serbs in the mid-14th century. Expansion of the Turks into the Balkans later in the century caused many decades of chaos. In 1461 Epirus was annexed by the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire.

Large cities: Ioannina, Igoumenitsa


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Mykonos Island


Ιt is the cosmopolitan center of the Cyclades Complex. Its reputation has spread during the last years due to its unique landscape, its archaelogical sites, its cosmopolitan environment and its magnificent beaches.

White-washed, cube-shaped houses are scattered all over the island, narrow streets in the town, chapels and picturesque tavernas hide among art galleries and stores selling jewellery, souvenirs etc.

Trends that sweep through the international scene are born in the intense nightlife of this modern resort.

An island of tempting and tempestuous reputation such as Mykonos, with high tourism and a rather superficial lifestyle, inevitably has both fans and critics.

But even the most unsuspecting visitor immediately realizes that Mykonos is not only a crazy “bon-viveur”, but also an attractive, picturesque island with white Chora aside the crystal-clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

Direct international charter flights and regular domestic flights from Athens serve frequently, during summer, the airport of Mykonos.

Because it is so famous, Mykonos gets really overcrowded during high season but for those who enjoy the crowd, great fun and all night long entertainment, Mykonos is the ideal place for holidays.

Have a wonderful time...