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June 2018, Issue No. 57 www.cretepost.gr

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WESTERN CRETE TRAVEL AGENTS TABLE PLANS FOR CHANIA AIRPORT UPGRADE

Travel operators in Western Crete are calling on Fraport Greece to take the necessary measures in order to make the Chania International Airport competitive by adopting a flexible pricing policy. In a memo to Fraport Greece, the German operator of 14 regional airports across the country, the Western Crete Travel Agencies Association is requesting that Fraport “create conditions friendly to tourism development, prevent monopolistic practices and facilitate the arrival of new airlines in efforts to make Crete accessible to more markets”. The Chania association goes on to note that airport surcharges must serve as incentives and not turn away airlines especially at the start and end of the season. The region’s agents further underline the need for the airport to operate 24/7 all year round in order to “secure a spot on the international airline route map”.

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refugees at various Cretans towns. In Archanes proper, the royal couple also sampled traditional products and watched a traditional dancing group, which Prince Charles joined briefly.

observed the preparation of food in a traditional way, using Cretan products and baked over coals in clay containers, a sample of which was presented as a gift. The royal couple was also given a tour of the house, which The prince was given a tour of was originally built to house the traditional cafes and talk- legendary archaeologist Sir ed with locals. Arthur Evans. At their earlier visit to Knos- At both Knossos and Archanes, sos area, the royal couple also the visiting couple were previsited the British School exca- sented ith gifts of local prodvation house at Knossos, Villa ucts.

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Duchess of Cornwall concluded their three-day visit to Greece with a visit to the town of Archanes, on Crete, where they met with refugees and volunteers at a center under the aegis of the United Nations. The center is run by a private company set up by the municipality of Iraklio, the largest city on Crete, which combines local government agencies and has contracted to host 750

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PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA CONCLUDED CRETAN TRIP WITH ARCHANES VISIT Ariadne, where Prince Charles Prince Charles and Camilla,


The Yesterdays of Crete (part 9)

REGIME OF THE COLONELS… THE JUNTA! (1967-1973) by Hobson Tarrant He has since claimed that he The island of Crete still lay Greece (KKE), and its ancillary control of the city.

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essentially decimated following the barbaric occupation of the Nazi forces of Germany and their political ethics were principally dictated to them by the structures that controlled the Greek mainland. Following the quelling of the mainland civil war the ruling power became known as the ‘Regime of the Colonels’ or more simply ‘The Junta’. This was in reality a series of far-right military junck on li c r s .g tas that ruled Greece folre new epost for mo ttp://cret h lowing the 1967 Greek coup d’état led by a group of colonels on 21 April 1967. The 1967 coup and the following seven years of military rule were the culmination of 30 years of national division between the forces of the Left and the Right that can be traced to the time of the resistance against Axis occupation of Greece during World War II. After the liberation in 1944, Greece descended into a civil war, fought between the communist forces and the now-returned government-in-exile. In 1944 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill determined to halt the Soviet encroachment in the Balkans, and ordered British forces to intervene in the Greek Civil War in the wake of the retreating German military. His was to be a lengthy and open ended commitment. The USA stepped in to help. In 1947, the United States formulated the Truman Doctrine, and began actively to support a series of authoritarian governments in Greece, Turkey, and Iran in order to ensure that these states did not fall under Soviet influence. As a result of this and the British influence the civil war ended with the military defeat of the communists, this was in 1949. Then the Communist Party of

organizations were outlawed (Law 509/1947), and many Communists either fled the country or faced persecution. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Greek military then began to work closely, especially after Greece had joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) which was in 1952. This included notable CIA officers who maintained a close relationship with the colonels to assist them to become prominent figures in the later coup. Greece had become a vital link in the NATO defence arc which extended from the eastern border of Iran to the northernmost point in Norway. This is why the fear of Greece falling under a communist control was taken as a worst possible scenario and so the newly founded Greek Intelligence Service maintained a very close liaison with their American counterparts. In addition to preparing for a Soviet invasion, they agreed to guard against a left-wing coup. Although there have been persistent rumours about an active support for the coup by the U.S. government, there is no evidence to support such claims. The timing of the coup was said to have caught the CIA completely by surprise. On April 21st 1967, just weeks before the scheduled elections, a group of right-wing army officers led by Brigadier General Stylianos Pattakos and Colonels George Papadopoulos and Nikolaos Makarezos seized power in the coup d’etat. The colonels were able to seize power quickly by using elements of surprise and confusion and Pattakos was the commander of the Armour Training Centre, (ΚΕΤΘ), based in Athens. He placed tanks in strategic positions in this capital city and effectively gained complete

At the same time, a large number of small mobile units were dispatched to arrest leading politicians and figures of authority who were suspected of having left-wing sympathies. This included the head of the Greek army who the colonels persuaded to join them. He was issued with a previously drafted action plan for him to activate to move the coup forward. By the early hours of the following day, the whole of Greece was in the hands of the colonels. All leading politicians, including acting Prime Minister Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, were arrested and held by the conspirators. At 6:00 a.m. Papadopoulos announced that eleven articles of the Greek constitution were suspended, this allowed for any person to be arrested without warrant at any time and brought before a military court to be tried. This enabled the new power to silence every politician, every man and every anarchist in one fell swoop. Role of the King... When the tanks came to the streets of Athens on the 21st of April, the legitimate National Radical Union government asked King Constantine II to immediately mobilize the state against the coup, but he declined and swore in the dictators as the new legitimate government of Greece. The three plot leaders visited Constantine in his residence in Tatoi, which they had previously circled with tanks. The King initially had wrangled with the conspirators but finally relented when he realized their power. He later claimed that he was isolated and did not know what else to do.

was trying to gain time to organise a counter-coup and oust the Junta. The King did in fact go on to organize such a counter-coup some time later, however the fact that the new government had already achieved a legal sanction from him played an important role in the coup’s continued success. The King was later to regret his decision to legitimise the Junta bitterly, as for many Greeks it served to identify him indelibly with the coup, which played an important role in the final decision to abolish the monarchy which was sanctioned by a referendum in 1974. In fact the only concession the King could achieve from this bad state of affairs was to appoint a civilian as prime minister rather than a man nominated by the military. But he soon became merely a figurehead as the real power still rested with the army, and Papadopoulos emerged as the coup’s strong man to become Minister to the Presidency of the Government. (To follow – The Junta’s actions and the counter coup) The Yesterdays of Crete can now be found in paperback from Amazon and in ebook form on kindle.


DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR COMMITTING A CIVIL MARRIAGE The Municipality of Chania

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informs all foreigners residing abroad, who want to get married in Chania... If foreigners, residing abroad wish to comit a marriage in Greece, they should have: 1. Marriage license (prototype) from their country’s competent authority translated and certified, in which should be indicated the period of validity, by release date. (The marriage license gives us data about the person that is interested in marriage and with whom is going to get married in Greece on r s click re new cretepost.g o m (Municipality of Char / fo http:/ nia). In case the foreigner does not mention in the document the person with whom is going to get married, this document will not be a valid marriage licence and can’t be accepted from the department. 2. Recent Birth certificate (prototype) translated and certified. 3. Recent family status certificate (for countries that issue it certified and translated) 4. Recent passport prhotocopy certified by lawyer (with visa

e.t.c.) Furthermore for the commission of the civil marriage, you should inform us with the following data: 1. Residence adress before marriage: 2. Residence adress after marriage: 3. Religion 4. Profession 5. Citizenship 6. Education 7. Contact phone 8. Children surname identification statement (article 1505 C.C.) 9. Marriage application form (given by the municipality) 10. Solemn statement of L. 1599/86 (given by the munici-

pality) The above documents must be submitted on time in order to be checked, fulfilled and signatured and so to arrange with you the date and time of committing the civil marriage. Validation and Translation of Foreign Documents The foreigns (prototypes) documents, stamped with Hague APOSTILLE stamp for members States in the treaty of Hague. For the rest of the States, instead of this stamp, those who are interested in the marriage must get a solemn statement with the authenticity of the signature

from the greek consulate from the country the certificate was issued or from the consulate of that country in Greece and then from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (public relations dpt.). Official translation of foreigns (prototypes) documents in greek and latin with intonation in names and surnames, countersigned either from the greek consulate in the country the certificate was issued, or from the translation service in the Ministry of Foreign affairs, or also from a graduated translator of Foreign Languages Translation and Interpretation department of the Ionian University, or finally from a greek lawyer (of the Lawyers Assosiation), provided that the requirements of the article 53 of 3026/1954( 235 Α’ ) of the Lawyers’ Code, are fulfilled. Validations of foreign certifications, documents e.t.c. must be in prototypes and not in photocopies. P.S. We would like to inform you about the date of marriages, that civil marriages in our municipality, are being held ONLY every Thursday. For your best service, please send us a contact phone number.


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A few things you have to know about Crete

Crete, the 5th biggest Med Island, lies in the southern frontier of Europe. Crete combines mountains and sea, the new alongside with the old and ancient with contemporary history. It is a cultural crossroad due to its strategic geographical position. English, German, French, Russian and other languages are widely spoken in tourist resorts. The climate is a factor that greatly contributes to its attractiveness. It is mild Mediterranean – dry and warm, which means high sunshine all year round, very small seasonal changes in temperatures and no extreme weather phenomena. Tap water is safe for consumption, the consumption of bottled water is recommended. The international call code for Greece is +30.

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Välkommen til l vackra Chani a, ett himmel och äkta land skt fullt med natu rlig skönhet, toria, minnen hisoch kultur. Det är en plat s där besökare n kom turen i all dess majestätiska sk mer att få uppleva naönhet och möt enastående va ckra platser. as av Ändlösa sträck or av fasciner ande kust bild gränser i norr ar dess , söder och vä ster. In i mellan m öts man av ex otiska stränder i vissa fall gö och öar, mda bakom st ora imponera Likaså finns nde berg. här fantastiska raviner som genom bergen skär sig ut mot haven, liksom heliga spännande stal grottor med agmiter och al agmiter.

Velkommen til smukke Chania, en paradisisk og ægte egn fyldt med naturlig skønhed, historie, minder og kultur.Her vil den besøgende opleve naturen i dens fulde pragt, og komme til at stå overfor steder der tager vejret fra en. Endeløse bugtede kyster, eksotiske småøer og gemte sandstrande ved foden af de vilde bjerge. Ufremkommelige men fortryllende kløfter, hellige grotter, velsignede floder, og fredlige dybtgrønne sletter, beplantet med oliven træer og citrusfrugter. En egn selvforsynende med alt og rig på sjældne dyr og planter. I Chania vil den besøgende blive imponeret over de menneskelige værker. Velkommen til vakre Hania, et paradisisk og rent land full av naturskjønnheter, historie, minner og kultur. Det er et land der de besøkende vil oppleve naturen i all dens prakt og se steder som gjør en stum av begeistring. Endeløse kyststrekninger med skummende hav, små bukter og øyer av eksotisk skjønnhet og skjulte sandstrender ved foten av avskrekkende fjell. Vanskelig tilgjengelige, men majestetiske fjellkløfter, hellige huler, velsignede elver og rolige grønne sletter dekket med oliven- og sitrus trær. Et land som er selvnærende på alle måter, rikt på dyreliv og planter, endemiske (stedegne) og sjeldne.

Museums | Musée | Museen | Mузеи | Museer | Μuseot | 博物馆 Archaeological Museum of Chania 25 Halidon str. - Tel. 28210 90334. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Maritime Museum of Crete Akti Koundourioti, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 91875/74484. Open: 9.00-16.00 (1/4-31/10), 9.00-14.00 (1/11-31/3) Μinoan Ship Moro dock, Venetian Harbour. Τel. 28210 91875. Open: Μay-Οct. Mon.-Fri. 10.00-15.00 & 19.00-22.30 (except public holidays) Historical Archives of Crete 20 I. Sfakianaki str., Tel. 28210 52606. Open: 9.00-14.00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Folklore Museum Gavalochori, Apokoronas. Tel. 28250 23222. Open: 9.00-20.00, Sat. 9.00-19.00, Sun. 10.00-13.00 Folklore Museum “Cretan House” 46b Halidon str. Tel. 28210 90816. Open: 9.00-15.00 & 18.00-21.00 Byzantine collection Theotokopoulou str. Tel. 28210 96046. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays)

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Bienvenue. Bien qu’elle ait été bombardée pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, La Canée est considérée comme une des plus jolies villes de Crète, particulièrement le vieux port vénitien avec son phare du XVe siècle et la mosquée des Janissaires. La Canée bénéficie d’un climat typiquement méditerranéen caractérisé par des hivers frais et humides et des étés chauds et secs. Le marché couvert datant de 1913, basé sur les plans de celui de Marseille, est aux abords de la vieille ville et est populaire aussi bien auprès des touristes que des habitants locaux.

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Sights | Spectacles | Sehenswürdigkeiten | Достопримечательности Att göra | Nähtävyydet | Seværdigheder | Attraksjoner | 景点

Ekklesiastic Museums - Monastery of Holy Trinity of Tzagarolon, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63310. Open: 8:00-20:00 - Gouverneto Monastery, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63319 - Monastery of Chrissopigi, Chania. Tel. 28210 91125 - Monastery of Gonia, Kissamos . Tel. 28240 22313

Centre of Mediterranean Architecture Chania, 31 Αkti Tombazi, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 40101/40201

War Museum Tzobanaki Cassern. Tel. 28210 44156. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.)

Villa Koundourou (Youth Centre and Municipal Cultural Workshop) Chania, 2 Iroon Politechniou str. Tel. 28210 53730/40896. Open: 9:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00

Chemistry Museum 34c Eleftherios Venizelos str. Tel. 28210 42504. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Byzantine and Folklore Museum of Spilia, Kissamos Tel. 28240 22080/22357. Open: 17:00-18:00, Sat. 11:00-12:00

Institute of Cretan Justice Nearchou str., Chania. Open: 10:00-14:00

“Chrissostomos” Literary Association Chania, 83 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 53879 Municipal Art Gallery Chania, 98 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 92294/92419

Typography Museum, VIOPA, Souda Tel. 28210 51003. Open: 10:00-18:00

Venizelion School of Music 5 N. Foka str. Tel. 28210 43067/52582. Open: 8:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00

Museum of National Resistance, Therisso Open all year round

Lyceum for Greek Girls 1 K. Mitsotaki str. Tel. 28210 42465/59444

House of Eleftherios Venizelos a. Mournies, Kydonia. Tel. 28210 93132/95250. Open: 18:00-21:00. b. Elena Venizelou sqr., Halepa, Chania (Eleftherios K. Venizelos Foundation). Tel. 28210 56008

Cultural Centre of the Metropolis 2 Ant. Giannari str. Tel. 28210 27807-9 Intellectual Centre of Chania 70 A.Papandreou str. Tel. 28210 40525

Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan (Yali-Tzamisi) Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 83235/83232 Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna Technical University of Crete, Akrotiri. Τel. 28210 55988. Open: Mon.-Sat. Arts & Crafts Village, VIOPA, Souda Τel. 28210 80132/81410. Open: 10.00-14.30 School Life Museum, Νerokourou Τel. 28210 74764. Open: Mon.-Fri. 9.00-13.30, Mon. & Wed. 18.00-20.30, Sat. 10.00-13.00 Archaeological Museum of Kissamos Τel. 28220 83308. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Olive Museum-Institute of Olive & Subtropicals Τel. 28210 83476/83428. Open: 8.00-14.00 via phone arrangement Sea Life & Fishery Museum, Kolimbari Τel. 28240 23299. Open: 10.00-18.00 (exc. Sat.-Sun.) An. Skalidis Museum, Perivolia, Kissamos Τel. 28220 61052. Frontier Museum of Europe, Paleochora Τel. 28230 42265.Open: Οct.-Μay Mon.-Fri. 10.00-13.00, June-Sept. Wed.-Sun. 10.00-13.00 & 18.00-21.00


Beaches | Plages | Strände | пляжи | Strande | Strender | Stränder | Rannat | 海滩 Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or coloured pebbles are found in the prefecture of Chania. All beaches have crystalline waters and look like paradise. Afrata: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 28km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafe, snack Agia Marina: Type: Sand - Distance: 9km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all Inclusive Hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals Agia Roumeli: Village on the south coast of Chania prefecture, between Chora Sfakion and Sougia. Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, tavernas, accommodation, mini market, ferry boat trips Agioi Apostoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 3km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, free parking area, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, taxi station, bus stop, mini markets, super markets, tourist offices and car rental offices Almirida: Type: Sand - Distance: 23km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Balos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 55km west of Chania town Facilities: Canteens, umbrellas and sunbeds Chora Sfakion: Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Restaurants, cafes, shops Crissi Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 2.5km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, volley ball courts, children’s playground, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, super markets, taxi station Drapanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 33km west of Chania town Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, campsite, bakery, mini market Elafonissi: Type: Sand - Distance: 75 km from Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, canteen, cafe, taverns, accommodation, mini market Falasarna: Type: Sand - Distance: 59km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, volley ball court, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation Frangokastello: Type: Sand - Distance: 80km southeast of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, cafes, restaurants, fish taverns, shops, mini market, accommodation Georgioupoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 38km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguards, water sports, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, super markets, shops, ATM cashpoint machines Gerani: Type: Sand - Distance: 15km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, bars, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, all Inclusive hotels, shops, pharmacy, super markets Gialiskari/Anidri Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 74km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, two canteens

Elafonissi

Kalathas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km north east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Kalives: Type: Sand - Distance: 19km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Kedrodassos: Type: Sand - Distance: 74km south west of Chania town Kisamos (Mavros Molos): Type: Sand - Distance: 36km west of Chania Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafes, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, shops, mini markets, super markets, ATM’s, doctor’s offices

Agii Apostoli

Kolymvari (Kolymbari): Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 23km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets Koundoura/Krios Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 80km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, parking, canteen Kyani Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 18km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, canteens, restaurants, tavernas Loutraki Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurant, accommodation Loutro: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 71km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, cafe, snack bars, restaurants, fish taverns, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Maleme: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies Marathi Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, accommodation

Falassarna

Marmara Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 85km south of Chania town Facilities: Pachia Ammos: Type: Sand - Distance: 71km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, beach bar, cafes, restaurants, taverns, accommodation Platanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 10km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafe, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals, playgrounds, mini golf courts Sougia: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 60km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafes, bars, restaurants, taverns, fish taverns, mini markets, bakery, accommodation

Balos

Stalos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 7km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals

Glyka Nera Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Canteen, umbrellas

Stavros Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets

Grammeno Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation

Tavronitis: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 18km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, mini market

Kalamaki: Type: Sand - Distance: 4km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bar, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation

Tersanas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km nort east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, restaurant, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies

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Cretan flora and fauna | Flore et la faune crétois | Kretische Flora und Fauna | Kритские флора и фауна | Kretiske flora og fauna Kretensiske flora og fauna | Kretensiska flora och fauna | Kreetalainen kasvisto ja eläimistö | 克里特岛动植物 The climate and t he conf igurat ion of t he l and ma ke t he count y of C hani a a p aradis e for t hous ands of pl ants and anima ls. L i lys of t he s e a (p ancrat ium mar it imum), l avd ano (l avd anum), c ycl amen (c ycl amen cret ic um), Cret an tu lips (tu lip a cret ic a), maple (acer cret ic us). The endemic and unique ditt any (or iganum dic t amum), ma lot ira (f ider it is cret ic a) and matzourana (or iganum maiorana), are me dicina l b oi ling pl ants w hich are abund ant. On t he pl ain of Oma los you c an f ind st amnagat hi (ci hor ium spinosum). Dr ie d or f resh ly c ut, t hes e sp e ci a l me dicina l herbs

c an b e found in t he Public Market or lo c a l shops. O ver 1742 unique Cret an pl ants c an a ls o b e found, 10% of w hich exist on ly in t he count y of C hani a. The proud Cret an b e ast (c apra aegag r us cret ic a) lives f re ely on ly in t he Samar i a G orge. There and els e w here, you c an s e e Cret an e ag les (aqui l a chr ys aetos) and p ar t r idges (a le c tor is chukar). Fer rets, skun ks, we as els, hares, haw ks etc. c an a ls o b e s e en in op en pl aces. There is a ls o an ende avour to prote c t an are a on t he nor t h shores of t he count y esp e ci a l ly for t he tur t les (c arett a-c arett a) t hat live t here.

Conference tourism | Le tourisme de conférence | Konferenztourismus | Конференц-туризм Conference turisme | Konferensturism | Conference matkailu | 会议旅游 St. Sofia Foundation - Agii Pantes Tel.: (+30) 2821057043 Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari Tel.: (+30) 2824022060 Fax: (+30) 2824022245 Email: oac@otenet.gr Http: www.oac.gr Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania Tel: (+30) 28210 35081, 35080 E-mail: baouraki@maich.gr και confer@maich.gr http://confer.maich.gr Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/

Cultural Centre Of Chania 70, A. Papandreou Street, Hania Tel.: (+30) 28213 44400-4 Cultural Center of the Metropolis - Hania Tel.: (+30) 2821027808 Fax: (+30) 2821027823 Email: imka@grecian.net Http: www.imka.gr Centre of Architecture of Mediterranean (Megalo Arsenali) Tel.: (+30) 2821040201 Fax: (+30) 2821027184 Http: www.kam-arsenali.gr

Information | Informationen | информация | Tiedotus Informasjon | 信息 Emergencies 112, 100, (+30)2821028746/25791 Police (+30)2821025700 Tourist Police (+30)2821028750/25931 Ambulance Service 166 Hospital of Chania (+30)2821022000-9 Naval Hospital of Souda (+30)2821082538/82414 Gavrilakis Clinic (+30)2821070800 Kapakis Clinic (+30)2821052688 Tsepetis Clinic (+30)2821027633 Health Centre of Vamos (+30)2825022580 Health Centre of Kandanos (+30)2823022550 Health Centre of Kissamos (+30)2822022222 Fire Brigade 199 Airport (+30)2821063171/63264 Tourist Information Centre (+30)2821092943/92624

Tourist Information Centre of the Municipality of Chania, (+30)2821036155/36204-6 Weather Forecast 1448 Οrthodox Cathedral (+30)2821043802 Catholic Church (+30)2821093443 Evangelist Church (+30)2821022365 Synagogue (+30)2821086286 Mountain Rescue Club (+30)2821044647/44359 Foreign Embassies: Great Britain (+30)2810 224012 Denmark (+30)2810 243714 Finland (+30)2810 284270 Norway (+30)2810 225991 Sweden (+30)2821060605

Transportation | Transport | Tранспортировка | Kuljetus | 运输 - Airlines: a. OLYMPIC AIRWAYS, 88 Tzanakaki str., tel. 80111 44444, airport: 28210 63818/63633/66088 (www.olympicair.com). b. AEGEAN AIRLINES, 12 El. Venizelou str., tel. 80111 20000, 28210 51100, airport: 28210 63366 (www.aegeanair.com). - Sea Lines: a. ANEK LINES, Sof Venizelou sqr., tel. 28210 27500 (www.anek.gr). Souda to/from Pireas daily. Ticket office (Souda port) tel. 28210 80050/1.

b. ANENDΥΚ (20.30 Promitheos str. VIO.PA Souda), tel. 28210 95511/95530 (www.anendyk.gr), e-mail: anendyk@anendyk.gr, info@anendyk.gr . Sea links between the south ports of the county. - Port Authorities: a. Chania, tel. 28210 98888, e-mail: chania@chg.gr b. Souda, tel. 28210 89240, e-mail: souda@chg.gr c. Kissamos, tel. 28220 22024, d. Paleochora, tel. 28230 41214, e. Chora Sfakion, tel. 28250 91292. e-mail: xsfakion@chg.gr

- Local buses (blue): Departures from Municipal Market sqr. and 1866 sqr. to all districts of the town and surrounding areas, Akrotiri, Souda (port), beaches, etc. Tel. 28210 93345/98115.

- Car and motorbike rentals: There are many international and domestic companies. Information at the Tourist Information Centre of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, 40 Kriari str., tel. 28210 92943/92624.

- Long distance buses (green): Main Bus Station (KTEL), Kydonias str. To Rethimno-Iraklio, Vrisses-Chora Sfakion, Kasteli, Εlafonissi, Kandanos-Paleochora, Sougia, Omalos-Samaria etc. Also to Thessaloniki (via the port of Pireas). Tel. 28210 93306/93052.

- Taxi: Tel. 18300, 28210 94300 (service for disabled people too). - Aeroclub of Chania: Magical flights around the county and the Aegean islands by qualified pilots (or using your own license) in Cessna 4-seat aircraft. Tel. 28210 27272 (www.aer.gr).


Gorges/Caves | Gorges/Grottes | Schluchten/ Höhlen | ущелья/ пещеры | Kløfter/Huler | Klyfta/ Grottor | Rotkoja/Luolia | 峡谷/洞穴 The area enables the individual hiker to explore the nature and the beauty of the county via routes that are unparalleled beauty. The most appropriate to inform the interested visitor is the Mountaineering Club of Chania. The E4 Path begins in the Pyrenees mountains across Greece, arrives at Kissamos, across Crete to Kato Zakros and finally arrives in Cyprus. As far as the track is part of the prefecture of Chania, it passes from coastal areas and the White Mountains. The main routes of the European path are the following : Kasteli Kissamou – Sfinari (Length: 22,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sfinari – Chrysoskalitisa Monastery (Length: 32 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Chrysoskalitisa - Palaiochora (Length: 22 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sougia – Agia Roumeli (Length: 13 km, Best Season: All year) Loutro - Fragokastelo (Length : 19,5 km, Best Season: All year) Sougia - Koustogerako-Omalos (Length: 24,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Agia Triada - Gouverneto – Katholiko (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 2 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of St Irene – Sfakia (Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 8 km Visit Period : All Year , Route Difficulty: Normal) Paleochora - Sougia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Length: 14,5 m Route Duration: 6 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) National Park of Samaria (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 6 Hours Route Length: 16 km, Visit Period : May-October) Gavdos (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Visit Period : May-October) Douliana – Gavalohori (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) On the Summit of Kigilos (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Agia Roumeli - Agios Ioannis (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 5 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of Polyrrenia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Sasalos-Makronas (Halase gorge) (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 4 Hours )

The Gorge of Imbros in Sfakia Route Duration: 2 Hours, Route Length: 8 km The Gorge of Agia Irini in Selino Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 7.5 km The Gorge of Aradena in Sfakia Route Duration: 2.5 Hours, Route Length: 5.5 km The Gorge of Elygia The Gorge of Trypitis Route Duration: 8.5 Hours The Gorge of Diktamou Route Duration: 3.5 Hours The Gorge of Therisso or Eleutheriou Venizelou Route Length: 6 km The Gorge of Chalase or Sasalou Route Duration: 4 Hours The Gorge of Prasse Route Duration: 2 Hours The Gorge of Kavi or Iligga Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Asfendou Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Kalikrati Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Katholikou Route Duration: 0.5 Hours Mountain Shelters Kallergi Capacity: 45, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours Visit Period : April-October Svourikti - Holiopoulos Capacity: 20, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours Tavri Capacity: 40, Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 1.5 Hour, Route Length: 7.7 km Volikas Capacity: 30, Route Duration: 3 Hour Caves Cave of Panos or Lera The cave “Panos or Lera” is developed in Mount Vardies, at an altitude of 70m., in the settlement Stavros Kydonias. It consists of an “antechamber” and four rooms with chiselled cavities, which have been explained as places for the welcome of statues. Cave of Asfentos The cave “of Asfentos” is situated at the position”Skordolakia”, at the westeastern part of the beginning of the gorge of Asfentos . Cave of Agia Sofia The cave of “Agia Sofia” is at the western walls of the gorgo of Topolia, at a distance of 47 km from the city of Chania. It consists of two rooms on different levels.

Gorges The Gorge of Samaria Route Length: 18 km, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : May-October

We propose... you choose | Nous vous proposons ... vous choisissez | Schlagen wir vor, Sie wählen ... | мы предлагаем ... вы выбираете Vi foreslår ... du vælger | Vi föreslår ... du väljer | Foreslår vi ... du velger | Ehdotamme ... valitset | 我们建议...你选择 MUNICIPALITY OF CHANIA Municipal Market The Municipal Market of Chania, the large building of 4000 square meters in a surrounding area of 17.200 square meters, is the “heart” of the city. It is an original building that, apart from a business activity center, also provides a concrete image of the ancient Greek marketplace. Great for shopping tradiotional Cretan products. Venizelos Tombs One of the most popular spots offering a panoramic view of Chania are the Venizelos family tombs, a few kilometres east of the city, on the road to Akrotiri and the airport. Old Harbour Chania’s old Venetian Harbor is the most picruresque and world wide known site seen of the hole Crete. Lots of choices to drink your coffee, to have lunch or dinner in the restaurants or enjoy shopping time. Stavros Stavros is located on Akrotiri, only 13km from Chania, 3km from the airport and 10km from Souda harbour. One of the finest beaches for swimming. British Commonwealth War Cemetery in Souda Bay The War cemetery is a quiet and restful place for the allied forces who lost their lives here on the Battle of Crete in 1941. Aghia Marina Agia Marina is one of the most important tourist resorts of Chania. Great beach for swimming and lots of choices for shopping, eating and clubbing. MUNICIPALITY OF PLATANIAS Thodorou Just a few miles to the north west of the port of Chania. The island is a nature reserve and it is therefore forbidden to go ashore, except that is for one day a year (8 June), when visitors are allowed to take the path to the church and back in order to worship. Platanias The heart of tourism in western Crete. Everything can be found in Platanias... swimming, eating, clubbing, shopping. A “must” place to visit or stay. All days and all nights are different in Platanias and you will find out why. Maleme German Cemetery

The cemetery is 3km south up the winding paved road. The 4,465 men buried here fell in the Battle of Crete in May of 1941. The Germans landed at the small airport of Maleme when they attacked Crete. Samaria Gorge If you come to Chania and you don’t pass through the Samara Gorge then your visit is just... incomplete. The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece, a major tourist attraction of the island and a World’s Biosphere Reserve. A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea. The village of Samariá lies just inside the gorge. It was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the park. MUNICIPALITY OF SFAKIA Frangokastello The castle of Frangokastello stands since centuries. It reminds of the Venetians, Turks and Greeks, battles and blood, slaughters and sacrifices. The legends are still alive, taking us in their own world and left the “Drosoulites”, visiting us again some magic mornings. Sfakia The south-eastern region of the Prefecture of Chania is called Municipality of Sfakia and includes the villages Hora Sfakion, Anopoli, Agios Ioannis, Agia Roumeli, Asfendou, Loutro, Patsianos, Skaloti, Impros, Askifou and Fragkokastello. The distamce to Chania is about 70 kilometres. Entire Sfakia is characterized by the natural beauty of wild mountainous landscape which is combined unique with the sea. Loutro The village was named by the baths that were found there. The water was coming from Anopoli. Between the old buildings that you can see there, there is also the goverment building that was used during the revolution at 1821. From Loutro you can visit the ruins of ancient Aradenas with the Byzantine church of archangel Michail and Anopolis. Perfect place for a weekend escape. Aghia Roumeli It is a coastal settlement in south-western Crete and it allocates a wide beach while the access is feasible only with boats from Hora Sfakion, via Loutro and from Palaiochora or Sougia, while the village does not allocate road access. Constitutes popular tourist destination because it is located at the southern entry of the Gorge of Samaria, the biggest gorge in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe with a length of 18 kilometres.

MUNICIPALITY OF APOKORONAS Kalyves Picturesque village located about 20 kilometres east of Chania, in one of the greenest areas of Greece. The village It is surrounded by wonderful sandy beaches with crystalline waters like Kalyves and Kiani Akti. Good place for shopping with lots of traditional tavernas. Just 3 km away is Almyrida, with traditional travernas to enjoy lunch after your swimming. Georgioupolis A resort village 43 km east of Chania, about 22 km west of Rethymno. Formerly a small fishing village, Georgioupolis is very much a tourist town now, with many cafés, tavernas and small hotels and apartment blocks. MUNICIPALITY OF KANDANOS-SELINO Sougia Located in a distance of 70 roughly km south-western of Chania. It is built in the ruins of the ancient Syias where mainly in the Roman and first Byzantine period people lived here. Saved ruins are vaulted graves and water reservoirs from the Roman period and a church from the 4th century with eminent mosaics. Nice beach where you can have free camping. Paleochora Located in the south-western part of the prefecture. The distance to Chania is about 70 kilometres. It is built on a peninsula between two beautiful bays where it is rained by the Lybian Sea and it is right to consider it the “Nymph of the Lybian Sea” and “Land of the sun”. The movement in the region is high in summertime, on one side from the excursionists choosing it as the harbour of departure to the Island of Gavdos, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia and return from the Samaria Gorge, on the other from the holiday-makers that select it as a place of their summer vacations.Palaiochora has all the benefits the visitor needs as banks, doctors, supermarket, drugstores, police, post, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, port authority, custom, cinema, bars, disco, and rented cars.

reserve. On the mainland the 17th century Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is approximately 5 km from the island. One of the best places for swimming in the whole world MUNICIPALITY OF KISSAMOS Falassarna May be the best beach on earth, as awarded by its visitors. The place to be for swimming. Also, don’t miss the great party the first weekend of August. Gramvousa-Balos At the north western point of Crete you will find Gramvousa, a small island with an impregnable castle, a fortress, a masterpiece of the 16th century, and Balos, the unique lagoon of Crete, with its blue green waters, it pink sandy beach and famous shells! An impressive and unique environment of steep rocks and cliffs, an immense blue sea and hidden sandy beaches, and the serene lagoon of Balos, combines with the remains of the long lasting history of the region: monasteries, churches and the imposing castle of Imeri Gramvousa. MUNICIPALITY OF GAVDOS Gavdos is a small island which is located 26 naval miles (48 kilometres) southern of Crete and it’s extent is 27 square kilometres. It is the most southern Greek and simultaneously European point with population of 98 residents. Perfect for a daily cruise.

Elafonissi When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature

Culture | Kultur | Kультура | Kulttuuri | 文化 A first-time visitor to Chania is surprised by the great number of buildings and monuments on which can be found traces of its great history and rich civilisation. The old town, on and around the hill of Kasteli, was built upon the ruins of Minoan Kydonia and is surrounded by the Byzantine wall, the Venetian wall and the sea. The Minoan civilisation left behind grand tombs, interesting ceramics and objects. During its occupation by the Venetians and the Turks, people of different nationality, culture and religion co-existed. Christians (Catholic and Orthodox), Jews and Muslims, have left discernible traces and produced particularly interesting creations. In the neighbourhood of Topanas with its narrow paved streets, the visitor meets Venetian manors with elaborately decorated facades and Turkish houses with architectural protrusions. There we can find Fort Firkas, the Naval Museum and the church of San Salvatore of the Francheskan Monks (15th - 17th cent. AD) which hosts the Byzantine collection of Chania. The collection of ΙLΑΕΚ and many shops offering traditional

handicrafts can also be found there. In the old Jewish neighbourhood there is the synagogue and on Halidon street the folklore museum (Cretan house) and the church of St. Frangiskos. The church hosts the town’s archaeological museum and houses treasures from the Minoan to the Hellenistic period. Opposite there is the Metropolitan temple of Isodia (representation of the Virgin Mary) with its exquisite hagiographies and close to that are the old Turkish baths. In the area of Sintrivani, around the homonymous square, there is the mosque of Kiuchouk Hasan (1645) and opposite that the quay with the Venetian lighthouse. A little further away, 7 out of the original 17 docks (Neoria) can be found (14th-16th cent. AD). Eye-capturing is the Great Arsenal, which today is used as a convention and exhibition centre. Along the harbour, small cafeterias and restaurants create an inviting atmosphere. On the hill of Kasteli there are still parts of the old Rector’s palace and its court and the engraving on a lintel over a door

reminds us of the existence of Venetian Archives. Near there, the excavation of ancient Kydonia and the ruins of the church of St. Maria of Mirakoli (1615) are located. At the “stivanadika”, which is still characterised by Eastern features, one can buy leather goods. Next to that is the building of Chrisostomos and the new public Art Gallery. In the old Turkish neighbourhood Splantzia is the square of the former monastery οf St. Nicholas (1204) with a bell-tower and minaret. The small church of the period of enlightenment’s of St. Rokkos (1630) can also be found there. Near that is the church of St. Anargyroi (16th cent. AD) with its priceless hagiographies and St. Catherine’s church. Outside the walls, to the east of the old town, we come across Koum-Kapi where during the last years of the Turkish occupation, Beduins built a village. Today the area is a favourite meeting place for young people. In the neighbourhood of Halepa there is the palace of Prince George, the house of Eleftherios Venizelos, the French School

(1860), the church of St. Magdalea (1903) and the church of Evangelismou. From later periods the following places are of interest: the manor “Villa Koundourou”, a workshop of fine arts and a youth centre, the municipal park (1870) with its clock, the market (built 1913, cross-shaped building with hundreds of small shops), the park of peace and friendship of people, the court house, the prefecture, the Venizelion School of Music, the Historic Archives Museum, the War Museum and the Museum of Chemistry. In the neighbourhoods outside the walls there are many neoclassical buildings with beautiful gardens which smell of hyacinth, honey suckle and rose trees. At the border of the town with the cape (Akrotiri) are the graves of Eleftherios and Sofocles Venizelos. The town of Chania, the first capital of Crete, kept its historical heritage of so many centuries almost unaffected. Its atmosphere attracted scientists, philosophers, poets and artists of different origins and it became a cultural centre.


Churches/Monasteries | Eglises/Μonastères | Kirchen/Klöster | Церкви/монастыри | Kirker/Κlostre | Kyrkor/Κloster | Kirkot/Luostarit | 教堂和修道院 The Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Chrysopigi lies a short distance from the town of Chania on the route to Souda harbour. Operation Hours: 08.00-12.00 and 15.30-18.00 Telephone: (+30)2821091125, (+30)2821029840 The monastery of Agia Triada of Tzagarolon is one of the richest and most beautiful monasteries in Crete. It is built near the airport of Chania, in the position Tzobomylos of the Cape Melecha and at the foothills of Stavros Mount. The distance from Chania is only 15km. Gouverneto Monastery. The actual Monastery complex was built from 1537 till 1548. According to tradition, it was connected with miraculous St John the Hermit, and was used for the housing of the Saint’ s pilgrims. Telephone: (+30)2821063319

Katholiko monastery is located 20km east of Chania, near the northern shores of Cape Akrotiri. It is located near the exit of the gorge Avlaki, at a short distance from the sea. The monastery of Panagia Chrisoskalitissa is located 72km south of Chania, very close to the magnifi cent lagoon of Elafonissi. It operates as a nunnery and reminds of a fortress, perched on a 35m high rock with boundless sea views. The Monastery of Saint George in Karydi (in Apokoronas Province) is located about 2km east of Vamos village. The monastery was abandoned for many years but was restored in 1996 and today it is operating normally. Monastery of Pasinos. It is a complex of monasteries built during the Venetian rule (16th century). It architectural style is western, the church being placed in the centre of the complex.

St George of Mythimna - Kisamos. The single-room, vaulted church of St George in the archeological site of Methymna, near Drapania of Kisamos, was built during the fi rst half of the 15th century, in the place of a late Roman Bath. The Holy Monastery of Partenon or Life-Giving Spring was founded by the Bishop of Kisamos & Selinon Anthimos Leledakis in 1905-1910. It was renovated between 1962 and 1965, by Bishop Irineos Galanakis. Early Christian Basilica at Almyrida Apokoronou. It is an early Christian three-aisled basilica of the second half of the 6th century. The church of St George in the centre of Kournas, a settlement with interesting folk architecture. It was built at the end of the 12th century.

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Ancient Aptera This site is located 15 km South-east of Chania, near the village Megala Chorafi a. The strategic location of the city with two ports, Minoa (modern Marathi) and Kissamos (near Kalives today) at the entrance of the natural bay, which guaranteed the possibility to control the movement of trade, boosted its growth. Ancient Falasarna The site of the ancient Falassarna located on the western edge of Cap Gramvousa the west coast of Crete. The town was surveyed again in the 19th century by English tourists, who identified the village and closed the port. Ancient Lissos The ruins of Lissos are saved between Paleochora and Sougia. It

was the port city of Dorian Elyros. It fl ourished in the Hellinistic, Roman and the fi rst Vyzantine period and destroyed by the Saracens Arabs. It also issued its own currency, as Lissos. Ancient Tara (St. Roumeli) The ruins of the ancient city Taras found at south coast of Crete near the village of Agia Roumeli. The city fl ourished particularly during the Roman era. They found the remains of a temple, possibly dedicated to Artemis and Apollo. Souda’s Castle The castle is built on the islet of Souda, and protected the port of Souda and Chania. It occupies almost the entire island. Built in 1715 and surrendered to the Ottomans in 1715. On February 14 the Greek fl ag was raised, lowering the Turkish and giving the signal that there is now the Greek sovereignty over

the island of Crete. Archaeological site of ancient Anopolis The archaeological site of ancient Anopolis located 87 km south of Chania. Anopolis was an independent city during the classical times and fl ourished during the Roman and Byzantine times. Firkas Castle Castle Firkas was built in the 16th century by the Venetians to protect the city of Chania. There Venizelos declared the offi cial union of Crete with Greece. Today it hosts the Maritime Museum and a small theater. Intzedin Castle Located 14 km east of Chania. Has been characterized as his-

torical monument. Built in 1872 in the position of the tower was built in 1646 by the Turks, who drove the Venetians. The name comes from the name of the son of Sultan Abdul Aziz Intzedin. Has been used as a prison for political prisoners, among them which has been the El. Venizelos. During the dictatorship of Pangalos many dissidents jailed, and when the dictatorship fell, Pangalos was imprisoned there too. Finally, from the isolation rooms of Yaros, in 1948, the fi rst communist political prisoners were moved there.

Ancient Polirinia The ancient city was Polirinia in place of the village Polirinia Kissamos, 49 km west of Chania. At the top of the hill was the citadel of which was T-shaped, from where the view was immense, from Crete to the Libyan Sea, which stretched the realm.

Cultural events | Evénements culturels | Kulturelle Veranstaltungen | Культурные мероприятия | Kulturarrangementer | Kulturelle begivenheder | Kulturevenemang | Kulttuuritapahtumat | 文化活动 May: - Celebration of the battle of Crete. It includes events commemorating those who were killed and several cultural events. - “Koresia” athletic games Canoe kayak at Kournas Lake. Beginning of summer: Venizelia - Track events at the National Stadium of Chania. May - September: Athletic events in Nea Kydonia which include: Beach volley Beach Soccer - Beach Handball and racket games. July - August - September: - Cultural Summer Events of the municipality of Chania. It includes music and stage performances at the theatre of Eastern Trench, Public Garden, Venizelio music school, Park of Peace and Friendship and other events in several neighbourhoods of

the town. - Cultural summer events are also organised by the municipalities of Kisamos, Apokoronas and Kandanos-Selino. June: - Cherries Festival in Karanou. - 24 June: Festivity of St. Ioannis Klidonas, in Fres, Akrotiri, Perivolia, Therisso, Vamvakopoulo. - 29 June - 6 July: Naval week festival.

- Naval week in the old harbour and every second year in Palaiochora and Georgioupolis. - 21-28 July: Elafonisia - Municipality of Kissamos. Including memorial service at the monument of Elafonisi, athletic games, performances, festivity in honour of the elderly and traditional treat. - 26 July: “Promotion of Kisamos” - Club, Grambousa pilgrimage excursion from the port of Kisamos to Balos and to

- 30-31 July: Wine festival in Vouves. August: - First Sunday of August: Blessing of the fruit of the earth at the Monastery of Archangel Michael (Rotonda) Kato Episkopi. - 8-9 August: Wine festival in Vouves. - 1-10 August: Venetian Harbour of Chania photography exhibition for Chania Music Tradition. - 16 August: Honey Festival in Afrata. September: - 1-10 September: Sardine festival in Nea Chora and in Souda. - 27 September: World Day of Tourism. Festive events at the old harbour of Chania.

July: - Festival of Kalitsouni cheese pie, in Kandanos.

the island of Grambousa. - 30 July: “Pottery Festival” in Nohia.

End of October or beginning of November: - Chestnut festival in Prases and Elos.

The pilgrims start arriving ancient Lissos on foot or in boats from Sougiaγια early in the afternoon of the previous day. A real fair of Selino in a mythical place.

In the beautiful village where Eleftherios Venizelos declared the revolution of 1905.

August 15th the Assymption of the Virgin: Voulgaro Panagia of the Summit, Kolympari Gonia, Pemonia, Fre, Eksopolis, Litsarda, Alikampos, Kefala, Kalikrati, Koustogerako

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Asi Gonia, St. George’s Day, April 23rd or after Easter Day: A big festival. All the shepherds of the area bring their animals to the mass in order to be blessed, then they milk them and distribute the milk to the pilgrims. Agios Ioannis Sfakion, St John’s Feast, May 8th: Traditional festival of Sfakia. Azogyre, The Holy Fathers’ Feast, October 7th: In the beautiful village with the visitable impressive cave of the Holy Fathers. Elos, Agios Dikaios,May 6th: Extraordinary view and a unique fair. Lissos, St Kyrikos, July 15th:

Sembronas, Apopigadi, St. John’s, June 24th: One of the feasts, that take place on a very high location, with an incredible view. Sougia, Harey, St. Antony 1-2 of July: Unique traditional fair at the seaside small church which is situated in Harey. The route on foot from through the E4 path that lead from Sougia to Agia Roumeli lasts two hours with the unique background of the Lybian sea and piney slopes. It is possible to go there also by boat from Sougia. Overnight stay outdoor. Therisso, Assumption of the Mother of God, August 15th:

Sfakia, Thymiani Panagia, last Sunday of May. Chrysoskalitissa, the Assumption of the Virgin, August 15th: At the beautiful monastery, which is a real «balcony» to the Lybian Sea a famous festival takes place. Frangokastello, St. Nikitas’, September 15th: Big festival during which riding races take place. August 6th, the Transfiguration: Ksirosterni, Tzitzife, Karres of Kissamos, Sassalo

August 29th,John the Precursor’s: Rodopou Gionas, Douliana, Stylos, Kournas September 8th, Birth of the Mother of Christ: Gavalohori, Tzitzife, Sassalo September 14th, Feast ofthe Holy Cross: Nippos, Rodovani September 15th St. Nikitas’: Kampia


EXHIBITION: “ZORBAS FOREVER”! Platanias welcomes its visitors with a unique exhibition in the summer of 2018. An exhibition full of Crete, Greece, Music... For four months, the visitors of Platanias, of Chania, of Crete can ‘travel’ with this Exhibition and the screenings of Archival Content & Posters from Zorbas the Greek film, that will be located in OLEA mall of Platanias. A legendary cinematic film, the syrtaki dance that became internationally the Greek soundtrack, in one of the most durable advertising campaigns that maintains more than five decades. The exhibition includes 51 authentic cinematic posters of Michalis Cacoyannis’s film, Alexis Zorbas, from its screening all over the world. Posters from France, England, Spain, Italy, Japan, Poland, Mexico, Latin America, Germany, Ar-

America. Unpublished photos, mockups, production notes, Mikis Theodorakis’s original score, disk editions, publications, promotional content and other documents related to the film are also presented. At the same time, in the exhibition area, will take place special screenings about the film and its music. Screenings about Zorbas, Syrtaki, Mikis Theodorakis, Michalos Cacoyannis and Nikos Kazantzakis. The collection and editing of the exhibition for m ore belongs to the actor gentina, Belgium, USA, Roma- more. http: news click //cret o epos n t.gr nia, Australia, Sweden, former A giant painted poster of di- and collector of Chania, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, mensions 1.50 x 3.00 meters, Lefteris Lambrakis. Finland, Denmark and many has a special place in the exhi- • Duration of exhibition: June – September 2018 more, which were created by bition, which adorned the fa• Opening Hours EVERYDAY: great artists of each country cade of German movie theater, 18:00 – 22:00 like: Tealdi, Xarrie, Nistri, Ray, crafted in Studio FPV. Syska, Erul, Jano, Mac, R.K, Corresponding works exist in • Place of exhibition: OLEA mall in Platanias Chantrell, Vaka, Wengler and major Museums of Europe and

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Invention of an Aussie mate, The useful verb “to windicate” Refers to when you have desired, As driver of the car you hired, To indicate a sudden turn But cannot do so since you learn – From right in front of you – you’ve gone And switched the windscreen wipers on. The reason that you missed your goal – And grabbed a different, wrong control – Is that you’ve swapped your traffic code (The side you should be on the road) So trying hard to stay alive You clean forget it’s right-hand drive.

The car’s set up accordingly So nothing’s where it used to be. Your right hand thinks, it would appear, The window knob’s for changing gear; While on the darkest of dark nights You somehow switch off all the lights. Perhaps the only thing to do Is hire a car and chauffeur too. *****

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The geography of strange creatures (by Niall Finn)

Angola’s aardvarks always ask Why Britain’s brown bears barely bask. Colombia’s catfish cannot cope With Denmark’s dogfish dealing dope. Egypt’s elephants, eating eggs,

Fear France’s fetish of frogs’ legs. Greece got given goats with greed; Hungary’s horses have to heed Insistent insects in Israel While Jordan’s jaguars jest in jail. Kuwaiti kangaroos kiss their kin; Libya’s lions love leopard-skin. Moroccan mambas meet and mate – Namibia’s nimble newts narrate. Omani ostriches outlast Peru’s poor parrots panting past. Quataris quaintly quarry quails; Russian reptiles run on rails. Somalia’s snakes are sleek and sly; True Tongan termites terrify While urchins upset Uruguay. A vicious vole of Venezuela Went to Wales to be a whaler. In Yemen, yaks have yellow lips And zebra in Zaire have zips.

Weighty matters (by Niall Finn)

The Oval Office has inside An oval man whose touchy pride Is bound within a thin-skinned shell That’s, at the least, an XXL But so as not to be obese He has decided to increase His height – so now at “six foot three” He just escapes obesity. But he’s a golfer! I thought that The sport would stop him getting fat. Not true! He plays a lot of rounds But it’s less healthy than it sounds. His golf cart means he rarely walks So mostly he just sits and talks. His tongue gets all the exercise But even then it often lies.

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WHY A GREEK DIET IS CONSIDERED BEST IN THE WORLD The Mediterranean diet is worldwide recommend follow- greens, such as Xorta

based primarily on the eating habits of southern European countries, however it is mainly derived from healthy eating habits and traditions of Greek people and produce, with an emphasis on greens, olive oil, fish, poultry, beans, and grains. Not only is the Greek diet a great way to eat, drink and live, but it’s also a realistic and sustainable way to reduce disease, inflammation and a perfect way of maintaining a healthy weight range. So it’s no wonder that most leading doctors and dieticians

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ing a Greek diet! The Greek diet has long been known as one of the healthiest in the world, however, it’s not just a diet or even a way of eating, really, it’s a way of life! For thousands of years Greeks have indulged in a high fibre diet of vegetables, fruits and legumes, also including quality fats and proteins, plus a glass of homemade wine and a good cup of Greek coffee each morning. When many people think of Greek food, Pastitso, Moussaka, Souvlaki and Baklava come to mind, however a traditional Greek diet is packed with

(wild greens) Fasolakia (green string beans), Bamies (Okra), legumes including Fakes (lentils), Fasolada (beans), Revithia (chickpeas), vegetable dishes, fish and small portions of meat. For snacks, a Greek diet allows for yogurt, Feta, olives, almonds, walnuts, honey, figs and other fruit, which all help with healthy digestion and are good fats- as long as they are of course consumed in moderation. When followed properly, a Greek diet really does give an all-round healthy benefit to the body, mind and soul. Here are some tips on how to

make the most out of a Greek diet: • Use extra virgin olive oil in your salads and for cooking. • Include tomatoes, cucumbers or a serving of vegetables to each meal. • Eat at least two servings of legumes a week. • Cut back on red meat. • Eat yogurt, nuts, fresh or dried fruit for snacks everyday. • Have one small glass of red wine per day, with a meal. • Eat sweets on special occasions only. Greek City Times

VINESOS PROJECT SPEARHEADS DRIVE TO SAVE TRADITIONAL VARIETIES

The potential and the opportunity for Greek and Bulgarian wine producers and cultivators to offer the global market wines with a unique taste and aroma, made from traditional and now threatened varietes of grapes, is the focus of the VineSOS project operating in the Greek-Bulgarian border region. Professor Stamatis Angelopoulos at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki noted that the preservation of grape varieties is a very important element for the development of the Greek economy. Referring to these wine varieties, he said the fact that they are old-fashioned does not mean they should disappear. He also noted that their rescue and cultivation could become a ‘strong weapon’ in the hands

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of wine makers and growers, whose cooperation could lead to developing new wines with unique andvantages. There are 27 such wine varieties recorded, 11 of them Greek, which are found in the border region of the two countries and are extremely well adapted to their local micro-environments, especially those within the margins of Natura 2000. Despite the fact that these varieties are not systematically cultivated and, as was pointed out at a press conference, are facing the threat of decline and extinction, they have shown great hardiness and resilience. The 24-month project has a budget 1.116 million euros and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and with national funds from the Interreg VA Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020 programme. Partners in the project are: The

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WINERIES ON CRETE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC The wineries of northern

ern technology can be combined with such a great history of vinification such as found in Crete. People will be encouraged to ask for advice on local wines and also purchase the excellent local quality at producers’ prices. Local winemakers encourage their visitors to also sample the famous Cretan cuisine while also enjoying a great spring weekend on the island.

Restaurants taking part in the Open Cellar event during the weekend can be found in the following list. On these days, it was for m also possible to buy a ore http: news click //cret o bottle of wine from a epos n t.gr winery in Crete and enjoy it with a meal in a restaurant, just by showing the purchase receipt. Wineries stayed open for visits between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. with free entrance.

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to discuss the 11 indigenous varieties and the vinification process with producers themselves. Tourists will learn about experimental vinification processes of each winemaker while meeting local producers. This way they will get to know the people behind the labels and their philosophy. It will be possible to also discover the production area as well as get to know how mod-

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Greece opened their doors to the public for the 14th consecutive year to welcome the public with a series of events, ANA reports. The action “Open Doors” was organized in the wineries that are members of the “Wine routes of northern Greece” on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00. Wine tasting, masterclasses, concerts and tours of the vineyards, as well as special events for the children, were offered to the visitors of the 22 wineries taking part in the action. Furthermore, different wineries located all over the Greek island of Crete opened their cellars to wine lovers and visitors in general. According to the Wines of Crete association, there are at least 10 different reasons to take a unique winery tour of Crete. A Cretan winery tour gives locals and visitors the opportunity to travel around the spectacular landscape of the island, discovering a countryside made of local grape varieties as well as ancient olive groves. The tour main’s goal is of course for visitors to try the Cretan wine labels as well as


SUMMER WATER SAFTE TIPS FOR DOGS One great way for your dog to beat the summer heat is to cool off in a pool or lake. If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, you may also check out some dog-friendly shorelines for some fun in the sun. As entertaining as it is to see dogs splashing and paddling in the water, safety is something we should all be thinking about before we hit the pool, lake, or beach. Here are a few facts you should know before you and your dog take on your next water-related adventure.

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Not all dogs are good swimmers While some dogs like Labrador Retrievers and Irish n o k c Setters are excellent s cli .gr re new epost for mo ttp://cret swimmers, there are h many that are not. Breeds with broad chests and short legs, such as Corgis, Pugs, and Bulldogs, have difficulty swimming. Muscular breeds, including American Pit Bull Terriers, Greyhounds, and Whippets, have a hard time in water too. They exert a lot of energy to keep their bodies afloat, causing them to tire easily. If your dog falls into any of these breed categories, it doesn’t mean he can’t join in the fun. Just make sure your dog is equipped with a life jacket at all times and never force him

into the water -- let him test the waters at his own speed and in his own time. And no matter what breed of dog you have, make sure to supervise him around pools, lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water at all times. Dog sunburns can happen The sun’s rays are stronger near reflective surfaces like water, and although our dogs are covered in fur, some dogs may experience sunburn if exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Those with short fur, white fur, and pink skin are especially susceptible. To avoid sunburn, remember to apply sunscreen to your dog’s nose and ears before going outdoors. Limit his time in the sun, help him avoid walking on hot sur-

faces to prevent paw blisters, Here are some of the signs you and make sure you can pro- can look for within each stage: vide a shady spot and fresh drinking water for frequent Early Stage: breaks. • Heavy panting Keep your dog safe from • Rapid breathing heat stroke • Excessive drooling Swimming is a great way for • Bright red gums and dogs to stay cool, but the extongue ercise they exert in the water, plus any other running they Advanced Stage: do around the pool, lake, or beach, can add up to a major • White or blue gums increase in body temperature. • Lethargy, unwillingness to That’s why it’s so important to move monitor your dog while swim- • Uncontrollable urination ming and encourage frequent or defecation water and shade breaks. • Labored, noisy breathing Prolonged time in the sun and • Shock water can exhaust a dog to the point of a heat stroke. If your dog shows signs of these symptoms, take him to According to the American your veterinarian immediately. Kennel Club, there are two justrightpetfood.com stages of heat stroke in dogs.


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FIVE DIY LAWS YOU’RE BREAKING!

so this is something to consider when remodeling. Although federal laws do not require those who inspect, repair, or remove asbestos-containing materials in detached single-family homes to be accredited, many states and localities do practice these laws for the

3. Knocking Down Walls The idea of an open floor plan is an alluring one to many homeowners, so knocking down a wall doesn’t seem like a big deal within the four walls of your home, right? Well, doing so could break the law, de-

pending on the permit requirements of your specific city or town. Taking a sledgehammer to an unwanted wall could result in serious issues to the integrity of your home’s structure. That’s why many localities have laws that demand that homeowners enlist in the help of a professional before proceeding with these interior changes. Check the laws and permit requirements in your town before knocking down any walls. 4. Repairing an HVAC System It may be tempting to repair— or at least to troubleshoot— your HVAC system if problems arise, but it’s a risky one. Many localities have laws surrounding this, stating that homeowners must hire licensed professionals to perform maintenance on air conditioning and home heating systems. This is meant to help homeowners avoid dizziness, asphyxia, and other respiratory problems that could be caused by freon leaks, which are closely associated with HVAC issues. 5. Tinkering With Light Fixtures Whether it’s a fancy chandelier hanging in your foyer or a light fixture adorning your

front door, making changes to these illuminating accessories is likely causing you to break a homeowner’s law. This is because such projects include changes or additions that affect a light fixture’s electrical wiring. Even if this seems like a straightforward project, it likely requires permits or the help of a professional. Failing to comply with these laws could result in issues with your insurance company in the result of a disaster. Completing these DIY projects yourself may lead to faulty wiring, which is a common cause of residential fires. If you do not follow laws surrounding electrical work and a fire occurs in your home, your insurance company is liable to deny your claim. Although many of these laws are not one-size-fits-all as determined by different city and state governing agencies, they’re important to research before plowing ahead with a DIY project. What appears to be an easy household project may end up being something dangerous and downright illegal, so understanding the regulations around home improvement projects is endlessly important.

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safety of homeowners. Instead the house tends to make of conducting this work yourhomeowners feel productive self, refer to your state and local and also instills a sense of regulations and hire an asbespride and accomplishment. tos abatement team. However, an important factor to consider in carrying 2. Interacting With Wildlife out a DIY project is the legali- It may seem harmless to rid ty of the changes you’re mak- your rafters of a pesky rodent or ward off raccoons that have ing to your home. There are lots of home im- made dining on your garbage provement projects that have a habit, but doing so could put a range of laws around them, you at risk of breaking a host of many of which avid DIYers are laws. These laws stem from the fact unaware of. Find out below if you’ve been that animals such as raccoons, breaking any home improve- skunks, and bats are prone to ment laws that you probably carrying rabies. If you decide didn’t even know were in place. to trap and relocate these animals without the help of a 1. Messing With Old Insula- professional, you may not only face legal action, but could put tion Fiddling with or making chang- yourself at risk of harm and ines to old insulation could result fection from contact with the in breaking laws surrounding animal. asbestos. Although it is possi- Instead of risking it, contact a ble to remove this toxic sub- wildlife control company and stance, it’s very tricky to do allow a licensed professional to remove the animals and secure without breaking the laws. Old insulation or aged drywall the openings that are allowing frequently contains asbestos, them into your space.

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THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT SUMMER ALLERGIES As if a runny nose and red

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eyes weren t enough to ruin your warm weather look, by Miltiades Markatos summer allergies can gift you Pneumonologist with even more than you’ve bargained for this year. In fact, some unusual symptoms can leave you looking like you lost a round in a boxing ring. “Summer allergies can cause severe symptoms for some sufferers, and can be just as bad as the spring and fall seasons,” said allergist Michael Foggs, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “Symptoms aren’t always limited to the hallmark sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. Black on s click ost.gr w e n e r ep eyes, lines across the for mo ttp://cret h nose and other cosmetic symptoms can occur.” Even if you’ve never before had allergies, they can suddenly strike at any age and time of year. You might want to consider visiting your board-certified allergist if these undesirable signs accompany your sniffle and sneeze. Allergic Shiner: Dark circles under the eyes which are due to swelling and discoloration from congestion of small blood vessels beneath the skin in the delicate eye area. Allergic (adenoidal) Face: Nasal allergies may promote swelling of the adenoids (lymph tissue that lines the back of the throat and extends behind the nose). This results in a tired and droopy appearance. Nasal Crease: This is a line which can appear across the bridge of the nose usually the result of rubbing the nose up-

ward to relieve nasal congestion and itching. Mouth Breathing: Cases of allergic rhinitis in which severe nasal congestion occurs can result in chronic mouth breathing, associated with the development of a high, arched palate, an elevated upper lip, and an overbite. Teens with allergic rhinitis might need braces to correct dental issues. According to the ACAAI, pollen, mold and insect stings are common allergy culprits during the summer months. But fresh produce, such as celery, apples and melons, can also cause allergy symptoms. This is known as food pollen syndrome, cross-reacting allergens found in both pollen and raw fruits, vegetables and

some tree nuts. “Summer allergy symptoms can easily be mistaken for colds, food intolerances or other ailments,” said Dr. Foggs. “If your symptoms are persistent and lasting for more than two weeks you should see your allergist for proper testing, diagnosis and treatment. Finding and treating the source of your suffering can also clear up other unwanted symptoms.” Before turning to over-thecounter antihistamines and nasal sprays for relief, allergy sufferers should speak with an allergist to ensure medication is right for them and enough to combat symptoms. For more information about seasonal allergies, and to locate an allergist in your area, visit Al-

A life changing visit to our pharmacy can make you change the way you see life and put your body and mind in harmony. Have you ever visited a pharmacy to taste health? A different pharmacy in the centre of the old town of Chania is waiting to share with you secrets of well being and longevity. Taste the biolo gical honey, the royal jelly, tea from plants carefully chosen in therapeutic recipes, high concentration and purity juices of pomegranate, cranberry, aloe. Orthomolecular nutrition with suggestions on detox programs and a carefully selected range of supplements, vitamins an gluten free products from all over the world. In the same premises you can find a live homeopathic lab with 6.000 homeopathic remedies in stock and the ability to produce any kind of homeopathic form i.e. pills, granules, solutions etc Evangelia Sakka is the pharmacist in charge who has created that special pharmacy and will be happy to introduce you to that fantastic world but also suggest whatever will be more settable for you. Our philosophy doesn’t stop on food and supplements but we want you to think of your mind and body as well. That’s why we have created next to our pharmacy the Green Care SPA. A SPA that helps to uplift your mind and body with biological face an body treatments, reflexology, reiky, su jok and moxa treatment, Bach flower remedies, homeopathy sessions, bowtech as well as nail therapies. We are waiting for you to restart your life at Daskalogianni 43 - 45, SAKKA Pharmacy www.my-pharmacy.gr / www.greencarespa.gr

lergyAndAsthmaRelief.org. About ACAAI The ACAAI is a professional medical organization of more than 6,000 allergists-immunologists and allied health professionals, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill. The College fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research. ACAAI allergists are board-certified physicians trained to diagnose allergies and asthma, administer immunotherapy, and provide patients with the best treatment outcomes.


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