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Greece (Listeni/ɡriːs/ GREESS; Greek: Ελλάδα, Elláda [eˈlaða] ( listen)), officially the Hellenic Republic (Greek: Ελληνική Δημοκρατία, Ellīnikī́ Dīmokratía [eliniˈci ðimokraˈti.a]) and known since ancient times as Hellas (/ˈhɛləs/; Greek: Ελλάς, Ellás), is a country located in southeastern Europe. According to the 2011 census, Greece’s population is around 10.8 million. Athens is the nation’s capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki, which is commonly referred to as the co-capital.

The names for the nation of Greece and the Greek people differ from the names used in other languages, locations and cultures. Although the Greeks call the country Hellas or Ellada (Greek: Ἑλλάς or Ελλάδα) and its official name is the Hellenic Republic, in English it is referred to as Greece, which comes from the Latin term Graecia as used by the Romans, which literally means ‘the land of the Greeks’, and derives from the Greek name Γραικός. However, the name Hellas is sometimes used in English as well.


Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη [θesaloˈnici] ( listen)) is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. Its nickname is η Συμπρωτεύουσα (Symprotévousa), literally “the co-capital”, a reference to its historical status as the Συμβασιλεύουσα (Symvasilévousa) or “co-reigning” city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople.

The municipality of Thessaloniki, the historical center, had a population of 385,406 in 2007, while the Thessaloniki Urban Area had a population of 800,764. and the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area had 1,104,460 inhabitants in 2011.

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe;[8] its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland.[8] The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital.[9] Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora. Thessaloniki is the 2014 European Youth Capital.

The city of Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. It was conquered by the Ottomans in 1430, and passed from the Ottoman Empire to modern Greece on 8 November 1912.

Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures. The city’s main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece and the Balkans.

Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination in Greece. For 2013, National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide,[13] while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle.

hotel Istron

Hotel Istron is built on an area of twelve acres and is just 35 minutes from the center of Thessaloniki. The hotel has 38 spacious rooms fully equipped with all modern facilities, in particular the rooms have:

Room Service

Internet access

Satelite television

Air conditioning

Central heating

mini Bar



Hair dryer

Spacious Balcony

The 5 suites can be an alternative accommodation.

In the lobby of the hotel there is a cafe to enjoy a coffee or drink in a landscaped park, which is open 24 hours. The good music will help you relax after a long day. The restaurant offers excellent cuisine and a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant is open every day from noon to 22:30 in the evening. The hotel also has private parking 70 cars and underground garage.

We wish you a pleasant stay…

Organizing Your Australian Trip with the Aid of a Checklist

Australia is usually a location countless imagine touring. In the event the moment has now come in which you are going to be making this specific desire come true, among the first things you need to carry out to assure an excellent holiday is to find a pre-Australia holiday checklist to utilize. By using a holiday checklist before going to Australia, you will find there are fewer issues when you arrive at your destination. Start with determining how you with to arrive at the country. Of course, most vacationers must buy airfare tickets. The issue is many get to the flight terminal and then discover the airline tickets are still at their home. By making use of this type of checklist, that won’t be an issue for you personally. This is also true of your passport. Picture the challenges that you’ll face if you get to Australia only to discover your own passport remains at your house sitting on your dresser or perhaps dining room table. A checklist helps ensure this is a dilemma you won’t ever face. Other items you will discover on a good checklist of this sort include things like hotel info for different cities, your camera apparatus, a list of gifts you have to buy, and much more. A detailed checklist is essential, so never overlook this straightforward activity. When you see just how it smooths the trip, you will be thrilled you completed this step.