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Aegean/Greece Port Planner

Roughly 2,000 islands crisscross the Aegean Sea, bordered on the west by the Greek mainland and Turkey to the east. It's filled with stunning sights: a seascape of outcroppings and islands, many presided over by ancient temples; Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman fortresses; and whitewashed towns glowing…

Roughly 2,000 islands crisscross the Aegean Sea, bordered on the west by the Greek mainland and Turkey to the east. It's filled with stunning sights: a seascape of outcroppings and islands, many presided over by ancient temples; Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman fortresses; and whitewashed towns glowing against the backdrop of deep blue skies.
 
But the Aegean is not only a spectacularly beautiful part of the world—its unusual geography also helped shape the history of civilization. When shipbuilding was still in its infancy, the numerous coves and protected bays of the area meant sailors could hopscotch from one safe port to another, traveling relatively short distances, and the Aegean became the crossroads of the known world. Many of the world’s early civilizations emerged here, such as Crete (which sits to the south of the Aegean) and the ancient Greeks, and the islands such as the Cyclades and the Dodecanese bear the traces of other great cultures.
 
For the traveler who wants to follow in the legendary footsteps of the gods Apollo and Artemis (said to have been born on Delos just off of Mykonos), or explore what some believe may have been the lost civilization of Atlantis on Santorini, a trip to the Aegean is an obvious choice. It also, however, will appeal to travelers who have more epicurean interests. A plate of perfectly ripe tomatoes dressed simply in local olive oil or splashing in the calm waters of a sheltered cove are pleasures that require no advanced study.
 

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