An old Greek legend says that when God created the world, He sifted all the soil onto the earth through a strainer. After every country had good soil, He tossed the stones left in the strainer over his shoulder and created Greece. Whether you prefer this version of events or the more scientific version, there is no denying that legend is rife, wherever you travel in Greece. Once a pretty seaside village, Ignoumenitza sadly suffered a large amount of damage during WWII, so the Ignoumenitza of today does not quite offer the charms of a typical Grecian tourist destination. Certianly, the tavernas, pretty beaches and ancient ruins are there but visitors must be prepared to look slightly further afield before they come across the graceful squares with ancient plane trees, men playing backgammon with a glass of ouzo to hand and the Homeric scent of paidakia rising into the clear air. However, the soporific winding roads and breathtaking views are never far away and one only has to look five or six miles or so in any direction to reach the stretches of azure beach or quiet mountain paths. However, the main drag is a seaside road lined with sycamores and offers the visitor a view of a more modern, working city that thrives with optimism and youth. Because most of the architecture is post-1960, this town offers beautiful office buildings, banks and numerous restaurants with open terraces, so you can enjoy wonderful dishes of the local cuisine and enjoy fantastic views of the coast.