WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM Greece?
Greece is one of the ten countries that tourists travel to the most. No wonder – the picturesque Balkan country on the Aegean and Ionian coasts is an ideal destination to forget about daily stress and recharge your batteries.
The Greek islands geographically make up almost a quarter of the area of the whole of Greece and there are almost 3,000 of them. They form typical Greek archipelagos, named after their groupings or the seas in which they are located. The Ionian, Aegean and Libyan seas have influenced the climate and character of the Greek islands for millennia…
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN Greece
- Ancient Athens
- Olympic Riviera
- Meteora monasteries
- Monastic Republic of Athos
- Famous Delphic oracle
- The seat of the Greek gods
- Resin wine Retsina
- Natural olive products
Pink sands in Crete
SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT Greece
Sea – Greece is located in the southeast of Europe, where it is located on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula. It includes the mainland and, in the Ionian, Mediterranean and Aegean, several large islands (in seven administrative units) and a large number of smaller islets.
Islands – The largest island is Crete (8,336 km2), followed by Évvia (3,655 km2), Lesbos (1,630 km2) and Rhodes (1,398 km2). In the west of Greece lie the Ionian Islands (Kefalonia, Corfu, Zakynthos), in the Aegean Sea lie the Aegean Islands (Chios, Lesbos), Sporades or Northern Sporades (Skiathos, Skyros), Cyclades (Andros, Naxos) and the Dodecanese or Southern Sporades (Kos, Rhodes). Including the islands, the total length of the Greek coast is 14,000 km, of which 4,000 are land.
Nature – Greece is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe. More than three-quarters of the country is occupied by mountains and mountain ranges. The highest mountain range is located in the northeastern part of the country, Olympus (2,917 m). In the east of the country, in the area of the border with Bulgaria, lies the Rhodope Mountains. South of the area lies the rugged Chalkidi Peninsula.
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Historical monuments and tourist attractions – When you get tired of the sun on the beach, you can set out to discover the beauties of Greek landmarks. Of the famous seven wonders of the world described by Philo of Byzantine in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, four were in ancient Greece (the Colossus of Rhodes on Rhodes, the statue of the god Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the monumental tomb of King Mausoleum and the temple of the goddess Artemis at Ephesus). On every Greek island you will find many churches, temples and other monuments, which reflect the rich history of this country as well as the mythical stories and legends associated with the Greek world of the gods.
Greek gastronomy – In Greece, you can enjoy a variety of Mediterranean cuisine full of fresh vegetables, delicious yoghurts, fish and sheep and goat meat. Everything is prepared in delicious olive oil. Wine vinegar or feta cheese, which is made from sheep’s milk, is added to the salads. One of the traditional Greek dishes is gyros – meat grilled, wrapped in a pancake made of leavened dough with pieces of tomato, lettuce and flavored with mustard or tzatziki. Tzatziki are made from white Greek yogurt with grated cucumber, garlic, olive oil and salt. Souvlaki is also known – lamb with vegetables and spices, which is grilled on a stick. And we must not forget the Greek moussaka, a dish prepared from minced meat and eggplant.
MAY BE USEFUL
Official language: Greek
Telephone prefix: +30
Speed limits: in the city 50 km / h, outside the village 90 km / h, long-distance road 110 km / h, highway 130 km / h
Time zone: +2 GMT
HOW TO SPEND TIME ACTIVELY IN Greece?
There are beautiful beaches in Greece, so most activities in tourist resorts are related to sand, swimming, etc. Most beaches can practice virtually all kinds of beach and water sports, such as diving, surfing, water skiing, sailing, pedal boats or paragliding.
In Greece, for example, you can rent a sailboat and take a trip along the coast. Lovers of the underwater world are looking for scuba diving. Of course, this is also possible in Greece, but only in certain locations and only with a special permit.
From most Greek resorts you can take trips to the beautiful surroundings, climb the hills, walk among the slopes overgrown with olive trees. In the coastal areas, you will have an unforgettable view of the azure sea from every elevated place.
You can spend the evenings either at the hotel, where various animation programs will be prepared for you, or head to one of the Greek clubs, pubs and taverns. Sitting in a typical Greek tavern or bar is a unique type for a summer evening in Greece.
One of the interesting souvenirs you can bring from your holiday in Greece is “matóchandro”. It is a symbol of the “blue eye”, whose task is to protect its owner from evil. People believe that the talisman has the power to reflect these forces. Sometimes it happens that the amulet itself breaks to pieces when repulsing an evil force. Then it needs to be thrown away, because the accumulated evil energy is said to flow from it.