The birthplace of democracy, Greece is a country of paradoxes. Indeed, while this travel destination is popular for its 9,000 islands, it is nevertheless one of the most mountainous countries in Europe – 80% of its territory is mountainous! While it symbolizes democracy, there have been times when it could not have been more anarchistic.
Rich in history, culture, and scenery, Greece is a world of wonders waiting for the smart people who have chosen it for their next vacation. And make no mistake: whether you go solo or with friends, with your sweetheart or family, you will find what you're looking for in this European country in which time flies, because you will not be bored for a second.
Here is some information that you will find useful for your next trip to Greece.
Climate and Geographical Position
Bordered by the Aegean Sea to the east and the Ionian Sea to the west, Greece is a European country made up of thousands of islands, many of which are uninhabited. Some sources put the number at 9,000, including the smallest island of Delos and the largest of Crete.
The country, which shares maritime borders with Turkey, Italy, Albania, Libya, and Egypt, enjoys a Mediterranean climate, meaning that its winters are mild and wet and its summers hot and dry. Depending on the region you visit in Greece, winter will be either mild or cold, with temperatures ranging from 3 degrees Celsius in some northern areas to an average of 13 degrees in the centre and south of the country.
The Most Beautiful Attractions
You guessed it: people go to Greece to contemplate the beauty and splendour of its islands and its hillside houses, as exemplified by the iconic island of Santorini, one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece. Its black sandy beaches and its famous volcano surrounded by the sea make it one of the most beautiful and impressive islands of the country.
The Islands of Cyclades and Mykonos
Santorini is among the Cyclades islands, famous for their pristine white houses, blue-roofed churches, and sparkling turquoise beaches that you will never want to leave.
The Cyclades are the most visited of the Greek islands. They are the home of many tourist jewels and charming places, including Mykonos with its white houses with blue shutters – the most visited island in Greece.
Popular for its vibrant night life, especially among the gay community, Mykonos is full of bars, shops, cafes, and trendy restaurants where one can linger for hours. Many celebrities and rich people go there to spend their holidays or make their home. You can eat in the best Greek restaurants, party on the beach until the wee hours of the morning, and boat to admire its breathtaking turquoise blue bays.
Mykonos is a must for anyone considering a journey to Greece and while it is the most popular island, it is also the most commercial, so if you are looking for more authentic destination, you may be disappointed, but still amazed by the beauty of this island.
If you are looking for other beautiful Greek islands, wild and mountainous Crete, the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, will certainly meet your expectations. People visit it as much to admire its valleys, caves, and mountainous landscapes as to swim in its turquoise waters and bask in the sun at its many resorts.
Among the things to see in Crete are the Samaria Gorge, the Phalassarna of Palaiochora resorts, the tourist sights of Sitia and Matala, and the quiet villages of Kamilari and Sivas. In fact, there is so much to see in Crete that you need to set aside two weeks for your Greek holiday, otherwise you risk missing out on a world of wonders.
A Visit to Athens, the Capital
No one could imagine a trip to Greece without visiting the capital of Athens and its many monuments, including the Parthenon, perched on top of the Acropolis. This is one of the most popular and visited buildings in Europe; it is therefore a must for anyone considering a trip to Greece.
The cradle of European culture, Athens, which is also one of the oldest cities in the world, is overflowing with historical treasures to discover with your sweetheart, your family, or your friends.
Many companies offer guided tours and excursions to the main attractions that the capital has to offer, so that you will be overwhelmed with choices during your next trip to Greece. In any case, do not forget to visit Plaka, the former centre of Athens where it is possible to sleep on a hotel terrace in summer ... not to be missed!
The summer – specifically the months of July and August – is the busiest tourist season in Athens, so if you are more the quiet type, it's worth booking during other months!
The National Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis Museum, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus are also attractions that you must see if you go to the Greek capital.
A Little Greek Cuisine
Finally, if you are a food lover, then you must visit a good restaurant to taste traditional Greek dishes while travelling in Greece.