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FACTS ABOUT GREECE:

- Greece is the birthplace of Western Civilisation.

- It has an area of 131,990 km² and a population of about 11 million peopl.

- 227 of the over 2000 islands that belong to Greece are inhabited.

- Greece is a member of European Union and Eurozone. The official currency is the Euro - €

- The by far biggest city and capital is Athens.

- The officiall language is Greek.

- The international calling code is: +30.


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As far as Europe is concerned Greece is pretty much as good as it gets. The country  is beautiful and the weather is pretty decent as in hot summers and - depending on the area - more or less warm winters. The people are friendly, Greece is easy to travel and by European standards it still is reasonably cheap. What else could you ask for?


I've been to Greece about 20 times at this stage, I even lived here for a while. I still haven't seen all the places I want to visit. There is so much to see and I am not just talking about the country side. Greece is the birthplace of western European culture, home of Homer, Hippocrates, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. If you consider Crete a part of Greece - back in the old days it wasn't - it goes back even further.

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The most mysterious of the old "high cultures" was founded here. The Minoans didn't build fancy pyramids but there cultural and artistic achievements are unique. Most unusual is the fact the until this very day no decent weapons were found that date back to Minoan times. We are talking about the 2nd millenium before Christ. A highly developed and rich society that did not possess any weapons other than ceremonial daggers and swords - useless in combat - is something you won't find anywhere else.

Mykonos Old town (c) K. BuschThey built beautiful palaces that weren't surrounded by walls. Their wall paintings and their pottery are so skillful that archaeologist could not believe that they date back to the second millennium. Some of the artifacts still puzzle the experts since they cannot explain how the Minoan's managed to create them. Crete for many reasons is my favourite island.


Very popular are the Cycladic islands with Santorini, Myconos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Milos to name the most popular. The island group is well know for its beauty and fantastic beaches. Most of the islands are pretty touristy though.

Other tourists hotspot are Rhodes in the Dodecanese, Zakynthos with its famous beaches, Corfu and of course the famous sites on the mainland.



To call the Greeks laid back would be a bit of an understatement. They basically invented it. The good thing is they really chilled out although they constantly seem to shout at each other. You'll find them really pleasant. The food is excellent and eating out pretty common. A dinner with some locals is a event you won't forget. It is tradition to order food as if you want to feed an army. If the Greeks order you will end up with about twenty plates for three people. It's nice though.


Another nice thing about Greece is public transport. It is mainly done by bus (and ferries of course); it is pretty good and dirt cheap. That makes Greece easy to travel and on that note: Everyone there seems to speak fluent English. It's perfect.

 

Written by: Kristian Busch


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Greek Islands

Information about other islands in Greece:

Cyclades Island of Santorini   (Thira Perissa Kamari)   Naxos:  ( Naxos Chora Apollonas Tragea)   Smaller Cyclades   Paros Island   Ios Island   Amorgos Island   Mykonos Island   Tinos Island   Andros   Syros   Anafi   Antiparos   Sikinos   Folegandros   Milos   Sifnos   Serifos   Kythnos   Kea  

Dodecanese:   Rhodes Island   Kos Island   Karpathos Island   Kasos Island   Halki   Symi   Tilos   Nisyros   Astypalea   Pserimos   Kalymnos   Leros   Patmos   Arki   Lipsi   Kastelorizo 

Crete: (Ierapetra  Sitia  Vai  Agios Nikolaos  Kritsa  Elounda  Zakros  Iraklio  Knossos  Hersonissos  Malia  Rethymno  Platanes  Panormo  Bali  Moni Arkadi  Georgioupolis  Plakias Preveli  Agia Galini  Matala  Kalamaki  Pitsidia  Lendas  Chania  Platanias  Agia Marina  Kolymbari  Kissamos  Paleochora  Sougia  Samaria Gorge  White Mountains  Imbros Gorge  Chora Sfakia)

North Aegean:   Samos Island   Chios Island   Fourni   Psara   Inousses   Lesbos Island   Samothrace   Thasos   Icaria   Lemnos  

Ionian Islands:   Corfu Island   Paxos   Lefkas   Kefalonia   Ithaka   Zakynthos   Kythira  

Saronic Islands  

Sporades:   Skiathos Island   Skopelos Island   Alonissos Island   Skyros Island

 

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