“Live your myth in Greece”, has been the moto of campaigns promoting Greece all over the world for decades now, and no wonder why; Greece is undoubtedly a magical destination, offering exceptional natural beauty, rich history and relaxing moments. A wide-open blue sky, a warm sun, fairytale lush greenery and countless little perfect islands form a truly colorful country, that certainly awake all senses. Whether you are a city lover, or a country fan, whether you long to lay on a beach and think of nothing, or to hike and breathe the fresh air of mountains, Greece can actually offer it all – what can we say? It’s a country of divine beauty after all.
Athens is a capital true to Greece’s past, portraying a historically rich city, time-traveling visitors back to the Golden Age of Pericles in Classical Times. But, pieces like these, reminiscent of ancient times and great history, can be found in numerous places across Greece; the mystical sanctuary of Delphi in Phocis, Ancient Olympia in Peloponnese hosting the very first Olympic Games, the ruins of Mycenaean Civilisation in Argos, the Palace of Minos in Knossos of Crete, or the lands of Alexander the Great, are only some examples of the archaeological sites situated across the country.
But, Greece is not only a trip to antiquity. With a population of 11 million, Greece succeeds in being a contemporary country, yet while keeping its special traits. Athens has nothing to envy from any other European capital, offering numerous of sites and facilities to its inhabitants and visitors. Thessaloniki, Greece’s second larger city regarding its population, is the true beauty of Northern Greece, with its regional “ladadika”, whilst on the other side of the country, Patras effortlessly wins people’s heart, with its unique character.
Mediterranean Sea plays of course a vital role in the country’s development and shape, as it has always done. Aegean and Ionian Sea are the two main parts of Mediterranean Sea in Greece, both home to a number of beautiful, attractive islands. Aegean Sea, expanding in between mainland Greece and Asia, includes islands groups such as Cyclades, with their typical white-and-blue little houses and a rough natural beauty, Dodecanese, echoing a more medieval vibe, and the beautiful Sporades in the northern part. Of course, Crete is always a beautiful island on the south of Aegean with much to explore. Ionian Sea, on the other hand, is located in between mainland Greece and Italy, consisting mainly of seven islands, called Heptanese. Corfu is the largest between them, an island full of lush greenery, olive trees, sandy beaches and a magical Venetian-like Renaissance vibe in its Town. Cephalonia is also admired for its limestone caves and coastline, as well as Zante with its scenic routes and rough beaches and Lefkada with its turquoise waters.
When visiting Greece, high season is considered the period between May and October, though there are tourists throughout the year. The country has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters.