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White-washed buildings teeter on the edge of a cliff on the Greek island of Santorini
The myths and legends of ancient Greece come to life when you vacation in this stunning Mediterranean country.

The names of its cities and regions alone – Sparta, Athens, Corinth and Crete - conjure up visions of great civilizations and warriors. Greece is widely recognized as the seat of modern European civilization, its ancient influence still felt in art, politics, literature and philosophy.

Greece is situated on the far south of Europe's Balkan Peninsula. With the exception of the filthy and noisy capital, Athens, Greece is a place of stunning natural beauty with rugged mountain ranges, remote sandy beaches and the azure Mediterranean and Ionian seas.

Scattered throughout Greece is literally thousands of ancient archaeological sites. Some are small and difficult to discern, while others have lost little of their former grandeur. The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens and the Temple of Zeus in Peloponnese are just a couple of the ancient ruins that travellers from all over the world come to Greece to view.

Greece is also home to over 1400 islands, of which Crete is the largest. Island-hopping is a popular activity among holidaymakers. The Greek islands are characterized by small white-washed villages teetering on cliffs, black and yellow-sand beaches, clear aquamarine sea, fresh seafood, vineyard-strew countryside and archaeological ruins.

Greece also boasts two surprisingly good ski resorts at Mount Parnassus. In the spring and summer, these same slopes are frequented by hikers, climbers and mountain bikers.

The most famous mountain in Greece – and the tallest at just over 9,500 feet – is Mount Olympus. This peak is the mythological home of immortal gods such as Zeus, Athena and Prometheus.

Greece is an excellent location for a relaxing holiday. Many luxurious spas are found in Greece. The town of Methana has been pampering spa aficionados for hundreds of years, thanks to its abundance of hot water rich in sulphur and other minerals. Traditional spa therapies now combine with modern spa treatments to provide visitors with a unique pampering experience.

All About The Greek Islands - Virtual Travel Guide

Greece lies in Southern Europe in the Mediterranean area, and is surrounded by the Aegean and Ionian seas, which are dotted with approximately 1500 islands. Greece and its surrounding islands are one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations, world famous for beautiful landscapes and beaches, picturesque ports and villages, warm weather and the rich archeology and mythology of the ancient Greeks.

Greece's hundreds of islands vary in size, terrain and attractions. Popular islands with visitors include Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Crete. Many holiday makers spend their vacation on a single island, but increasingly visitors like to go ‘island-hopping', and visit a number of different islands on one trip.

Most of the Greek Islands are grouped into chains, such as the Cyclades islands South East of the Greek mainland, or the 17 Dodecanese islands (including Rhodes and Kos). Travel between the islands can be by ferry, hydrofoil or high speed catamaran, or for a really luxurious holiday, hire a yacht and tour around the islands at your leisure!

However you choose to see the Greek Islands, you will discover beautiful scenery, blue water and warm hospitality. Accommodation in the Greek Islands ranges from luxury hotels in the larger resorts, to comfortable guest houses and self catering holiday apartments. The Greek Islands are accessible by air, with many of the larger islands having their own international airport, or by water as mentioned above. The language spoken is Greek, and the climate is hot and dry.

All About Crete - Virtual Travel Guide

A Minoan vase at Knossos, Crete

The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. Its reputation for being perpetually sunny attracts many solar-starved holidaymakers from northern Europe.

Crete's weather, mountain ranges, picturesque villages, long sandy beaches, secluded bays and rich archaeological history have made it a year-round destination.

Heraklion is one of the main centres on the island, with many cafés and shops and a popular museum.

Chania is infused with Venetian history and architecture, and has a pretty harbour. Holidaymakers can tour the narrow streets lined with shops and eateries where locally-produced olives and cheese can be sampled.

Rethymno is an old town worth visiting for its castle and lovely beach.

Some of Greece's most significant ancient ruins and historic sites are located on Crete. It is home to the ancient Minoan archaeological sites of Knossos, Gortys and Phaistos, dating back to around 3000BC. The Minoans mastered the art of making bronze, using it to build weapons and boats. Their creations were sought after in the ancient world, making Crete a busy and popular trading destination. By 1450BC, the Minoan era had ended and the subsequent years of occupation by conquering civilizations such as the Mycaeans, Romans, Byzantine Empire, Venetians and Turks have all left their mark on the island.

Crete is home to an extensive network of caves just begging for exploration as well as some of the most dramatic gorges on the planet. Samaria Gorge is a popular hiking destinations, and the six-hour trek is not for the faint-hearted.

Inland, the island is filled with lush vegetation such as olive groves, herbs and fragrant wild flowers.

Crete has amazing sandy beaches that stretch for miles. One of the most popular beaches on the island is Vai, with azure sea, golden sand and backed by Europe's largest natural palm forest. Beach-lovers on Crete can also steal away to one of the many remote and isolated coves.

Crete offers many opportunities for water sports, from swimming to snorkelling, parasailing to scuba diving. Be aware however, that it is illegal to scuba dive independently in Crete in order to protect against pilfering the many underwater antiquities.

April to October is the best time to visit Crete, and the language spoken is Greek.

Heraklion International Airport is the main airport on the island.

Survival guide

Greece is typically hot and dry, especially inland on the larger islands and on the mainland. Temperatures often reaching 40C in the summer. On the islands you can catch a cool breeze most summer evenings, but even that is still warm and comfortable.

Be sure to pack a sturdy pair of walking or hiking shoes for exploring the ancient ruins and the rugged landscapes.

The language is Greek. The currency is the Euro.

Greece has five international airports at Athens, Corfu, Heraklio, Kos and Thessaloniki, and the national airline is Olympic Airlines.


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