Greece a stunning Mediterranean destination, boasts an abundance of historic and cultural sites spanning millennia, including many unique UNESCO sites. The country’s blessed weather offers plenty of sunshine, and its culinary tradition is something to be proud of.
The Greek Islands are an integral part of the country’s culture throughout the ages and with 6,000 scattered in the Greek Seas they make up Greece’s morphology. Of these only 277 are inhabited. The coastline offers a diverse landscape of beaches stretching over may kilometres, sheltered bays, sandy or pebble beaches, sand dunes, wetlands and deltas, caves formed by seawater and dark coloured sand in volcanic areas.
Each island has its own personality with unpolluted crystal clear waters offering a plethora of sports from windsurfing to snorkelling and land activities such as walking, hiking and rock climbing.
In addition to being a paradise for sun worshippers, Greek Islands are also a haven for avid foodies. Greek chefs offer mouth-watering food whilst the diversity of the Greek Islands landscape produces wines with various tastes from the Santorini’s Vinsanto to Kefalonia’s Robolla. Wineries abound, each with a different product, story and technique to experience.
Greek mythology and ancient history have left many shrines & temples on the islands. Visitors will be captivated discovering the sites from Knossos in Crete to Akrotiri in Santorini. Many civilizations gifted islands with cultural and architectural treasures such as the Medieval city of Rhodes or the Venetian town in Corfu.
Wildlife enthusiasts will not be disappointed on the Greek islands. Some of the world’s most spectacular birds can be seen on islands as Lesvos or Kos, the Monk Seals in Kefalonia & Evia islands and turtles in Zakynthos. Greece is focusing on their protection by promoting sustainable practises!
The mainland offers plenty of options for a memorable Mediterranean holiday as well. Explore unspoilt fishing villages, tower towns, traditional stone-built villages or try the exciting city breaks on offer. Visit Archaeological sites, learn more about the fascinating culture or travel along the Spectacular coastline and enjoy its picture perfect scenery.
Athens & Thessaloniki are cities that offer the best introduction to Greece, for long “Greek ends” and City Break lovers. Both cities offer a kaleidoscope of museums, galleries, markets, gourmet restaurants or traditional tavernas.
Mainland visitors will also benefit from a wonderful blend of ancient sites, festivals & events. the Sanctuary of Delphi, the well-preserved city of Mystras, the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, the birthplace of Olympic games- Olympia and the unique “suspended” Meteora with their monasteries are just a few from an endless list.
Adventure travel enthusiasts will discover hidden germs on the mainland. Most of the areas will offer incredible walking, hiking and climbing sites, some beaches or rivers for swimming, diving, rafting or canoeing and some the chance to reach the highest peaks as Olympus or Pindos mountains.
Nature lovers will find mainland a paradise to flora and fauna. Protected areas , as the Dadia forest in Evros, the Prespes lake park in Northern Greece, the Vikos national park in Epirus, or the Messologi lagoon in Southwestern Greece are well known for sheltering many species.
The Greek cuisine holds a significant place in the scene. Millennia old cooking recipes and traditions,blend local products to produce traditional “melt in the mouth” dishes – feats of colours & taste!
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