Greece – The Country

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Greece is ancient sun-bleached ruins filled with intriguing myths, piercing blue skies, the calm Aegean lapping an endless coastline, a culture alive with passionate music and delightful cuisine, and a breathtaking natural landscape. This small Mediterranean has countless hidden gems to offer.

The roots of Western culture are in Greece. See the magnificence of the Parthenon in Athens and where the Olympians first competed. Contemplate the oracle’s insights from the grandeur of Delphi. Take in Greek drama at an ancient open-air theatre, and be stunned by massive marble statues at the Acropolis museum. You’ll also encounter modern art, the rebellious beat of rembetika (blues) music, and a calender bursting with festivals and holidays.

Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic (Ελλάδα in Greek), is widely known for its friendly atmosphere and the genuine hospitality of its people. Days melt from one to the next under open skies and an aquamarine sea dotted with islands filled with activities designed for both for serious adrenaline junkies or dedicated lazy beach days on some of Europe’s cleanest beaches. Wander along cobbled footpaths admist white sugar-cube houses, hike up volanoes with spectacular views, watch for sea turtles and wander through lush forests. Meander through olive groves, enjoy idyllic villages shaded by heavy grape vines, plane trees and crimson bougainville and above all, socialise!
Socialising is more than a pastime in Greece, it’s a way of life. Cafes and restaurants overflow with locals locked in lively discussion, and village squares are the focal point where life unfolds collectively.
Greeks are passionate and live life to the full, even in the most difficult times. Greece is full of people living life.

No matter how many times you visit Greece, there is always more of its rich culture and beauty to discover. Located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece shares its land borders with Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. Boasting the longest coastline in the Mediterranean, and the 11th longest in the world, the Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian to the west, with the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south, with around 2000 islands of which 227 are inhabited. 80% of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres (9.573 ft) above sea level.

The fabled land remains tops for culture, food, outdoor travel, art and, of course, beaches and islands. All-in-all Greece is the land of dreams, and this grand country, from mountaintop to city street, lives up to those dreams.

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