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Introduction to Greece Located in southeastern Europe, the country of Greece is comprised of a chain of over 6,000 islands and islets . However, only 227 of the islands are inhabited. The four largest and most inhabited Greek islands are Crete, Euboea, Lesbos and Rhodes. The 6,000 islands are grouped into the following categories: the Argo-Saronic islands (in the Saronic... [Read the full story]
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Greece, where it all began, has been built on ancient ruins, and modern Greece is also something to behold, with excellent food, gold-leaf Orthodox churches, pristine beaches and islands, and a wild nightlife. The country is half mountainous mainland and half island (with 1,400 unique islands at the very least) and visitors are faced with the decision of where to go first. Would you rather see a nearly unexplored island or a party island such as Mykonos? Either way, no trip to Greece is complete without a visit to the capital city of Athens.
Here are some tips to help guide you on your vacation to Greece. Greece is the southernmost country on the Balkan peninsula and is bordered by Turkey, Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonia, and Albania. Athens is home to Acropolis hill, the center of ancient Greek civilization. It is also a noisy modern city with economic troubles, but this state of affairs has turned up good travel deals for visitors in recent years. Athens is home to the National Archeological Museum, one of the best places in the world to view Greek artifacts.
Crete, Corfu, Santorini, Hydra, and Rhodes are just a few of the most popular islands in Greece, each providing their own unique versions of ancient ruins, white-washed towns, and white sand beaches. Greece’s larger islands can be accessed by ferry and plane, whereas the smaller islands are reached by ferry only. As of May 2011, U.S. travelers do not need a visa for visits of 90 days or less.
The official currency in Greece is the euro. Greek is the official language, and the modern Greek alphabet can be a challenge for visitors. Fortunately, most Greeks speak at least a little English, and almost everyone in the tourism industry speaks proficient English. Greece is one of the top travel destinations in the world and peak season is July and August, which can be unbearably hot. Your best bet at beating the crowds and the heat is to visit Greece in May, June, and September. Note that the sea is warmer in the fall than in the spring.
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