For a small country (about the size of Iowa), Greece has an amazing variety of topography and landscapes. Greece is the third most mountainous country in Europe, and with the beauty of the Greek “Alps,” Greece offers amazing opportunities for the traveler interested in more than just another vacation. In addition to its mountains, Greece offers more than 6,000 islands, 9,600 miles of coastline, and 330 sunny days each year. Considering that it was also the cradle of western civilization, Greece truly makes for an unforgettable vacation. In Greece you can experience 8,000 years of history in just one trip. You can combine a hike to the throne of Zeus on Mt. Olympus with a visit to the oracle at Delphi. Mind, body and spirit… the Greeks know how to nourish all three.
In a nutshell
- Greece is full of archaeological sites and monuments of distinctive prestige and charm on which all known periods of its long-standing history have left their mark. Visitors have the opportunity to make a unique journey through the rare mosaic of historic and cultural memory, which has left a permanent mark on every region of the country.
- The mainland is magnificent with unique landscape and scenery and many traditional villages. In some areas, you can enjoy a fine meal at a traditional taverna in a lovely mountain village and 15 minutes later take a dip in the sea.
- The wealth and diversity of the Greek seas, the endless kilometers of the Greek coasts, the thousands of Greek islands, the mild climate, the sunshine and the interesting and varying landscape of the region make Greece the ideal destination for sea lovers.
- The islands are Greece’s most popular trait, and they are an integral part of the country’s civilization and tradition. The Greek territory comprises 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea, a truly unique phenomenon on the European continent.
- The Greek Archipelago takes up 4,500 miles of the country’s total 9,600-mile coastline, offering a highly diversified landscape: beaches stretching miles and miles long, sheltered bays and coves, golden stretches of sand with dune, pebbly beaches, coastal caves with steep rocks and black sand typical of volcanic soil, and coastal wetlands permeating the area. Apart from swimming, these waters lend themselves to scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, sailing and windsurfing. As they are the cradle of some of the most ancient and prosperous civilizations, the islands also boast unique archaeological sites, an outstanding architectural heritage and fascinating local traditions of a multifaceted cultural past.
- Mainland or island, history and mythology abound. Around every corner, there is an ancient story to be told. The sites and museums are beyond imagination. There are many opportunities for easy to moderate walks and for biking, swimming, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, private sailing, cooking classes, Greek dancing classes and more.
- Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon, and ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus
- Minoan Palace of Knossos
- Samaria Gorge National Park
- Ancient Site of Delphi
- Royal Tombs of Vergina
- Mount Athos
- Ancient Olympia
- Mycenae and Epidauros
- Meteora and its Monasteries
- Byzantine Sites of Thessaloniki
- Vikos Gorge National Park
- Mount Olympus and Mount Pelion
- Byzantine Site of Mystras
- Acropolis of Lindos and the Medieval Town of Rhodes
- Prehistoric Site of Akrotiri and Thira Volcano
- Archaeological Site of Delos