Known as ‘the cradle of Western civilization’, Greece has thousands of important historical and archaeological sites, intensely rugged landscapes, and over 200 inhabited Mediterranean islands.
The capital Athens is worth visiting just for the ancient Acropolis, awesome even in ruins, overlooking the vast city-sprawl. Athens is also a quick train ride to Pireas, the main port, where you can book a ferry bound for just about any island that takes your fancy.
No part of Greece is more than 85 miles from the sea. The Greeks have always been seafaring people, so if you’re prone to itchy feet, island hopping is a Grecian specialty.
Greece has a so-called Mediterranean climate, with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. However, the climate varies sharply between the mountainous interior and coastal regions. Temperatures average about 40 °F (4 °C) in winter and above 75 °F (24 °C) in summer in coastal locations.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 10.7 million
LANGUAGE: Greek, English
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +30
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +2