Greece is a popular tourist destination in Southern Europe. Athens is the capital city. The official name is the Hellenic Republic. Greece is a part of Europe (and not Asia) because of its location in the center of Europe.
It borders with Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Greece consists of nine geographical regions. Most of these regions have been prominent since ancient times. These are Thrace, Crete, Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, Aegean Islands, Central Greece, Peloponnese, and the Ionian Islands. The people of Greece are Greeks.
The Currency in use is the Euro. Currency exchange is available in banks and some travel agencies. Keep in mind there is a commission for exchange, so it is better to bring Euro with you when you arrive at the country. All major credit cards are acceptable. Also, ATMs are available widely.
Taxis are plentiful in Greece, both official and private. In big cities, they are rather cheap, while in tourist areas they can be much more expensive. You always need to negotiate the price. The public transport network is not always well developed, especially on islands.
It is best to get around Greece on a rental car. Car rental service is available at airports, ferry ports, all cities and towns, resort areas and tourist spots. The minimum age to hire a car is 21. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. However, most of the roads are mountainous roads, so you need to be an experienced driver to get around by car. In fact, Greek drivers drive really fast, even on mountain serpentine roads, so watch out and be careful.
In Greece, they use electric sockets of types C and F, as almost everywhere in Europe. The standard voltage is 220V.
Orthodox Christianity is the religion most widely practiced in the country. Religion has been a rich subject in Greece since ancient times when its people believed that there were many ancient gods and goddesses.
The country’s tourism industry has developed greatly, due to its rich cultural heritage. It is one of the most visited countries in Europe. Almost 30 million tourists visit the country annually. The biggest number of tourists comes to Greece from the United Kingdom and Germany, followed by other European countries. In 2010, Lonely Planet called Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, the world’s fifth best party town, along with Dubai and Montreal. In 2011, Travel + Leisure also named Santorini “The World’s Best Island” .
Santorini is the most popular tourist area in Greece nowadays. However, for a peaceful beach vacation, many people heat towards Corfu. The island offers various sandy beaches, magnificent skylines, plenty of flora and authentic architecture.
For the best hiking experience, go to Meteora mountains, near the town of Kalambaka, on the continental part of the country. This is a place you will not find probably anywhere else in Europe. UNESCO World Heritage Site, translated as “suspended in the air”, these mountains and rocks are just breathtaking and give you a truly unforgettable experience. There used to be dozens of orthodox monasteries at the tops pf mountains, now there are only six left. However, it is still the second pilgrimage place in Greece (after Mount Athos).
Being the birthplace of Western Culture, Greece owns a huge variety of monuments, theaters, and other buildings, which played important roles in the beginning of Western Civilization and its further development.
When in Greece, you must taste their seafood dishes. Just make sure, the fish and other sea habitats have been picked locally and they are fresh. Greek cuisine offers some of the best octopus, shrimps, and mussels you have ever tried. Also, locally produced wine, olive oil, tea, honey, and spices are well worth both trying and taking back home with you.
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