Greece Travel Guide

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Greece Information

Population: 11000000

Time Zone: GMT+2hours

Driving side: Right Hand Side

Languages: Greek and English is widely spoken

Religion: Greek Orthodox

Emergency #: 100 Police
105 - Hospital

Greece Culture

With a history going back as far as man can remember, the Greeks are justifiably proud of their heritage. Wherever one goes in this varied nation one can feel it, smell it and see the proof of it in the numerous Archaeological sites.

Greece of today is blessed with spectacular scenery from the high plateaus to the thousands of beaches, great climate and most of all friendly welcoming people even though they are nearly outnumbered by visitors. The country of 'en daxe'(no problem) work hard and play hard. As it is a patriarchal society you are more likely to encounter men.

Tavernas and cafes are part of the culture as well as the evening stroll to the town square to meet friends. Make an effort to learn the basics of Greek and be rewarded handsomely.

Greece Popular Destinations

Athens Sprawling metropolis, but with visitor's destinations are fairly concentrated. From the ancient Acropolis perched majestically on a hill overlooking the city to the cosmopolitan nightlife of the Plaka and the vibrant shopping streets around Syntagma Square, the city is alive, live it.

Meteora On the mainland in the north, these extraordinary monasteries built into huge needle like smooth rocks. The monks sought a hiding place from the Byzantine raids. They are reached by steps carved into the rocks

Crete The largest island in Greece and birthplace of the Minoans with a fascinating history, good beaches and picturesque mountain hikes. Many other islands to discover smaller stunning and beautiful. Try as many as you possibly can.

Moving Around Greece

Ferry and Hydrofoil The secret to doing what you want and when is all in the planning, and as there are a myriad of islands so there are lots of ferry routes and though they allow you to hop on and off, be careful in the timing. Hydrofoils (flying dolphins) are expensive, but fast and comfortable. Isn't half the fun of going the getting there?

Bus and train Usually well organised and inexpensive are the buses; the trains tend to be a bit slow and also cheap (Euro rail passes are valid here)

Car and Bike hire Moped hire is available in just about every village and is a good option to get to that secluded nude beach or just to discover the countryside. Most fair sized towns will have car hire and the big companies are well represented.

Plane You might find some good deals on the domestic lines if you want to go to one of the outlying islands and not much time.

National festival and holidays

Greek Independence Day March 25th marks the day that the Greeks finally pulled away from those pesky Ottomans in 1821. Also on the same day conveniently is The Feast of the Annunciation (when the angel Gabriel told Mary that she will bear a child) only they know how they arrived at that date!

Carnival Three weeks of feasting and dancing before lent kicks in from February 25th, with the islands of Petras and Kefalonia holding particularly fun parties.

Easter Sunday About April is the most holy time in the Greek calendar, celebrating the risen Jesus the Greeks enjoy this time with hefty meals, dancing and doing lots of things with eggs, after church of course.

Useful Greece Links

Greece Museums Guide
Online guide featuring 130+ private and state museums in mainland Greece and the Greek islands.

Greece maps
Online Greece maps showing major cities Greece and the Greek islands

Around Greece Travel Guides
Travel guides for your holidays and travels around Greece and the Greek Islands. Information includes sites, history, hotels, beaches, services and other useful information.

Delphic Oracle my traveling experience
A trip to Delphi in Central Greece through the eyes and photos of Sue and Isabella. We highly recommend to all travelers that visit Greece to include Delphi in their vacation program.

Aegean click
Online travel guide to Greece, the Aegean sea and the Greek islands. How to get and travel in Greece and the Greek islands by airplane, ferry, boat and ship. Aegean Greece and Greek islands in just one click!

Travelbagtours - Greece
Greece's most comprehensive booking portal with over 2000 hotels & resorts to choose from.

Greek Island Postcards
Greek Island Postcards | holiday travel tourist guides to the Greek islands with detailed reviews and visitors' views

Greece Index
useful information about Greece

Greek Islands Portal
The Greek Islands portal, maps, weather, real estate, hotels and much more!

Holiday Guide to Greece
An independent guide to all the best travel and tourism websites about Greece

Cyclades Islands
Travel information about the cyclades islands in greece.

Greece Vacation
Explore the famous Greek islands online.

Kala Nera Info
Information portal about the seaside village Kala Nera at the Pelion peninsula.

Greek Island Postcards
Tourist travel guides to holidays in the Greek islands

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