Welcome to Greece, the country chosen by the ancient Gods!
Greece, the country where Western civilization was born, is situated in the South-East of Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. It lies at the meeting point of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa and is washed by the Aegean Sea to the East, the Ionian Sea to the West and the Mediterranean to the South.
The country consists of three main geographic areas namely the peninsular mainland, the Peloponnese peninsula, separated from the mainland by the canal of the Corinth and the around 6.000 islands and islets, scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea, most of them grouped in clusters, that constitute the unique Greek archipelago. The total area of Greece is 131,957 km2 and eighty percent of the country consists of mountains or hills, making it one of the most mountainous countries of Europe; furthermore, it has 16.000 kilometers of coastline of which 7500 are found around the thousands islands of the Greek archipelago, a truly unparalleled phenomenon on the European continent.
The main holiday destinations on the mainland are Athens and the Peloponnese, famous for their ancient sites. On the islands Crete, the most southern and biggest island in the Aegean Sea, features at the top of the list, welcoming yearly more than … million tourists. The list goes on with Rhodes & Kos in the Dodecanese and Santorini, Naxos, Paros and Mykonos which are part of the Cyclades archipelago and Corfu, Zakynthos and Kefalonia which are situated in the Ionian Sea. The islands and the mainland are connected both by several airlines and sea lines, making island hopping a must when visiting Greece.
There is a wealth of accommodation in Greece to suit all traveler’s needs including self-catering units and budget lodging, bed and breakfast ,villas & traditional guesthouses, family orientated AI resorts and luxury hotels with either SPA or wellness centers.
The summer season is considered to last from April till October but besides sun & beach tourism, Greece, in its unique way, has the possibility to cover the needs and interests of any target group all year round; many top destinations suitable for family holidays full of fun, a great variety of romantic escapes for couples, a vibrant nightlife attracting youth from all around the world, the ideal climate during spring and fall for senior travelers and it’s host to many art and cultural events being organized throughout the country.
The diversity of its landscapes offers numerous choices of different types of holidays. Some examples are unique island hopping programs, cruises within the Aegean Sea or combined with other Mediterranean destinations, educational tours focusing on the historical and cultural background of the country visiting famous ancient sites and museums, classical or tailor made roundtrips, short city trips, rural & agricultural tourism, different types of sports tourism (ski, sailing, mountain climbing hiking etc..), painting, bird watching, walking, destination weddings, religious tourism, wellness, gastronomy tours and wine tasting just to name a few.
During the last decades, besides leisure tourism, Greece has become a top destination within the business travel market segment as well. Any type of event can be organized in Greece. From a congress to a seminar, from a product launch to an incentive trip, from a conference to a corporate meeting, Greece offers an appropriate setting for every occasion. The Greek meeting industry has a significant know-how and long time experience in the field and offers environmentally friendly services of high quality standard that guarantee the success of any event.
The Greeks are particularly proud of their country, language, culture, history, gastronomy and traditions, which they have kept alive throughout the centuries. They speak about it with an intense passion, feeling that their culture is a definition of their national and ethnic belonging.
At present, religion still plays a major role in Greece and Greek-Orthodox churches and chapels are to be found everywhere, even in the most isolated regions. Traditions are either of a religious character or coming from paganism. Furthermore, most of the traditions and festivals still followed and celebrated today are religious. That is why so many panygiria are organized, which are actually religious celebrations of saints followed by traditional music and dance in the square of the village.