Jan
17
2009

Why holiday in Greece?

Meteora Valley, Greece - courtesy neona - CC-BY

Greek Holiday - 'Meteora Valley, Greece' - courtesy neona - CC-BY

Greece and its islands are one of the world’s favorite holiday destinations.

Greece is popular for its clean beaches and long history. There are hundreds of archaeological and historical sites to visit. Its landscape is mostly mountainous and the terrain not very fertile.  There are more than 1,400 islands, but only 169 of them are inhabited.

Some of these islands include such attractions as Mykonos, it has a cosmopolitan character, Rhodes, the island of medieval castles, Crete with all of its history, Ios, for those who enjoy nightlife, Ithaca, the homeland of Ulysses, and Samos, the greenest island of all.

The capital, Athens offers the amenities of a large city with shopping, museums and nightlife.  But it is also the center of one of the largest collections of archaeological sites in the world such as the Acropolis, Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Olymbion, Roman Market, Panathinaiko Stadium, The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, etc.  And don’t miss the Archaeological Museum, the Military Museum, and the Byzantine Museum.

The Greek mountains are becoming a goal for eco-tourists.  History tells us that the mountains are the foundation not only of the Greek people but also for the very existence of the Greek nation during difficult times.  The Greek mountains are well known for their diversity, landscapes of outstanding beauty and some of the oldest natural wooded regions in Europe.

Greece also has pristine beaches stretching for many miles, bays and coves, stretches of sand dunes, and black sand typical of volcanic soil. The Greek beaches offer scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, sailing and windsurfing.

This only skims the surface of what there is to see and do in Greece.

For more information about Greek travel and tourism

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