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Greece - tourist guide for holidays

Greece is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Greece is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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Greece - the best places to see

Greece If you compare Greece with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Athens (Acropolis - UNESCO + temples in Agora + Archaeological Museum + Syntagma Square)
  • Meteora (rock monasteries)
  • Delphi (Apollo oracle + temples)
  • Mount Olympos - gods residence
  • Vikos National Park (canyon + Monodendri village)
  • Mount Athos monasteries
  • Zakynthos (Blue caves + Shipwreck + beaches)
  • Corinth (or Korinth - Temple of Apollo)

Greece - useful information

Religion:
~ Greek Orthodox : 98 %
~ Muslim: 1.5 %
~ other: 0.5 %
Religion - Greece
Greece: flagCapital: Athens
Area: 131,940 km2
Number of inhabitants: 10,760,000
Currency: Euro, EUR, €
Language: Greek
Time zone: GMT+2 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +30
Mobile phones system: GSM 900/1800
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: none
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 220 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Greece

Greece - Travellers Forum

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  Cape Sounion trip
If you have more than 2 days in Athens try a daily trip - the travel agencies there offer a lot of them. Very good choice is for example the day trip to Cape Sounion with the Temple of Poseidon, some traditional Greek foods for lunch and then Plaka - with many shops, tavernas, flea markets, Byzantin
  Kafé frapé
Teď už ho konečně člověk dostane leckde i v Česku, ale pro mě bude už asi napořád ledová káva spojená s Řeckem. Existuje spousta receptů, kdo má trochu času, jistě si pěkně udělá espreso, to pak naleje na led... Rychlejší příprava zahrnuje instantní kávu a vodu (pro milovníky jemnějších sladších chu
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Greece - the map and typical itinerary

Greece - map
Itinerary 1: Athens (Acropolis - UNESCO + temples in Agora + Archaeological Museum + Syntagma Square) + day trip - Delphi (Apollo oracle + temples) - days: 3, Corinth (or Korinth - Temple of Apollo) + Zakynthos (Blue caves + Shipwreck + beaches) - relaxation at sea - days: 4, Athens (Acropolis - UNESCO + temples in Agora + Archaeological Museum + Syntagma Square)
Itinerary 2: Athens (Acropolis - UNESCO + temples in Agora + Archaeological Museum + Syntagma Square) - days: 2, Delphi (Apollo oracle + temples) + Meteora (rock monasteries) - days: 1, Mount Olympos - gods residence - days: 1, Vikos National Park (canyon + Monodendri village) - trekking - days: 3, Mount Athos monasteries - days: 1, Athens (Acropolis - UNESCO + temples in Agora + Archaeological Museum + Syntagma Square)
Itinerary 3: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolGreece is quite an expensive country for tourists. In some seasons and in some areas you can make holidays for a very reasonable price, but generally speaking you should not expect pleasant prices everytime and everywhere. On the contrary - for lower prices you will often get very low quality.
  • Cheap accommodation: $30
  • Medium accommodation: $120
  • Expensive accommodation: $330
  • Cheap meal: $6
  • Medium meal: $18
  • Expensive meal: $52
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Greece on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Greece may have different names in different languages. For example Řecko, Griechenland, La Grèce, Grecia. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Greece (Greek: Ελλάδα, Elláda, Ελλάς, Ellás), officially the Hellenic Republic [Ελληνική Δημοκρατία] is a country in southeastern Europe, situated on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. It has borders with Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the north, and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east and south of mainland Greece, while the Ionian Sea lies to the west. Both parts of the Eastern Mediterranean basin feature a vast number of islands. Greece lies at the juncture of Europe, Asia and Africa. It is heir to the heritages of ancient Greece, the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and nearly four centuries of Ottoman rule. Greece is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama including both tragedy and comedy. The shores of the Aegean sea saw the emergence of the first advanced civilizations in Europe, the Minoan civilization in Crete and the Mycenean civilization on the mainland. Later, city-states emerged across the Greek peninsula and spread to the shores of Black Sea, South Italy and Asia Minor reaching great levels of prosperity that resulted in an unprecedented cultural boom, expressed in architecture, drama, science and philosophy, and nurtured in Athens under a democratic environment. Athens and Sparta led the way in repelling the Persian Empire in a series of battles. Both were later overshadowed by Thebes and eventually Macedon, with the latter under the guidance of Alexander the Great uniting and leading the Greek world to victory over the Persians, to presage the Hellenistic era, itself brought only partially to a close two centuries later with the establishment of Roman rule over Greek lands in 146 BC.
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Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and Communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. A military dictatorship, which in 1967 suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, lasted seven years. The 1974 democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001.
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