Why travel to Greece

Greece, with its history of over 8,000years, its unique and diverse environment, its crystal clear blue waters and its ideal climate where you can feel the four seasons of the year, invites you to realise your dream vacation in hotels of utter luxury, or in small village houses.

Ancient Greece

A unique journey through the rare mosaic of historic and cultural memory, a visit to the Monuments of Cultural Heritage: – The Acropolis of Athens – Delphi – Delos – Epidaurus – Olympia – The Archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tyrins – Vergina – Aegae – The Temple of Epicurean Apollo – Samos: Pythagoreio and Heraion see also: Monuments of Greece

Byzantine Greece

Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments with excellent mosaics, paintings and icons give testimony to the rich heritage. The monastic community of Mt.Athos with twenty monasteries in Halkidiki, the monastery and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the island of Patmos (where as believed where St.John had written the Book of Revelation), the monastery complex of Meteora (built on the summits of vertical grey rocks in Thessaly) and the medieval city of Mystras in Peloponnese, have been characterised as Monuments of Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

Castles And Fortresses

Castles linked to legends and tradition of Greece unfold the history of the land even from pre-historic times. From the Citadels and Acropolises of ancient times to the castles and fortresses of medieval times, fortifications were built for protection against enemy invasions. Fine examples of the Mycenian era, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Franks and Venetian conquerors and the Ottoman Empire can be found all over Greece.

Museums

Approximately 400 national and private museums in Greece house artifacts and scientific achievements produced on the Greek territory for almost 6.000 years. Archaeological Museums almost in every city or town of Greece with cultural riches of the ancient Greek art. Byzantine Museums, Christian churches and monasteries with mosaics, icons and manuscripts. Theatre, Cinema, Music, Naval, Natural History, Science and Technology Museums have exhibits of particular interest.(see Athens Museums)

Greek Nature

Particularly rich and diversified natural environment with a rare geomorphology. Nature-lovers will: – wander in aesthetic forests and national parks, wonderful natural monuments, gorges, caves and waterfalls. – watch bird species in coastal ecosystems and wetlands – visit the marine parks in Alonissos island to see the mediterranean monk seal monachus-monachus, and in Zakynthos island the mediterranean green loggerhead turtle caretta-caretta.

Beaches

The total length of the Greek coast is approximately 16,000km and most of it is around the thousands of Greek islands. Beaches of many kilometers, sundy beaches with dunes, dark sand of volcanic soils, pebbly shores, coastal caves and wetlands and the clean, clear blue transparent waters characterise the unique diversity of the Greek coasts.

Islands

Around 6.000 islands and islets are scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea. Only 227 are inhabited and offer archaelogical sites, architectural heritage and fascinating local traditions. With so many islands, one can find the favourite spot, an island forgotten by time or a cosmopolitan one with luxuries and parties. Many prefer to island hop in search for the perfect island.(see island info).

Thalassotherapy – Spa

Even from ancient times people new of the therapeutic virtues of seawater. Luxurious hotels throughout Greece offer thalassotherapy and spa centres with heated seawater pools, hydro-massage, aromatherapy and algae wraps.

Outdoor Activities – Skiing

Greece is above all a mountainous country and the diversity of its landscape offers to lovers of outdoor activities a plethora of sports. Trekking, rafting, canyoning, mountain bike, jeep safari, sailing, windsurfing, scuba-diving, skiing are among those offered. Although Greece is loved for summertime vacations it has developed in recent years an important infrastructure for winter and alpine tourism, with 19 ski resorts of modern standards on the mainland.

Gastronomy – Greek Wines

Greek cuisine has a variety of dishes, it is not only choriatiki, souvlaki and moussaka. It can satisfy culinary demands of both meat-eaters and vegetarians. It is worth mentioning that the first cookbook in history was written by Archestratos in 330 B.C. The value of the mediterranean diet is acknowledged today by scientists for the health and long life. Greece is the birthplace of Dionysus, patron god of wine. One can find many excellent Greek wines of a distinctive environment and of grape varieties unknown to western wine lovers. Except of the Controlled Apellations of Origin and the Apellations of Origin of Superior Quality one can find local wines and table wines (see Greek Cuisine).

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