Greece is one of the most visited countries in Europe, with every year more than 33 million tourists coming in to see the splendours here. Greece has 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as several islands, beaches and other attractions that draw people to its shores. Greece tourism has worked wonders for the economy and is one of the most important sectors here.
Greece is considered to be the cradle of the Western civilisation and has ancient origins and is also the home of the Olympic Games which originated here. Greece today has much to offer tourists be it in the form of beach resorts, marinas, spas, thermal springs but also a rich collection of art in their museums. Culture vultures will love the many archaeological sites that are present here, transporting them to ancient times.
Greece lies in Southern Europe and is a transcontinental country, touching Europe, Asia and Africa. It has a long coastline, several islands and numerous mountains. In fact, Mount Olympus, which is the mythical home of the Greek Gods, is the tallest mountain in Greece. Greece also has a large number of islands of which 227 are inhabited. Among these islands, Crete is the largest and most populated.
Greece enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. While this climate remains uniform throughout the coastal locations, the mountainous areas tend to have a different climate. The North-western mountains in Greece also have an alpine climate and can experience heavy snowfall at times. Inland Greece has a temperate climate with thunderstorms.
Greece is the birthplace of Western culture which has evolved over thousands of years. When it comes to literature, Greeks are known to have given rise to forms such as the tragedy, comedy, lyric poetry and epics. Whatever the form of culture, be it theatre, art, sculpture, Greece is probably the country where it originated.
When it comes to cuisine – food and wine play a significant role in promoting Greece tourism. Here too, Greece has a culinary tradition that goes back nearly 4000 years. Yet, today Greek food is considered to be one of the healthiest cuisines around, probably due to the use of olive oil and fish.
Greece welcomes millions of visitors every year who come on different Greece tours to enjoy the many delights the country has to offer. Whether it is stark whitewashed villages that appeal to you, or the sunny beaches where you want to recuperate and enjoy a quiet holiday, Greece tourism brings all this and more!
Santorini island is an iconic part of Greece tourism. This scenic island is like a balm to the soul with its turquoise waters, pretty villages and breath-taking sunsets. Let the rustic vibes draw you in as you dine at the friendly bustling restaurants and enjoy the quiet beauty surrounding you.
Most Greece tours also include Corfu, the sun-kissed island with craggy mountains and some of the best beaches in Greece. One of the nicest things about Corfu is that there are isolated beaches as well, if crowds aren’t your thing.
Delphi is yet another popular Greece tour hotspot which attracts history and archaeology fans. Located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, ancient Greeks used to consider Delphi as the centre of the earth and had dedicated it to Apollo. People still come here to see the Temple of Apollo, the theatre and hippodrome where Pythian Games used to be hosted as well as the Athenian Treasury.
Crete is the largest among all the islands, which makes it a popular destination in Greece tourism. The city bears the impressions of its ancient heritage proudly while still straddling modernity with ease. This is evident from the peaceful coexistence of the metropolitan cities with villages, or the beautiful countryside with olive trees and the stunning coastline.
It’s impossible to talk of Greece tourism without mentioning Athens, the capital of the country. The city has a historic soul with a modern vibe. It is most famous for its historic ruins such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
The people warm and friendly people of Greece welcome visitors with open hearts. The country has much to offer. Sometimes, it does feel like even a lifetime would not be enough to see it all.
If travelling from India, you will need Greece tourist visa. Also, the official Greece currency is Euro. It replaced Drachma in 2002.
The following are some travel tips, do's and dont's to keep in mind during your Greece trip.
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