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Country Info

  • Full Name: Greece
  • Population: 10,767,827 (July 2011 est.)
  • Capital city: Athens, 3.252 million
  • Currency: Euro
  • Climate: Temperate
  • Terrain: Mountainous with peninsulars and a coastline
  • Official language: Greek
  • Total size: 131,957 km2

Mainland Greece stretches out to the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas, and is acclaimed for its archaeological attractions. The Parthenon on top of the Acropolis in Athens; the medieval ruins of Mystras near Sparta, and the ancient theatre of Delphi are just a small bit of wealth that it houses.

Apart from the traditional 'sea and sun' tourism on the country's emerald shoreline, religious travel is a niche sector with a lot of potential. Male religious travellers, for example, are known to favour Mount Athos, a peninsular containing 20 monasteries.

Greek cities, such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Volos and Patra, are known for bustling night life and a variety of modern shops, restaurants and museums.

CONNECTIVITY

The most convenient and economical way to reach Greece is by air, as the country is very well connected with Europe and beyond through a wide selection of airlines. By sea, travellers can reach it by ferry – with plenty of options to choose from, with the most popular routes being from Italy (Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice) and Turkey.

When it comes to road transport, a number of busses and trains are available, both domestically and internationally. Also, the E75 road connects Greece with a number of European countries, including Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Macedonia.

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