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Greece is in Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean
Sea, between Albania and Turkey.
Bright white buildings, clear blue sea and cloudless blue skies are the picture
postcard images that initially attract many visitors to Greece. Alternatively it
may be the pursuit of the ancient sites and archaeological treasures of Greece,
such as the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus or the first Olympic Stadium.
Athens is a city that visitors and locals love to hate, the most common complaints
being that it is too noisy, crowded and polluted. However, one minute you will find
yourself complaining about the traffic and in the next, staring in awe at the Acropolis
crowned by its Parthenon, visible from almost all of Athens. Beyond the smog of
the capital there are also streets and squares lined with orange trees, shops, markets
and street vendors, numerous cafes and bars, and of course many places of historical
The Greek islands are for those wanting sun, sea and sand, which one to visit however,
can be a difficult decision. The Cycladic islands such as Mykonos, Paros and Santorini
are perfect examples of the golden beaches, blue seas and white buildings many visitors
to Greece come to expect.
Mykonos is the most visited and expensive of the islands, while Santorini is thought
of as being the most spectacular.
The Dodacanese islands include Rhodes, Kos and Patmos. Rhodes is the largest, with
ancient ruins and great beaches, it also has the best nightlife outside Athens.
Kos and Patmos are also popular and can get busy during peak times. For those looking
for fantastic beaches but without the crowds try Lipsi and Tilos both of which are far less touristy.
Corfu, Zakynthos, Kefallonia and Lefkada are part of the Ionian group of islands
along the west coast of Greece. Popular with tourists, and not in the Aegean Sea,
they have a distinctly Italian feel about them.
The north-eastern Aegean Islands are situated quite a distance from each other,
so island hopping is more difficult. Because they are larger however, they also
have more distinctive characters; Samos, Limnos, Thasos and Lesvos to name a few.
Crete is the largest of the
Greek islands and is host to the majority of all visitors to Greece. It is full
of beautiful buildings, ancient remains, great beaches and rugged mountains
Region Information - Crete
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