From the busy streets of its capital, Athens, to the quietest uninhabited islands, this country has a multitude of attractions for the tourist.
Around 20 million tourists every year, many of whom come for the combination of things to see and do – the beautiful summer weather makes many parts a ‘sun and sand’ destination, and there’s a huge number of beautiful beach resorts to stay in if this is your thing.
Villages with whitewashed homes and buildings really are abundant in Greece, especially on its islands, while ancient history can be explored just about everywhere you look.
Then there’s the cuisine – Greek food has made its way around the world but when you visit Greece you have the opportunity to sample some truly authentic Grecian foods.
Athens – the capital of Greece
Athens is today a very cosmopolitan city which is the capital and largest city of Greece.
It is also Greece’s cultural, financial, and economic heart, and to the outside world it is best known for its ancient history.
Athens has some of the most famous ancient ruins in the world and many tourists come primarily to see these – the Parthenon is the best known and it’s at the centre of one of Athens’ World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens.
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Thessaloniki – the second city of Greece
As Greece’s cultural capital Thessaloniki is also a very popular destination. The city is the second largest in the country and is the capital of the Central Macedonia region.
It too has ancient sites to explore as well as landmarks from more recent periods in history, plus it has some excellent beaches.
If you enjoy nightlife then Thessaloniki is the place for you – it’s been ranked by Lonely Planet as one of the best party destinations in the world!
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