Greece has many attractions, from the busy streets of its capital, Athens, to the quietest uninhabited islands.
Around 20 million tourists come 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, with many beautiful beach resorts.
Villages with whitewashed homes and buildings 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 worldwide, but when you visit Greece, you can sample some genuinely authentic Grecian foods.
Athens – the capital of Greece
Today, Athens is a very cosmopolitan city, the capital and largest city of Greece.
It is also Greece’s cultural, financial, and economic heart; 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.
Parthenon is the best known and is at the centre of one of Athens’ World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens.
Thessaloniki – the second city of Greece
As Greece’s cultural capital, Thessaloniki is also a trendy destination.
The city is the country’s second-largest and the capital of the Central Macedonia region.
It also has ancient sites to explore and landmarks from more recent periods in history, plus some excellent beaches.
If you enjoy the 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!
The Greek Islands
There are approximately 1,400 islands in Greece, and these, combined with the long mainland coastline, give Greece the eleventh longest coastline in the world; 13,676 kilometres (8,498 miles) of coastline.
The Greek Islands also span significantly and include several different archipelagos, including the Ionian, Cyclades, and Dodecanese Islands.
Crete and Rhodes are the largest islands, along with Lesbos, Kos, and Corfu, popular tourist destinations.
The most beautiful and romantic is said to be Santorini.
Many of the world’s towns and cities now feature at least one Greek restaurant. The cuisine of Greece is very popular, and it’s mainly very healthy too.
Olive oil features almost everywhere, and Greek specialities include souvlaki, spanakopita, moussaka, and tzatziki.
You’ll also find lots of fresh fish and seafood – try octopus and squid (calamari) for something different.