The Greek nation is the home of tragedy, drama, and democracy – but visitors here shouldn’t expect boring studies of ancient civilisations, partying is a Greek tradition that dates back to the era of Dionysus. Greece may no longer be the centre of civilisation that it was centuries ago but this ancient nation still draws huge crowds of international tourists with its enjoyable mixture of ancient ruins, colourful culture, sunshine and majestic island destinations.
The world-famous capital of Greece, Athens, boasts much more than hectic districts, severe traffic and smog. Athens is a friendly and cosmopolitan metropolis with many traffic-free streets, outdoor cafés, gardens and parks. The collection of fascinating archaeological sites is one of Athens biggest attractions. The Acropolis featuring the recently refurbished Parthenon as is one of the globe’s most significant archaeological landmarks and absolutely a must-see. Luckily for today’s visiting tourists, ancient Athens was just a small community compared to the urban environment the city has become.
Nearly as impressive is the Erechtheion that once housed the controversial Elgin Marbles. The National Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Theatre of Dionysos, Zeus’ Temple, the Panathenaic Stadium and the imposing Propylaia Gate are all worthwhile visiting as well. The vibrant Plaka area can be found at the Acropolis’ foot. This unique neighbourhood is crammed with guesthouses, bars and Mediterranean restaurants.
All of Greece’s popular islands such as Crete, Corfu, Santorini, Rhodes, Naxos, Mykonos and Sifnos, as well as mainland destinations represent a large choice of hotel establishments but also numerous other types of lodging options including: villa rentals, apartments, studios, rooms, studios, campsites, farms, villas and bed and breakfasts.
There are direct flight connections to Athens International Airport from overseas, while from Paris, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam it is possible to book charter flights. Road links are existent from countries including Turkey, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania. From Italian and Turkish ports car ferries leave to the Piraeus, and boats arrive from Israel and Cyprus.