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Greece Travel Guide

by our Greece expert Paul Baderman
 
Paul BadermanIn the ancient world ‘Greece’ meant Athens; for the modern traveler it usually means the 2,000 or so islands that fill the seas around the mainland. Athens gave democracy, including the very word, to the western world, along with philosophy, mathematics, drama, architecture … and the Olympic Games. The Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus are still-standing reminders of this past. But Athens has always been a maritime city, with the Piraeus as its harbour, and today’s visitors are more likely to be bound for the Aegean or Ionian seas and their archipelagoes and islands. Crete is by far the largest, followed by Rhodes and Corfu but today’s sea and sun seekers have an immense choice from the chic and sophisticated to the remote and simple. Naxos and Paxos, Cephalonia and Mykonos, Santorini and Samos … and the many sparsely inhabited spots, really only reachable by island-hopping sailors emulating Odysseus or Jason.

Greece Facts

National Flag: Greek Flag
Language(s): Greek
Currency: Euro
Capital city: Athens
Total Area: 131,957 km2
Population: 11,147,000
Dialling Code: +30
Time Zone: GMT + 2
Tourism Website:
http://www.gnto.gr


FCO Travel Advice for Greece

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GREEK TRAVEL NEWS

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Athens Weather Forecast

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Today
10/01/2015
Broken Clouds Broken Clouds 13°C
55°F
5°C
41°F
Sunday
11/01/2015
Isolated Clouds Isolated Clouds 16°C
61°F
9°C
48°F
Monday
12/01/2015
Light Rain and Chance of Thunderstorms and Scattered Clouds Light Rain and Chance of Thunderstorms and Scattered Clouds 16°C
61°F
7°C
45°F
Tuesday
13/01/2015
Light Rain and Overcast Skies Light Rain and Overcast Skies 8°C
46°F
6°C
43°F

 Athens Weather Forecast
 

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