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All Greece
With well over a hundred inhabited Greek islands and a territory that stretches from the south Aegean to the Balkan countries, Greece offers enough to fill months of travel.

The historic sites in greece span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure, where a visit can still seem like a personal discovery.Greek beaches are parcelled out along a convoluted coastline equal to France's in length, and islands range from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.

Of course there are formal cultural greek activities as well: museums that shouldn't be missed, magnificent medieval mansions and castles in greece, as well as the great ancient sites dating from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Minoan, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras. Greece hosts some excellent summer Greek festivals too, bringing international theatre, dance and musical groups to perform in ancient theatres, as well as castle courtyards and more contemporary venues in coastal and island resorts.

But the call to cultural duty will never be too overwhelming on a Greek holidays. The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth - going lightly dressed, swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars - are just as appealing.

Attica - Athens
Home to 4,500,000 people, Athens is an important political, social, cultural and economic centre in the Balkans and Southeast Europe. Located in east central Greece, Attica, the country's most populated region known as Greater Athens or Attica basin, is surrounded by the mountains of Hymettus in the east, Pendeli and Parnes in the north, the low hills of Mt Aegaleo in the west and the Saronic coastline south-west. Attica comprises the capital, Athens, the adjacent port city and commercial centre of Piraeus, the picturesque Saronic islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses, the wine-producing region of Messogia in the east and a number of smaller towns and municipalities in the west.
Central Macedonia - Thessaloniki
Crete
Crete is Greece's largest island, the fifth largest in the entire Mediterranean and the most southern region of the European Union. It lies south of the Aegean Sea, enjoying a privileged geographical position between three continents - Europe, Africa and Asia. The island has an area of 8,261 square kilometers and a coastline that stretches for 1,046 kilometres. Long and thin, it extends 260 kilometres from west to east, varying in width from about 60 kilometres in the centre of the island to just 12 kilometres at its narrowest near Ierapetra in the east. Mountain ranges, snow-crested during much of the year, stretch from west to east, forming the 'backbone' of the island: the White Mountains, rising to 8,045 ft., Mount Idhi or Psiloritis (8,058 ft.), the Dhikti Mountains (7,047 ft.) and the Sitia Mountains (4,843 ft.). The most notable plains are those of Messara and Chania, while a number of smaller ones are located between mountain ranges and hills. The narrow length of the island, its rock types and relatively low rainfall has not favored the formation of significant rivers. The main ones are the Keritis or Platanias, the Anapodharis, the Mylopotamos and the Yeropotamos . Administratively, Crete is divided into the four prefectures of Chania (capital Chania) in the west, Rethymno (capital Rethymno) and Heraklion (capital Heraklion) in the centre and Lassithi (capital Aghios Nikolaos) in the east.

If there was a beauty contest for Greek islands, Crete would surely be among the favorites. Indeed, some say there is no place on earth like Crete. This view is strongly supported by those fortunate enough to have visited the island. Crete, with a population of approximately 500,000, is not just sun, sea and sand; it is a quite distinct place full of vitality, warmth, hospitality, culture and of course an excellent infrastructure.

Dodecanese Islands
The Dodecanese group of islands numbers a total of 13 islands lined up in the Eastern Aegean, whose strategic position made them vulnerable to a greater large list of invaders than the rest of Greece: Egyptians, the Knights of St John, Turks and Italians have all done their bit as conquerors. Rhodes is the largest and most cosmopolitan of the Dodecanese islands and its capital town is the largest inhabited medieval settlement in Europe. Other popular islands in the Dodecanese include Kos, Symi and Patmos, while the unspoilt Lipsi and Tilos have fantastic beaches without large crowds. Agathonisi, Kastellorizo and Kassos are great places to experience traditional, serene island life. Several islands of the Dodecanese, especially Rhodes, were settled by the ancient Greeks and figured prominently in Hellenic civilisation for many centuries. Nowadays, tourism is of major economic significance to the islands, as they all feature sunny skies, beautiful beaches and perfect tourist infrastructure and an endless list of holiday choices.

Cyclades Islands
The Cyclades group comprises some hundreds of islands and islets of which 33 are inhabited. These form one of the most attractive groups of islands to be found anywhere in the world, with some 200 easily accessible beaches and countless more secluded and more difficult to get to. As they are small and closely grouped, the Cyclades are ideal for an island-hopping holiday under bright sunshine and azure waters. Their name derives from the ancient Greek belief that they were laid in a circle around the sacred island of Delos, where Apollo and Artemis were born. The first inhabitants according to Greek mythology settled here in 5000 BC, while Phoenicians colonists, who arrive and settled here around 3000BC, signaled the impressive Cycladic civilization. The famous Cycladic marble status were sculptured during the Early Cycladic period, 3000-2000 BC, when people here lived in houses, built boats and mined obsidian and exported it throughout the Mediterranean. The Minoans occupied the islands in the Middle Cycladic period, 2000-1500 BC, and the Mycenaeans around the 15th century, at the beginning of the Late Cycladic period. Cyclades became very prosperous after the arrival of the Romans in 190 BC. Their decline begun with the arrival of the Franks, who gave the islands to Venice. Then came the Turks, in 1453, which virtually opened the doors of Cyclades to pirates. In an effort to disorientate attackers, the local architecture devised the labyrinthine town-planning with narrow streets, which is the main feature in most towns. The islands were revived by the tourism boom that begun in 1970s, after the world ?discoveredû their natural beauty, with their dazzling white buildings and bright-blue church domes, unusual landscapes, mild and pleasant climate with long periods of sunshine and strong winds to keep down the heat, sandy beaches, caves, traditional customs and architecture. Some of the Cyclades, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Paros and Ios, have vigorously developed into tourist industry; others, such as Andros, Tinos, Kea, Kythnos, Serifos and Sifnos, are visited less frequently by foreigners but are favourites with local holidaymakers. All of islands are easily accessible by boat from Piraeus and Rafina, while some can be reached by air, with both domestic and charter flights from Europe.

Ionian Islands
The Ionian group of islands comprises seven principle islands: Corfu, Kefallonia, Zakynthos (or Zante), Ithaca, Lefkada, Kythira and Paxi. Strung along the west coast of Greece, the isles of the Ionian Sea constitute the Greek boarders to Europe and in many ways they are more reminiscent of their close neighbour, Italy.
Peloponnese
The Peloponnese is one of the largest geographical areas in the country, joined to the mainland by bridges spanning the Corinth canal and bound by the Aegean and Ionian sea in the east and west respectively, and by the gulfs of Patras and Corinth on its northern coast. The entire region, Greece's southern peninsula and the southernmost section of the Balkan peninsula, is of outstanding beauty, with lofty, snow-crested mountains, valleys of citrus groves and cypress trees, cool springs and many fine beaches. It has a rich history and an exceptionally diverse landscape dotted with the legacies of the many civilisations which took root in the region: ancient Greek sites, crumbling Byzantine cities and Frankish and Venetian fortresses. Packed into its north-eastern corner are the ancient sites of Epidaurus, Corinth and Mycenae. The ghostly, capacious Byzantine city of Mystras clambers up the slopes of Mt Taygetos, its winding paths and stairways leading to deserted palaces and fresco-adorned churches. Further south, one can explore the rugged Mani peninsula, a region of bleak mountains and barren landscapes broken only by austere and imposing stone towers, mostly abandoned but still standing sentinel over the region. Other attractions in the region include ancient Olympia, the beautiful medieval town of Monemvasia and the thrilling Diakofto-Kalavryta rack-and-pinion railway, which rollercoasts its way through the deep Vouraikos Gorge.

N.E. Aegean Islands
Eastern Macedonia - Thrace
Located on the northeastern edge of Greece, the region encompasses three prefectures on Thrace and two on Eastern Macedonia. Bestowed with the most hydro-biotopes in Greece protected by the European Union, offers sanctuary to rare and rotected bird species.

The region's southern Aegean coastline is dotted with vast sweeps of crystal-clear sandy beaches, as well as with rocky coves ideal for fishing and diving.

Western Macedonia
The ideal destination for those who seek something different, something authentic.

Western Macedonia is a geographically isolated region, a fact that has had a negative impact on the area’s tourist development in contrast to the "sun-sea" pattern that has been dominating the sector for the past years. Nevertheless, recent global trends underline a need to seek something different, something authentic.

It is exactly that difference and authenticity that characterizes the region of Western Macedonia.

Thessaly
Tall, verdant mountains surround the fertile plain of Thessaly, separating it from the rest of the Greek mainland. Mt. Olympus and Mt. Orthrys are set at the northern and southern boarders respectively, while in the west the Pindus mountain range forms a natural barrier separating Greece’s largest agricultural region from Epirus. To the east stands the majestic Mt. Pelion, which is the only Thessalian outlet towards the sea.
Sporades Islands
The Sporades island complex stretches out into the Aegean, east of the Pelion peninsula and the northeast side of Evia. With its dense vegetation and mountainous terrain, it seems almost like a continuation of the mainland. There are over 700 islands in this pine-forested northern archipelago ? some the size of rocks, while others are much bigger. Of these the four larger are Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros.

The capital is on Skopelos, which is famous for its 2000-year-old tradition in wine making. The islands combine modern day amenities with picturesque traditional villages, shaded sandy beaches, castles and unforgettable scenery for a blend made in haven, taking visitors on a comfortable and exciting journey back in time. As the islands' popularity grows, the tourist industry is inevitably flourishing. A large number of accommodations is available, but not enough to satisfy high-season demand, so it is advisable to book early.

To get there, the easiest way is travelling by bus or car to either Aghios Constantinos or Volos on the mainland, and from there on a ferry or a hydrofoil across. There is ferry connection between Skiathos and the northern Greek capital of Thessaloniki. There are also frequent flights connecting Athens to Skiathos and Skyros daily. The Sporades islands are the ideal destination for relaxation, serenity and beauty.

Central Greece
Considered to be the most mountainous region in the country, Central Greece lies in the heart of the mainland. Its geographical position accounts for its great climatic variety, dry on the mountainous inland and mild on the coast. The contours of its landscape, too, are very diverse; thickly wooded green slopes, hills with pines, oaks, poplars and fast-moving streams separated by flat lands, plateaus and lakes, alternating harmoniously with the countless bays, intricate network of coves and picturesque islands decorating the southwest coast.
Epirus
The region of Epirus, with its unmatched natural beauty and distinct cultural identity, lies on the northwestern corner of the Greek mainland. It extends from the peaks of the ever snow-capped Pindus mountain range to the shores of the sapphire Ionian Sea and is separated into four administrative districts: Ioanina, Thesprotia, Preveza and Arta.

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