The 228 inhabited islands of Greece are famously beautiful, good value, serve interesting food, have fast and efficient ferries, are invariably sunny in summertime and surrounded by mostly clear, warm waters washing onto sandy beaches or sculpted rocks. In 2012 Greece had 379 Blue Flag beaches.
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offers an amazingly rich history as home of Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon,
Hades, Pan, Eros, Aphrodite, Theseus, Odysseus, Jason and the
Argonauts, Atlantis, the Spartans, Alexander the Great, Socrates,
Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, Hippocrates, the advanced Minoan
civilisation, stunning architectural and artistic designs, Drama
and Chaos. And the Olympics of course.
The Tomb of Unknown Soldier in central Athens.
The twin gods of Corruption and Chaos are generally in control
of the country and no Greeks pay taxes but thanks to massive EU loans and bailouts Greek transport is far safer and more efficient than it used to be,
cuisine is more varied and interesting (apart from things fishy
which are in ironically short supply), accommodation is better,
and many more locals speak other languages than Greek.
Costs have risen
but tourist numbers have fallen, partly due to the worldwide recession and partly due to the general community being unhappy about putting any more money into Greek hands, so
if you choose
your time and destination with care you could have a sunny
and successful holiday.
We feature three mainland destinations including the Greek capital
Athens, seven islands and a lot of Greece's best beaches. These
photos were taken between early September and early October.
Meteora monasteries not far from Athens on mainland Greece.
Meteora is one
of the most outstanding attractions in Greece, a cluster of monasteries perched
on rock pinnacles northwest of the Greek capital, Athens. Built around the 14th
century as a defensive measure, they are easy to visit from Athens via asphalt
roads and a bit of a climb in some cases.
Halkidiki on mainland Greece, up north.
Halkidiki is a rural fist striking out
into the north Aegean Sea with three fingers.
These fingers are, from the south heading north, Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos.
Access to all three is usually via Greece's second city, Thessaloniki,
an hour or three by bus or car on good roads, depending on the destination. Halkidiki is also known as Chalkidiki or Chalcidice.
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