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Greece | Europe

The Greeks had a remarkable civilization while most other parts of the world were still bathing in primeval ooze! It is no wonder that this beautiful country draws so many travelers to its sun-drenched islands and coasts, its volcanic mountains, and historical wonders. Given its incomparable beauty and romantic aura, Greece attracts many destination wedding couples as well, who can choose from a wide variety of stunning locations for their celebrations.

Whether the popular islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete, or some of the smaller, more exclusive islands, or even a chartered yacht that sails around and between the many islands, a Greek destination wedding usually takes place on, near, or with a wonderful view of the sea. Receptions are not complete without a sip of ouzo, the aromatic drink that symbolizes Greek optimism and joy of life, a little foot stomping dancing, and the breaking of plates.

Attica/Saronic Gulf Islands

Attica (Attiki) borders Sterea Ellada to the north and the Saronic Gulf to the south. Athens, the capital of Greece, and Pireaus, the major port, are in Attica.

The climate is mediterranean, pleasant and healthy due to its distinctive dryness. Washed by the celebrated Attica light, it is full of memories of the past: In Sounion the sanctuaries of Poseidon and Athena, in Vravrona the sanctuary of Artemis, in Rhamnous that of Nemesis, in Marathon the famous victory of the Greeks against the Persians, in Eleusis (Elfsina) the sanctuary of Demeter, as well as Byzantine monuments such as Kaisariani and Daphni monasteries. The visitor based in Athens can enjoy either sea or mountains by travelling just a few kilometres.

Another special characteristic is the great variety of landscapes, from the beautiful mountains of Parnitha, Penteli and Hymettus to the coastal resorts, teeming with life around the clock and especially in the summer.

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Thrace Greece

Thrace (Thraki) occupies the north-eastern corner of Greece. It borders Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the east and has southern shores on the Thracian sea.

Thrace is today considered a place where East meets West in perfect harmony, as it is the connecting link between Asia and Europe. It is a special place with a very rich history, and it has been relatively untouched by the tourism explosion.

Neolithic finds, antiquities dating from the Hellenistic era and Roman and Byzantine monuments can be found everywhere in Thrace. To the north it meets the Rodopi mountain range, whose foothills become fertile plains to the south.

The climate ranges from continental to mediterranean with lots of rain and snow. Vast plains, such as those of Xanthi and Komotini, fertile valleys, such as the Evros Valley, great rivers, rich vegetation and large forests mark the region. The lakes and wetlands of Thrace are among the most important in Europe with perhaps more than three hundred protected species of birds. More than 200,000 wild water birds spend the winter here. The flora has drawn the attention of ecologists.

Entering Thrace from Kavala, the visitor encounters scenic Xanthi, the capital of the same name. It is built on the location of ancient Xantheia and is justly proud of the many old houses and mansions which are prime examples of local architecture. A Byzantine castle dominates its surroundings from the top of a nearby hill to the north of town. Picturesque monasteries lurk among the pine-wooded hills.

Porto Lagos, an attractive fishing village is nearby, as are Avdira, Mesimvria and Maronia. Further to the north-east, is scenic Komotini, capital of the district of Rodopi. The forts of the area, which date from pre-Christian times to the Byzantine era, are of special interest. Finds from all of the archaeological sites in Thrace are displayed in the Komotini Museum.

Alexandroupoli, the capital of the district of Evros is a seaside town well known for its fine sandy beaches. A pretty town with well laid out streets and neo-classical buildings. To the north-east of Alexandroupoli is Feres with its especially important Byzantine cathedral of Theotokos tis Kosmosotiras. Along the Greco-Turkish border to the north is Soufli, famous for its silk production and even further north are Didimotiho and Orestiada. The first is a splendid Byzantine city and second is a small town built in a fertile area.

A journey will take you through planted fields flanked by wooded mountains and the deep blue sea. Other routes pass through cities, villages and landscapes possessing a rare Greek beauty. The same roads lead the visitor through nature, history and tradition to the easternmost point of Greece, wonderful Thrace.

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Greece Attractions

Attractions
Greece has an abundance of resources that tourists with ecological and cultural interests will find attractive. The wealth of cultural as well as ecological resources, both biotic and abiotic, constitute a special comparative advantage of the country for those interested in the conservation of cultural diversity, bio-diversity and eco-systems. These resources are marked by their wide variety, rareness and distinctiveness and are found in areas many of which have already been placed under special protection.  

Greek Museums

A great number of museums operate throughout the country. More than 207 of them are state-run or supervised by the Ministry of Culture and 107 are privately owned. Visitors are afforded the opportunity to admire unique artifacts and scientific achievements produced on Greek territory more than 6.000 years ago.  On the whole, Greek museums and art collections are categorised as follows:

  • Archaeological Museums and Collections
  • Byzantine  Museums and Collections
  • Historical and Folk Art Museums
  • Greek Art Museums (Ancient, Byzantine, Modern Art)
  • Asian Art Museums
  • Visual Arts Museums and Picture Galleries
  • Theatre Museums
  • Cinema and Photography Museums
  • Music Museums
  • Naval Museums
  • Natural History Museums
  • Science and Technology Museums

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Pick Greece!

Not withstanding its limited surface area, Greece is endowed with a particularly rich and diversified natural environment as a result of a rare geomorphology, with many striking natural contrasts and areas of great ecological value. The country’s abundant natural gifts –thousands of indented coasts, imposing rocky massifs, caves, gorges, lakes, rivers, biotopes of spectacular beauty and unique natural habitats– coupled with the mild climate, place it among the ideal destinations for ecotourism and alternative forms of tourism.   
When travelling in Greece, nature-loving tourists are offered the opportunity to: 
  • To wander in aesthetic forests or explore national parks not merely in the mountainous regions of the mainland, but also on certain islands or in the proximity of rivers and lakes
  • To enjoy the wonderful natural monuments, gorges, caves and waterfalls.
  • To watch and admire rare bird species nesting or seeking refuge in coastal ecosystems and wetlands (rocky coasts, sandy beaches, sand dunes, river deltas, lakes, marshes, coastal plains, etc)
  • To study the highly diverse floral life of the Greek countryside
  • To visit the unique marine parks supported near the islands of Alonissos and Zakynthos, which provide shelter to two protected species, the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus-Monachus) and the Mediterranean green loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) respectively. 
  • To engage in extreme sports (canoe-kayak, rafting, monoraft, hydrospeed, canyoning, mountain biking, etc), activities which have seen a spectacular rise in popularity in recent years
  • To stay in agrotourist units which are being developed all over the country and afford visitors the opportunity to become familiar with vernacular architecture, cultural and gastronomic tradition, local products, farming activities and the daily life of local inhabitants.    

Visitors of ecologically sensitive areas must observe all rules for the protection of the environment against pollution, the non-disturbance of natural habitats and the preservation of the various ecosystems’ equilibrium. Information on visiting protected areas and participating in special programs can be obtained from local information centres, local authorities, and specialised agencies.

 

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Greece General Info

General Information
  • Greece is situated in Southeastern Europe, with an area of 131,957 sq.km. and a population of 10,964,020.
  • Athens is the capital of Greece with a population of 3,192,606.
    Local time is GMT +2 hours.
  • The Hellenic Republic is a Presidential Parliamentary Democracy.
  • President of the Hellenic Republic: Mr Karolos Papoulias.
  • Prime Minister: Mr  Constantinos Karamanlis
  • Parliament:  Three hundred elected members with elections held every four years
  • Greece is a member state of E.U. since 1981.
  • The currency is euro.
  • The Greek economy adopts the principles of free enterprise and is bound by the regulations of international organisations such as ECOFIN and WTO, of which it is a member.

Greece Travel Info

  • Climate: 
    July and August are fine in Greece if you want the company of others, hot, sunny days and very active nightlife. These are undoubtedly the busiest months in Greece. If you prefer a quieter time, when reservations are easier to get, and the weather is still delightful, you can't go wrong choosing May or June, or September or October. Many Greek hotels close from November until April.

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  • Currency: Euro

  • International calling code:  +30

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