Welcome to Greece

Greece, Hellas, officially known as the "Hellenic Republic" is a modern multicultural country, located near the crossroads of Europe and Asia and forms on the southern end of the Balkans. It is bordered by Albania, X-Yugoslavia (the Republic of Skopje) and Bulgaria from the north, and the European part of Turkey from the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east and the Ionian Sea, lies to the west of the mainland, including more than 2000 islands, 170 inhabited. Mount Olympus is the highest point in the country.

Greece is one of the cradles of European civilisation, whose ancient scholars made great advances in philosophy, medicine, mathematics and astronomy. In the conscience of the civilized world, Greece is the symbol of democracy, art, the Olympic games, literature and drama.

Greece's main economic sectors are agriculture, tourism, construction and shipping. Greece has realigned its economy as part of its transition to full EU membership that began in 1981. The capital and the largest city is Athens, taken its name from the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge. This is where that marvel of architecture, the Parthenon, was created. Thessaloniki (sometimes referred as the co-capital) the second largest city of Greece, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Some other major cities are Larisa, Volos, Ioannina, Patra, Heraklion.

Greece has fine natural harbours. Its main harbour, Piraeus is the second largest in the Mediterranean Sea, after Marseilles in France. Piraeus is considered an excellent harbour in the East Mediterranean waters.

Greece is also famous for its natural beauty. With its breathtaking landscapes, the cleanest seas in the world, the thousands of islands with crystal clear blue waters, wonderful hillside villages, a fantastic variety of ecosystems, old forests, wetland habitats, fertile valleys, lakes, rivers, thousands of monuments, caves with mild climate throughout the year, can become an ideal destination to visit and live.

Greece offers a great variety of inviting spots and unique destinations, each one of them waiting to be discovered.

Furthermore, offers a wide variety of mythological place, museums, castles and historic monuments.

Additionally, offers lots of special interest activities to be enjoyed all year round: Alternative tourism has become a priority of Greece's tourist policy. This   rapidly growing sector of Greece's tourism includes adventure journeys, health and beauty tourism, sports tourism, marine tourism, ecotourism, agro-tourism, religious tourism, gastronomy, other non-traditional products etc.

Finally, Greeks deserve to be mentioned. It is easy to make contact with the Greek people as they are friendly, open–minded and openhearted people. Greek hospitality and friendship will never let you down.  Keep always in mind that our smile and friendliness will lead you. Greek people and mostly the Macedonians are open-hearted, warm, sociable, friendly, easy to get along with. The vast majority of them speak a second language, usually English and they are well acquainted with foreign people. You will find that they are friendly and willing to help you.  In other words, Greece offers you a lot of opportunities for your entertainment and cultural knowledge.

See more about Greece at the following sites:
http://www.gnto.gr/
http://www.greeklandscapes.com/