Introduction to Greece
Let’s just start with the creamiest, most amazing feta you’ll eat in your life. Then there’s the epic beach parties on the Greek Islands where you’ll dance on tables from sunset to sunrise. And the history, ancient ruins, marvellous Greek mythology and those inviting aquamarine waters. You might just want to lose your plane ticket home.
While Greece is part of Western Europe, it’s tucked away in the south-eastern corner of the continent bordered by the eastern European countries of Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. Greece connects the 3 continents of Asia, Europe and Africa making it a handy place to fly to if you fancy experiencing many very different cultures in one trip.
Greece is made up of 3 geographical areas: a peninsular mainland, the Peloponnese peninsula (separated from the mainland by a canal) and 6,000 islets and islands scattered around the Aegean and Ionian seas. Many of these islands are grouped in clusters with Rhodes, Crete and Corfu plus the Cyclades and the Dodecanese groups some of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece.
With the achingly beautiful islands in the Aegean, 16,000 kilometres of coastline, hidden sandy coves, lush mountains, waterfalls and wide open skies, it’s no surprise Greece is said to be the land of the gods. It certainly gives Australia a run for its money when it comes to the great outdoors. You can hike into volcanoes, swim with dolphins and sea turtles and wander through lush rainforests. It’s also a top destination for diving, rock climbing and kite-surfing.
But if you’re more of an indoors sort, there’s plenty of classical and modern art galleries, museums and historic landmarks to see in modern cities like Athens. And, of course, there are countless incredible traditional Greek restaurants where long lunches turn into dinners that turn into dancing and screaming “Opa!” at the top of your lungs.