Learn about Greece and the Greek Islands

In people's mind, Greece is deeply connected to fantastic beaches, ancient sites, small white houses, smiling people and the clearest sky you could possibly imagine! No doubt Greece is a dream place and the best shelter to truly relax and get away from daily routine, even for a while. So, if you had even thought for just a second the typical question Why come to Greece?, then probably you are now covered!

Where exactly is Greece?

Geographically Greece is located on the south eastern side of Europe and on the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea. Eighty percent of the territory is mountainous and the highest mountain is Olympus at an altitude of 2,917m.

Although the country is so mountainous, it also has the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km in length, with a large number of islands (about 1,400 islands of which only 227 are inhabited.

The Greek islands

The Greek islands spread in two main seas: the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea. Most islands are found in the Aegean Sea, between the Greek mainland and Turkey. All Greek islands are divided into administrative groups. In the Aegean Sea, in particular, there are the following groups: the Cyclades islands, the Dodecanese, the North Eastern Aegean, the Sporades, the Saronic islands and Crete, which is the largest of all Greek islands.

The Ionian Sea, located between the Greek mainland and Turkey, has only one group of islands, called the Ionian islands. The most popular island groups are: the Cyclades, where famous Greek destinations like Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos are found; the Ionian islands with wonderful destinations like Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Lefkada; the Dodecanese islands where Rhodes and Kos belong; and of course Crete.

All islands of Greece are different from each other. Every island has something unique and distinctive. In any case, the Greek islands captivate visitors from the first glance. It is like love at first sight and THIS love never ends!

The Greek mainland

Although most tourists head to the Greek islands for holidays, it is unfair not to mention that the mainland of Greece also has wonderful places to discover. The Greek mainland remains off the beaten track even in high season. It has great tourism infrastructure, stunning beaches, traditional villages and many interesting archaeological sites of visit.

As the Greek mainland, particularly Peloponnese, was the main base of operations during the ancient times, it is spread with ancient sites of great historical interest, such as Ancient Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games, the legendary Mycenae, Ancient Epidaurus with the fantastic theatre, the temple of Epicurius Apollo in Basae and many more. Other important ancient sites in Greece are the Oracle of Delphi, Ancient Dodona, Ancient Philippi and more.

Discover Greece through our travel guide

In this travel guide, our aim is to present you fantastic tourist destinations in Greece, give valuable information on what to do, what to see and how to get there, and also help you find your best hotel in Greece. Through continuous search and constant evaluation, we have concluded on the Greek accommodation that we suggest you. All hotels, apartments, studios and villas that we propose in this travel guide have been picked up to offer tourists their best value for money hotel in Greece.

How to get to Greece

Greece is easy to access from most countries of the world. 
By plane: There are direct flights from almost all European countries to various Greek airports, mostly the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki. In summer, which is the tourist season, there are also charter flights from Europe and close Asian countries to many regional Greek airports. Over the last years, low-cost air companies like Easy Jet and Ryan Air are also flying to many Greek tourist destinations.
By ferry: There are ferries to Greece from Italy and Turkey. In summer, ferry connections are more frequent.
By train and bus: There are trains and buses to Greece from many Balkan towns, including Sofia, Istanbul and Belgrade.