Greece is one of the sightliest countries in the world and has a well-spring of superb natural resources. Greece’s extraordinary topography, with dramatic mountains, lush valleys and groves, and a coastline that extends more than 13.600 kilometres, provides residents and visitors with a wealth of leisure and recreation options that are unequalled in the Mediterranean. Combining a modern infrastructure and the stark beauty of the ancient world, the birthplace of Western civilization is one of the leading tourism destinations globally that satisfies both the young and old, the adventurous spirit and the academic researcher, the wandering Odysseas as well as the cosmopolitan habitue.
Greece is situated on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. It is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. It has land borders with Albania, Skopje and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea lies to the west of mainland Greece and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the twelfth longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km in length, featuring a vast number of islands (approximately 1400) including Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades and the Ionian Islands among others. Greece’s population is around 11 million.
Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of Ancient Greece, generally considered the cradle of Western civilization. As such, it is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, university education, first coins, Western drama (tragedy & comedy) and Olympic Games.
The personalities of the Greek cities are a great mixture of Eastern and Western cultures with a dynamic intertwine of modern and ancient structures. Greece offers history and sights, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, culture and fine arts, really exciting nightlife and unforgettable entertainment.
Its wonderful climate makes living in this beautiful Mediterranean destination a year-round joy. In the south and many of Aegean and Ionian islands, the weather allows residents to enjoy hiking, sailing and sports such as golf throughout the year. Likewise, winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding are within easy reach. Lovers of the outdoors can choose from a wide variety of activities in some of the most spectacular locations in Europe. Sailing, rafting, hiking, paragliding, biking and spelunking are enjoyed by young and old alike in the varied landscapes of Greece. In addition, more traditional sports such as tennis, golf, basketball, volley and of course soccer, are part of everyday life.