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Going on Vacation? Try Greece!

Sep 4, 2008
Greece is a land of unmatched beauty, with coastlines of rocky crags and cerulean waters. Well known throughout the world for its contributions, throughout its history, to civilization in many fields, Greece is also a paradise for travelers and culture enthusiasts worldwide. It is hardly any wonder that Greece attracts over sixteen million tourists each and every year. Home to tourist attractions of many kinds, including historical, beach and sport attractions, Greece offers varied activities for anyone. Below is some information on the history, culture, and tourist travel of Greece.

Officially known as the Hellenic Republic, Greece gets that name from the time of mythological Helen. A map of Greece would display the fact that Greece is encompassed by the Mediterranean and the Aegean Seas. The ancient country of Greece is located in southeast Europe. Loaded with culture and history, Greece is the pinnacle of tourism. Democracy, philosophy, and theater have their beginnings rooted in Greece.

Most travelers visit Athens. Athens is the capital of Greece, as well as its largest city. Greece is a country that uses the Euro. Many parts of Greece are less touristy and therefore do not have easily accessible ATMs and other tourist-related necessities. Don't forget this before leaving the major areas.

Many islands contribute to the mainland in the composition of Greece. In summer, both are home to beautiful seaside sights and beaches. Ferrying around the islands of Greece is a common part of tourist's itineraries. In winter, the mainland also boasts some great ski resorts. Year round, Greece offers many options for travelers.

Food is one of the things Greece is famous for. Your trip will not be complete without experiencing the food. Try some stifado, Greek salad, and spanakopita for a good taste of Greece. Popular all over Greece, Souvlaki, one type of shish kebab, made of meat and occasionally vegetables cooked on a stick, is also used to describe gyros. Pantespani is a sponge cake with customary orange sauce; this is one of the most popular desserts in Greece.

There is no limit to the activities you can do while in Greece. Ranked number eight in the world, the Greek national football team is a sure bet for fun. If football is your thing, you can also check out the Greek Super league. Made up of sixteen teams, this is the professional league of football in Greece. If football, or soccer, is an interest, get tickets to a match!

For devotees of history, Greece is the zenith of vacation locations. Without Greece, Western culture would not be the same as it is today. Throughout Greece you will find many historic sites. Visiting the Acropolis and the Parthenon is usually first on most people's itineraries. The palaces on the island of Crete are another popular historic site.

Home to so many activities and sites of interest, it seems natural that Greece has a booming tourist industry. However, aside from the traditional tourist locations, Greece offers some off-the-beaten-path sites as well. With "old world" charm, Greece never fails to excite the tourists who visit.
About the Author
Georgia Jones is a vacationer who enjoys helping others experience the beauty in the world. She has been to Greece a lot, and has a load of valuable information to share. Learn more about Greece . Or you can visit http://www.greek-culture.org
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