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Greece is a popular country located in the Mediterranean Sea, located in Southern Europe. It's officially called the "Hellenic Republic", and historically know as Hellas. There are over eleven million people living here. The largest city is Athens, which is the nation's capital, with the second largest city being Thessaloniki.
Greece has the distinction of being bordered by many continents, including Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Aegean Sea is to the east, Ionian Sea to the West, and the Cretan and Mediterranean Seas to the south.
Greece has many ancient and historical sites. It can help to take a tour of each region of Greece so you save time on transportation, and don't miss out on anything. Perhaps the most important historical destination will be a trip to the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens. This was built during the classical times in Greece.
Another notable attraction is the Odeon of Herodes in Athens, which was originally built in 161AD. This is framed by structural ruins at the back, with a more modern seating arrangement surrounding the stage. Today, it's the main venue for the Athens Festival, which runs from May to October. You may wish to book tickets during your stay here.
Sailing and boating are popular activities in all of the seas surrounding Greece. Many of the touring companies will take you out on day tours, as some islands do not have beach front villas to stay at. You can easily take ferries from island to island too. There are over 1200 islands here, or 6000, if you include the islets. Of these, over 227 are occupied.
There are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece. There are many older churches that have been well-preserved here, including the Hagia Sophia. This is a Byzantine Church that was built during the 8th century in Thessaloniki.
Three major cities in Greece were walled in, to protect them from invaders. These include Athens, Corinth, and Thessaloniki. Many of the other cities benefited from being on mountainous slopes. In Thessoniki is the White Tower, which is a sole structure that remains of a much larger fortress. In the city of Rhodes is the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. It was built during the late 7th century and is still in excellent condition.
Over eighty percent of Greece is covered by mountains and hills. There are also a large number of wetlands here. The country is the perfect location for the walker, hiker, or bicyclist.
There are many beach front villa rentals in Greece. Likely you'll want to travel around the country, so you can stay at one for one week, then choose a different beach front villa for the following week. Please visit CuddlyNest to choose your favourites!