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Capital: Athens
Time Zone: UTC/GMT + 2 Hours
Population: 10,722,816
Languages: Greek, English, French
Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Euro
Climate: Greece is temperate: mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers.

 

Greece is one of the oldest civilizations dating back more than 7,000 years, as a consequence it has many ancient ruins, some dating back over 4000 years. It has a geographic size of 51,000 square miles and a population of some 10 million people. The capital Athens is one of the oldest remaining cities on the face of the planet, Athens has stood at the centre of the world for thousands of years as a leader in terms of philosophy, history, culture, and mythology. In fact Athens has been inhabited by various people over the past 7,000 years making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

The largest Greek island by area is Crete, located at the southern edge of the Aegean Sea. The second largest island is Euboea, which is separated from the mainland by the 60m wide Euripus Strait, and is administered as part of the central Greece region. The third and fourth largest Greek islands are, respectively, Lesbos and Rhodes. Greece has land borders with Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east. Greece has the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km (8,498 miles) and is mostly mountainous with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands. This  large number of islands totals approximately 1400 (although depending on your definition of an island, this could be put at some 6000), of which 227 are inhabited.

The top 20 largest Greek islands by surface area are: Crete, Euboea, Lesbos, Rhodes, Chios, Cephalonia, Corfu, Lemnos, Samos, Naxos, Zakynthos, Thassos, Andros, Lefkada, Karparthos, Kos, Kythira, Icaria, Skyros, Paros and Timos.

Greece's most populous area is of course Athens ( defined as Greater Athens and Greater Piraeus) with metropolitan population of approximately 4 million million inhabitants. There are also a number of other conurbations that have populations of over 100,000 inhabitants and these include: Patras, Heraklion, Larissa, Volos, Rhodes, Ioannina, Chania and Chalcis. In terms of cities, the most recent statistics place the population of the top 10 cities as follows: Athens, Attica 729,137; Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia 354,290, Piraeus, Attica 172,429, Patra, West Greece 163,360, Peristeri, Attica 137,659, Irakleion, Crete 137,154, Larisa, Thessaly 128,758, Kallithea, Attica 107,767, Nikaia, Attica 94,608 and Kalamaria, Central Macedonia 91,617.

Greece has 40 airports, 15 international, 20 national and 5 local. These include: Agrinion; Agrinion Airpt (AGQ), Alexandroupolis; Demokritos Airpt (AXD), Astypalaia Island; Astypalaia Airpt (JTY). Athens; Eleftherios Venizelos Airpt (ATH), Athens; Hellinikon Airpt (HEW), Chania; Souda Airpt (CHQ), Chios; Chios Airpt (JKH), Corfu; Ioannis Kapodistrias Airpt (CFU), Drama; Drama Airpt (DRM), Heraklion, Crete; N. Kazantzakis Airpt (HER), Ikaria Island; Ikaria Airpt (JIK), Ioannina; Ioannina Airpt (IOA), Kalamata; Kalamata Airpt (KLX), Karpathos; Karpathos Airpt (AOK), Kasos Island; Kasos Island Airpt (KSJ), Kastelorizo; Kastelorizo Airpt (KZS), Kastoria; Aristoteles Airpt (KSO), Kavala; Megas Alexandros Airpt (KVA), Kefallinia; Argostolion Airpt (EFL), Kithira; Kithira Airpt (KIT), Kos; Kos Airpt (KGS), Kozani; Philippos Airpt (KZI), Larisa; Larisa Airpt (LRA), Leros; Leros Airpt (LRS), Limnos; Limnos Airpt (LXS), Milos; Milos Airpt (MLO), Mykonos; Mykonos Island National Airpt (JMK), Mytilene, Lesbos; Mytilene (Odysseas Elytis) International Airpt (MJT), Naxos; Naxos Airpt (JNX), Paros; Paros Airpt (PAS), Patras; Araxos Airpt (GPA), Porto Kheli; Alexion Airpt (PKH), Preveza/Lefkas; Aktion Airpt (PVK), Pyrgos; Andravida Airpt (PYR), Rhodes; Diagoras Airpt (RHO), Samos; Samos Airpt (SMI), Sitia; Sitia Airpt (JSH), Skiathos; Skiathos Airpt (JSI), Skiros; Skiros Airpt (SKU), Sparta; Sparta Airpt (SPJ), Spetsai Island; Spetsai Island Airpt (JSS), Syros Island; Syros Island Airpt (JSY), Thessaloniki; Makedonia Airpt (SKG), Thira; Santorini (Thira) National Airpt (JTR), Volos; Nea Anchialos Airpt (VOL), Zakinthos Island; Zakynthos (Dionysios Solomos) International Airpt (ZTH)

Some of the best beach resorts in Greece include: Balos (Chania, Crete), Sarakiniko (in Elafonisos Island, Peloponnese), Navagio (Zakynthos), Belegrina (Chrissi Island), Elafonissos (Chania, Crete), Egremnoi (Lefkada), Myrtos (Kefalonia), Finikas (Kato Koufonisi), Plaka (Naxos), Paradise (Kos), Sarakiniko (in Elafonisos Island, Peloponnese), Egremnoi (Lefkada), Myrtos (Kefalonia), Erimoupolis (Crete), Myrtidiotissa (Corfu). For film buffs, it is worth noting that the movie Mamma Mia! was filmed (in part) on the islands of Skopelos and Skiathos, with some shots in the coastal town of Damouchari in Greeceís Pelion region. The two islands are quite close to each other in the western Aegean Sea, east of mainland Greece..

General information:

For those not looking to hire a car, is is worth noting that Greek law requires all riders to wear a crash helmet on a scooter, moped or motorcycle. Quad bike riders are also required to wear a full-face helmet (or non-full-face helmet plus goggles) under Greek law. Riders risk arrest if they don't adhere to these road regulations. Failure to wear a crash helmet may also invalidate your travel insurance if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident. If you intend to hire a moped you require a valid driving licence with at least category A1 - 'light motorcycle'. Category P, which is valid in the UK for driving mopeds up to 50cc, is not valid in Greece.

Greek people are renowned for their hospitality. The Greek police are used to dealing with large numbers of foreign tourists, especially on the islands. In fact, according to the Civil Aviation Authority, some 2.3 million British nationals visit Greece every year. According to the FCO, The Greek police will not accept rowdy or indecent behaviour, especially where excessive alcohol consumption is involved. Greek courts impose heavy fines or prison sentences on people who behave indecently.

Greece has a Mediterranean climate with an abundance of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. During the summer, the weather is almost always sunny and dry, and any precipitation falls in the form of showers or thunderstorms. The air is usually hot during the day and pleasantly warm at night. Heatwaves can occur, but they are generally quite mild in the coastal regions where the Etesian winds blow throughout the summer. Mountainous regions typically have lower temperatures throughout the year.

It is also worth noting if you are looking to hire a car that in 2010 there were 1,281 road deaths in Greece (source: DfT) which equates to 11.3 road deaths per 100,000 of population, compared to a UK average of 3.1 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2010. 

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