Greece is a country in southeastern Europe consisting of 2 mainland peninsulas and thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. It’s often called the birthplace of Western civilization and Athens, its capital, retains ancient landmarks including the 5th-century-B.C.E. Acropolis citadel and Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos.
Athens has been the center of Greek civilization for some 4,000 years, it counts approx 790 000 people. Today, it is considered a conspicuously wealthier, more sophisticated, contemporary and cosmopolitan city.
Most visitors will leave impressed with its vibrant street life and relaxed lifestyle, where people take time out for endless coffees and evening strolls, dine out until late and enjoy the city’s nightlife, long after the rest of Europe has gone to bed. It’s not uncommon for the nightlife hubs of Kolonaki, Psiri and Gazi to stay busy until dawn.
Lapped by brilliant blue water and sprinkled with sun-bleached ruins, the Greek islands will fill your imagination with mythical tales, your belly with local flavors and your soul with true relaxation. Greek landscape is breathtaking, and Greek people are passionate about politics, coffee, art and gossiping.
Greeks take pride in their cuisine and will go out of their way to ensure their guests are well fed. Basic ingredients such as feta and olive oil are complemented by creamy cheeses and unique, tangy greens. The Italian legacy of pasta takes on a distinct Greek slant, with rich sauces and perhaps mussels steamed in ouzo or fresh, baked garlic. Traditional dishes are grilled peppers stuffed with rice and cheese or roasted lamb with fresh lemon and mint.