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Greece Tourism - Quick Guide

Located in south-eastern Europe, Greece is made up of thousands of islands across the Aegean and Ionian seas. The ancient Greek civilisation flourished about 2500 years ago and is known as the cradle of the Western civilisation. The ingenious Greeks led important scientific discoveries, developed the system of democracy as well as excelled in the craft of playwriting and storytelling. The capital city of Athens is named after its patron Athena – the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, craft, and war. The city has been continuously inhabited for about 5000 years! There are a number of ancient sites to visit here – the famous Acropolis with the Parthenon, Agora, Arch of Hadrian, Areopagus, Kerameikos, Lysicrates monument, Philopappos monument, Pnyx, Temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Tower of the Winds. Due to its geographic location, Greece was at the crossroad of many civilisations – and the influences can be found to this day and age in all aspects of life including food, customs, art et al. 

The land has been a part of many great empires – the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire. A visit to Greece is a travel odyssey across myths, culture, history and art. Greece is also renowned for places of great natural beauty – including the beautiful areas of Achaia, Arcadia and Ileia. You can go on a hiking expedition across many nature trails, especially during spring and autumn months.

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Greece Visa

Indians can obtain a Schengen visa for stay up to ninety days, valid for all countries of the Schengen Territory i.e. Austria, Benelux, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden & Switzerland. Indians with a valid stay permit delivered by a Schengen country can leave and later re-enter the Schengen Territory without having to ask for a visa again, on condition that they have a valid passport, relevant travel documents and a multiple entry visa.

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Places to Visit in Greece

For history and architecture, visit the heritage sites in Athens city, the town of Delphi with many archaeological sites and Knossos (on the island Crete) – the largest Bronze Age archaeological site and Europe’s oldest city. For beaches, plan a trip to Corfu – an island in the Ionian Sea, Santorini – known for its volcanic beaches and whitewashed houses, and Mykonos – known for its party beaches, dance clubs and an array of 16th-century windmills. If you do not like crowds, visit Paros instead – for leisurely walks as well as windsurfing, kite-surfing and diving options.

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Best time to Visit Greece

The best time to visit is Greece is from mid April to mid June or from Sep to mid October. Avoid visiting during the peak summer season (July and August), with high temperatures, inflated prices as well as hordes of tourist crowds. While spring and autumn are ideal periods to visit Greece, do note that some shops, restaurants, hotels do not operate during the off season. So, ideal to plan your itinerary in advance. Easter is Greece’s most important holiday and a week-long spring celebration – with the locals heading for holiday destinations outside Athens.

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Food in Greece

Greek olive oil is widely used in all dishes. The Greek cheeses, especially feta cheese are a must try. Seafood lovers should try fresh fish on the grill. Sample the classic Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta cheese, olives, oregano and olive oil. Another gastronomical delight is Ntolmadakia – vine leaves stuffed with rice, onions and herbs are boiled and then sprinkled with olive oil. Keftedakia is a popular fried meat balls dish. Greek Moussaka is yum! – sauteed eggplant and fried potato slices are layered in a baking pan and covered with sauces and grated cheese.

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