Introduction

Greek art

The Greek philosophy and Philosophers effected the western civilisation. In Greece where born some of the greatest philosophers of all times like Socrates ,Plato ,Aristotle ,Epicurus and many others. Drama and theatre was born here and great writers like Euripides, Aristophanes, Sophocles and Aeschylus who they wrote immortal plays like Electra, Iphigenia, Oedipus, Medea. The ancient Greek monuments like Parthenon have effected dramatically the Architecture of the western world and many famous contemporary buildings have been build according this architectural style.

History

parthenon

The Greek civilization is one of the most important civilisations in the world. Greece was inhabited from the prehistoric times. Its history is more than 3,000 years old, beginning with the Bronze Age and the development in this period of the Minoan , Mycenaean and Cycladic civilization, followed by the Classic Era of Greece, the Hellenistic period, the Roman period, the Byzantine era, the Middle Ages and the occupation by the Crusades, the Venetians and the Turks and finally the modern times since the Greek war of independence in 1821..



Ancient Greece

Greek mythology

The geographic location between the continents of Europe Asia and Africa was a reason that made the Greeks to travel and make colonies in many areas in the Mediterranean and along the coasts of the Black Sea, exchanging ideas and knowledge with other ancient nations like the Egyptians the Phoenicians the Persians and nations around the Mediterranean. Many of the Ancient Greek myths has to do with the Greek colonisation and the exploration of foreign places by the Ancient Greeks like the journey of Jason and the Argonauts, the Trojan war and the journey of Odysseus.

Geography

Greece is located in the Balkan Peninsula and borders with Albania, Fyrom, Bulgaria and Turkey. It has ten geographical areas divided into 13 peripheries and fifty prefectures. The main geographical areas, or Diamerismata are: Thrace (8.578 sq.km.); Macedonia (34.177); Epirus (9,203); Thessalia (13.929); Sterea Ellas and Evia (24,391); Peloponnese (21,379); The island of Crete (8,335); Ionian Islands (2,309)Aegean Islands ((9,129); Athens (427). The mainland of Greece is mostly mountainous with the exception of the plains of Thessaly, Thessaloniki and Thrace. The highest mountain of Greece is Olympus 2917 m the largest lake of Greece is Trichonis 421 sq. km and the longest river is Aliakmon 297 km. Greek major cities: as well as Athens, other large cities of Greece are Thessaloniki, Piraeus, Patras , Herakleion, Kavala, Alexandroupolis, Corinth etc.

ferries

Greece today

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Greece today is a modern western European country and member of the European Union. Greece is one of the most beloved holiday destination for many millions of tourists that travel to Greece every year. The mountains , the islands and the cities of Greece have everything to offer to the visitor, history ,mythology , interesting places and sights to visit , wild nature, rivers and lakes with unique habitats. The aim of this site is to give general tourist and travel information for everyone that wants to visit Greece and know better the Greek History, Mythology and everyday life of modern Greece..

Greek cuisine

greek food

Greek food is famous and popular in many countries. In Greece you will have the opportunity to taste it in local taverns and restaurants. Among the most well-known Greek dishes are stuffed tomatoes, mousaka, stuffed vine leaves, meat balls (keftedes), styfado stew, kalamaris, lobster, shrimps, sword fish and the famous Greek salad. For vegetarians, Greece is a paradise. In all restaurants you will find a wide variety of fresh vegetables and salads like green beans, okra, green peas, chorta., radish, aubergine, courgettes and more as well as delicious stews and dishes that are made wholly from vegetables and/or pulses. In big cities and large tourist islands you will also find well-known international fast-food chains. However, the most popular form of fast-food in Greece is the ubiquitous souvlaki…

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