Maps of Greece
Greece lies on the eastern Mediterranean Sea in south-eastern Europe and
the Greek mainland sits geographically at the southern end of the
Balkans, the Peloponnese peninsula which, however, was separated from
the mainland with the construction of the Corinth Canal in 1893. Greece
has many islands mainly in the Aegean Sea, the Ionian, but also in the
Libyan Sea (Gavdos). The political boundary to the north are the states
of Albania , the FYROM and Bulgaria and in the east, Turkey. A natural
border is the Ionian Sea in the west of the country with the Italian
peninsula and Sicily and the Libyan Sea in the extreme south of the
African continent. The island of Gavdos in the Libyan Sea is the
southernmost point of the Greece and is also geographically the
southernmost point of Europe. From the massif of Pindos depart two
chains of mountains that bound the basin plain of Thessaly. In the
northern chain rises the Mount Olympus (2,917 m, the highest peak in
Greece), the southern
culminates in the mountain Oiti and Parnassus, whose southern slope
overlooking the Gulf of Corinth.
The Peloponnese peninsula has many hills and mountains which can be
considered a continuation of the southern Pindus, interrupted only by a
narrow stretch of sea through the Corinthian gulf. The area west of the
Pindus is sloping down to the Ionian sea. The closeness of the mountains
to the sea makes a very jagged coastline.
The Ionian coast is divided into two large bays while the south coast of
the Peloponnese is characterized by four
peninsular formations that give rise to the gulfs of Messinia, Laconia
Greece, despite its strong maritime character has a mountainous portion
of 77.9% and is therefore classified as a mountainous country. Central
Mountains and mountain ranges of the country are the Pindus Mountains,
the Olympus-Ossa-Pelion mountain range and the Rhodope Mountains, on the
Greek mainland, the Taygetos mountains on the Peloponnese peninsula and
beyond, the Psiloritis Mountains on the island of Crete. The highest
elevation of the land is Mytikas (2917 m) in the massif of Mount
Olympus. The most tourist destinations of Greece are the islands.
These include mainly Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Skiathos and
The archaeological sites of Greece attract a significant flow of
tourists. In the Peloponnese is ancient Olympia, birthplace of the
Olympics, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Corinth, Mistras and Sparta. Delphi, the
ancient city of the oracle at the foot of Mount Parnassus is suitable
for day trips from Athens.
The monasteries of Meteora, Volos, and small mountain villages of Mount
Pelion, land of the mythical Centaurs.
Regions of Greece: Macedonia which belong to the city of Thessaloniki,
Kavala, Alexandroupolis, the island of Thassos
Thessaly with the mythical Mount Pelion, the Sporades islands.Thrace the
extreme eastern tip of mainland Greece to the borders with Turkey and
Bulgaria to the north east. Epirus with the cities of Igoumenitsa and
Central Greece with the island of Evia, Fokida, Evrytania, Fthiotis with
cities like Livadia, Thebes and the ancient site of Delphi.
Peloponnese land of the Mythology with Mycenae and Argos, Achaia,
Corinthia, Messinia,Ilia, Laconia and Argolida.
Attica with Athens the capital of Greece, the port of Piraeus , Cape
Sounion and Marathon.
The Greek islands are divided into the following regions, the Ionian
Islands with the islands of Corfu, Paxi, Antipaxi, Cephalonia, Zakynthos,
Crete with the the wonderful archeological sites of the Minoan era,
Heraclion, Chania, Agios Nikolaos.
The Southern Aegean with the islands of the Dodecanese and the Cyclades.
The northern Aegean with Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Ikaria, Limnos.
The Sporades islands off the coast of Mount Pelion in Thessaly with
Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros.
The Saronic Gulf Islands easily accessible from Piraeus like Aegina,
Poros, Hydra and Spetses
Evia island, Greece's second largest island, administratively part of
the Region of Central Greece.
MAP OF GREEK REGIONS