Greece known since ancient times as Hellas, is a country in Southern Europe. According to the 2011 census, Greece’s population is around 11 million. Athens is the nation’s capital and largest city.
Greece is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Western Asia, and Africa, and shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the northeast.
According to Eurostat statistics, Greece welcomed over 19.5 million tourists in 2009, which is an increase from the 17.7 million tourists it welcomed in 2007.
The vast majority of visitors in Greece in 2007 came from the European continent, numbering 12.7 million, while the most visitors from a single nationality were those from the United Kingdom, (2.6 million), followed closely by those from Germany (2.3 million). In 2010, the most visited region of Greece was that of Central Macedonia, with 18% of the country’s total tourist flow (amounting to 3.6 million tourists), followed by Attica with 2.6 million and the Peloponnese with 1.8 million. Northern Greece is the country’s most-visited geographical region, with 6.5 million tourists, while Central Greece is second with 6.3 million.
In 2010, Lonely Planet ranked Greece’s northern and second-largest city of Thessaloniki as the world’s fifth-best party town worldwide, comparable to other cities such as Dubai and Montreal. In 2011, Santorini was voted as “The World’s Best Island” in Travel + Leisure. Its neighboring island Mykonos, came in fifth in the European category.
Among the many islands of Greece there is Mykonos and Santorini that offer and are known for their spectacular views and unique character. This is why they make a great first choice for most of the couples or newcomers traveling to Greece. Since they are so popular, most resorts have “ready made” itinerary options and “packages” offering couples an easy way to see the best of what the islands have to offer. These packages include tours, adventure rides and even your meals. And although these packages are preset, the variety and number of packages available truly offer something for each couple! Places will even offer packages that can be tailor made to suit your wants and likes, making it a great bonding experience for couples. Not only will couples have a wide choice of the style trip they want to take they will offer have the opportunity to just relax and enjoy and number of the many of the wonderful beaches these islands have to offer. The choice of a Greek honeymoon is every couples chance to discover a new and stunning civilization, soak in the sun and meet friendly, fun-loving people that will leave an a long and lasting impression with wonderful memories. Whether you want to wile away the hours on a cafe terrace, or explore centuries-old ancient ruins, the islands will offer you what you are looking for. We urge couples to research the different islands and find what strikes them together as the place they want to land and experience.
Nightlife in the Plaka district of Athens…so exciting!
Santorini…don’t miss the famous Red Beach. The Acropolis at night. Sunset at Cape Sounion. The ancient Palace of Knossos in Crete.
Go sailing, or rent a chartered yacht. A day trip out of Athens to the sacred city of Delphi. Greek dancing at Kalokerinos Taverna…Opa!
If island hopping, book your ferry ticket online. Also, hoteliers in Greece cannot demand deposits of more than 25% of the total cost of the accommodations. The nightlife in Greece typically doesn’t start before 10 or 11 PM and can go on until the early morning hours.
Whiskey on the Mississippi” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)