Tourism in Greece

Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide, as every year it welcomes more than 17 million tourists, contributing 15% to the nation's Gross Domestic Product. Greece has been an attraction for international visitors since antiquity for its rich and long history, Mediterranean coastline and beaches.

History

The earliest evidence of human presence in the Balkans, dated to 270,000 BC, is to be found in the Petralona cave, in the northern Greek province of Macedonia. Neolithic settlements in Greece, dating from the 7th millennium BC, are the oldest in Europe by several centuries, as Greece lies on the route via which farming spread from the Near East to Europe.

Travelling to Greece

By plane, ship, train or car, or even a combination of transportation means, traveling to Greece is relatively simple and quick, even though it is situated at the southernmost corner of Europe and the Balkan Peninsula.

TOP Destinations

Kallithea
Rhodos Island
Crete Island
Thassos Island
Corfu Island
Kefalonia
Athens

Athens

Athens has a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC - the culmination of Athens' long, fascinating history – the city's values and civilization acquired a universal significance.

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Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece and the most important centre of the area. Built near the sea, it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character.

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Mount Athos

Mount Athos

Is the centre of Eastern Christian Orthodox Monasticism. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it is a treasury which houses and guards many artefacts and monuments of religions, national and artistic value.

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Halkidiki

Halkidiki

Shaped like Poseidon's trident, Halkidiki is a treat for visitors. Lush green forests that reach right down to the beach; golden sunlight reflected in the turquoise waters; a traditional style with a rich gastronomic and cultural heritage.

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Greek Islands

Greek Islands

The islands are an integral part of the country's culture and tradition. Greek sovereign land includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited.

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Meteora Monasteries

Meteora Monasteries

The thing that makes Meteora so special is the monasteries on the top of the rock towers. The monasteries, the amound of peaks to climb and the paths for hiking brings in Meteora the whole year many tourists.

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