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  • Ellas
  • 131,940 km2
  • Athens
  • Euro
  • 10,688,058
  • 25 March

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  • 39 00 N, 22 00 E
  • Mediterranean 0m
  • Mt. Olympus 2,917m
  • 40.8 years
  • Greek 98%
  • Turkish 2%

Greece lies at the juncture of Europe, Asia and Africa. It is heir to the heritages of ancient Greece, the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and nearly four centuries of the Ottoman rule. Greece is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama including both tragedy and comedy.

Kerkyra (Corfu)

One of Greece's most popular islands is known as "the green island" because of its 3 million olive trees and flower-strewn countryside. Her Adriatic-style villages offer a fascinating mixture of old tavernas, new cafes, Byzantine churches, discos, and shops, plus an amazing old city between two fortresses.


Igoumenitsa is a picturesque small town with lots of green (the dominating forest can be easily seen in the picture), beaches with crystal clear blue waters, and green mountains surrounding the town. The new 670 km Egnatia Highway, which serves Northern Greece, terminates at Igoumenitsa.


The city lies on the western side of lake Pamvotis. It is located 450 km northwest of Athens, then 350 km southwest of Thessaloniki and 100 km east of the port of Igoumenitsa in the Ionian Sea.


The Meteora ("suspended rocks" or "in the heavens above") is one of the largest and most important complex of monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The monasteries are built on spectacular natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly. The Meteora is home to six monasteries and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


A popular tourist destination, Katerini is close to the sea, (6 km) several archaeological sites of great interest such as the ancient city of Dion (5th century BC, 17 km away) and the Venetian Castle of Platamon. The beaches of Korinos, Paralia and Olympiaki Akti (or Katerinoskala) are popular with both Greek and International tourists during the summer.


Thessaloniki is a busy, vibrant city and it is Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and cultural center as well as a major transportation hub in southeastern Europe. Its commercial port is of a great importance for Greece and for its southeast European hinterland.