Cheap flights to Greece
Flights to Greece
The country of Greece - formerly known as Hellas, in ancient times - is situated in Southern Europe and has one of the longest, most illustrious histories of the world. Consisting of 9 geographic regions (Central Greece, Macedonia, Thessaly, the Aegean Islands, Crete, Thrace, the Ionian Islands, Epirus and the Peloponnese), Greece is credited for being the birthplace of democracy and the Olympic Games. It’s capital and largest city, Athens, was once known as the capital of Europe, and was also thought to be worshipped by both gods and people.
Traces of human life can be detected in the country as far back as the Paleolithic Age, and Greece is also the site of many historical battles, from the ones between Athens and neighboring Sparta to the battles the Athenian people had with various other peoples who tried to conquer the city (like the Persians). Classic Greek culture in Athens, back in the day, also had an influence far enough to impact the ancient, mighty Roman Empire.
Despite the fact that Greece is separated into so many different regions and involve countless islands, travelling around the country isn’t difficult due to its extensive public transportation system of buses, trains, boats and planes.
As many of Greece’s top attractions are on its countless islands, most tourists choose to go island-hopping and therefore require water transportation. But the country gladly provides: there are numerous different types of boats, ferries and water taxis to help tourists make these connections. For short distances, high-speed catamarans and water taxis are the transport of choice, whilst high-speed ferries make long distances fast and comfortable.
For land transportation, buses are the best option. The country’s mainland is quite extensively blanketed by the network of long-distance buses operated by the KTEL (Koino Tamio Eispraxeon Leoforion), but for those opting for more speed the train is also available. Do note that the railway network is much more limited compared to the bus or ferry networks though.
What to see and do
If you’re in Greece do visit Athens, the capital city located in Central Greece. The city hosted the 2004 Olympic Games, a symbolic event as the Olympic Games were born, long ago, in Athens, created by the Athenian people. Athens is the political, cultural and financial centre of Greece and home to more than 4 million people. Even as a modern metropolis and a must-go tourist destination for history buffs now, Athens still holds her old-world charm, mixing it up with a bit of modernity but never losing her authenticity. Be sure to visit the Acropolis, one of the most famous archaeological citadels in Europe, to see some of the oldest, most historically significant, and imposing monuments there are in the world.
Next, visit the second largest of the Ionian Islands, the gorgeous Corfu. Don’t miss the city’s beautifully preserved Old Town, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. There, you can see Venetian-style architecture in the trademark arches of the old buildings and small sidestreets,, reminiscent of when Corfu was under Venetian rule from the 14th century to the 17th.
But if sun and sand is what you’re looking for then Santorini, a beautiful city with 4,000 years of history and some of the most spectacular islands in the world, is your place. Once there, soak in the amazing blue seas and gorgeous scenery, visit the beautiful Red Beach, and –for the more adventurous ones –check out the live volcano the islands are known for. In fact, the island group of Santorini itself is the active volcanic centre of the Hellenic Volcanic Arc in the south Aegean Sea.
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