Greece is situated in Southern Europe, with an area of 131,957 sq.km. and a population of 10,964,020. Greece is, since 1981, a member state of the E.U. and the currency used is the euro. Athens is the capital of Greece with a population of 3,192,606.
Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. Due to the country's geographical position, its rugged relief and its distribution between the mainland and the sea, there is great variation in Greece's climate. In summer, the dry hot days are cooled by seasonal winds called the meltemi, while mountainous regions have generally lower temperatures. The winters are mild in lowland areas, with a minimum amount of snow and ice, yet, mountains are usually snow-covered. In Greece, you are standing at a crossroad of cultures, colours and civilisations, you feel the strength of history and the warmth of being in the southernmost part of Europe; you discover an evolutionary process of thought, influence and experience.
Greece is a country of beautiful contradictions, a constant journey in time, from the present to the past and back again. Walk through the olive groves, through ancient sites. Move to clusters of sparsely inhabited islands. Roam from the beaches to the rocky mountains and explore breathtaking scenery. In Greece the fusion of images becomes more than imagery and turns into reality.
Also visit: Greek National Tourism Organisation