Strategically located at the northeastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea, Greece forms the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula in southeast Europe. Its territory includes several hundred islands in the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas, of which only 227 are inhabited. Greece has 16.000 kilometres of coastline of which 7500 are found around the islands of the Greek archipelago, a truly unparalleled phenomenon on the European continent. Eighty per cent of Greece is though mountainous and mount Olympus is the highest point in the country (2 917m).

Arts such as architecture, sculpture, pottery, weaving, music, jewelry making and painting have a long-term tradition in Greece, where civilisations had already developed in Prehistoric Years. The Cycladic, Minoan and the Mycenean are the first of the great civilisations flourished in Greece during the 2nd millennium B.C. During the historical years, the civilisations of the Geometric Period and the Archaic Period were considered to be the forerunners of the culture found in the Classical Period (5th – 4th Century B.C.). Greek civilisation developed during the subsequent Hellenistic Years, the Roman Years and the Byzantine Years. In more recent times our history was marked by the Ottoman occupation and the emergence of the new Hellenic State after the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830).
A visit to archaeological sites, museums and monuments throughout the country provides a vivid picture of the civilisations in Greece. Folk culture for the Greek people, rich in music, dances, poetry and theatre, is part of their everyday life.

Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. Greece is a land of unbelievable beauty and diversity. Its wealth of wildlife and beautiful sceneries, its history and culture, its cuisine but foremost the friendliness of its people welcome every year many friends from all over the world to Greece!

 Καλώς να ορίσετε στην Ελλάδα και στα Ελληνικά!

  • Text: Katerina Passissi
  • Featured Image by Didiwo, CC0 Public Domain, Pixabay

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