Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Greece – through the lens!





Greece – ancient country in the Balkans A popular tourist destination, Greece in south-eastern Europe comprises of thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it's often called the cradle of western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. The country’s currency is Euro........

Tourism in Greece has been a key element of the economic activity of the country, and is one of the most important revenue-earner. Greece has been a major tourist destination and an attraction in Europe since the 1970s mainly for its rich culture and history, which is reflected in large part by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, among the most in Europe and the world as well as for its long coastline, many islands and beaches. There are numerous archaeological sites dotted all around Greece, many of which are popular with 
tourists.


The ancient structures across the country, some of which are huge, are well-maintained though many are in ruins but give an idea of the glorious days. They tell a story of the ancient era when Greece was considered as the cradle of western civilization. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. The country’s currency is Euro.

 Greece has attracted as much as 33 million visitors in 2018, up from 24 million in 2015, making Greece one of the most visited countries in Europe and the world, and contributing around 25 per cent to the nation's Gross Domestic Product. Its capital city Athens, as well as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, Crete and Chalkidice are some of the country's major tourist destinations.




Several museums are located in the Hellenic Republic. Generally speaking, every major city and town in Greece has its own Archaeological Museum, which houses findings from the nearby area. However, most of them can be found in the big cities like Athens, where the famous New Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum are located. Furthermore, there are vast numbers of galleries like the National Gallery (Athens).

There are many museums in Thessaloniki too, like the Byzantine Museum. Overall, there are approximately 150 museums all over the country which are easily accessible for tourists. These Museums with artifacts tell you about the history, culture, traditional and lifestyle of  the people of ancient Greece.

In recent years, Greece has also promoted religious tourism and pilgrimages to regions with a significant historical religious presence, such as the monasteries in Meteora and Mount Athos, in cooperation with other countries.

Greece also is one of Europe's most popular LGBT tourist destinations, particularly its largest cities Athens and Thessaloniki and some of its islands such as Lesbos, Skiathos and Mykonos. The latter is a well-known Gay-friendly destination with many establishments catering to the LGBT community.


Greece has a Mediterranean climate along its coasts and islands. Once inland, many areas and cities experience a continental climate. Summers are usually hot and dry, while winters are generally mild and wet. Northern Greece can experience cold winters, while Southern Greece and the islands experience considerably milder winters.

As a developed country highly dependent on tourism, Greece offers a wide variety of tourist facilities. Tourism infrastructure in Greece has been greatly improved since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and continues to expand with a number of important projects particularly in areas of less mass-tourism. Some popular beach resorts include Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Corfu, Kefalonia, Zante and Skiathos attracting millions of foreign tourists every year.

My good friend Natalia Skoroletnia from Greece kind enough to permit me to post the pictures on the blog. I am sure this blog will arouse your interest in Greece and its ancient tourist spots and encourage you to have a enjoyable holiday in Greece. People who have been there enjoyed the hospitality and loved what they saw around this beautiful country.


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