We spend half our life sitting in a chair or sleeping, so at least our packages should mean one thing: livening up, getting out and getting healthy exercise in the unspoiled nature of Greece – one of the most wanted destinations worldwide.
What Greece stands for? Warm Climate, Sports History, Olympic Games Birthplace, Mediterranean Healthy Cuisine, Pure Nature, Archaeological Monuments, Safe Sea Swimming, Myths & Stories, 15.000 km of Coastline, 1.400 Islands, 300 Days Sunshine, Safe Environment, Direct Flights or Charters to many Islands and the mainland. Tourist information handled by the Greek NATIONAL Tourist Organization (EOT) and you can find much useful info at the official website www.visitgreece.com
Weather. Typical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild winters. Rains mostly in January-February-March at the western part of Greece. More info www.hnms.gr When you should travel? We strongly suggest to choose mountainous locations during Summer time, all destinations during Spring & Autumn time, beach locations during Winter time.
The islands are divided in 6 groups of islands: (1) the Cyclades (Mykonos, Santorini, others), (2) the Dodecanese (Rhodos, Kos, others), (3) the Ionian Islands (Corfu, Lefkada, others), (4) the Sporades (Skiathos, Skopelos, others), (5) the north eastern Aegean Islands (Samothraki, Thassos, others), (6) the Saronic Gulf or Attica Islands (Egina, Hydra, others). The two largest islands are Crete and Evia (next to Athens) and they do not belong in any group. In the mainland the landscape is mainly mountainous, with amazing flora and fauna diversity. It is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, hikes, mountain bikers. The main mountains are: Pindos mountains at the central Greece,
Mountains. Taygetos mountain at Messinia-Peloponnese, White mountain at Crete and the famous Olympus mountain (2.917meters), the place of ancient Greek gods.
The rivers in Greece are a perfect place for white water rafting, some of them are: Aheloos, Aliakmonas, Arahtos, Lousios. Trees begin to blossom as early as the end of February and the wildflowers start to appear in March. During Spring the hill-sides are carpeted with flowers.
Greece has all the Mediterranean birds, like wagtails, tits, warblers, be-eaters, larks, etc, as well as some more distinctive species, like the hoopoe. A large number of migratory birds (204 species), most of which are merely passing by on their way from winter feeding sites in north Africa to summer nesting grounds in Europe. Endangered species are the brown bear, the Mediterranean monk seal, the carete careta sea turtle, and others (www.wwf.gr for more info).
Language. Greek is the official national Language, but English and French are both very widely spoken, especially in business circles. Most business and government documents and websites are available in both Greek and English.
Getting to Greece
AIR. Greece has 16 international airports. The ones in Athens (www.aia.gr), Thessaloniki, Heraklion and Chania in Crete, Kalamata take scheduled flights all year round and the others take charter flights from the most European cities. At Athens international airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) flights arrive from many cities around the world. Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines are the main Greek airport companies which do the domestic flights to the Greek islands, such as: Mykonos, Santorini (Thira), Kos, Karpathos, Samos, Skiathos, Kavala (northern Greece), Aktion (next to Lefkada island), Kefalonia, Zakynthos. Domestic flights from Athens getting to the following islands: Astypalea, Chios, Corfu, Hania Crete, Iraklio Crete, Sitia Crete, Ikaria, Karpathos, Kefalonia, Kos, Kythira, Leros, Lesvos, Limnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodos, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Skyros, Syros, Zakynthos.
LAND. You can get to Greece via land (bus, car, train) from the countries: Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania, FYROM.
SEA. It is very common to travel Greece via sea, due plenty ports around Greece. From Turkey there are scheduled ferries from Marmaris to Rhodos island, from Cesme to Chios island, from Bodrum to Kos island, from Ayvalik to Lesvos island, from Kusadasi to Samos island. There are ferries to Greece from Italian ports Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, Venice and they arrive at Patra, Igoumenitsa, Corfu and Kefalonia. Domestic ferry routes. The hub of Greece’s ferry network is Piraeus port in Athens. Ferries leave from Piraeus for the most of the island destinations. Athens’s second port is Rafina and the third port is Lavrio. Ferries for the Ionian islands leave from Patra port, Kyllini port, and Igoumenitsa port. Ferries for Sporades islands leave from Volos port.
Greece consists of a peninsula and about 1400 islands, of which 169 are inhabited and the others are still virgin paradises. This is the great Greek Polynisia. In Greece no area is much more than 100km from the sea.
Marinas & Anchorages. In Greece, currently, there are 21 operating marinas offering 7,500 docking spots. There are also 20 anchorage points offering additionally 3,000 anchoring sports. www.thalassa.gr
List of Marinas – List of Anchorages
Gouvia, Corfu island, 850 spots – Paxi island, Ionian islands
Lefkada island, 600 spots – Ithaca island, Ionian islands
Aktio, Aetolokarnania, 136 spots – Kefalonia island, Ionian islands
Vounaki, Aetolokarnania, 70 spots – Zakynthos island, Ionian islands
Patra, Peloponnese, 450 spots – Pilos, Costa Navarino, Peloponnese
Kalamata, Peloponnese, 300 spots – Gythio, Peloponnese
Xylokastro, Peloponnese, 220 spots – Nafplio, Peloponnese
Agios Nikolaos, Crete, 250 spots – Mikrolimano, Piraeus
Iraklio, Crete, 365 spots – Egina island
Alimos, Attica/Athens, 950 spots – Poros island
Vouliagmeni, Attica/Athens, 115 spots – Hydra island
Glyfada, Attica/Athens, 780 spots – Spetses island
Zea, Attica/Athens/Piraeus, 650 spots – Mykonos island
Flisvos, Attica/Athens, 211 spots – Ios island
Olympic marine, Lavrio, Attica/Athens, 685 spots – Lesvos island
Methana, Attica/Athens, 70 spots – Samos island
Aretsou, Thessaloniki, 300 spots – Chios island
Porto Carras, Halkidiki, 175 spots – Patmos island
Sani resort, Halkidiki, 100 spots – Symi island
Madraki, Rhodos, 115 spots
Kos island, 250 spots