A group of 40 islands scattered across the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades are one of Greece's most popular tourist destinations. Today, the Cycladic Islands' architecture is characterized by blue-shuttered, whitewashed houses, Byzantine churches crowned with bright-blue domes, and windmills. Along the southeastern coast of Turkey, the Dodecanese Islands are a 12-island archipelago (hence its Greek name, meaning "12 islands") located in the Aegean Sea. The largest of the Dodacanese Islands, Rhodes, has something for everyone, from lush vegetation and beautiful beaches to a rich history and impressive monuments.
The beauty of Athens extends beyond its iconic architectural and historic significance as the "Cradle of Western Civilization" which is crowned by the spectacular Acropolis that rises above the city.
In bazaars the social ritual of bargaining is the rule. Begin by offering about 60% of the asking price and be prepared to go up to about 70% to 75%. Be prepared to leave in order to bring down the price, and never let anyone know how much you like something. It's great fun once you get the hang of it and a smile goes a long way!
Religious sites, such as monasteries and the like, have appropriate dress codes. Bare shoulders and knees are not permitted (a light covering for bare arms is advised), as well as shorts of any kind.