The sprawling, modern city of Athens is built around the Acropolis ("upper city"), an imposing natural fortress selected by the city's first inhabitants, the Pelasgians, back in the Neolithic age for its strategic elevated position. The symbol of Athens since time immemorial, the Acropolis is crowned by the legendary Parthenon. In the northern part of the city, the National Archaeological Museum houses impressive collections of antiquities.
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.
Things to know about Greece Vacations
Electricity: 220 V
Time Zone: GMT +2 hr
Government: Parliamentary republic
Land size: 131,957 km2
Population: 11,000,000 approx
Religion: 97% Greek Orthodox, 3% other
Canadians require a valid passport. A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days.
International license recommended.
Greece Vacation Tips
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.
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