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According to the most recent census in 2011, Greece is home to just over 10 million inhabitants. This country located in the south-eastern portion of the European Union is actually an agglomeration of numerous islands and peninsulas. Due to its southerly climate and an unfettered access to the Mediterranean Sea, Greece has been a popular holiday destination for hundreds of years. However, the state of the economy has seen these numbers fall. This is a distinct advantage, for you will now be able to enjoy all of the sights and attractions for prices which are now significantly cheaper. Let's take a look at some of the basics to keep in mind when travelling here.
The largest airport within Greece is Athens International Airport (ATH). It is the 30th airport in Europe in terms of passengers; serving anywhere between 10 and 25 million passengers each year). As the name hints, this hub if found within the heart of Athens. This affords easy access to major transportation routes as well as a host of the most sought-after attractions. Some of the carriers which Athens International Airport caters to include:
Note here that budget carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet do NOT operate out of this airport. Should you choose these companies, you will require connecting flights from other major European cities.
Greece is often known for its stunning beaches such as those which can be found upon the island of Santorini. Depending upon where you plan on staying, it is a good idea to plan ahead in terms of travel arrangements. Still, some popular strips of sand include Kos, Kamari, Naxos and of course, the ancient site of Rhodes.
Beaches aside, Greece is laden with an interesting and eclectic history. Famous sited known around the world include the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Meteora, Syntagma Square, the Agora of Athens, the Erechtheion and naturally, the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
There are nonetheless countless family-friendly activities available during your stay. It is worthwhile examining locations such as the National Garden of Athens, the Aquaworld Aquarium and the water parks of Sidari for great examples of what to expect for a bit of enticing nightlife as well as excellent dining experiences. If you are in the mood for urban attractions, try to visit major cities such as Thessaloniki, Patrai, Attica and Piraeus.
This question actually takes a slight departure from other locations within the Mediterranean. As we have mentioned previously, Greece is desperate to increase their tourism industry. The number of visitors has significantly lessened during the past few years, so there is actually no incorrect time to visit. Prices for flights and accommodations will still be slightly cheaper during the autumn and the winter if you are on a tight budget. Regardless of when you plan on arriving, expect an experience that is unlike any other within all of Europe. Be prepared for an incredible time!