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Rental car in Crete, Greece Greece has always attracted tourists with its ancient culture and history. But in Greece you can easily find that balance between ancient and modern, as this country offers much – from very old monuments to trendy nightspots. Wherever you plan to go in Greece, you will be charmed by Greek people, sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes and towns.

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Greece Travel

In the list of the countries, suggested by the World Tourism Organization, Greece takes up the 15th position. Annually more than 14 million tourists come to Greece to enjoy sunny weather all the year round, golden sandy beaches, picturesque sheltered bays, and small islands. In summer the Greek islands become the most popular destinations. They differ from each other, but have much in common, being very attractive for the tourists, providing the visitors with necessary requirements and facilities for unforgettable vacation. Apart from summer rest, the country also offers a great variety of opportunities: ecotourism, working holidays, therapeutic spas and walking tours, winter tourist resorts and discovery holidays.

Every city, town, village and island of Greece is worth visiting, because appropriate conditions for the tourists are created there. Incredibly rich history of the country is reflected in hundreds of archaeological sites, monuments, museums, and historical places. There are many things to learn about Greece, but first of all try national cuisine, which depicts all the peculiarities of the country, mixes past and present, gives the opportunity to deep in Greek traditions and customs.

It is hard to have bad time in any of Greek cities, especially it should be said about Athens, the capital of Greece and one of the oldest cities in the world. You need a lot of time to explore all the historical sights of the city. The most famous tourists’ rout starts from the Gazi area, then follow the Plaka and the Monastiraki and finishes near the Acropolis Hills. A bright example of the contemporary architecture of Athens is the Athens Olympic Complex built for European Athletics Championships. Moreover the city can boast having more than 50 museums, the exhibits of which represent the world treasures. The Saronic Islands are situated in the suburbs of the capital. It is a good place for a holiday and is very crowded especially in weekends. One of the most popular and the most visited Greek islands is Crete. It has a lot of tourist attractions; a great deal of them is concentrated in the towns of Rethymnon, Loutro, Matala, Fodele and others.

If you want to experience cosmopolitan nightlife or enjoy peaceful atmosphere, choose the Cyclades islands. Among all of them Mykonos is on the top rated destinations. Prominent landmarks of this territory, beautiful scenery, the Archaeological Museum with its marble sculptures, works of ceramics and luxurious jewelry fill up your vacation with marvelous memories. As for the Ionian Islands in Greece, they are known for their small villages and beautiful beaches. Corfu offers the opportunities for the adventurous activities, such as kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, and scuba-diving. The most impressive of all Greek islands is for sure Lesvos with its rich flora and fauna, tiny villages, showing the tourists all the delights of Greek provincial life, and of course, sandy beaches.

The city of Corinth is considered to be the most interesting in sense of historic heritage. The most notable of all sights are the Temple of Apollo, the remains of Aphrodite’s Temple, the Byzantine fortress, and numerous ancient theaters. A lot of ancient ruins can be found in Rhodes. The must visit places are the following: The Grand Master’s Palace (the symbol of the city), The Clock Tower, and the church of Panaghia Bourgou. In Rhodes there are many museums, which are worth your attention: the Museum of Modern Art, the Municipal Epavlis, and Folklore Museum. You have no right to say that you know everything about Greece without visiting Thessaloniki - the second-largest city and the capital of Macedonia. It is the epicenter of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Jewish architecture, the place of the most important cultural event in South Eastern Europe - the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. So, Greece is a good place for anybody, because there are many different summer resorts, also the country offers great possibilities for winter vacations. Just don't forget to get your rental car Greece from Auto Hire Online and save!

Greece Geography

Being one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Greece also has the advantageous geographic location - at the junction point of Africa, Asia and Europe. The official name of Greece is the Hellenic Republic. It is situated in southeastern Europe. The country is bordered by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria (in the north), Turkey and Albania (in the east). You can easily combine visits to other European destinations if you rent a car in Greece from Auto Hire Online, your car rental specialist in Europe. From the east and south the mainland Greece is washed by the Aegean Sea, from the west - by the Ionian Sea. The territory of Greece consists of more than 6 thousand islands, only 227 of them are inhabited.

The terrain of Greece is mainly mountainous. Moreover, it is one of the most mountainous places in Europe. The highest peak is Mount Olympus, which has long history and appears in all Greek myths. The country can also boast the tenth largest coastline in the world, the largest island is Crete. As for the climate it is different in different parts of the country. In the mountainous regions (northwestern areas) is the Alpine type of climate. East and Central Macedonia and Thrace are characterized by the moderate type of climate.

Greece History

Greece is considered to be the oldest civilization in the world, as well as Greek language. The history of the country began in the Paleolithic period. The historians constantly argue what tribes settled the country. Bit by bit the territory of Greece was divided into several states with the so-called capitals. Before the modern Greek state was established it passed three periods in its development. The first was the Hellenistic Era, when the culture and traditions based on the ancient Olympics appeared. Later the Greek peninsula became a Roman province and the second period of Greek history began. It stimulated the interaction of Roman and Greek cultures. The third period of Greek history started when the country had fallen under Turkish control. The Ottoman Empire was the last to rule the country.

Greece gained its independence in 1830. In 1890 Greece experienced the economic collapse, the period of the political reforms ended and the country became a bankrupt. During the first half of the 20th century the neighboring Greek-speaking islands and territories were added to the territory of Greece. The political system of the country was represented by the political clubs, the members of which were professional men and landowners. In 1912 with the victory of the Liberal Party new state bureaucracies were established. After the World War I the political conflicts in the country sharpened greatly. During World War II the territory of Greece was invaded by Italy then by Germany, as a result, the protracted civil war began, which ruined the economy of the country. In 1974 the monarchy was abolished, gradually Greece joined European Community (later it became European Unity) and entered European Economic and Monetary Union.

Greece Sightseeing

If you hadn’t been to Greece, you wouldn’t have seen anything. It is out of the question that the principle sights of the country are the world-famous Parthenon and Acropolis. Among other popular attractions - Olympus, it is considered to be the home of the gods in ancient mythology. The site of the ancient oracle is situated at Delphi, the Agora - at Corinth, and the Minoan ruins on Crete. Moreover, Greece is a motherland of platonic ideals and the Socratic method, democracies and republics, and the Olympics, that’s why do not hesitate and visit this European country. If you want to make your trip a memorable experience, rent a car in Greece through Auto Hire Online and save a lot!

Start your travel around Greece from Athens. Admire the ancient architecture of the Parthenon, Erechtheion, the Ancient Agora, the Herod Atticus Odeon, and the Theater of Dionysus. The excursion around old neighborhoods of the downtown area, such as Plaka and Thisseion, will be for sure interesting. Thessaloniki in Central Macedonia is the second largest city in Greece. The White Tower is considered to be the symbol of the city. Twin monuments from the Roman period - the Arch and the Tomb of Galerius are also interesting to visit. Another historical town of Corinth invites the tourists to enjoy Ancient City, the Acrocorinthos Hill, the Archaeological Museum and the Iraio Sanctuary in Loutraki, which is situated nearby.

If you want to spend the greatest holiday in your life - choose Greece. It will be a prefect destination. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. It provides numerous opportunities for the rest and relaxation. There are many natural sites, monuments, and beaches there. As for the sport the Greeks love soccer, it is a wide spread notion that it is the most favorite sport in the country. Basketball comes second in the list. Greece is also a good choice for water sports, sailing and diving. Other popular sports include swimming, sailing and water skiing, fishing, golf, and mountain climbing.

Greece Shopping

Being the capital of Greece, Athens welcomes the tourists, offering a wide range of goods. A real shopper's Mecca is the areas of Plaka and Monastiraki, where a great number of shops are concentrated. Except various shops you can find street merchants selling everything, beginning with jewelry and finishing with national food. Many tourists wonder what souvenirs to buy to remind you of this wonderful trip. Pistachios will be a splendid gift for anyone. They are nutritious and even tastier than American pistachios. You can buy these nuts at any nut shop on the Athens Market.

If you are eager to buy clothes visit Greece in August-September or January-February, when there are big sales. The top goods, which the tourists are eager to buy in Greece, are the following: traditional handicrafts, leather shoes and handbags, silver and gold jewelry, pottery, onyx items, marble and alabaster.

Greek Cuisine

Nowadays, Mediterranean diet is very popular all over the world. But the fans of such kind of diet hardly know that its base is Greek cuisine, because it is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Greek cuisine is always associated with olive oil, vegetables, wild greens, and fruit, which are main ingredients practically of every dish.