The Greek peninsula juts into the waters of the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas. An archipelago consisting of some 2000 islands, the climate of Greece is hot and dry in the summer, warm and wet in the winter. A land of ancient mythology and modern hospitality, Greece offers travelers a diverse spate of experiences. Its archeological riches bear witness to the origins of democracy, which was first conceived in Athens, though one of Greece’s famous sons, Socrates, doubted its merits. The Olympic Games are a Greek creation, named for their birthplace here in Olympia, Greece.
Greece’s historical wealth is only rivaled by its scenic diversity. Pristine beaches, rustic fishing boats, fields carpeted with wildflowers, rugged rocky terrain and sun-bleached cities provide a bounty of visual stimuli. Greek culture celebrates everyday life through its cuisine. Meals are often based around the fresh ingredients indigenous to each locale. Greek city nightlife is vibrant and lively, while its islands offer varying degrees of peaceful, remote relaxation. The spirit of Dionysus thrives in the Greek appetite for celebration. The Greek year is riddled with festivals commemorating various religious, historic and cultural events.