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Holidays to Greece

To rise early and retire early in any given day is part of the Greek lifestyle, and this laid-back atmosphere is perfect for travellers looking for a relaxing trip. However, once the sun has set this relaxation is sometimes followed by heading out to enjoy some of the local nightlife. Athens, the country’s capital city, offers visitors an amazing selection of nightlife activities, from cafes and bars to superb restaurants and live entertainment.

No visit to Greece would be complete without a trip to Athens, one of the most historically significant cities in the world. Visitors should not overlook the many awe-inspiring sights that this marvellous city has to offer. Athens is an impressive city that played host to many historic and legendary Greek events. It is a city with a unique combination of Western and Middle Eastern cultures. Some 40 per cent of Greece’s population lives in the capital city.

Because of the 2004 Olympics the city of Athens underwent a huge renovation programme, and visitors can now enjoy the improvements that were made to one of the world’s most popular holiday locations. New buildings were created, airports updated, and many shrubs and trees were planted along the edges of the city streets. The city has a modern subway system with a station at the central Syntagma Square that makes it easy to travel around the area.

In the old town of Athens is Plaka. This area of the city has been populated for more than 5,000 years. Resting on the east and north sides of the Acropolis, it provides visitors with an insight into a rich history, ancient churches and endless monuments.

Also worth visiting whilst in Athens are some of the surrounding hills. One such being the Acropolis (490ft above sea level). The city’s most impressive attraction is the 2,500-year-old Parthenon atop the Acropolis. On the outskirts, Mount Pendeli, Mount Hymettos and Mount Parnitha surround the city.

Piraeus is an old Mediterranean seaport, and is one of the last old-style ports in use. This is the place where tourists can catch ferries to any of the Greek islands and even some international destinations. Close to this port, explorers will find some excellent beaches with great facilities. Ideal to relax and to soak up the sun.

For your holidays to Greece, other noteworthy sites include the Roman building Agora, the 1,500-year-old Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, and the Dionysos Theatre, the world’s oldest.

Climate

Greek summers are typically warm and dry with a lot of sunshine. The hot summer days are often cooled by the Meltemi, or seasonal winds. The winter months of January and February also tend to be mild. However, it can be quite cold in the upper elevations of the north. Summer temperatures can peak at more than 40C, while winter days on the mainland remain in the low to mid-teens, and can sometimes even reach 20C.

Currency

The euro is the currency in use in Greece.

 

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