Athens is the capital of Greece, so you can meet a huge number of visitors here. Many tourists arrive here from other countries, landing at the international local airport. For lovers of a relaxing holiday, Athens is not suitable, because the city seems to be saturated with bustle, noise and sun. Athens is popular among fans of the history and myths of Ancient Greece, as well as among fans of excursions to local attractions: the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion, the Eleusinian ruins and the Byzantine monastery of Daphni.
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Crete is the largest Greek island, known to most of the inhabitants of the planet. Locals claim that the great thunder god Zeus was born here, as well as the notorious artist El Greco, so there are always a lot of tourists here. The cuisine of the island of Crete, according to its inhabitants and guests of the country, is not only interesting and unusual, but also very tasty. Holidays in Greece, of course, should start with a visit to this island and the capital – Athens.
The archipelago is located between the Peloponnese and Attica and is popular with tourists who want to stay at sea near Athens. During the peak season, local beaches, especially on the island of Aegina, are almost completely occupied by tourists. The picturesque Saronic Islands also attract tourists thanks to the well-preserved temple of the goddess Aphaia.
This territory stretches from the snow-capped peaks of Mount Parnassus and the highest mountain range of Olympus to the Corinth Canal. Here, in the distant past, the Battle of Thermopylae took place, as well as the Battle of Chaeronea, where the Greeks were defeated by Philip of Macedon. Fans of the beach and shops will not be too interested here, but those who are interested in the history and sights of Greece should visit the monasteries of Meteora, the Delphic sanctuaries, as well as the slopes of Mount Pelion, where centaurs could have been many years ago.
A number of islands are located extremely close to the Turkish coastline. Here are located one of the most famous Greek resorts after the island of Crete – Kos and Rhodes, famous for their magnificent beach areas and hotels, as well as a variety of sightseeing tours. The small island of Patmos is especially popular with those interested in history and culture.
The Sporades are a group of islands famous for their clearest waters and golden yellow sandy beaches surrounded by lush greenery. This amazingly beautiful place is located in the vicinity of Athens. Especially popular is Evia, the main island of this archipelago, where at the peak of the season there is such an overcrowding of the beach area that there is nowhere for an apple to fall.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in the country and is rightfully considered the Greek Constantinople. There are many attractions here, in addition, Thessaloniki is an ideal place to start excursions in Macedonia and Northern Greece.
These islands attract visitors with picturesque landscapes, lush vegetation and incredible blue sea. Especially popular and in demand is the island of Corfu, which is considered the “pearl” of the Ionian Islands, due to which rest and entertainment here are quite expensive. The Ionian Islands occupy one of the important places among the many resorts in Greece.
Climate of Greece
The climate in Greece is very pleasant, Mediterranean, which is characterized by dry, hot summers and warm, wet winters. In general, it is approximately the same in different coastal resorts.
Visa to Greece
Citizens of the Russian Federation need to obtain a visa to travel to Greece. Greece is a member of the Schengen Agreement, so if a tourist has a “Schengen” of this country, it allows you to visit other Schengen countries. Document requirements are as follows: a passport valid for 3 months after the end of the trip, a completed application form, a hotel room reservation, a round-trip air ticket and proof of solvency.
IMPORTANT: In most cases, the presence of even one Schengen visa to Greece (or another country of the Schengen Agreement) is issued by the Greeks for a multi-Schengen visa for 3 or even 5 years.
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How to get to Greece
Tourists from Russia can use the following flights to Greece:
- Moscow – Zakynthos Island EL 000 (from Domodedovo to D. Solomos);
- Moscow – Thessaloniki EL 909 (from Sheremetyevo to the Macedonia region);
- Petersburg – Thessaloniki EL 911 (from Pulkovo-1 to the Macedonia region).
Direct flights are operated by Aeroflot airlines (flights to Athens daily) and Polet (from Voronezh to Athens and Heraklion once a week in summer).
By bus or taxi
How to get to Greece by car or bus? There is a highway Moscow-Sofia-Istanbul-Skopje. In addition, the Arda Tur company sends daily 6-hour tours from Sofia to Thessaloniki.