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Greece is a destination attracting a wide variety of visitors, among whom will be holidaymakers, those seeking properties to purchase and those travelling on business. Steeped in myth, legend and ancient history, Greece is irresistible to the lover of the classics and a must-see for anyone interested in knowing where our civilization stemmed from. Greece has a wealth of culture and scenery to explore; yet it is also able to offer a glorious beach lover’s paradise - and a holiday destination second to none. Greece and her islands offer something for everyone.
 
Located in southeastern Europe, Greece is bordered by Bulgaria, Albania, Turkey, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The South Balkan Peninsula, which constitutes Greece, is surrounded by over a thousand islands, of which less than 200 are inhabited. It is primarily a mountainous country with a major chunk of its landmass perched at over 1,500 m above sea level.
  
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Perhaps no nation in Europe can boast of a more ancient history than Greece. Greece's antiquity dates back to around 8500 BC, and encompasses among others the Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations. The evolution of powerful city-states, especially Athens and Sparta, around 800 BC was arguably the high point of Grecian civilization. The reign of King Augustus that followed, ushered in an era of prosperity in all spheres: an era when Pericles commissioned the Parthenon, Democritus taught the concept of democracy, Sophocles wrote Oedipus Rex, and Socrates taught the intricacies of logic. Later, Alexander's conquest of the city-states was followed by the Roman invasions that began in 205 BC. Greece became a part of the Byzantine Empire in the 4th century AD. This was followed by the Crusades, and by AD 1500, Greece came under Turkish control. In the early 19th Century Greece finally gained independence, although a stable democracy was still not established until comparatively recently in 1974 when the ruling military government ceded power.
 
The colourful history of Greece is reflected in the ruins and monuments that lie scattered literally all over the country. The capital Athens may sometimes be seen as a smog-filled city of high-rise buildings, but her special charm, grandeur and excitement really do have to be experienced. Besides the oft-visited Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Theatre of Dionysus, the National Archaeological Museum has an absolute treasure trove of antiquities. At the same time Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, should not be overlooked. It too is well worth a visit and has many monuments, most dating back to Byzantine times.
   
Each area of Greece has its own character; many regions are known for their picturesque scenery and rich history, the islands offer a chance for people to escape to a beach paradise, whilst mainland Greece is relatively untouched by tourism and the rich authentic Greek way of life remains there to be discovered by those willing to step off the beaten track. The mountainous terrain of Greece is ideal for trekking during the summer, yet offers the delights of many snow sports in the winter. 
 
We hope that you enjoy browsing through the pages of this website and that they will provide you with the quality information that will enable you to plan your visit and make the most of your time in this wonderful country. 

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