First-time visitors to Greece discover that it is a wonderland of scenic beauty, kind spirits, and excitement. Since it achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829, Greece has been a country in a slow transition of old versus new. It has been adding neighboring islands and territories to the country, and advancing in culture steadily through the past century.
Located in Southern Europe, Greece lies between Albania and Turkey, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Athens is perhaps the most important part of Greece, historically and mythically speaking. It also leads the traveler to Greece through a walk in time, where one can visualize long-known myths coming to full life. Ancient monuments in old cement are as much experienced in the imagination as seen in the historical remnants; upon the sight of the glory of what was once so majestic, the country it was in the past comes to full life.
The Cyclades are a part of Greece that can be described as both majestic and eclectic. They are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea that are picturesque and culturally blossoming. You can find myth or reality here, high-brow culture or a wild nightlife. You can find historical sights of major proportions or you can experience the beach scene. A visitor really sets the tone and experience for their own version of life and visitation in this part of Greece.
One more part of Greece that must be experienced as one travels through the country is the Peloponnese, which is part of the Greek mainland, yet separated from the rest of it by the Gulf of Corinth. It's true to Greek mythology in that it is named for Pelops, the son of Tantalos. Containing an astonishing number and kinds of ruins as well as breathtaking beauty that is natural Greece, it's perfect for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or place to discover and travel on your own.
Country Map of Greece
Here's a clever trip tip: Buy your street and highway maps for Greece before you depart. With a map, atlas, street guide or excursion guide in hand, you'll be able to know where you're going before you get there! Rather than spending precious vacation time hunting down a store that sells maps and then trying to figure out where things are, we think Trektools can get your Greek vacation off on the right foot. They've got more maps than you could possibly find at most Greek bookstores and you won't have to start your trip by being lost.
Speaking of planning ahead, you can't beat the convenience and security of having a cellular phone for Greece with an Greek phone number. Imagine having the benefits of local cellular service such as low rates and unlimited free incoming calls from anywhere in the world—any time of day or night—just like one of the locals! Cellular Abroad offers prepaid rental phones for Greece as well as our Talk Abroad rental—a prepaid international roaming phone—good for use on multi-country trips. (The Talk Abroad™ offers free incoming calls in over 20 countries!) You can also purchase an Greece phone and SIM card package for better value on long trips (or if you or a friend are frequent overseas travellers). Of course, you can also buy a Talk Abroad™ international roaming phone and SIM card bundles. Finally, if you already own an unlocked GSM world phone, you can pick up an Greece SIM card or Talk Abroad SIM. Either way, you'll be able to give out a European number to friends, family and colleagues back home before you leave. To learn more about GSM phones, prepaid SIM cards and how they can both save you a lot of money and keep you connected while you're abroad, go to our Start Here page or check out our FAQs.