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15 things you didn't know about Greece

Greece ● 15 June 2017
 
Have you booked your tickets to Greece, and you can't wait the moment of your arrival, when the famous Greek sun and the crystal waters of the sea impress you with their beauty? Be prepared for your journey by reading these interesting information about Greece you probably didn't know. As you will understand, Greece is not only the country that is daily in the newspapers due to the economic crisis. Greece is something more, and its amazing history, beauty and hospitality will steal your heart at the very first moment of your arrival.

1. Athens is one of the oldest capitals in the world, and 40% of the population of Greece lives there.

2. Greece is one of the most important olive oil producing countries. There are over 120 million olive trees in Greece, and some of them date back to the 13th century.

3. Greece is one of the sunniest countries in the world, with more than 250 days of sunshine per year.

Sunny Greece

4. More than 20 million tourists visit Greece every year. This number is 2 times the entire population of the country.

5. Thousands of English words come from the Greek language, such as apology, academy, alphabet and marathon.

6. The Greek language is spoken only in Greece and Cyprus, and it is not similar to any other language. Its alphabet is also unique.

7. Greece has 2,000 islands, but only 170 of them are inhabited.

Sikinos

8. Greece has the most archaeological museums in the world. Almost in every city and island, you will find an archaeological museum or an ancient site to admire.

9. Greece is the country with the lowest suicide rate in Europe, even now with the crisis.

10. In Greece, it is considered as an insult to salute someone with the fingers extended.

11. Drachma, the currency of Greece before Euro, was the oldest currency in the world (2,560 years old).

12. The Greek language is also one the oldest languages in the world. It is spoken for 3,000 years, and modern Greek has a lot in common with ancient Greek.

13. Theatre was born in Greece, and in Athens, you can visit the Dionysus Theatre, where the performances of ancient drama took place.

14. The name of Greece in the Greek language is "Hellas".

15. The Greeks are obliged by law to vote from the age of the 18.

Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Athens International Youth Hostel is a friendly, budget hostel located in a quiet residential street, close to the historic center of Athens and just 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 1.5 km, while the lively Monastiraki Square is at 1.3 km. Plaka, the historic and picturesque part of Athens with narrow cobblestone streets can be reached within a 18-minute walk.

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Keletron Hotel
Keletron Hotel
52, 11th November Str., 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Keletron Hotel is built in a central location in the town of Kastoria, close to many important sights. Vitsi Ski Center is 24 km away. The International Airport of Thessaloniki is 220 km away.

Hotel & Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Kastoria
Hotel Kastoria
17, Leontos Sofou str., 54626 Thessaloniki, Greece

Hotel Kastoria is located just a 5-minute walk from Ladadika, the historic center of Thessaloniki with many restaurants, bars and shops. Eleftherias Square can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot, and Aristotelous Square is at 1 km. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 20 km away.


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