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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 & Appartment in Kalambaka, Greece Hostel Meteora
Hostel Meteora
51, Tiouson & Papagou str., Trikala, 42100 Kalambaka, Greece

Hostel Meteora is located in the heart of Trikala city, 20 km east from Kalambaka village and famous Meteora monasteries. There is bus and train connection every 1 hour and it takes only 15 minutes to reach the Holy Meteora. Another places of interest in Thessaly region such as Delphi, Mount Olympus and Kissavos Beaches are easily accessible from lively Trikala city. Trikala is 328 km from Athens and can be reached with a bus or a train within 4 hours.

Studio & Appartment in Zakynthos, Greece Studio Stars
Studio Stars
Mouzaki - Laganas, 29092 Zakynthos, Greece

Surrounded by lush gardens with citrus trees, Studio Stars offers self-catering accommodation in a quiet location just 1 km away from the lively center of the cosmopolitan Laganas resort and 3 km from Laganas Beach. Zakynthos international airport is at 4 km, while the main port in picturesque and historic Zakynthos town is at 5 km. A bus stop with good service to the town can be found just a few meters away from the property.

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.


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