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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

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elikon Hotel
7.9 10
Elikon Hotel
3, Dorou str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Located in the centre of Athens, Elikon Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro station, making transport easy throughout Athens. Piraeus Port is only 20 minutes away using the metro.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Delfini
Hotel Delfini
7, Leocharous str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Delfini is located near the port of Piraeus just 3 minutes walk from the old electric railway station (Metro Line 1) and 5 minutes walk from the port, which has direct accessibility to all Aegean islands. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). The Athens International Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 50 minutes with the bus X95 or in 1 hour and 30 minutes with the electric train and metro.

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Nouvelle Hotel
Nouvelle Hotel
7km Thessaloniki - Oraiokastro, 57013 Thessaloniki, Greece

Nouvelle Hotel is located in Oraiokastro, just 8 km away from the centre of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki International Airport is 28.9 km away. The port of Thessaloniki is approximately a 20-minute drive away.


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