Greece is located in southeastern Europe with thousands of beautiful islands scattered throughout the Aegean, Mediterranean and Ionian Seas. The capital is Athens with its historic monuments and ancient landmarks that make this country world renowned. Millions of foreign tourists descend on Greece each year to marvel at 5th century B.C. Acropolis Citadel and the Parthenon Temple. Apart from its historic value it has beautiful beaches and resorts and this is where holiday makers come to visit for a well deserved rest, where the sun seems to always shine. Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Kos are just some of the islands you can visit, however Greece is home to around 6000 islands in total.
History of Greece
The history of Ancient Greece has been well documented and Greece was a leading light in technology, poetry and art. It is also where a police controlled state first happened. Ancient Greece refers to the period of 600 AD which is classed as the Dark Ages with the very first Olympic Games taking place in Olympia, Greece from 776 BC to 393 AD.
The Olympic Games initially began as a celebration and festival in honour of Zeus who was the King of the Greek gods. He was married to the goddess Hera who was his sister and they lived on Mount Olympus. Zeus was the god of sky and thunder and his brothers were Poseidon and Hades. In 1896 the first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece and has gone from strength to strength.
Why do tourists and holiday home hunters go to Greece?
Greece attract over 33 million tourists per year and the number rises with each passing year, making it one of the most visited countries in the world. Why visit Greece? The weather is a major factor along with friendly locals, picturesque beaches, an abundance of history and glorious sunshine. Many expats from across the world buy a property in Greece as they have visited often and decided to make it home for holidays or indeed permanent living.
Why should you buy a property in Greece for sale?
Greece is a vast country with many beautiful islands you can discover. Once you have invested in this idyllic country you can spend a lifetime touring mainland Greece and its islands. Another bonus is Greece is only around a 3.5 hour’s flight from the UK to Athens making it a medium haul flight which is ideal for holidays and long weekend breaks. There is a turnaround in the Greek economy which saw it grow by 1.6% and the growth is expected to continue with an estimation of 2.5 %. After a bumpy few years the Greek property market is on the rise too and buyers are once again interested in making a property investment there.
Where to buy property in Greece?
Favourite areas to invest in Greece are Athens, Kythnos Island (which is the nearest island to Athens) the Cyclades Islands, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini, Rhodes, Zakynthos (Zante) and Kefalonia. Apart from the Capital of Athens it’s the Greek islands that investors prefer to buy as an investment, holiday home or permanent residence.
Flights to Greece
Flights to Greece and the Greek islands are mostly year round, if the flights are limited in the winter months you can fly to Athens and catch a connecting flight from there to your destination. Just a 3.5 hour flight from the UK and less from other European countries means an easy flight and if you opt to make Greece your permanent home you can easily jet back and too. All the main Islands have international airports so you can book a direct flight without any problems. If you choose a small island you may need to fly into the nearest bigger island and catch a domestic flight.
Climate in Greece
It has a typically Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Greece has two seasons between April and September it’s hot and dry and between October and March it’s mild with a little rain.
There is a difference between mainland Greece and the islands, the north is cooler in the mountain areas and the south warmer and drier. The islands are what attract the holiday maker and holiday home buyer with its Mediterranean climate with hot dry days and the meltemi winds which is a beautiful sea breeze that blows from the north and north west. These are welcome especially in the hottest months of July and August.
Max average Temperature °C
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Athens 13 14 17 20 25 30 33 34 29 24 19 15
Greek Islands 14 14 16 20 24 29 31 31 28 24 19 15
Average days of sunshine
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Athens 4 5 6 8 9 11 12 12 9 7 5 4
Greek Islands 5 6 7 9 11 13 14 13 11 8 6 5
Facts about Greece
Greece has a population of over 11 million.
Greece has 40 % of the population living in Athens which is the capital and it is one of the oldest cities in Europe.
Greece’s most famous landmark The Parthenon was built around 2,500 years ago and sits on the Acropolis in Athens and it took 15 years to build.
Greece receives over 33 million tourists each year and each year, the number of visitors increase.
Greece has at least 250 days of sunshine per year (3,000 hours per year).
Greece is surrounded by 3 seas, the Ionian Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
Greece total area covers 131,940 square kilometres (50,942 square miles). The largest of its islands is Crete 8,260 square kilometres (3,189 square miles).
Greece’s highest elevation is 9,750 feet (2,917m) at Mount Olympus which was home to Zeus.
Greece’s most visited island by tourists is Rhodes which is a popular holiday destination.
Greece has a coastline that spans around 9,000 miles and no place in Greece is further than 85 miles (137 km) from the sea. Its coastline is the 10th longest across the globe.
Greece’s first ruler was Alexander the Great who was born in 356 B.C. and was the first ruler to have his face on Greek coins.
Greece is famous for its production of marble and 7% of all the marble in the world comes from Greece.
Greece is known for its philosophers and the first was from 624-546 B.C and his name was Thales of Miletus.
Greece is currently the 3rd leading producer of olives and some of its trees still producing olives today were planted in the 13th century.
Greece leads the world for the most archaeological museums than any other country.
Greece is famous for many of its church domes, furniture, windows and doors being painted blue, this is because the ancient Greeks believed it “keeps evil away”.
Greece’s national cheese is of course feta which is made from goat’s milk.
Greece’s first Olympic champion in 776 B.C was a man named Coroebus who came 1st in the sprint race and he was a cook. At each Olympics Games the Greeks would sacrifice 100 bulls to honour Zeus.
Greece has one of the oldest languages in Europe it’s been spoken for over 3,000 years.
Greece’s national dish is called Gyro and in second place is Moussaka.
Greece and its Islands are waiting to be discovered by you, it offers a luxurious lifestyle so why not try it!