Top tip: Understand your islands
Situated in southeast Europe, on the Mediterranean, Greece comprises over 6,000 islands divided into several regions, with Crete as the largest and Euboea the second largest.
Greece has a Mediterranean climate. During the summer, hot dry days are often relieved by strong breezes, especially in the north and in coastal areas. Athens can be stiflingly hot, so visitors should allow time to acclimatise,although the evenings are cool. Winters are mild in the south but much colder in the north. Rain falls between November and March.
Facts and Figures
|Area||131,957 sq km (50,949 sq miles).|
|Capital||Athens – population 3,074,160 (2011)|
|Language||Greek (Ellenika). Most people connected with tourism will speak English, German, Italian or French.|
|Religion||97 per cent Greek Orthodox, with Muslim, Roman Catholic and Jewish Minorities.|
|Time||GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).|
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