Greece general information from geography to climate, to currency, here’s some information you might find helpful when traveling in Greece.
The country is composed of the continental segment (Attica, Pelopónnisos, Central Greece, Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia, and Thrace), the islands of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. There are a large number of islands in the Aegean Sea such as those in the north-east, the Sporades Islands, the Cyclades Islands, and the Dodecanese Islands. As well as the more isolated ones in the south such as Crete.
Greece General Information | Island Groups
- Cyclades Islands
- The Sporades Islands
- The Dodecanese Islands
- The Saronic Gulf Islands
- Ionian Islands
Greece General Information | The Cyclades Islands
The Cyclades Islands are made up of 39 islands. Twenty-four of the islands are inhabited. Santorini, Mykonos, Ios, Paros are the most famous Cyclades Islands.
Greece General Information | The Sporades Islands
The Sporades, situated along Greece’s central mainland and Evia, have kept the authentic island habitat and tradition, which has remained the same over the centuries. Skiathos and Skopelos are two famous islands.
Greece General Information | The Dodecanese
The Dodecanese is made up of twelve large islands and other smaller ones. Each has its unique characteristics and charm. Rhodes, Kos are two of the top islands in this group which are close to Turkey.
Greece General Information | The Saronic Islands
Finally, the ocean that stretches from Attica to that of the Peloponnesian coast has another group of small islands in the Saronic Gulf. The most famous are Spetses, Hydra, Poros, and Aegina.
Greece General Information | Ionian Islands
The Ionian Islands are called the Heptanese, meaning the seven islands. Off the west coast of Greece, are the six northern islands in the Ionian Sea. Corfu and Zakynthos are two of the popular islands.
Greece General Information | Climate
The vegetation and climate go hand in hand with the geographic diversity of Greece: the variety of vegetation is extraordinary. Also, there are more than 6000 indigenous plants with two hundred and fifty in Crete. This vast quantity is a result of the geographic positioning of Greece, located between the continents of Europe and Africa. The trees, for example, are of a medium size where you will find various species of pines, oaks, olive, fruit, and palms in abundance.
The geographic positioning also allows for alternating weather patterns. In addition, there are cold winters, and warm exotic summers, that are cooled by prevailing winds called the “Meltemi.” Most of all the most prevalent characteristic of the climate in Greece is the ever-present sunshine. With no exaggeration, there are more than 3000 sun hours per year. However, the heat in the summer can be intense, especially in the southern islands, with water temperatures ranging in the 25 to 28 degrees zone from June to October.
Greece General Information | Seasons
- Low season: October to April
- Middle season: May, June, and September
- High season: July and August
Please note this will vary for some Greece yacht charter rates.
Greece General Information | Marina Locations and starting points
- Athens, Lavrion, and Poros: the starting point to Saronic Gulf and Cyclades(Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Mykonos)
- Rhodes, Kos and Samos Island: the point of departure to Dodecanese or Turkey (Bodrum and Marmaris)
- Skiathos, Milin the starting point to Sporades (Skopelos, Skyros)
- Corfu, Lefkada, and Patras: the starting point to the Ionian Sea (Paxos, Zakynthos)
Greece General Information | Major Cities
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