Greece General Information
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), and the islands of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. There are a large number of islands in the Aegean Sea such as those in the northeast, the Sporades Islands, the Cyclades Islands, and the Dodecanese Islands. In addition, there are also more isolated islands 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
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.
The Sporades Islands
The Sporades, situated along Greece’s central mainland and Evia, have kept the authentic island habitat and tradition. In fact, much has remained the same over the centuries. Skiathos and Skopelos are two famous islands.
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.
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.
The Ionian Islands are called the Heptanese, meaning the seven islands. Located on the western side of Greece, the islands of the Ionian Sea are famous for their gorgeous beaches and lush greenery. Some of the more popular islands include Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and Lefkada. There are also several other more secluded islands.
Greece General Information | Climate
The vegetation and climate go hand in hand with the geographic diversity of Greece. In fact, the variety of vegetation is extraordinary. Also, there are more than 6000 indigenous plants with two hundred and fifty just 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 medium size where you will find various species of pines, oaks, olives, fruit, and palms in abundance.
The geographic positioning also allows for alternating weather patterns. In addition, there are cold winters, and warm 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 from 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 Greece Yacht Charters
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’s currency is the Euro. Since this is the single currency that countries in the Eurozone use, you will also be able to this one currency in other countries such as Italy. The Euro is available in both coin and note denominations.
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