Greece

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Travel Info

Travel info

Tourism

Greece and the Greek Islands are one of the favourite tourism destinations in Europe. Every year, the country welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world.

Visas

The list of countries whose nationals can stay in Greece for up to three months without a visa includes Australia, Canada, all EU countries, Iceland, Israel, Japan, NewZealand, Norway, Switzerlandand the USA.

For more information visit www2.mfa.gr/www.mfa.gr

Major cities

 Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra, Piraeus, Larisa, Salonica

Top tourist attractions

  • Monastery of Saint John the Theologian
  • Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos
  • Temple of Apollo at Bassae
  • Acropolis, Athens
  • Olympia
  • Santorini
  • Hydra
  • Delphi
  • Mount Athos
  • Dadia Forest Reserve and many others

Activities

Greece has been an attraction for international visitors since antiquity for its rich and long history, Mediterranean coastline and beaches.

Surface

Much of Greece is mountainous and rocky terrain, with the occasional plain. The Pindus Mountains start in northern Greece and stretch south to the Gulf of Patra. In the southern part of Greece are the Peloponnesus Mountains.

Climate

Most of Greece has a mild climate. Summers are warm and dry, particularly in the southern coastal areas. Rain is heavy during the winter months, with some mountain areas getting snow.

Taxes

Standard Rate 23% (since 1 Jul 2010) . Reduced Rate 13%, 6.5% (since 1 Jan 2011).

Public holidays

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • 6 January – Epiphany Day
  • 25 March – Greek Independence Day
  • Lent Clean Monday
  • Good Friday
  • Good Saturday
  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Holy Spirit Day
  • 1 May – Labor Day
  • 15 August – Dormition of Mary
  • 28 October – Greek National Day
  • 24 December – Christmas Eve
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day

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Source: www.wikipedia.org