The country of Greece can be found in southern Europe and has a population of in excess of 11 million people.
Archaeological evidence suggests that Greece has been inhabited since the seventh millennium BC after the discovery of Neolithic settlements.
Industry in Crete is based on services, agriculture and tourism. The shipping industry plays a big part in the economy of Greece. Much of the country is rich in olive groves and figs. The dairy industry is also important with several types of cheeses being created.
If you are travelling around the area by car then the A2 motorway will connect you with Igoumenitsa in the North West and Kipoi which is in the north east. Greece is also home to the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, the Rio-Antirrio. Greece has two major airlines which operate to many of the Greek islands as well as the country's cities. Travelling by sea is also an option via hydrofoils and catamarans. Railway connections are extensive and connect Greece with Europe as well as its own towns and cities.
You will find a number of festivals running every month of the year in Greece. Every November in Thessaloniki you will find the International Film Festival celebrating films and cinemas. If the party scene is of interest, then visit the Kastoria River Party which lasts for five days in August. The party has four stages which many Greek and international performers playing a variety of music.
The Olympic Games were first held in Greece in 776 BC with the first modern Olympic Games being held in Athens in 1896. Football and basketball are both popular, as is volleyball and cricket. Water sports, such as water polo are widely played.
One of the most famous tourist attractions in Greece is the Parthenon which sits atop the Acropolis; a visit to this temple is a must. For an action packed day with the family, then be sure to spend the day at Attica Zoological Park in the Athens suburb of Spata which is home to around 2000 animals. Take a trip to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and discover artefacts that teach us more about Greece's history.
Last updated: 30 January 2014