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Greece

Facts about the country

Capital Athens

Population

10.7 Million

Main Languages

Greek

Electricity

2 Plug System 220 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Drachma (dr)

Exchange Rate for US $ as of April 2001

380 dr per 1 US$

Safe to Drink Tap Water

Yes

Size

131,944 sq km

Transport

Train, bus, minibus, plane, taxi, ferries, rent a car, hydrofoil

Cash Machines (ATMS) Yes
Credit Card Usage Yes
Religion Greek Orthodox, Muslim, other
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
30 $ 8 $  7 $  7 $ 8 $

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Athens Y Athens has a great history.  The city is now a modern city packed with people.  The main attractions are the Acropolis,  which includes the Parthenon,  Erechtheion, The Ancient Theatre of Dionysos. There is also the Agora, the market place and the National Museum to see. 8
Meteora Y The Monasteries of Meteora are huge pinnacles of smooth sometimes holy rock where monasteries were built on top. Can hike around from one to another. 9
Northeastern Aegean Islands Y We just went to the Island of Chios. The other Islands include Samos,  Ikaria, Lesvos, Limnos, Samothraki and Thasos. 7
Thessaloniki Y We just stopped through on our way from Eastern Europe.  5
Cyclades N
Peloponnese N
Crete N
Dodecanese Islands N
Ionian Islands N
Sporades N
Saronic Gulf Islands N
The Mani N
Gavdos N
Zagoria N
Little Cyclades N

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving x
Historical Sites x
Sightseeing tours x

Ballooning

Bungy Jumping

Safaris

Boat tours x
Fishing x
Horseback riding x
Canoeing x
Camping x
River Rafting
Sky Diving  x
Abseiling
Surfing
Windsurfing x
Kayaking x
Sailing x
Mountain biking x
Roller blading  x
Motorbike x
Sand boarding
Snorkeling x
Water Skiing x
Skiing x
Others 

Feeling and Opinions on Greece 

We found that Greece slowly prepare us for the hassle of traveling in the Middle East.  Greece has some spectacular sites to see and is well worth a visit. The both of have visited Greece before, though Kirk was very young at the time, and Maren only visited the Island before.  The Acropolis and Meteora are must sees.  We did not see much more because we thought Greece would be a easy country to travel in our later years. 

 

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