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Greece Facts & Information

 Location Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey
 Climate Temperate, mild wet winters, hot dry summers
 Terrain Mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands
 Population 10,668,354
 Nationality Greek
 Ethnic groups Greek 98%, other 2%
 Religions Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%
 Languages Greek 99%
 Government Type Parliamentary Republic
 Capital Athens
 Currency Euro (EUR)
 Description of Flag Nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white; there is a blue square in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a white cross; the cross symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of the country
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Greek Islands Culture

One of the most striking aspects of Greek life is the people’s devotion to their religious beliefs. Many homes have a designated place for statues and images of religious icons. The islands harbor hundreds and hundreds of churches, most of which are Greek Orthodox, the dominant faith. During the spring, not only are the islands bustling with visitors, but they are also immersed in preparations for Easter. This is a time for reflection and cleaning, but there is

an exciting sense of pending celebration. When Easter arrives, Greek families come together for feasting, drinking, and dancing.

Greek CultureNo matter what village and island you visit, you will notice that Greeks tend to have specific superstitions. While the exact guidelines of the superstitions differ from village to village, there are general symbols that almost all islanders will recognize. For instance, when visiting the islands you will notice that almost all shops sell small “evil eyes” to ward off jealousy and misfortune. The presence of garlic is common, as that is thought to prevent bad luck and evil spirits.

On the Greek islands, most of the people are always friendly and willing to help if you get lost or have a question. The Greek people are proud of their islands and want to share with you the beauty and history of their land.

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Greek Islands Shopping

You will never go home empty handed after a visit to the Greek islands. All of the islands have a wide array of small souvenir shops that sell items such as key-chains, stamps, postcards, books, replicas of ruins, blankets, and the infamous evil eye. Many islands also house art galleries and high-end jewelers. Certain islands, such as the luxurious Mykonos, serve a posh crowd, and boast numerous designer stores such as Dolce and Gabbana and Diesel. Other

sections of Mykonos are quainter. For instance, Little Venice has shops hanging over the water, reminiscent of a time when islanders had to be careful for pirates when unloading goods from ships. You will also find outside markets that have been village tradition for decades, and continue to sell fresh produce to locals and tourists alike.


Greek Islands Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in Greek Islands including Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Greek cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

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  Crete Mykonos Santorini  
  Rhodes Skiathos Hydra  
  Ios Paros Kos  


Greek Islands Travel Guides
 Frommer's Greek Islands
 Lonely Planet Greek Islands
 Let's Go Greek Islands
 Fodors Greek Islands