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Its classical past is enticing. Its contemporary grandeur is spell-binding. Welcome to the mystical island nation of Greece. From alluring classical buffs to gastronomical gladiators, Greece has something to offer all. Can there be a better honeymoon than romancing in the ruins that are thousands of years old? We guess not. With a plethora of options to choose from, Greece is the most ideal honeymooning destinations that the world can offer to any newlywed.
Greece has land borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of Mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.
Though geographically it is a small country, Greece has a varied climate. Most of the country enjoys Mediterranean climate, with summers (April-November) being hot and dry while the remaining months are characterized by cold and rains. Rains occur sporadically even during the dry months but they tend to be rare, quick showers. It is most pleasant to visit the country during May-June (spring) and September-October (autumn) when the weather is at its best. Some parts of the country also exhibit Alpine climate and Continental climate, owing to their geographical locations.
An integral part of the country's culture and tradition, the islands of Greece add to its character. Greece has a record 6000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas though only 227 are inhabited. Sandy beaches stretching over many kilometers, sheltered bays, coastal caves with steep rocks... they all offer a diversified landscape to the visitor. In terms of archeology, some of the oldest European civilizations developed on these very Greek islands. Hence, a distinctive architectural heritage and centuries-old fascinating local traditions await to greet all in these islands. The islands are grouped into different complexes. Some of the most popular ones which definitely deserve a visit are Santorini, Milos, Mykonos, Delos, Delphi and the likes.
For nature lovers, Greece has aplenty to offer. Endowed with a rich and diversified natural environment, the visitor in Greece can wander around aesthetic forests and explore national parks situated in mountainous hinterlands and on certain islands for an experience of a lifetime. With indented coasts, imposing mountains, caves and gorges, lakes, rivers coupled with a beautiful climate, makes Greece one of the most ideal destinations for Eco-tourism and alternative forms of tourism.
Greece and its culture needs no introduction. In every corner of the country is etched remnants of centuries-old history, be it in the unique works from Classical or Byzantine monuments, creations from folk art cultures, and traces from the passing eons of other civilizations and religions. A paradise for cultural tourism, Greece offers a chance to journey into the past. Theatrical productions, festivals, pilgrimages, visits to archaeological sites, monuments and museums, excursions to study the natural environment are just some of the ways that a visitor may choose to spend time in the country. An unrivaled, out-of-the-world cultural extravaganza awaits one visiting this mystical land.
A country's authenticity can be gauged by its gastronomical fare. Greek gastronomy has a recorded history of around 4000 years based on pure and unique quality foods produced in the land. The Greeks place great importance on both taste and nutrition, hence the positive effects of it are starkly visible. Greek cuisine has four secrets: good quality fresh ingredients, correct use of herbs and spices, the famous Greek olive oil and simplicity. Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat lover, the large variety of dishes can satiate every culinary aspiration of yours. Sip a glass of ouzo (wine) and dig into the choicest of food while sitting under the shade of a tree on an island in the Aegean.
How to get there
The country's largest and busiest airport Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is the main getaway. Other important international airports are Heraklion, Thessaloniki, Rhodes and Corfu. Greece can also be entered by car from any of its land neighbors. Ferries also ply from Italy and Turkey.
Centuries-old islands, ruins and legacy... transport yourselves into the golden era of human civilization with a near-perfect honeymoon in Greece.
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