Greece has the privilege of being at the crossroads of civilizations. Here at the southernmost corner of Europe, the power of history becomes obvious and the evolutionary course of thought and experience is imprinted.
Its residents, uneasy and inventive, do not remain content nor do they remain rooted in the past, they rather continuously transform the view of contemporary Greece in the present. This is a country that is statistically small but has tremendous diversity, interchangeability and multifariousness with respect to its lands and landscapes A trip to Greece is at the same time a trip in time, from the present to the past and back again to the present.
Olive fields, archeological sites, island complexes, beaches and mountains await the visitor, in a series of interchangeable images that defies imagination.
Greece consists of a large mainland mass situated at the southern edge of the Balkans, which links the Peloponnese to the Isthmus at Corinth. The country is surrounded by the Ionian, Aegean and Liviko Seas. The Aegean Sea consists of innumerable islands, including Evia, Lesbos, Rhodes and the Cyclades and Dodecanese complexes, while Crete predominates 180 km south of the coastlines. Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. South of Crete lies Gavros, the southernmost island of Greece, as well as of Europe. The main islands of the Ionian complex are Corfu, Cefalonia, Lefkada and Zakynthos. Greece has 15,021 km of coastlines, which is considered to be extremely large, due to the rich horizontal land partitionment and severe contours of the region, as well as the “population” of numberless islands -inhabited or not- which amount to around 3,000.