(Hellas), the Kingdom of Greece (Basfleion tes Hellados) – a state in South-Eastern Europe. It occupies an important geographical position in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, being near Asia and Africa. It includes the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula proper and the adjacent numerous islands (over 100), which account for about 1/5 of the country’s territory; The largest of them: Crete, Euboea, Rhodes and Lesvos.
Borders with Albania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Turkey. The territory of Greece is formed by historical and geographical areas: Greater Athens, Central Greece and Fr. Euboea, Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia, Thrace, Aegean Islands, Ionian Islands, Fr. Crete, and also the Aion-Oros (Mount Athos).
The area is 131.9 thousand km2. The capital is Athens. The state system is a constitutional monarchy. Areas are divided into noma, which in turn are divided into dioceses.
Greece is a beautiful country where many ancient cultural values and centuries-old traditions have been preserved. The country is a collection of a huge number of islands, most of which are uninhabited. But that small part of the promised land, where life is full of vivid impressions, beckons to itself with unusual natural species and gives the opportunity to feel yourself in this paradise. The true natural masterpieces (but with the application of human efforts) of Greece are Athens (capital), and such islands as Crete, Santorini, Chalkidiki, Rhodes, Parnassus, and others.
Many people who have visited this country, necessarily bring with them a lot of impressions and reviews. Based on these reviews, those who have not yet visited this beautiful corner of the world have their own specific opinion about Greece. But this opinion is not always true. Consider the most common statements and see if they are true.
They go to Greece for a new fur coat.
Of course, Greek fur products are famous for their excellent quality, modern design and, at the same time, inexpensive price. But from there you can bring not only a fur coat. Besides fur coats, Greece is famous for wine (metaxa, ouzo), olive oil, olives, jersey (T-shirts, etc.), bathing suits, ceramics (dishes, figurines), and many others.
Unisex female love takes its origins on the island of Lesbos.
You can argue with this statement. As is generally known, the first mention of same-sex love was noticed back in 600 BC, and they are associated with the name of the gifted poetess Sappho. She was the founder of non-traditional love, who headed the women’s community in Mytilini. This community was dedicated to the goddess of love, beauty and creativity – Aphrodite. Sappho taught her students how to love and be loved. Thus, they were beautiful earthly “goddesses”, interesting interlocutors and, at the same time, they knew how to fascinate and excite the imagination of men.
August is the hottest month.
Quite right! Therefore, if the rest in Greece fell for this period, it is better to visit the sea more often, since the heat is easier to carry by the water, rather than in the city.
In order to rent a car in Greece, you need an international driving license.
What is true is the truth! It is quite suitable for those plastic driver’s licenses issued in Russia, as they are international.
Sea urchins do not occur on sandy beaches.
Alas, this is a delusion. Even on the super-beach (for VIP-persons) you can find these natives. This is explained by the fact that during the storm sea urchins tear off the stones, where they usually live, and brings them to the beaches.
In the sea it is necessary to swim in special shoes.
Indeed it is! Such footwear protects from prickly-burning inhabitants of the sea (sea urchins, pink jellyfish, skates, etc.). Buy shoes will not be difficult, since it is sold near the beach places and costs around 7-10 euros. Colors and sizes of shoes for every taste.
There is a ghost in Spinolongs, as there is not a single living soul closer to the evening.
No ghost exists, just at 5 pm the last ferry leaves, so at this time everyone leaves.
Mount Olympus, which according to ancient mythology Zeus sat, is akin to Mount Everest.
Firstly, Olympus is not a high mountain, and secondly, it is not one mountain, but several mountain peaks, representing a whole mountain chain.
In the summer months it is better not to get to this country – fires are raging.
There are naturally fires, but not in the whole of Greece as a whole, but only in certain places.
Amateur fishing and spearfishing require special permission.
In reality, nothing of the sort is required. For fans of fishing there are no restrictions. Underwater hunting is forbidden to go out at night, and the rest of the time (from dawn to dusk) is possible.
There is no theft in Greece.
Indeed it is. Absolutely fearlessly you can leave your things on the beach and go swimming. And if you accidentally forget your mobile phone on the table in a cafe, you will be sure to return it. Is it explained by the fact that there is everything in Greece !? – Therefore, they do not steal.
Residents there are embittered and not friendly.
On the contrary, the people in Greece are very friendly and responsive to requests. Sometimes, the Greeks are a bit emotional and, depending on the situation, they can simply “get it”, but these are trifles. In most cases, the population kindly refers to “foreigners”.
There are a lot of mosquitoes in Crete, especially in early June.
There is no mosquitoes on the North Pole, and that’s because it’s cold there. And so, to struggle with these insects is not difficult, it is enough to get a special agent in the local pharmacy (fumitox, for example), and you will forget about the existence of these parasites.