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Greece

Within the Mediterranean Basin, Greece has the longest coastline which stretches to a length of 13.676km. It features a large number of islands, of which 227 are inhabited. The climate in Greece is typically Mediterranean which means long, hot and sunny summers. 

Having so many islands to discover, a luxury yacht charter in Greece is a great way to visit all the secluded islands and gulfs. Most popular charter destinations in Greece are the majestic Cyclades Islands, flawless Saronic Gulf and the breathtaking Ionian Islands. 

Greece is a gem in the Mediterranean Sea and can only be described as a country filled with: white-washed sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, breathtaking coastal views and unforgettable sunsets. Greece is a Mediterranean yacht charter hotspot destination.

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Area:

  • 131,957 square kilometers of which land area is 130,647 square kilometers and internal waters (lakes and rivers) account for 1,310 square kilometers
  • Population: 10,768,477
  • The majority of the population is Greek. The ethnic minorities include Macedonians, Albanians, Roma, Turks, Bulgarians, Pomaks,Romanians, Russians, Georgians and Armenians. 
  • Capital city: Athens (664,046)
  • 11th longest coastline in the world with 13,676 km and its land boundary is 1,160 km.
  • Greece features a vast number of islands, between 1,200 and 6,000, depending on the definition, 227 of which are inhabited. Crete is the largest and most popular island; Euboea is the second largest, followed by Lesbos and Rhodes. 
  • Official language and alphabet: Greek language and Greek alphabet.

Climate:

The climate in Greece is primarily Mediterranean, featuring mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers and it occurs at all coastal locations, including Athens, the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, Crete, the Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands and parts of the central continental Greece region. 

The average seaside temperature:

August 29 °C
January 10 °C

The average sea temperature:

August 25 °C
January 16 °C

Currency:

Euro (€ EUR). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, currency exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, marinas.

 

Greece is often called “the cradle of Western civilization” as its the birthplace of, Western philosophy, literature, and medicine, historiography, democracy, political science, theatre and the Olympic Games. Greece is also famous for its mythology, which is centered around the twelve Olympic gods that lived on Mount Olympus, the tallest mountain in Greece.

Greece was home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe such as the Minoans and the Mycenaeans. Various kingdoms emerged and city-states across the Greek peninsula, which spread to the shores of the Black Sea, Southern Italy and Asia Minor. These states and their colonies reached an unprecedented cultural boom, which classical Greece, expressed in architecture, drama, science, mathematics and philosophy.

The rich cultural and historical heritage of Greece spans back four and a half thousand years and is reflected by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous site worldwide is the Acropolis –  a complex of ancient temples and buildings of which the Parthenon is the most notable. Another not-to-be-missed UNESCO World heritage sight and a landmark of Greece is the Sanctuary of Delphi - an ancient religious sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god Apollo.

With so many natural beauties and cultural sites you can enjoy, a luxury yacht charter in Greece is the perfect holiday.

 

Greece has one of the best climates in the world, so fresh, raw ingredients – both from garden and the sea – are a major part of Greek cuisine. Greek cooking has evolved with innate respect for these raw ingredients and the basic principle of their cuisine is that the food should be served as close to its natural state as possible.

Core ingredients of both classic and traditional Greek cuisine are olive oil, lemons, fresh herbs such as oregano, rosemary, and thyme, tomatoes, cheese, beef, pork, lamb, fish, shrimp, octopus and wine. 

Throughout Greece people often enjoy eating from small dishes such as meze (appetizers and shared starters) with various dips such as grilled octopus and small fish, olives and cheese.

Even though Greeks love their meat, no meat is complete with a salad, the most famous one being the “xoriatiki salata”, made of tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, onions, oregano, and olive oil. 

One of the many joys to be found in chartering a luxury yacht in Greece is not only enjoying your cruise but also being able to taste the unique local food.

When you’re visiting Greece, make sure you try at least a few of these most famous dishes: Moussaka, Papoutsakia, Pastitsio, Souvlaki, Tzatziki dip, Gemista, Fasolatha, Dolmades and Spanakopita.

The Greek islands account for about 20% of the country's total territory. They are the prime interest for all Greece yacht charters.

The country's largest island is Crete, with Euboea being second largest. Other large Greek islands include Rhodes and Lesbos in the Aegean Sea, and Corfu and Cephalonia in the Ionian Sea. The Greek Tourism Organization reports a figure of 6,000, with 227 of them inhabited.

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