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Greece

Greece (officially known as the Hellenic Republic), is a country in southeastern Europe, situated on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula and occupying numerous islands in the Aegean sea to the east and south, and the Ionian sea to the west. It is bordered by Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania to the north and by Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east and south of mainland Greece, while the Ionian Sea lies to the west.

Glinting jewels scattered across the azure waters of the Med, the islands of Greece have cast their spell over visitors since time immemorial. It's no surprise when you consider the abundance of natural beauty that has been bestowed on them. Greece and her islands combine an incredible array of ancient treasures, in the stunningly preserved riches of Athens and Crete, though it's possible to stumble on lesser known temples and crumbling classical statues all over the country.

Greece isn't just about history, though. Athens is a unique city which combines influences from Italy and the east with homegrown elements. Wander through the city's markets and you enter an atmosphere reminiscent of the souks of Egypt. Wander through the upmarket Kolonaki district, full of designer boutiques and you could be in Milan. But away from the capital, Greece's laid-back ambience forces you to unwind and enjoy the simple things in life - a drive through lemon-scented hillsides overlooking the sea, fresh seafood served up at a harbourside taverna, or a dip in the inviting seas of the Med, which are warm from April until October. From lively resorts such as Corfu to the idyllic tranquil coves of Skiathos, Greece has something to suit all tastes.

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