Getting there: Fly into one of the many international airports with the three busiest being: Elefthérios Venizélos International Airport (ATH) in Athens, the country’s largest and busiest airport and the main hub for most international travellers; Heraklion International Airport (HER) on the island of Crete; Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) in Greek Macedonia. There are direct flights available from all major UK airports. Even if beginning the journey from North America, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, the most cost-effective way to Greece may be to take an onward flight from a northern European hub.
Capital city: Athens.
Population: 10.917 million.
Religion: Eastern Orthodox Church.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Climate: The climate in Greece is typically mediterranean with mild, rainy winters, hot and dry summers and extended periods of sunshine throughout the year.
Transport: Most Greek towns are small enough to get around on foot. All the major towns have local buses and taxis. The extensive bus system is the most popular mode of inter-city travel. Ferry transport is best for island hopping between the nation's islands. Athens is the only city in Greece with a metro system.
Best time to travel: Tourist season starts from April and ends in October. July and August are the warmest with few clouds, hardly any rain and is peak season.
What to wear: Greece is very casual — avoid anything too formal. Dress to beat the sun.