Bordered by Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey, Greece is right at the edge of Europe tipping almost into the Asian continent with many of its islands far closer to Turkey than mainland Greece. This means to the lucky visitor coming on holiday to Greece that many influences abound creating a country that has established European roots yet with a hint of Asian influence.
The islands of Greece
To explore the beauty and diversity of the Greek islands is one of the reasons why many people come to Greece. With hundreds of islands contained within seven island groups, there are lots to get around but do not worry if you feel you are missing out by not being on a certain island. You will almost certainly find what you are looking for whether you stay on one or, as many backpackers do, hop around the islands on a whim. The main islands of Greece are Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos, Corfu, and Santorini, but if you do not want to follow the crowds, try Hydra where no cars are allowed, Kasos with its craggy peaks or Skyros that has a 13th century fortress. For a livelier holiday in Greece, try Crete, the largest island of Greece and arguably the most naturally beautiful with mountain ranges, caves and the Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe. Crete also has a buzzing nightlife, especially on the north coast where the main tourist areas are situated.