Greece Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Greece
The Main Regions of Greece
Starting in the west and then moving east.
The Ionic Sea is located along the west coast of Mainland Greece. It begins just south of the Adriatic Sea and extends south between Italy and Greece where it merges with the Mediterranean Sea. The Ionian Islands stretch from Corfu in the north to Zakynthos in the south within the boundary of the Ionian Sea. The islands are a popular tourist destination and are known for their white sandy coves and the turquoise ocean.
The Greek Mainland include the areas of Attica, Epirus, Central Greece, Macedonia, Thessaly and Thraki. The Pindus Mountain range extends through the mainland part of Greece and the most famous summit is Mount Olympus which was the home of the Greek Gods. And the numerous National Parks in the area provide ample opportunity for winter sports.
Peloponnese is a major peninsula that extends from the southwestern part of mainland Greece. It is an area that oozes with history and culture. From the Byzantine Empire and their beautiful churches and castles that were built during the 15th century. The peninsula is also the location of the city of Elis which was the site of the 1st Olympic Games and the ancient Greek Temple Olympia.
Crete is located in the far south where the Sea of Crete, the Southern Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea merge. Crete is famous for its history and culture where it was once the center of the ancient Minoan Culture.
Evia is a long island that lies between the eastern coast of Mainland Greece and the Sporades Islands. The island is believed to have been part of the mainland of Greece but was separated from the mainland by an earthquake.
The Sporades Islands lie north of Evia in the Aegean Sea. Not all of the islands are inhabited but if you are planning a vacation then you will probably visit Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros.
East Aegean Islands
This is a group of islands located in the Eastern Aegean Sea and their location is in close proximity to Turkey. The area is steeped in history and is known for their Byzantine Churches and Medieval Castles.
Cyclades Islands is an archipelago located in the Southern Aegean Sea that contains some 2,200 islands. The most famous islands are Mykonos and Santorini.