Greece is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, ranking in the world's top 20 countries. The most of tourists and tourism industry are concentrated in Crete, Cyclades and the Chalkidiki peninsula in Macedonia.
The first civilizations in Greece are known as the Cycladic in the Cyclades Islands, and the Minoan in Crete and Santorini. The Minoans had a written language which remains undecipherable to modern-day archaeologists. This is one of the most interesting and profound historical mysteries.
The rise of the Greek city-states occurred in the period 1200 to 800 BC and heralded the Golden Age of Greece, which lasted many centuries and spurred several scientific, architectural, political, economic, artistic, and literary achievements. The legacy of Greek Civilization from this time period made a major impact on the world and continues to influence us to this day.
Most parts of Greece, including all coastal areas, enjoys a so-called Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry with a 7-month period of near-constant sunshine generally from April until November.
The tourism infrastructure in Greece caters to all tastes, including a very wide range of accommodation, large luxury hotels with their complete facilities (swimming pools, sports and recreation etc), smaller family-owned apartments, camping facilities and others.