10 Interesting facts about Greece
By Kavneet Dua
- Greece is one of the sunniest places in the world
According to MSN Weather, Rhodes, Greece has about 300 sunny days each year! That’s about 3,000 hours of sunshine! Bring that sunscreen… you’re going to need it!
- The Greek Isles are home to over 6000 beautiful islands
While only 227 of them are inhabited, each island has a unique culture and landscape, ensuring that every destination will bring a brand new adventure!
- Greece is home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
16 of these sites are based on cultural criteria such as the Temple of Apollo, the Acropolis of Athens, and the Medieval City of Rhodes. The last 2 (Mount Athos and Meteora), are considered to be heritage sites for their cultural and natural significance! Archaeological Site Of Olympia
- 80% of Greece is made up of mountains
When you picture Greece, you might think of the whitewashed buildings and blue domed churches of the cities on the Mediterranean, but the majority of Greece is actually mountains. According to the Official Greece Tourism Site, Greece is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe!
- Greece has an impressive coastline… about 16,000 kilometers
That’s 9,942 miles of pristine blue coastline! 4,660 of those miles are found around the thousands of islands of the Greek archipelago! No matter which island you visit, there is sure to be a captivating view of the mediterranean!
- Santorini has different color beaches
Santorini is home to black, white and red beaches. The black beaches are thanks to Santorini’s impressive volcanic past. The beaches are comprised of black sand and pebbles that become very slippery in the water! Be careful–if you wade in too far, you might end up going for a swim!
- The Patron of Athens is a Goddess
Athena is not only the Patron of Athens, but also the Goddess of warfare, strategy and wisdom. As the myth goes, Athena was chosen to be the Patron of Athens after she won the people over with the gift of an olive tree. Poseidon offered the city water, but they deemed Athena’s gift to be of higher value.
- Greece is the third largest producer of olives
Speaking of olive trees, Greece produces 2.2 million metric tons of olives each year. The only countries to beat Greece are Spain and Italy! According to True Voyagers, a travel blog, Greece has more varieties of olives than any other country in the world!
- Greece is home to more archaeological museums than any other country in the world
One of the most well-known museums is the Acropolis Museum located in Athens.
The first museum was on the Acropolis; it was completed in 1874 and underwent a moderate expansion in the 1950s. However, successive excavations on the Acropolis uncovered many new artifacts which significantly exceeded its original capacity.
An additional motivation for the construction of a new museum was that in the past, when Greece made requests for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the United Kingdom, which acquired the items in a controversial manner, it was suggested by some British officials that Greece had no suitable location where they could be displayed.Creation of a gallery for the display of the Parthenon Marbles has been key to all recent proposals for the design of a new museum.
- Greece has a diverse array of wildlife
Greece is home to many unique animals such as the Beech Marten, the Cypriot Mouflon, and the Mediterranean Monk Seal! Some of these animals are only found on specific Greek islands, making them part of a unique and diverse ecosystem! Not to mention over 100,000 birds migrate to Greece’s wetlands each winter.