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Regarded as the cradle of philosophy, as well as art, culture and science, bearing the traces of the Hellenistic Period, Greece is highly attractive destination with its history dating back to the Ancient Greece. Its deep-rooted historical heritage creates an utterly appealing atmosphere together with its cultural background of thousands of years and its captivating natural gems; the country remains high in demand all year round. Owning a large number of splendid islands as well, Greece stands out by its high potential in sea tourism with its islands and its coastline of nearly 14 thousand kilometers. Moreover, its palatable cuisine consisting mostly of fresh seafood is simply worth trying.
Greece would be an ideal choice for an enjoyable holiday witnessing a history of thousands of years in the turquoise Aegean Sea. You may book your flight to Greece with Turkish Airlines now and enjoy a comfortable journey of high quality up in the clouds.
Flights with Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Airport (IST) take one hour and a half to two hours in average. The points of arrival in these direct flights are either Athens Elefterios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) or Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG). Duration of the journey in the connecting flights varies by the layover at these two cities.
As the largest airport countrywide, Athens Elefterios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) serves to 18 million passengers in average every year. Heraklion Airport (SKG) in the city of Heraklion is the second busiest airport with its capacity of 6 million passengers per year. Thessaloniki Airport ranks number three with its annual number of 5,3 million passengers, followed by Rhodes Airport (RHO) serving to 4,6 million passengers each year. Another busy airport in the country is Ioannis Daskalogiannis Airport (CHQ) in Chania, reaching the number of 2,8 million passengers in a year.
The vigorous country in the Aegean, Greece hosts a large number of festivals held both on land and on islands. The present air traffic in the country gets even busier during these events, so as to meet the country’s high demand.
Apokries, one of the top popular festivals in the country is held in February. This carnival, which lasts for three weeks takes place at the different spots countrywide and offers totally colorful and enjoyable moments. Besides, the streets are enlivened by the people in ostentatious and colorful costumes during another colorful event, Xanthi Carnival, which is held in March. International Film Festival of Patras in June, Kalamata International Dance Festival in July, and Thessaloniki International Film Festival in November are only a few of the remarkable events held countrywide in art and culture field. Athens and Epidaurus Festival, on the other hand, is without a doubt the most attention-grabbing organization held in culture and art. During this festival, attendants are simply enthralled by opera, classical music and theater events organized both at the Acropolis hill of the capital and the centuries old amphitheaters in Epidaurus Ancient City which is nearly two hour drive away from Athens.
It would surely be a highly exclusive experience to be in Greece during these vivacious festivals and to breathe in the atmosphere full of entertainment, art and history. However, it would also be advisable to book your flight in advance, taking into account that the country is in high demand during this season.
Serving as the capital and the first stop for visits, Athens is an extremely delightful metropolis. Along with invaluable historical heritage dating back to thousands of years, the capital ranks among the top favorite holiday destinations by its restless streets, palatable dishes and the amiable people you can easily communicate. Acropolis is cited as the city’s icon. Acropolis Museum right on the way out this stunning ancient city offers an insight into the both the country’s and the city’s history. Sintagma Square, on the other hand, is regarded as the heart of the capital Athens; whereas Plaka, encircled by colorful streets and Monastiraki, as a home to second-hand market, are the liveliest neighborhoods in the city.
The second largest city of Greece, Thessaloniki is among the most significant cultural destinations countrywide. Shining out as the most entertaining Greek cities as well, Thessaloniki offers a large number of tourist attractions. Ataturk Museum, as the house where the founder of Turkish Republic was born, together with Aristotelous Square, White Tower, Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Church of Agia Sophia are amongst the top favorite must-see spots the city harbors.
Being a popular destination by many touristic islands as well, Greece offers generously to its guests the perfectly shining sun and splendid pure sea. Santorini, which stands out by its volcanic sands; Mykonos, famous for its amusing beach parties; Rhodes, where the Knights Hospitaller were relegated to, enthralling by its Valley of the Butterflies; Hippocrates’s birthplace Kos; Samos, as a home to Pythagoras' village; Chios Island hosting the Nea Moni Monastery and the Lesvos Island owning the largest green area in the country are the most crowd-pulling popular holiday islands of Greece.
You may benefit from the domestic flights or the ferry services to reach the islands. However, it would be best review the car rental alternatives for ensuring a smooth transportation in the island.
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