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Greece is a country in eastern Southern Europe on the Balkan peninsula, with extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas. It shares borders in the north with Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. It has an ancient culture that has had a significant influence on the arts, language, philosophy, politics, and sports of western society, including the genres of comedy and drama, western alphabets, Platonic ideals and the Socratic method, democracies and republics, and the Olympics. Furthermore it's a geographically appealing place to visit, with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches.
As Greece is a member of the European Union, most European and North American nationals do not need a visa. EU citizens may enter with a valid identity card. You normally won't need to show any ID entering via ferryboat from Italy or by air from countries that are members of the Schengen Agreement.
Prior to Cyprus's entry into the European Union, persons carrying a passport with a stamp from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (which is not internationally recognized) were denied entry to Greece, but EU officials say this should not be expected any more.
Athens' Elefthérios Venizélos International Airport (located near the Athens suburb of Spáta), is the country's largest, busiest airport and main hub, handling over 14 million passengers annually as of 2005. Other major international airports in terms of passenger traffic are, in order of passengers served per year, Heraklion (Nikos Kazantzákis Int'l), Thessaloniki (Makedonia Int'l), Rhodes (Diagorás), and Corfu (Ioánnes Kapodistrias).
During tourism season, several charter flights arrive daily from many European cities to many islands and some cities on the mainland. Several airlines operate year-round scheduled international service to Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion, with Athens handling the bulk of international flights. Olympic Airlines, the nation's flag carrier, offers service to Greece from several cities in Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and North America. Aegean Airlines, which owns half the the domestic market, also operates a number of international routes to Greece from various European cities.
Thessaloniki is Greece's hub for international rail service. Trains connect Thessaloníki to Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest, Istanbul, and other international cities.
Greece can be entered by automobile from any of its land neighbors. From Italy, ferries will transport cars to Greece. From western Europe, the most popular route to Greece was through Yugoslavia. Following the troubles in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s, most motorists from western Europe came overland by Italy, and then took a trans-Adriatic ferry from there. Although the countries of the former Yugoslavia have since stabilized, and Hungary-Romania-Bulgaria form another, albeit a mugh longer, alternative, the overland route through Italy now remains the most popular option.
There is some, albeit limited, international bus service to neighboring Albania, Bulgaria, and Turkey.
From Italy, several ferries depart for Greece daily. Ferries to Patras (Pátra), Igoumenítsa, and Corfu (Kérkyra) leave throughout the year from the Italian port cities of Venice, Trieste, Ancona, Bari and Brindisi. For more information on Italy-Greece ferries, see www.greekferries.gr.
From Turkey there are ferries from Marmaris to Rhodes, from Tsesme to Chios and from Kusadasi to Samos.
There are also ferries connecting Piraeus and Rhodes to: Alexandria, Egypt; Larnaca and Limassol, Cyprus; and Haifa, Israel.
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