As the cradle of modern civilization, Greece has some of the most impressive archaeological remains found anywhere, from the Acropolis and Parthenon to the sprawling Minoan palace of Knossos. But Greece is much more than a collection of dusty antiquities. Possessed of a vibrant and fun-loving culture, the Greeks prioritize food, conversation, music, and dance - meaning that even in the smallest country village you'll find the makings of a good party.
Outside of bustling urban centers like Athens and Thessaloniki, the landscape is idyllic. Filled with olive groves, vineyards and soaring mountains, it comes as no surprise that this backdrop has been inspiring poets and artists for centuries. The Greek islands are particularly lovely, with miles of white sand beaches scattered throughout the Aegean Sea, many of which are among the cleanest in the world and possessed of a rich ecosystem.
Despite the financial troubles the country has seen over the past decade, Greece remains a hospitable destination, with over one fifth of the population working in the tourism sector. A vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene continues to attract young travelers, and while some of the countryside remains conservative in its social views, there are plenty of open-minded destinations where gay travelers can feel safe and welcome.been therewishlist
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