Greece has more than 2000 islands , 170 of these are populated.
- In ancient Greece, throwing an apple at someone was a declaration of love, at times even a marriage proposal.
- On average, Greece enjoys 250 days of sunshine a year, making it one of the sunniest countries in the world and most sunny in Europe.
Another country with a long-drawn backstory with evidence of civilisation dating back 7000 BC.
3000-1000 BC saw the introduction and invention of bronze, known as the Bronze Age. Overlapping the end from 1000 BC, is the Iron Age lasting until 700 BC.
The famous Trojan War occurred around 1200 BC and for the ancient history buffs, Homer’s Iliad is the closest account to this period.
The 700 BC saw the formation of Athens and Sparta making them powerful states at the time.
The maths genius, Pythagoras, was born in 570 BC who then developed the Pythagoras Theorem.
500 BC is important in modern day history as it is when Athens developed the first democracy. The first known in the world.
Early AD to 1900s saw various wars occurring in the region, including Ottoman Turks invasion, Battle of Navarino, World War I, World War II and Greek Civil War.
In 1981 the country joined the European Union and in 2002 the drachma is replaced with Euros as the official currency.
More recently, Greece has been experiencing an economic crisis since 2009 and to this date has not yet recovered completely, yet still remains one of the most visited in the European coast due to it’s beauty, culture and history.