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Greece consists of a large mainland at the southern end of the Balkans; the Peloponnesus peninsula (separated from the mainland by the canal of the Isthmus of Corinth); and numerous islands (around 3,000), including Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Euboea, the Dodecanese and the Cycladic groups of the Aegean Sea as well as the Ionian Sea islands. Greece has more than 15,000 kilometres (9,300 mi) of coastline and a land boundary of 1,160 kilometres (721 mi). Approximately 27.9% of the nation's territory is covered by forests.
Four fifths of Greece consist of mountains or hills, making the country one of the most montainous in Europe. Western Greece contains a number of lakes and wetlands and it is dominated by the Pindus mountain range. Pindus has a maximum elevation of 2,636 metres (8,648 ft) and it is essentially a prolongation of the Dinaric Alps. The range continues through western Peloponnese, crosses the islands of Kythera and Antikythera and find its way into southwestern Aegean, in the island of Crete where it eventually ends. (Actually the islands of the Aegean are peaks of underwater mountains that once consisted an extension of the mainland). Pindus is characterized by its high, steep peaks, often dissected by numerous canyons and a variety of other karstic landscapes. Most notably, the impressive Meteora formation consisting of high, steep boulders provides a breathtaking experience for the hundrends of thousands of tourists who visit the area each year. Special lifts transfer visitors to the scenic monasteries that lye on top of those rocks. Meteora are situated in the Trikala prefecture. The Vikos-Aoos Gorge is yet another spectacular formation. The Vicos-Aoos Gorge is a popular hotspot for those in fond of extreme sports.
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Greece is one of the safest nations in Europe and in the world.
Violent crime and theft rates are very low; public disorder is extremely rare, and public drunkenness is generally frowned upon. There has recently been a spike in theft -at least a perceived one- which some locals will not hesitate to blame on the influx of immigrants. Visitors should rest assured that this is an extremely safe and friendly destination, but it is always advisable for foreign tourists to exercise basic precautionary measures just as they would at home. Athenians hold negative perceptions for the areas from Omonoia Square to Karaiskaki Square and the area near Larissis train station (in the western areas of the city proper) and they will advise you to avoid these areas late at night. A string of crimes committed by drunk young Britons against locals and other tourists (ranging from vandalism incidents to public indecency and a handful of violent episodes) in areas popular with young British partiers (notably Faliráki in Rhodes and Kávos in Corfu), made national headlines in the summer of 2003. Authorities have since stepped up police presence in these areas to crack down on lewd behavior.
According to car rental agencies in Athens, you can safely leave luggage, car radio, and other belongings in a car anywhere in mainland Greece.
It is strictly forbidden to take photos of military installations or other strategic locations. Authorities will take violations quite seriously. Obey signs prohibiting photography.
Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Spetses, Angistri, Salamina, Psyttaleia, Leros Salaminos, Revythoussa, Moni Aiginas, Dokos, Spetsopoula, Romvi, Plateia, Psili, Agios Georgios, Patroklou, Fleves, Agios Georgios Salaminos, Ypsili Diaporion, Ypsili Argolidos, Agios Thomas Diaporion, Agios Ioannis Diaporion, Plateia Aiginis, Laousses Islets, Kyra Aiginis, Trikeri Hydras, Alexandros Hydras, Stavronisi Hydras, Velopoula, Falkonera
Main Islands, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros, Alonissos.
The Ionian Islands
Antikythera, Antipaxi, Arkoudi, Atokos, Corfu, Drakonera, Elafonissos, Ereikoussa, Ithaki or Ithaca, Kalamos, Kastos, Kefalonia, Kravia, Kythira, Kythros, Lazaretto, Lefkada, Makri, Makropoula, Mathraki, Meganisi, Modia Islets, Othonoi, Oxeia, Paxi, Petalas, Pistros, Pontikos, Provati, Skorpios, Sparti Lefkados, Strofades, Vidos, Vromonas, Zakynthos.
The Dodecanese Islands
Agathonissi, Koubelonisi, Stroggyli, Farmakonisi, Arkoi, Kalovolos, Agreloussa, Anydros Patmou, Patmos, Hiliomodi Patmou, Tragonisi, Arefoussa, Leipsoi, Megalo Aspronisi Leipson, Makry Aspronisi Leipson, Kouloura Leipson, Makronisi Leipson, Halavra, Imia, Fragos, Arhangelos, Faradonesia, Leros, Piganoussa, Pitta, Megalo Glaronisi, Mikro Glaronisi, Kalymnos, Kalolimnos.
Kalavros Kalymnou, Telendos, Nero, Safonidi, Plati Pserimou, Pserimos, Levitha, Mavra Levithas, Glaros Kinarou, Kinaros, Kos, Gyali, Nisyros, Pergoussa, Paheia Nisyrou, Kandeloussa, Tilos, Antitilos, Gaidourosnissi Tilou, Seirina, Mesonisi Seirinas, Adelfoi Syrnas Islets, Kounoupoi, Koutsomytis, Hondro, Astypalaia, Fokionissia, Pontikoussa, Symi, Nimos, Marmaras, Kouloundros, Plati Symis, Sesklio, Halki, Agioi Theodoroi Halkis, Alimia, Makry Halkis, Prasouda, Rhodos, Strogulli Kritinias, Htenies, Karavolas Rodhou, Prasonissi Rodhou, Megalo Sofrano, Mikro Sofrano, Astakida, Kamilonisi, Saria, Karpathos, Kassos, Armathia, Makronissi Kassou, Rho, Kastellorizo (Megisti), Stroggyli Kastellorizou.
Islands of the central Aegean sea
Samos, Fournoi Korseon, Thymaina, Ikaria, Chios, Oinousses, Psara, Antipsara, Lesbos, Saint Eustratius (Island), Lemnos
Islands in the Thracian Sea
Crete and surrounding islands
Chrysi, Crete, Dia, Gavdos, Gavdopoula, Paximadhia Mesaras, Agioi Theodoroi Chanion, Theodoropoula, Agria Gramvousa, Imeri Gramvousa, Valenti Falasarnon, Elafonisos Kritis, Koufonisi (Lefki), Mikronisi Chrysis, Elasa, Gianisadha, Dragonadha, Paximadha, Kalydon (Spinalonga), Petalidi Dia, Santorini / Thera.
Adelfoi Islets, Agios Georgios Skopelou, Argos Skiathou, Dasia, Erinia, Gioura, Grammeza, Kyra Panagia, Lekhoussa, Peristera, Piperi, Psathoura, Repio, Rineia Skyrou, Sarakino, Skandili, Skantzoura, Skyropoula, Tsougria, Valaxa.