The cradle of democracy
Greece in particular is often called the “cradle of democracy” or the “cradle of Western civilization”, this makes it today a very exciting destination with a lot of history to discover.
Sail in Greece through Europe’s longest coast
The country has Europe’s longest coastline with 6000 islands each of 227 of which are inhabited, this makes it very good to sail in Greece. Greece is a very safe destination to go to when a wind called Meltemi blows from the north-northeast with a strength of 3-12 m / s.
The state is a republic which in Greek is called Greece (pronounced Ellás). Greece borders Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. Today, 11 million people live in the country and 3 million of them live in the capital Athens.
Member of the EU
The country has been a member of the EU since 1981. In Greece, National Day is celebrated on March 25 when the Greek revolution against the Ottomans began, and National Day is also celebrated on October 28, which is called Oxi Day, which means no, because in 1940 they said no to the Italians. invaded – “I do not capitulate, rather war than we become slaves to another country”
The official language is Greek and belongs to the Indo-European language branch used in the Greek alphabet. Ancient Greece was the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, both tragedy and comedy.
sailing in Greece & its three seas
It has three seas, the Ionian Sea to the west with the Ionian Islands, the Mediterranean Sea south of Crete and the Aegean Sea to the east with the Cyclades, Saronic Islands, Sporades, Dodecanese called the Twelve Islands and the North Aegean Islands.
Its highest mountain is called Olympos and is located in northern Greece in the region of Macedonia. Olympos is 2917 masl and it was here according to the ancient Greeks that the highest gods lived. Did you know that at first there were over 30,000 gods but that only 12 of these lived on Olympos?
Gods and Goddesses
Some of these gods who initially lived on Olympos were Zeus who was the king of the gods, Poseidon who was the god of the sea and Apollo who was the god of the sun. Unlike many other religions, man in the Greek faith is not considered a slave to the gods and inferior to their capriciousness, but instead emphasizes their similarities and man’s ability to make his own decisions and the gods can make slips and possibly big mistakes just like man.
World famous food
You are also well known for your good food, some dishes to try when you are in Greece are tzatziki, lamb, moussaka, stifado fish and cheese saganaki which is better known as saganaki only. Saganaki, however, is not a dish but a special frying pan that is used to cook a single serving dish in so you can get mushroom saganaki, shrimp saganaki or something similar if you are not really aware of what they serve on the menu. For this you can drink some Greek wine, for example retsina which is a white wine with a taste of resin. Retsina gets its character of dried and powdered resin (about 1 kilo per hectolitre of wine) from the aleppotallen.
The wine industry is spread all over the country and many islands have their own local wine growers. The Greek historian Thucydides believed that it was only when the Mediterranean peoples learned to grow olives and wine that they rose from barbarism. In the islands and mainland around the Aegean Sea, this happened at least 5,000 years ago. In exchange for wine and olive oil, the Greeks eventually received grain from Egypt and the Black Sea region, silver from Andalusia, copper from Syria and Cyprus, and gold and ivory from Nubia and Egypt.
Another drink that is very popular in Greece today is Ouzo which is a spirit with an anise flavor. Today it is often drunk with a splash of cold water or a piece of ice in it, which makes the spirit go from being clear and transparent to finally turning milky white. Finally, the opportunity to sail in Greece is something that every individual should experience at least once in their lifetime.