The thought of owning a property on one of the islands in Greece is high on the list of many a would be property in the sun owner, especially for those living in colder climates such as Northern Europe and Canada where temperatures can drop below freezing for many of those long winters months. Greece is essentially thought of as a Mediterranean country, albeit there is a large element in the Adriatic and Aegean seas, all though with mile upon mile of amazing beaches and simply stunning landscapes.
Greece has the twelfth longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km (8,498 mi) in length, featuring a vast number of islands (approximately 1,400, of which 227 are inhabited), including Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Ionian Islands among others with Mykonos and Samos being a particular favourite for vacationers. Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest at 2,917 m (9,570 ft).
Greece has land borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.
Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of ancient Greece, generally considered the cradle of Western civilization. As such, it is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles.