The large islands of Corfu and Rhodes sport golf courses. Crete has thirty-four hundred caves for avid cave explorers. Delos is rich in archeological ruins. Corfu has a distinctly Venetian character around its main plaza. Crete is the fabled island of King Minos. Rhodes is not far away, known for its fortresses, especially those of the Knights Templar who once held sway there.
Approaching Greece by ship from the west, the first landfall is the island of Corfu (Kerkira in Greek). A few dozen miles to the south is the island of Ithaca, the kingdom of Ulysses, who was one of the world’s best known tourists, long ahead of his time. Corfu and the Ionian group, of which it is a part, have Italian overtones because of their proximity to Italy.
At the entrance to the Gulf of Corinth, yachtsmen decide whether to take a short cut through the Corinth Canal to Piraeus (the port for Athens) or go around the Peloponnese. Taking the Corinth Canal the traveler usually stops at the harbor of Itea, a short bus ride from the Delphi oracle.
Greece is a land of mountains, most of which give a grudging livelihood to the inhabitants in the form of olives, a little grain, sheep, goats, and grapes. Who has not heard of Mount Olympus, where at 9,570 feet the gods of ancient Greece frolicked and feuded just like their human counterparts? Looking at the villages clinging to the mountainsides the viewer wonders how any food is produced.
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