Surprising and Fun Facts About Greece

Along with being one of our favorite countries to visit, Greece is also a thoroughly fascinating place to learn about.

With a long and rich history, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of interesting facts about Greece! Cool. Strange. Insightful.

These fun Greek facts are riveting to read – whether you’re planning a trip to Greece or just want to learn more Greek trivia.

Athens was the first European Capital of Culture

Examples of subsequent capitals to be designated a European Capital of Culture include Porto, Portugal (2001), Matera, Italy (2019) and Novi Sad, Serbia (2022).



The presidential guards wear pom-poms on their shoes

Called “Evzones,” these elite ceremonial guards wear a distinctive uniform, which includes a kilt, red cap and black pom-poms on their shoes.


Santorini is the only inhabited caldera in the world

Created after an explosive volcanic eruption in 1660 BC, the sickle-shaped island of Santorini is what’s left of the volcanic caldera.


Santorini is the world’s most beautiful island

At least, that’s what many people think. Especially honeymooners – Santorini is one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations.


People go ga-ga over Santorini’s sunsets

The lovely white-washed village of Oia is famous for its blood-orange sunsets, drawing crowds of photographers and sunset worshippers.

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