SOUTHERN EUROPE

Greece Map

A map of Greece with major cities, islands, lakes, and rivers. It includes a topographic map, satellite imagery, and regions map.

REFERENCE

Greece Political Map

Greece is located in southern Europe along the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. It is categorized as an archipelago because it consists of about 6,000 islands. But only 227 islands are inhabited with human settlements or visited by tourists.  The country is nicknamed “the cradle of modern Western civilization” because of its influences today. For example, Greek shaped the future in the alphabet, libraries, democratic, law, and of course the Olympics. The capital and largest city is Athens. It borders several European countries including Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the northeast.

IMAGERY

Greece Satellite Map

Greece has the longest coastline in Europe (11th longest in the world) at 13,676 km (8,498 mi) in length. It’s the southernmost country in Europe with Gavdos Island as its extreme southern point. In total, Greece occupies an area of 131,957 square kilometers (50,949 sq mi). It sits at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Forests cover 30% of Greece but agriculture doesn’t account for a significant portion in comparison to other countries in Europe. While Lake Trichonida is Greece’s largest natural lake, the Haliacmon is the longest river in Greece.

PHYSICAL

Greece Physical Map

Mountains and hills cover 80% of Greece making it one of the most mountainous countries in Europe. It also consists of the mainland peninsula extending to the south part of the Balkans to the Peloponnese peninsula. Its highest peak is Mytikas at Mount Olympus. At 2,917 meters (9,570 ft) high, it holds great importance in Greek mythology, as it was the home of the Greek Gods. Another one of its major mountain chains is the Pindus Range, located in Northern Greece and southern Albania, stretching roughly 160 kilometers long.

ADMINISTRATION

Greece Regions Map

There are thirteen first-level administrative regions in Greece. While six regions are on the mainland, three are island groups. Each region consists of second-level units, known as prefectures/regional units.