Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is situated in Southern Europe as the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Arica. Its long coastline (>13600km) and the large number of islands (of which 227 are inhabited) are characteristic for the country. Being home to the first advanced civilation in Europe, Greece is known for its rich history, especially from the Dark Ages to the Roman period. 80% of the country constists of mountains or hills. Mount Olympus is the highest and most prestigeous one, being the mythical abode of Greek Gods. Tourism is an important part of Greece's economy. Visitors can expect significant histoical sights and good weather conditions.