Greece Travel Guide

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Greece Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration: 10-14 days for exploring Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos; longer for a more comprehensive exploration including Crete and the mainland

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Best Time: March - April (Spring) and September - October (Autumn) Read More

Visa Policy for Indians:
Schengen Visa required

Visa Policy for Other Nationals:
Schengen Visa for many countries

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD):
Dorm bed: $15-30
Budget: $40-80
Mid-range: $100-150
Luxury: $200 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD):
Budget: $15-30
Mid-range: $40-70

Getting In Greece:
Athens International Airport (ATH), Heraklion International Airport (HER) in Crete Read More

Getting Around Ferries, buses, taxis, rental cars:
Ferries, buses, taxis, rental cars

"Sun, Sea, and Soul"

Greece Tourism

Greece is located in southeastern Europe, situated at the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula. Surrounded by crystal blue waters all around, Greece has 2,000 islands, among which only 160 are inhabited. The country boasts a multitude of these picturesque islands scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas, offering charming villages, lush forests, rugged mountains, pristine beaches, and a unique island atmosphere.

The numerous islands and coastline make Greece a great destination for sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, and other water sports. Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it is renowned for its ancient history and archaeological sites. Greek cuisine is beloved by many for its fresh ingredients, Mediterranean flavors, and healthy dishes. Also, the country's rich cultural heritage includes traditional music, dance, and festivals. 

Must Know Before You Travel to Greece

  • Transportation: Greece has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trams, and the Athens Metro. Taxis are also readily available, but make sure the meter is running. Ferries are often the best way to reach the Greek islands.
  • Rent a Scooter or ATV: On some Greek islands, like Santorini and Mykonos, renting a scooter or ATV can be a convenient and fun way to explore the island at your own pace.
  • Local Transportation Apps: Use local transportation apps like Moovit or the Athens Metro app to help you navigate the public transportation system, especially in Athens.
  • Island Hopping: If you plan to visit multiple Greek islands, research ferry schedules, and book tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist season. Also, consider a flexible ferry pass for better value.
  • Water: Tap water is generally safe to drink in most of Greece, but bottled water is readily available if you prefer.
  • Keep Cash Handy: While cards are widely accepted, some smaller places may prefer cash. Always carry some small bills and coins for purchases and tipping.
  • Bargain at Local Markets: At local markets, don't be afraid to haggle, especially in areas like Plaka in Athens and the markets on Crete.
  • Reserve a Table for Dinner: In popular restaurants, it's a good idea to make a reservation for dinner to ensure you get a table, especially during peak dining hours.

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Best time to visit Greece

The best times to visit Greece are during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), as the weather is extremely pleasant, accompanied by beautif (Read More)ul wildflowers growing all over the place. You can escape the summer heat as well as the damp winters. Most festivals take place during this time, making it even more favorable. The beaches are best visited during spring, while people can go to the mountains in the month of October for a cooler feeling. Crowds are relatively low compared to the summer months, making it a pleasant time to explore without the tourist hordes. Spring is ideal for outdoor activities, including hiking, exploring archaeological sites, and enjoying local festivals. The water may still be a bit chilly for swimming.

Summer(June to August) is the high tourist season, with hot and sunny weather. Coastal areas can be scorching, but it's perfect for beach lovers. It is the best time for swimming, water sports, and enjoying the vibrant nightlife. It's the peak season for most tourist destinations.

Winter (December to February) is the off-season for most tourist destinations. The weather can be mild in the southern regions but cooler in the north and mountains. It is perfect for cultural and historical exploration, visiting museums, and enjoying a quieter, more authentic experience. It's also ideal for skiing in the mountainous regions.

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Greece

What's Great?

Sea and beaches, Greek cuisine, festivals, local sightseeing, countryside, history

What's Not So Great?

Weather, transport, overcrowded in tourist seasons

For Whom?

History lovers, adventure lovers, couples

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Food of Greece

Greek cuisine is an amalgamation of traditional food along with foreign influences. Italian and Turkish cuisine have a major impact on Greek food. The traditional diet is Mediterranean with lots of vegetables, herbs, and grains. Being a marine nation, seafood is a major part of their diet. It is also a major consumer of lamb, beef, pork and chicken. The staple in Greek cooking is olive oil. The most popular dishes are kebabs, souvlaki, honey pastries and baklava. Famous alcoholic beverages include ouzo and resin flavoured wine.

Nightlife in Greece

Though a historical country, Greece is no way inferior to other European countries when it comes to the vibrant nightlife. The most popular places for nightlife are Athens, Thessaloniki, Cyclades, Crete, Rhodes, Corfu and Santorini. Mykonos is the party island which attracts people from all over the world. Hersonission and Malia in Crete, Kavos in Corfu and Lagana in Zante are must visit places. The best part is that one can enjoy the best parties at the bars or dance till dawn on the beaches. Latin and Greek music in the pubs enhance the feel of the nightlife here.

Shopping in Greece

Since Greece had one of the most ancient civilisations in the world, it is one of the best places to buy antiques. There are many stores in Athens and other cities which sell exquisite antiques like statuettes, engravings, carvings, glass, ceramics and different other treasures. One needs the permission of the government to export antiques from Byzantine and Hellenic ages. There are a lot of fake ones around, don't fall for the trap. One can also get Greek Jewellery, Skyrian pottery, mystic amulets and onyx ashtrays from Greece. Shoes, wine, rugs and dry fruits are few other things to buy.

Festivals in Greece

Greece is a cultural country, with festivals spread throughout the year. Orthodox Easter is the biggest event of the year and it is celebrated all over the country with beautiful fireworks and delicious roasted lamb. Apokreas or the Carnival Season from mid-January to early March is another good time to visit the country. Each region has their own way of celebrating the carnivals but the best one can be witnessed in Patra in Peloponnese. Hellenic is the main summer festival in Greece which has a brilliant line up of dance, music and drama held in the ancient Odean of Herodes Atticus in Athens.

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