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TRAVEL GUIDE to GREECE
This is your ultimate travel guide to Greece!
When you say Greece, I’m certain that you think of Mykonos. Well, Greece is much more than a party island, trying to shadow Ibiza.
Greece is the cradle of Western Civilization, where democracy has risen, and the Olympic Games. Greece is full of ancient history, magnificent temples, and lots of churches. The most famous temples in Greece are Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion where you have a spectacular sunset view.
Greece has one of the largest coastlines in the world, the advantage given by its islands. Which are a lot. You will never find the exact number of islands on the web, they all give you an estimation, based on Wikipedia. Our tour guide in Athens told us there are around 600 islands and only 350 are populated because the others are very dry.
What I know for sure is that Greece has
6 groups of islands and 2 big individual islands
- The Cyclades
- The Sporades
- The Dodecanese
- The Saronikos Islands
- The North Aegean Islands
- The Ionian Islands (Eftanisa)
- Evia – Euboea
SAY HELLO IN GREECE:
Herete = Hello (for both formal and informal day) until 2 pm
Kalimera (καλημέρα): good morning
Kalispera (καλησπέρα): good afternoon or good evening
Kalinihta (καληνύχτα): good night
GOOD TO KNOW
When in GREECE
YOUR TRAVEL GUIDE
European Union: The Greek Parliament ratified the Act of Accession on 28 June 1979, and Greece became the tenth Member State of the European Community on 1st of January 1981.
Language: The official language in Greece is Greek language (native name: ελληνικά).
Currency: Greece is one of the 19 states member that has EURO currency.
Card Payments and Cash Withdrawals:
You can pay with international credit cards everywhere, starting from 1€.
You might struggle to find places that accept American Express around the small islands. Some cash is good to have on you.
ATM: Athens has ATMs from banks but also private ATMs that will overcharge you. On the islands, you can find only private ATMs (for 100€ the fee is like 2.5€).
Connexion: The Internet is very good on the continent. On the islands, it depends. I struggled a lot with Zante, for instance. Wi-Fi connection almost everywhere you go, free or on demand in some restaurants or hotels. But … the connexion is not that good.
If you are from the EU, roaming is free of charge. You can call and connect to your mobile data as if you were in your country of origin without extra costs.
Railroads: You will have connections through the continent and connecting other important cities in Europe. For the islands, boats or airplanes are the only options. If you take the place, please note you will not have a direct flight from one island to another. They will all gather at the hub in Athens where you will switch either the place or the company.
Plugs: Plugs are Type C and F. The standard voltage is 230V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz.
Best Time to visit
The most visited season in Greece is definitely SUMMER, from June to September. The only problem is that is overcrowded in July and August. The best period to visit would be April, or May, as temperatures are still warm and you can enjoy the region uncrowded. There is a catch here as well. Most workers come from the mainland during peak season, so off-season you will find many restaurants, boutiques, and hotels closed, as they do not have personal work.
If you prefer to see the island uncrowded and more in into the wild backpack style, then definitely go off-season.