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Greece

Continent: Europe

Ideal Duration: 5 - 10 Days

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

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Budget: Moderate

"All-Time Classic"

Greece Tourism

Surrounded by crystal blue waters all around, Greece has 2000 islands among which only 160 are inhabited. It has everything that a traveller could ask for, starting from history and culture, huge mountains, golden beaches and ancient ruins. Along with the history, the culture in music, food and festivals is strongly held up high here. One can delve into the ancient times with splendours like Acropolis and Parthenon.

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Best time to visit Greece

March - April (Spring) and September - October (Autumn) is the best time to visit Greece

The best times to visit Greece is during spring and fall as the weather is extremely pleasant, accompanied by beautiful 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 favourable. The beaches are best visited during spring while people can go to the mountains in the month of October for a cooler feeling.

Regions in Greece

Located in Southern Europe, Greece in one the tip of the Balkan peninsula with numerous islands and a long coastline. 80% of the country is covered with mountains. It also has one of the longest islands in the world. Only 160 out of 2000 islands in Greece is inhabited. The major regions in Greece are Thrace, Macedonia, Sporades Islands, Ionian Islands, Crete, Attica and Cyclades.

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Holidify's Opinion

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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Currency of Greece

Euro is the official currency in Greece and no other currency is accepted in the country. All major hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards in Greece. MasterCard, Visa and Eurocard are also widely used. Many ATM machines do no accept 5 digit pin numbers so it is better if one changes it to a 4 pin one before arriving at Greece.

Currency Exchange in Greece

The exchange rates are same all over the country and one can exchange their money at a bank or any official exchange shop where the running rates are good. There are also numerous 24-hour bank note exchanging machines. Automated currency exchange machines are also present in the major cities, especially in the Athens airport.

Culture of Greece

Greece still holds on tight to the culture and heritage of their forefathers. The traditional dances and music are still performed during festivals. It was the land of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato and the country gives immense value to philosophy.

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.

History of Greece

One of the most historical countries in the world is Greece and it dates back to 1300 BC during the Bronze Age. Greek civilisation was one of the most ancient ones in the world when the Mycenaean, Cycladic and Minoan civilisations emerged. Athens and Sparta were two most important places during 800 BC and the Greek went on to include southern Italy in Greater Greece during the Golden Age. This time in history was famous for architectural marvels like Parthenon and classics like Oedipus. Athenians were the peace-loving residents while Spartans were excessively aggressive. In 401 AD, Spartans won the Peloponnesian Wars but the victory was short-lived. It was followed by the reign of Alexander the Great and Hellenistic Rule which merged Macedonia and Greece. In 205, it was again conquered by the Romans. It was followed by the Greek Renaissance movement led by Emperor Hadrian but stopped because of the Goths who invaded their territories. In the later years, it was under the Byzantine Empire, Frankish leaders, Turkish rule and many others. It also played a major role in World War I. By 1936, the country turned communist and in the same year, Gen, fascist dictator came to power and tried establishing a Nazi territory. The country got the support of the US and it became stable and now there is a multi-party democracy which is headed by a prime minister.

Health & Hygiene in Greece

The health care system in Greece is highly rated by the World Health Organization. The health care is free for all the citizens as well as for EU nationals. For non EU nationals, only emergency care is free. There are also services of helicopter ambulances to serve the various islands. It is extremely hot during the summers and people have a risk of getting sunstroke, so people are advised to have proper protection while venturing out in the sun. There is also a problem of jellyfishes which are common in the beaches and their stings are harmful. The water in Greece is totally safe and hygienic.

Customs of Greece

Dress code in Greece is informal, especially near the beaches. There are also quite a few nudist beaches in the remote areas. The dress code is a bit strict while visiting monasteries and churches. People in Greece are really polite and informal while talking to others. It is good to use words like "thank you" or "please" while addressing someone. While visiting someone's place, carrying a small gift is considered good. Tipping practice is pretty common in Greece and people are expected to leave gratuities in restaurants, hotels and cabs based on the quality of the service. The common tipping is about 10% of the entire bill amount.

Tips for Visiting Greece

Greece is one of the safest places to visit, as most of the people are helpful and honest. The rate of violent crimes and thefts are also low. There is proper police protection in most places in the country. Traffic conditions are bad in the country, so one must be careful while crossing the streets and roads.

Stay options in Greece

Family run pensions are the best option for people who love old traditional way of living as the owners are very friendly and one gets a homely atmosphere there. Ones with a big budget can rent a villa near the beach for a luxurious stay. There are also numerous hotels serving people from every budget strata and one can generally book them online. There are also self-catering accommodations called studios in Greece. For extremely low budget travellers, there are YMCA accommodations or youth hostels in most of the important parts of the country.

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Dhawal Pagay 1 year ago
A small Greek island with a handful of people, scenic vistas at every street and architecture dating back to the Byzantine era, the cobbled streets of Paros, flanked by white facades which overlook clear blue waters, create an aesthetic which stimulate the senses.

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