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Greece

Continent: Europe

Ideal Duration: 5 - 10 Days

Currency: Euro (EUR)

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

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.

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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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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.

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.

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Dhawal Pagay 2 years 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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