Greece

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Greece’s islands and beaches offer an unforgettable escape to paradise, with each destination having its own unique charm. With over 6,000 islands to explore, the Greek coastline promises endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure. Greek cuisine, with hearty dishes such as moussaka and souvlaki or something lighter like a Greek salad, offers a tempting blend of Mediterranean flavors that captivates foodies around the world.

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About Greece

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

What to expect

The Greek islands offer travelers a diverse range of activities and are a veritable treasure trove of breathtaking views. You can tan in the Mediterranean sun on the golden sandy beach of Elafonissi on Crete or explore the hidden coves of Corfu, which is known for its Mediterranean flair. The turquoise waters around the islands provide a real vacation feeling and invite you to unwind.

Passport to Greece

Corfu Old Town New Fortress

Why you need to visit the Greece:

Incredible beauty of the islands and very tasty food

Our highlight:

Yali Beach on Corfu

Best time to visit:

April to October

TYPE OF VAC

Summer

CURRENY

Euro

LANGUAGE

Greek

Destinations

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Porto Timoni from above

Corfu

Corfu, also known as Kerkyra in Greek, is considered the greenest island in Greece. With its stunning beaches and charming villages Corfu promises an unforgettable Mediterranean vacation for travelers seeking relaxation, adventure and cultural immersion.

Loutro Fishervillage on Crete greek house

Crete

The beautiful island of Crete in Greece enchants with idyllic bays, charming villages and dreamy beaches. Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean flair and the unique natural beauty that Crete has to offer.

What you need to know

before going to Greece

Located in south-eastern Europe, Greece is known for its diverse geography. The mainland is dominated by rugged mountains, including the famous Mount Olympus, the mythical residence of the Greek gods. The country has thousands of islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, each with its own character and landscape. Greece’s coastline stretches for more than 13,000 kilometers and offers numerous picturesque beaches and charming coastal towns. Inland, there are fertile valleys and plains where agriculture is practiced, and the country’s climate varies from Mediterranean in the south to continental in the north.

How many days do you need for Greece?

The duration you plan for your trip to Greece depends very much on what exactly you want to do and where you are in the country. If you want to visit Athens, 3-4 days should be enough. Even if you want to visit the smaller islands such as Santorini or Zakynthos, we generally recommend around 2-4 days per island. Whereas you should plan at least a week for larger islands such as Crete or Corfu.

Best time to visit

You can visit Greece all year round.

Winters are mild at around 9-14 degrees Celsius. Although the winter is the time of year with the most rainfall, it is also the time with the fewest tourists in the country. So if you are planning a sightseeing tour on the mainland, this time of year can be good for your purposes despite the moderate weather, as you will find the otherwise very crowded spots much emptier. To be on the safe side, find out in advance about the possible opening times of the attractions you want to visit. You should avoid spending your vacation on the Greek islands during these months.

In the shoulder months of April to June and September and October, the weather is ideal for most purposes. There is little rainfall and pleasant temperatures of around 23 degrees Celsius. At these times of year, you will also have a fantastic stay on the islands. Especially in the months after the summer, the water is still warmed up, which is why you can still enjoy swimming in the fall.

If you want to spend a classic summer vacation with temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius and above, the months of July and August are best. However, you should plan your trip mainly on the islands, as the heat in the inland can be quite unbearable. There is almost no rain during these months, just blue skies, and sunshine.

Travel Tips

Travel Insurance: To be able to enjoy your vacation in Greece without worry, you should take out travel insurance. This way you are well covered in the event of a medical emergency or a trip cancellation. In some cases, such insurance is already included when paying with credit cards from certain credit card providers.

Pack essentials: The contents of your suitcase should be well adapted to the season in which you are traveling. In summer, for example, you should bring sunscreen, insect repellent, light clothing, swimwear, sandals, a hat and sunglasses, as it can get very hot. Remember to drink enough and apply sun cream regularly to protect yourself from the sun. In winter, it is advisable to bring some thicker clothing such as a sweater and a jacket as well as closed clothing. For the transitional months, check the current temperatures at short notice to make sure you have the right things in your luggage.
You should always take important medicines or drugstore items with you. Medical care for these things is generally good in Greece. However, save yourself unnecessary stress and take the most important things with you.

Cash and ATM: Even though credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Greece, cash payments still make up most of all transactions. So, make sure you always have enough cash with you.

Environmental: Try to minimize your impact on the environment by disposing of your waste properly, avoiding single-use plastic and supporting local stores and restaurants where possible. In this way, you can ensure that Greece’s beautiful destinations are still worth visiting in the future.

Internet: The internet connection in Greece is good. In some places it is faster and in others a little slower. Most accommodation and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi. To be independent of Wi-Fi, it’s best to get a European SIM if you don’t already have one.

SIM Card: If you have a SIM card for another European country, it should work in Greece without any problems or additional costs. However, it is advisable to check before you travel.
If you don’t have a European SIM card yet, you have two options: You can pre-order one in advance or buy one when you arrive.
To buy a SIM card in advance, simply find out about possible plans on the Internet. You will also find a large number of providers there. If you are happy to buy a SIM card when you arrive, you can do so. Possible stores where you can do this can be found at the airport, in some supermarkets or in tourist centers. The price is between 10 and 40 euros (11-43 USD), depending on which plan you choose.

Transportation

To get from one place to another in Greece, there are a variety of transportation options. Due to the many islands, you are often dependent on a combination of several means of transportation.

Car: A car can be a clear advantage, especially when staying on the islands. You are very flexible and have the opportunity to explore your surroundings on your own. If you are planning a trip to an island in Greece, we recommend renting a car for at least a few days. You can find many providers and overall the car rental prices in Greece are ok. The earlier you book, the cheaper it is.

Public transportation: If you occasionally want to travel shorter distances, for example to get to a more distant beach or your accommodation is not directly in the city center, you can also use public transport.

Domestic flights: As the Greek islands are spread over a large area, a domestic flight may be the best solution during your trip. For example, if you want to visit a Greek island after sightseeing on the mainland, or if you can’t find a good ferry connection while island hopping, you should look for a domestic flight.

Ferries and boats: In Greece, it is common to use ferries to travel between the islands and the mainland. There are often very good ferry connections, especially between the heavily frequented islands. These usually run at least once a day. Depending on your itinerary, you can also take your car with you on the ferry. If you are renting a car, make sure you check this with the rental agency beforehand.

Culture & Food

Culture: Greek culture is known for its contributions to literature, philosophy and art. Ancient thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle influenced philosophy worldwide. The country’s rich history is evident in its archaeological sites such as the Acropolis in Athens and the ruins of Delphi, which attract millions of visitors every year. Traditional Greek music and dance, including the lively rhythms of rebetiko and the expressive movements of traditional folk dances such as zeibekiko, are an integral part of the cultural offering. Hospitality, known as “philoxenia”, is still a highly prized value in Greek society and locals often extend a warm welcome to visitors.

Religion: The predominant religion in Greece is Greek Orthodoxy, which significantly shapes both individual and communal life. Religious festivals and traditions, such as Easter and the feast days of the saints, are deeply rooted in Greek culture and are celebrated throughout the country.

Local food: Greek cuisine offers a variety of flavors and ingredients, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced produce and aromatic herbs. Traditional dishes such as moussaka or souvlaki will make your Greek vacation even tastier. Olive oil, feta cheese and yoghurt are essential in many Greek dishes and give the cuisine an unmistakable Mediterranean flair. We love Greek cuisine!

Costs / Budget

Greece offers a range of options for different budgets, from affordable guesthouses and hostels to luxurious resorts and boutique hotels. You can save money by eating out at local tavernas and markets, where traditional Greek cuisine is both delicious and reasonably priced. In addition, you can explore the many free or budget attractions such as ancient ruins and picturesque beaches to experience the beauty and culture of Greece without breaking the budget.

If you are looking for a luxurious vacation with an infinity pool and money is no object, you will also find what you are looking for here. Greece also offers breathtaking accommodation, restaurants, and bars in the high-price category.

For the average traveler, Greece is absolutely fine in terms of price and there is definitely something for every budget.

Health and Safety

Health: Travelers to Greece should ensure that they have up-to-date vaccinations, including measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and hepatitis A and B. Access to quality healthcare facilities in major cities provides peace of mind for travelers who need medical attention for unforeseen health issues during their stay in Greece. To be on the safe side, check the official websites on the internet in advance. Overall, however, you have nothing to fear in Greece.

Safety: Greece is generally a safe destination with a low rate of violent crime. However, tourists should be vigilant in busy areas and tourist hotspots to avoid petty theft or pickpocketing. Find out in advance about local conditions and any travel advice and safety guidelines issued by the authorities.

Natural catastrophes: Greece is prone to occasional seismic activity due to its location on the boundary of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates. The country also experiences wildfires, particularly during hot and dry summers, which can pose risks to both residents and visitors.

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