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Greece Travel Guide

Ah lovely Greece what a stunning country with a plethora of Islands both quiet and busy, incredible mountain ranges and lets not forget the food – some of the best in the world.

I spent a glorious week on Santorini on a lounge bed with a view of the med – the perfect antidote to 4 months on the road.

When visiting Greece don’t forget to spend time on the mainland Explore ancient villages and towns and for the history buffs take a trip up to Delphi. 

Start or finish your trip in the historical capital Athens.

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Top 5 Things To See & Do In Greece
Athens
Athens is the capital of Greece, and was once the centre of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilisation and empire. Athens is dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel with the famous Parthenon temple.
Greek Islands
The Greek Islands, beautiful beaches, hot days and warm nights and all that incredible food. There are over 6000 islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian seas with 227 islands inhabited. With this much choice there are islands to suit all budgets and tastes.
Ancient Delphi
Delphi sits on the slopes of Mount Parnassus above the Gulf of Corinth. Delphi is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most important sites of the classical period of Greece along with the Acropolis in Athens, Olympia, and the island of Delos
Halkidiki
Halkidiki in Northern Greece is 3 peninsulas that jut out ito the Aegean sea that feature lovely sandy beaches with the imposing Mt Athos as a backdrop.
Irrawaddy Dolphins
Lesvos is in the northeastern Aegean sea just off the western Turkish coast and a popular stop off point for visitors travelling from Greece to Turkey. Lesvos is the third largest island in Greece with over 300 kms of coastline – which means a number of stunning beaches.
Need To Know - Greece Travel Guide

Five Quick Facts About Travelling In Greece

  1. Greece is a safe country to travel in with the majority of people being helpful and friendly. Crime rates are low, however scams do happen in high tourist areas so be aware.
  2. Greece is part of the Schengen Visa Area Policy with visa free travel to citizens of many countries – see VISA tab for more details.
  3. Greece has very good public transport which is easy to navigate and inexpensive to use.
  4. English is widely spoken across Greece making travel easy. As always it is polite to learn a few basic works of the language.
  5. It is illegal to take photographs of military installations or other strategic locations and these laws are taken very seriously.

When To Travel In Greece

Greece has three distinct travel seasons High Season, Shoulder Season & Low Season. It is important to note that travelling between islands during low season is tricky especially the lesser populated Islands.

High Season May – August

  • Accommodation is busy and prices can double. booking ahead is advisable.
  • The weather is hot and the crowds large across the country.
  • Transport is frequent and easy to manage, all sights are open and operating at maximum hours

Shoulder Season April, September – October

  • The days are still hot but they are now bearable.
  • Accommodation is cheaper and less busy.
  • Most sights are still open with some operating at reduced hours.
  • Internal flights and ferry timetables are reduced.
  • Less crowds.

Low Season November – March

  • Many of the islands are shut along with many restaurants and hotels across Greece.
  • There are few ferries running and those who are takes circuitous routes stopping frequently.
  • It is much cooler even cold with snow on the mountains and at times even in Athens.
  • Accommodation is much cheaper.

Greece Currency

The currency in Greece is the Euro which is the currency of the 24 other EU member states plus Andorra, Kosovo, Monarco, Montenegro, San Marino and the Vatican.

ATMs can be found throughout Greece. It is advisable to always carry a small amount of cash as not all eftpos machines accept foreign cards.

Greece Visa Policy

Greece is part of the Schengen Area Visa Policy.

Nationals / Citizens from Schengen States have right of movement and entry without a visa but will need a passport as proof of identity.

The policy applies to the Schengen Area which is 22 E.U member states and 4 non E.U states which are part of the EFTA – Iceland, Liechenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia and Romania are not part of the Schengen Area but have visa policies based on Schengen acquis.

Schengen Visa Policy Map

 Schengen Area
 Other EU member states outside the Schengen Area but bound by the same visa policy and legally obliged to join the Area when they meet the criteria, and special territories of Schengen member states (freedom of movement in the Schengen Area)
 Members of the EU single market with independent visa policies (freedom of movement in the Schengen Area)
 Visa-free access to the Schengen states for short stays, usually 90 days in any 180-day period (
 Visa required to enter the Schengen states, and to transit some Schengen states in some circumstance
  Visa required to transit any Schengen state
 Travel documents not accepted

Schengen Area Map

 Member state
 Countries de facto participating
 Members of the EU legally obliged to join the Schengen area, but not yet members

Source: Wikipedia

Getting Around Greece

Trains, planes, automobiles, ferries. Greece has just about every mode of transport you can think of.

Buses

Buses are a popular and easy way to travel between towns and cities. KTEL is the national government-subsidized network of independent businesses which cooperate together to form a dense route system serving almost the entire country. The system is efficient, reliable, and relatively inexpensive.

Train

Greece does have a rail system however it is limited. There is a train that runs from Athens to Thessaloniki in the north.

Ferries

Greece has multi ferries plying many routes. During the high season ferries run regularly around the islands, in the low season ferry services are limited and are often slow with the ferry that is running stopping at many islands.

Ferry Companies and Routes

  • Aegean Speed Lines – Cyclades
  • Agoudimos Lines – International and Greek Islands
  • ANEK Lines – Crete and international
  • Blue Star Ferries – Italy-Greece and Aegean Islands
  • Euroseas – Saronic Gulf
  • Hellenic Seaways – Aegean Islands
  • Minoan Lines  – Italy-Greece and Crete
  • SAOS Ferries – Aegean Islands and northern mainland
  • Superfast Ferries – Italy-Greece
  • Ventouris Ferries – Italy-Greece

What To Pack In Greece

What to pack for Greece is very dependent on when you will be travelling to the country and where you will be going. Summers are warm to hot but if travelling to the mountains a jacket or coat is advisable.

Winters are cold especially in the mountains so cold-weather gear will be needed.

It’s all about layering which allows you to add or loses clothing as needed

Packing List

Clothing

1 pair jeans – I know they are heavy and take ages to dry but I wear them constantly and find them comfortable
1 pair black travel type pants – Black pants are little smarter than jeans so good if going somewhere a little dressier. Mine is the lightweight fabric in the style of jean,
2 x pair of shorts. 1 denim and one lightweight travel fabric
2 x singlets – good for layering and sleeping in
4 x short sleeve cotton shirts, lightweight and breathable
1 x long sleeve sloppy joe.
1 x zip-up shell jacket
1 x lightweight raincoat – packable version that packs down into a small bag.
5 x socks
5 x underpants
2 x bras

Shoes

1 x pair walking or hiking shoes.
1 x pair slip on flats
1 x pair flip flops (great for hostel showers)

Toiletries
Shampoo & Conditioner
Bar of Soap
Deodorant
Razor
Tweezers
Brush / Comb
Hair Ties

Electronics

1 x Earbud headphones.Light and small,
1 x IPad
1 x 6S iPhone
Charging leads for above
2 x USB
1 x power bank
1 x Cable organiser which keeps everything tidy
1 x 14” laptop – we run a business so this is essential for us.

Photography

This year I have left behind my DSLR and lenses to travel only with a GoPro and a LUMIX TZ80. At the end of the day it came down to weight when travelling a long way and having to carry a pack – so let’s see how we go….

1 x GoPro Hero 5
2 x Spare GoPro Batteries
1 x LUMIX TZ80
Spare micro SD Cards

Other Stuff

1 x padlock
1 x headlight or torch
1 x Swiss knife
1 x medical kit
Ziplock bags

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