Greece is one of the most affordable locations in the world! Greece offers spectacular landscapes & sunsets, beautiful blue beaches, unique island and mainland architecture & mouth drooling food.
It is one of the most popular destinations for summertime in Europe. People from all over the world go to Greece for the bright sun, the relaxed way of life and find out history itself.
The country is warm (10 months out of 12), with delicious food, meager prices in 99% of accommodations.
When it comes to activities, it offers a massive range of water, air, mountain ones. If your friends tell you “you should visit Greece,” then you must.
It is not by chance that many Europeans buy property in Greece to have a permanent base for summer.
If Greek islands are famous to your ears, wait until you explore the mainland. Luscious forests and lakes and rivers.
It is an excellent place for hiking, trekking, mountaineering, canyoning, rock climbing, sea kayak, and white water rafting, and so much more.
Survival Travel Tips for Greece
Driving: Greeks drive primarily like Italians. If you are not accustomed to city driving, better use public transportation.
Unless a strike is in place, transportation in Athens is good (bus, metro, subway, tram).
Outside of big cities, fewer means are available (local taxi, bus). Taxi is far cheaper than any other European country.
Waking around: Many Greeks are not used to stop in passenger lanes.
So when you step your foot down from a sidewalk, car drivers may not stop in all cases.
This may become worst in villages or islands.
If you hike and need some extra gear, there are many stores in big cities to get such immediately (or for any other kind of activity).
Health (and) emergencies: There are public and private hospitals.
Doctors & nurses in public carry lots of experience, but you may encounter lots of crowds or/and not so good conditions in some cases.
Pharmacies work during business hours, and only a tiny fraction is open on weekends.
In any case, make sure you have travel insurance, especially when you participate in sports & activities during your vacations.
Greek habits: Greeks tend to eat late at night. The vast majority doesn’t stop for 1-hour lunches.
Coffee houses may -for example- close at 19:00 in Copenhagen, but that is still coffee time in Greece. You can get a beer almost any time of the day.
Greeks use horns a lot while driving. In villages, things move far less fast, so get used to that. It is part of the Greeks’ way of living life.
Not the same happens in cities, though. In many villages don’t be surprised if they give you a treat.
It is called “kerasma” and Greeks are usually large with guests & foreigners (even know in crisis days).
All are available in Greece
No worries. You can find anything in Greece. In the only case you need some particular medicine, just bring that.
Power is 200V if you need an adaptor (you can also find such in Greece). Credit cards, ATMs, etc., are primarily available.
Make sure to carry cash. Personal checks don’t work so much in Greece.
No need to speak Greek!
English is the prevalent language (except Greek, of course). Greeks are in their majority friendly and eager to help you with directions. Be kind. Ask for help. Like Italians, Greeks use hands/gestures a lot when they talk.
Is it the safest country in the world?
Greece is a very safe country for tourists and locals. There is no particular prohibition against women. Act with comfort, and just keep an eye for any rare incidents of pickpockets. If you go trekking, make sure you know your way around or hire a guide. Drink lots of water.
All foods available
Big cities host a wide variety of cuisine varieties. In villages, you have far fewer international options, but local food is plenty. Prices are meager when compared to other European countries in all groceries, water, dining. Don’t leave the country without trying “gyros.”