Discovering the Wonders of Greece

The Cradle of Western Civilization

Greece is truly a destination that has it all – rich history, stunning natural beauty, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality. From the Acropolis of Athens to the turquoise waters of Santorini, and the olive groves of Crete, Greece offers an endless array of experiences to captivate the senses and nourish the soul.

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Greece is building free, wheelchair-accessible ramps to ensure that those with mobility issues may access and enjoy the water in an effort to make its beaches more accessible.

According to Tasos Kokkinidis of the Greek Reporter, Vassilis Kikilias, the minister of tourism for Greece, revealed the project at a news conference in April 2023. As part of the $16.5 million (€15 million) initiative, the nation is also updating parking, snack bars, walkways, restrooms, changing rooms, and other amenities to make them accessible.

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Most Popular Destination in Europe

Based on Google search data it was revealed that Santorini is the most popular tourist destination in Europe. Phrases like destination holiday" or "destination vacation" were analyzed from 12 months of Google data across 185 countries. Santorini was followed by Ibiza, Tenerife, Sicily, and Corfu.

Suggested Read: Where to stay in Santorini...

Know before you go

Generally, the Mediterranean climate of Greece will give you a hot, dry summer with a moderate, wet winter in the southern lowlands and island regions. A cold, snowy winter can be expected in the central and northern mountainous regions.

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The currency in Greece is the Euro (€), and credit cards are widely accepted.

Greek, and English in tourism hot spots, and business services.

In case of emergency, the European emergency number is 112. For medical emergencies, you can go to the nearest hospital or medical center. 

TIME ZONE: GMT +3 hours

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What To Expect

It’s a real pleasure!

Greece, the birthplace of Western Civilization, is renowned for having more than six thousand lovely islands, lovely beaches, crystal-clear oceans, spectacular sunset locations, pleasant summer weather, and historic temples. The Greeks have a connection to the past thanks to well-known sites like the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the Acropolis, Delphi, and Epidaurus, while they throw the best parties in Europe on cosmopolitan islands like Mykonos. Absolute ultimate in diversity!

The superb sculpture and Cycladic architecture of the Greeks are well-known. Numerous civilizations, including the Roman Empire, were impacted by Greek culture, which is still having an impact on contemporary societies.

The Best Time To Go

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Your travel budget will benefit when you visit the Greek Islands before and after the summer season. When you check availability on Booking.com you’ll find that the rates are much higher during the summer season when it is also the big annual school holiday. Thus, it is also more crowded.

Therefore, an enjoyable time to visit Greece and its spectacular Greek islands is towards the end of May, and the beginning of September. These months are also much cooler and usually do not go into the high thirties as we’ve seen the last few summers. For those who prefer a quieter experience, the months of May and September offer pleasant weather and fewer tourists.

That said and done, if you like the sizzling summer days, as I do, June to August are the months to consider, with August being the hottest month of the three months. However, this is also the busiest time of year, so be prepared for crowds and higher prices.

Build your holiday around Greece’s public holidays. You can travel for less outside of the peak seasons, which usually are around public holidays. That said, it remains the best option to check rates directly with your hotel of choice.

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Is Greece Expensive?

One thing we all know only too well is the cost of living where we live. However, what we don’t know is how it compares to our dream holiday destination. Compare city to city on typical holiday expenses. Like the cost of dinner out, or the cost of groceries (self-catering holidays), or transport such as taxis, buses, and trains. 

Getting Around

Greece has some of the world’s busiest and most effective ferries. At any given moment during the summer, there are hundreds of them operating between Greek Islands and ports on the mainland.

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Eat & Drink

Top 10 Must-Eats While you're in Greece

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  • Baklava. Filo pastry is used to make the layers of the dessert known as baklava, which is then filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with honey or syrup.
  • Tiropita (Greek Cheese Pie). An egg-and-cheese-filled Greek pastry constructed from layers of buttered phyllo.
  • Moussaka. This classic Greek dish is created with aubergines, lamb mince, and béchamel sauce.
    Mezedes. This tray of bite-sized fish, pork, and vegetable dishes is the Greek equivalent of the Spanish tapas.
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  • Kakavia. Like Hungary has Halászlé, the Hungarian fisherman’s soup, so it is with Greece. Kakavia is Greece’s fisherman’s soup, consisting of fish onions, potatoes, olive oil, and seasonings. Variations may even include shellfish, carrots, celery, or crustaceans.
  • Gigandes Plaki. Large white beans roasted in a rich tomato sauce and seasoned with various herbs, such as oregano, parsley, and mint, are another staple in Greek cuisine. The recipe calls for using fasolia gigantes, a genuine Greek bean variety distinguished by its generous size, hence the name (gigantic). Giantdes plaki is a typical meze meal that is best enjoyed with bread on the side. However, it can also be enjoyed as the main course.
  • Gyros. It’s a versatile Greek favorite made with thin shavings of chicken, lamb, or veal meat. Gyros come in wraps as a popular street food, and you’ll also find it on restaurant menus as a meat dish.
  • Souvlaki. Come to Skiathos if you want to eat the best souvlaki in the entire globe.
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  • Olive oil. I like to buy gifts in the form of traditional products, like Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil. With a maximum of 5% Mastoeidis olives, this extra virgin olive oil is mostly made from Koroneiki olives. The finished product is bright green to yellowish green in color and tastes great.  If at all possible, get the “Messinia Union – Kalamata,” as it comes from the illustrious Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Messinia, which is renowned for producing the best extra virgin olive oil in Greece.
  • Cheese. While Greece is most famous for its Feta cheese, the princess of cheeses, you should try some other super delicious cheeses. Like, Kefalotyri. They make it with sheep’s or goat’s milk. Kefalotyri cheese is best paired with pasta dishes or grated over salads, pizzas, and stews. 
  • Yiaourti me meli. This dessert is one of my all-time favorites. Yiaourti me meli is quick and easy to serve. Put thick Greek yoghurt into a dessert bowl, add a generous amount of toasted walnuts topped with honey and you have Yiaourti me meli. Yiaourti me meli is a refreshing dessert in many traditional taverns. However, it’s equally enjoyable as a light breakfast.

Top 3 Traditional Drinks in Greece

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  • Ouzo (typically consumed following a meal). This spicy, anise-flavored spirit will undoubtedly make your chest hair stand up.
  • Tsipouro. When you order Greek meze (a variety of small Greek dishes) it is not unusual to be served with Tsipouro. Tsipouro, a strong Greek spirit, is also a popular and traditional welcoming drink.
  • Greek coffee. Also known as Turkish coffee, they use extra finely ground-roasted coffee beans to make a uniquely strong and rich coffee. Tradition calls for the use of a cezva, or ibrik (a traditional coffee pot) to brew the beans in cold water over low heat until frothy, and just before it starts to boil. 

To Do

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Greece! From ancient ruins to idyllic beaches, this Mediterranean gem offers an endless array of experiences to suit all tastes. Soak up the vibrant culture of Athens, island-hop around the Cyclades, indulge in mouth-watering cuisine, and explore the stunning landscapes of mainland Greece. With so much to see and do, your Greek adventure is guaranteed to be a journey of a lifetime!

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Travel Tip(s)

Look for free cancellation options: Some hotels offer free cancellation up until a certain date. Booking accommodations with free cancellation can provide flexibility in case your plans change.

Check the map view: Booking.com has a map view feature that shows the location of hotels. This can help you identify accommodations in areas that are both desirable and affordable.

Best Holidays

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a cultural journey, Greece is the perfect destination to escape and discover. So pack your bags, and get ready to experience the magic of Greece for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

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