Greece

Situated on the southernmost tip of the Balkan Peninsula and with its islands sprawling out across the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas, Greece’s ancient roots have undoubtedly influenced the language, philosophy, politics, sport, and art of the western world.For many visitors to Greece, their first glimpse of the country is the vast metropolis of Athens, whose modern, bustling streets are topped by the ancient Acropolis. While further North lies the sacred pilgrimage site of Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, as well as the intriguing Byzantine monasteries of Meteora, built precariously on the top of rocky outcrops in the Thessaly Plain. In the far northwest of the country, the old stone villages of Zagorohoria provide a captivating rest stop for hikes through the Pindus Mountains. While on the east coast of the picturesque Peloponnese Peninsula to Athens’ south is one of Greece’s most beautiful cities, Nafplio, renowned for its 18th-century Palamidi Fortress.But for many visitors, a trip to Greece is all about the sun-drenched islands. Whether you opt to explore the picture-perfect towns of Santorini in the Cyclades, the natural beauty of the Samaria Gorge on Crete or the UNESCO World Heritage listed old town of Corfu, Greek island life is all about warm nights, rustic cuisine and enchanting surroundings.

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Electricity

In Greece, the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

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Banking

Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and…

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Cuisine

Tap water is safe to drink in the major cities of Greece, but can vary in others. This is why it is recommended that travellers to Greece stick to bottled…

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Climate

Greece has a warm Mediterranean climate. In summer, dry hot days are often relieved by stiff evening breezes, especially in the north, on the islands and…

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Transport

The standard overland public transport in Greece is the bus. Train networks are limited, even more so with recent cutbacks. Buses cover most primary routes…

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Dress

Lightweight clothes (cotton is best) during summer months, including protection from the midday sun and sunglasses. Light sweaters are needed for evenings,…

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Health

Please consult your health-care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel to ensure you are receiving all required vaccinations, and that the medication has enough…

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Safety

All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. Greece’s open borders with other Schengen…

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Visa

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS – Make copies of all your important documents such as passports, driver’s licenses, credit cards, etc. Keep…

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General

Language: – The official language of Greece is Greek. Most people connected with tourism and younger generations generally…

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