- By Oliver
- On Mar 27, 2019
- Travel Tips
- Climate & Best Time to Visit
Greece has a Mediterranean climate with typically dry and hot summers, and cold and rainy winters. In addition, Greece can be split into North and South sections. For Northern Greece, winter season can be very cold and occasionally snowy. On the other hand, the winters in Southern Greece and the islands are relatively moderate. For all of Greece, summer weather is very hot and dry. In this season, temperatures can reach from 30 to 40℃ (86 to 104℉) from July to August. With this in mind, visitors are recommended to wear warm and rain-proof clothing in the winter, and breathable fabrics (like linen) in the summer. The ideal time to travel to Greece depends on a variety of factors. If you’re looking for the nice weather and beaches, then June to September are the best times. In these months, sea temperatures are warm and perfect for swimming. On the other side of the coin, if you seek hiking, sightseeing, or tours the recommended months are from March to early June and September to early November. Be wary of the month of August as it’s the most busiest and expensive month to travel to Greece.
- Cash & Currency
Greece is apart of the European Union and uses euros (€). Moreover, the EU utilizes a decimal system with 100 cents = €1. Euro coins contain values of 1 cent up to €2. Furthermore, paper bills start at €5 and go up to €500. Notably, Greece has an emphasis on carrying cash so it’s important to have cash on hand. In big cities, ATMs and credit cards can be used in many establishments (restaurants, malls, shopping stores, supermarkets), but may be an issue in some smaller islands.
In the light of health, it’s imperative to highlight Greece’s tobacco consumption. Specifically, statistics roughly report Greece’s population to be over 35% smokers - the highest in the European Union. Although, there have laws against smoking indoors it’s still normal to enter an establishment where people smoke. On the topic of water, it’s safe to drink in any city of Greece. However, it isn’t recommended to drink water from islands. Therefore, if you plan on visiting any of Greece’s islands, you need to stock up on water bottles and make sure the tops are sealed.
In Greece, the official language spoken is Greek. However, English is also spoken well throughout.
In Greece, eating hours are likely different than what you’re used to at home. In the country, lunch usually starts at 3:00 pm and dinner starts at 9:00 pm and can even stretch to 12:00 am. In general, punctuality in Greece is not of highest priority. As a result, services in restaurants and transportation can be sometimes slow.
- Greek Cuisine
Greek cuisine is unique, as it has an emphasis on fresh ingredients, herbs, Mediterranean vegetables, citrus flavors, olive oil, fish and meat, and grains. One of Greece’s signature dishes is Moussaka, which is an eggplant or potato casserole dish, with layers of lamb, tomato, onion, garlic, various herbs, topped with cheese and béchamel sauce sauce.
There are no specific rules for tipping in Greece. Furthermore, people don’t expect tips unless it’s in coffee houses, hotels, restaurants, room service and taverns. Though, it’s almost never required.
Greece's sewage pipes are only 50 millimeters in diameter. Therefore, their plumbing system is only designed for human waste. Please don’t try to flush down toilet paper. Generally, there's a trash bin on the side of the bathroom where used tissues can go. Not to mention, the bins often have a lid and are emptied out at the end of the day.
- Greek Islands
Greece is filled with beautiful attractions that cannot be described in one post. Nonetheless, the islands are a great place to start. For example, Santorini island is one of the most popular attractions. The island is one-of-a-kind, containing whitewashed, cubiform houses hanging over the beautiful Aegean Sea. Here you can expect stunning views and sunsets. Another iconic island is Mykonos, which is also located on the Aegean Sea. The island is famous for its exciting nightlife, gorgeous beaches, and picturesque towns. Moreover, it’s also famous for being an LGBT friendly destination. For all islands, the mode of transportation is usually by ferry, but traveling by air is also common.
- Visas & Passports
Greece doesn’t require visas for many visitors. Especially, those that are citizens from other European Union countries, United States, Canada, Australia, Japan. Under those circumstances, the legally approved duration of stay is 90 days. Although, it can be extended by Immigration authorities. For more information, contact your country’s Greek consular office.
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Greece’s WIFI is ubiquitous. Usually, it’s available in all establishments like hotels and cafés - the only exceptions being secluded places. In terms of electrical supply, Greece transfers electricity in 230 volts. Hence, It’s important to make sure your appliances can handle that voltage. For example, if you’re from the USA, you need to be cautious as the USA transfers electricity ranging from 110 to 120 volts. In that case, you have a couple of options: ask the hotel or building if they have a 110 volt outlet, buy a voltage converter, or leave the appliance at home. People coming from countries with electric supplies between 220 and 240 volts, can safely use their appliances in Greece. It’s also important to mention that Greece uses type C and F power plugs and sockets. Hence, it's crucial to plan ahead and buy the proper power plug adapter online or in a store.