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Greece Travel Guide: Everything That You Need To Know

Greece Travel Guide: Everything That You Need To Know

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Clarifications about this travel guide to Greece

The information gathered here corresponds to our trip to Greece in October 2018.

All data are based on our own experience. In this way, the prices are what we pay, and the formalities are what we carry out ourselves.

We hope that it fulfills its objective: to be useful to future travelers. Any doubt, questions or comments, do not hesitate to send it.

Have a good trip and enjoy Greece!

Introduction

Being a land of wines and olives, green seas and mountains, legends and gods, Greece is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries we visit. And so we were eager to return.

Visa

Most Latin American and European nationalities do not require a visa to enter Greece as it is part of the European Union and the Schengen Area. The maximum stay is 90 days.

Currency

The currency is the Euro and that is the reason for the great Greek and economic tragedy that the country suffered in recent years.

We generally use credit cards and euros in cash.

Many sites accept dollars but take it at a very low value.

Language

The official language is Greek and it is characterized by a quite particular writing.

In the tourist regions (almost) everyone speaks English, so the language is not a problem. But, as we always say, it is nice to know some words of the local language even if it is not entirely necessary.

Climate

Greece has diverse and very interesting geography. It rises on the shores of the Aegean Sea and ends in the valley of Mount Olympus, housing within itself the richest olive trees in the region.

Therefore, in winter it is quite cold and in summer quite hot. It is ideal to go in autumn (September-November) or spring (March-June) so as not to suffer extreme temperatures.

Budget

Greece is not characterized by being a “super cheap” country but with ingenuity, you can find a way to travel without spending our entire budget. As always, a trip can be as expensive and as cheap as one I wanted and planned. In our case, we always travel in an economical way, the best backpacking style.

We don’t do paid excursions (we manage to do them ourselves) and we tend to opt for public transport rather than take a taxi or private cars with a driver.  We travel slowly and slowly. We usually inform ourselves quite a bit about prices, distances, means of transport or any other variable that intervenes.

The faster you want to travel and the more destinations in less time you want to see, the more expensive the budget becomes.

An average (loose-fitting) budget in Greece can be about 30 euros per day/per person. It includes accommodation (hostel with shared bathroom), food and public transport. The most expensive thing in Greece is transport to the islands.

Another extra expense in Greece, is that unlike other sites, most tourist interest sites are paid and relatively expensive. For example, the Acropolis in Athens costs 20 euros per person and the oracle in Delphi, 12 euros. Discounts are available for students and over 65s.

Our budget is broken down into three basic things. Eating, sleeping, and traveling:

Food

The best of Greece is cheese and olives. The food in Greece is delicious and with lots of carnivorous and vegetarian options. Our favorite dish was musaca, a meatloaf with delicious aubergines. Also the souvlaki (pinchos de carne asada) and the gyros, ideal for eating on the go and for a smaller budget. Greek yogurt is something worth trying, as are olives and cheese.

White wine is also famous, although to be honest, Argentine wines are better.

Accommodation

Accommodation options range from super luxury hotels to shared hostels at very low prices.

For us, the best option especially if it is a family group was to rent an apartment. The price is per day and the best option is Airbnb (with this link you can get 30€ credit). That is to say, they are usually family houses with a rented room. Some have a private bathroom, some include breakfast, etc. There are many options and each one adapts to different budgets.

The area and the time of year have a lot of influence on prices. In low season hotels usually make big discounts on their prices. Santorini, for example, has much more expensive accommodation options than in the rest of the country.

Transport

Greece, as we said, is a country that adapts to all budgets and travel styles. It is a relatively small country that can be traveled very well by bicycle, hitchhiking, rental vehicles and public transport. The biggest detail is to go to the islands, you can only get there by ferry and all the companies are private and relatively expensive. Another expensive option is the airplane.

We arrive in Athens, the capital of Greece, by plane. We had a little more than a week to tour the country so we opted to do it with a rental vehicle. We took it out at Athens airport and used it to tour the Peloponnese peninsula and Santorini Island. The last day we returned it to the airport again. We decided to use the AutoUnion car rental service and had no problem. Everything was very simple and fast.

To go to Santorini from the Port of Pireus, we used the SeaJets ferry service. The boats are big, fast, new and very good. As always, it is best to look out over the Aegean Sea from the deck of the boat.

Itinerary

In total, we spent ten days in Greece and this was our itinerary:

Day 1 – Athens

We arrive at the airport in the morning. Our flight came from Georgia. We took advantage of that day to rest and take a little tour of the city.

Day 2 – Athens

In the morning we visit the Acropolis of Athens. It is advisable to do it in the morning very early or in the afternoon, to avoid the excessive hordes of tourists.

We have lunch in the center and walk through the Plaka neighborhood.

Day 3 – Surroundings of Athens 

We take advantage of the day to explore the surroundings of Athens with the rental vehicle.  The first stop was the Strait of Corinth. Then, we visited the ruins of the ancient Mycenae. 

We had lunch in the beautiful coastal town of Nafplio and from there we visited the impressive amphitheater of Epidauro. 

That day we did more than 300 kilometers but we visited the most interesting sites of the Peloponnese Peninsula.

Day 4 – Santorini

Early in the morning we took the ferry to Santorini. We opted for the company SeaJeats.

To the island, we traveled with the rental vehicle which allowed us to have more freedom and independence to travel Santorini.

We stayed in Perissa, in the south of the island. During the afternoon we were on the beach and at sunset, we went by car to Oia.

Day 5 – Santorini

We take advantage of the morning to go to the beach in Perissa. In the afternoon, we drove around the island. We visited Fira and its surroundings.

Day 6 – Santorini – Delphi

Our ferry back to Athens left at noon, so we enjoyed Santorini in the morning.

Around 18:00 we arrived in Athens and decided to drive a little more to get to Delphi that same night.

Day 7 – Delphi and surroundings

In the morning we visit the impressive ruins of Delphi and the famous oracle. In the afternoon, we went by car to visit the coastal town of Galaxidi. One of the most beautiful places in Greece

Day 8 – Athens

In the morning and after breakfast in Delphi, we returned to Athens. It’s less than 200 kilometers. We arrived at noon and took the opportunity to visit the Acropolis Museum.

In the afternoon, we decided to go to Cape Sunion to watch the sunset from the Temple of Poseidon. On the way, we stopped at many places to take pictures and drink mate.

Day 9 – Athens Airport

In the morning, we returned by car to the agency in the airport area. Then, we set out to embark for Sofia, Bulgaria.

Touring Greece with a rental car

For us, Greece is the ideal country to travel by rental car. The distances are short, the routes are in excellent condition and there is nothing better than the independence of walking with your own vehicle. In addition, there are many agencies and companies and the prices per day are very good. However, most motorways have paid tolls.

Another advantage is that the vehicle can be loaded onto the ferries and there is no problem with moving them between the islands.

We have the AutoUnion service. The service was excellent and you have the possibility to pick up and drop off the car at Athens airport and in most major cities. In addition, the vehicles are in very good condition.

Recommendations and tips for traveling to Greece

– If you are looking for flights to Greece, a good option may be BestDay.

Interiorization: Greece has a very complicated and interesting history. Try to get to Georgia knowing something about its geography, culture, political history and its current situation. Knowing its history serves to understand the many ruins you see and not just a pile of stones.

Plan: A trip goes better when you plan it, at least a little. We are not in favor of a fully organized trip, with reservations and a defined itinerary. We are in favor of the trip arming itself, but that doesn’t stop you from planning, at least, something. Look at a map, what places you would like to know, why, check if you have any left, make a possible route. Take into account your budget, your tastes, and your desires.

– Leave the prejudices at home, seriously. Try not to keep obvious.

– Greece is a safe country, insecurity and theft are almost non-existent. They do not exist, in part, because the police are all the time and at all times around there. Also, be careful to take certain precautions.

Is it convenient to travel with medical insurance?

You never know if we’re going to need it, so we still get one. Surely you don’t use it, but just in case…

What is certain is that as Argentines in the Schengen Zone is mandatory to enter. We don’t know of any cases that have been asked for it, but it is better to have it and not to use it than to need it and not to have it. There are many offers and promotions, 2×1, discounts. We recommend that you check possible quotes and types of coverages in Asegura tu viaje.