The time has finally arrived, and you have arranged your days off from work. You sit in front of your computer and start doing some research about possible destinations to travel. You bump into Greece and bang…It captures you from the very first moment. Numerous islands, sandy beaches, cities full of archaeological sites and great history. ‘’This is it’’ you think to yourself; ‘’I will travel there’’.
Next step is, to decide what you want to do and what you want to see. Tons of google search results and even more proposals on itinerary suggestions. You make up your mind and call your travel agent to arrange all details. Or even better, contact us directly to arrange your trip here.
One month before your trip, everything is ready. But there are still some details to figure out. So here you will read the most important answers for your queries, before you start packing.
What currency do they use?
Local currency is Euro. So make sure upon arrival at the airport to exchange some money.
Do they accept credit cards?
Credit cards are widely used throughout Greece. ATMs can be found everywhere in main cities and big islands, yet in smaller islands, there might be only one machine available. In such case, we suggest that you withdraw some cash before departing to smaller islands in order to avoid any surprises. Furthermore, some smaller shops and kiosks, do not accept credit cards. Greek ATMs only accept 4-digit PINs, so you should check with your bank in case yours is of any other type.
Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. Due to the country’s geographical position, its rugged relief and its distribution between the mainland and the sea, there is great variation in Greece’s climate.
In summer, the dry hot days are cooled by seasonal winds called the meltemi, while mountainous regions have generally lower temperatures.
The winters are mild in lowland areas, with a minimum amount of snow and ice, yet, mountains are usually snow-covered. Moreover, a common phenomenon is the occurrence of different climactic conditions during the same season (for instance, mild heat in coastal areas and cool temperatures in mountainous regions). *
What shall I bring with me?
If you are traveling during summer time and according to your planned itinerary, you should definitely bring comfortable shoes for walking around in the streets, a hat to protect you from sun while touring in archaeological sites, as they lack shade, and sunscreen. A pair of sandals for your strolls in the islands’ is highly recommended. In case you are a winter traveler, make sure that your backpack has an umbrella inside. A raincoat, and warm clothes are definitely needed.
What about food? What shall I try?
If it’s your first time in Greece, you will hear almost everywhere the words ‘’Mousaka’’, ‘’Gyros’’, ‘’Souvlaki’’ and ‘’Choriatiki salad’’. These are the most common traditional dishes, with a widespread fame all over the travel community. Of course, you should give them a try, but we would suggest trying exquisite seafood in a tavern by the sea, along with Greece’s traditional ‘’Ouzo’’ or ‘’Raki’’(be aware of the portions. They are both tasty, but strong enough). Don’t forget to try the Greek Feta cheese. You will find it everywhere, in different versions. More salty, or spicier, soft or harder. Pies in Greece are also a must try choice. Cheese pie or in Greek ‘’Tyropita’’ and spinach pie can be found in all bakeries around Greece. Make sure you‘ll stop by one, and get some pies for breakfast.
Do I need an adapter for my chargers?
In Greece the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Greece, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Greece. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.**
2020 has really been a challenging year throughout the world. Plans were changed, the so wanted vacations have been postponed and time spent at home seemed endless. 2021 though, seems much more optimistic. This does not mean that the virus will somehow disappear, but at least it will diminish gradually, and eventually we will be able to start traveling, without having to self-isolate.
Previous summer period, Greece was open for tourists, and the comments regarding measures taken to avoid the spread of corona virus were really positive. Greek Government aims on the same for this summer.
With a wide range of choices on islands, tours and activities, one could choose what fits their interests best and with the help of their travel agent to arrange a tour suitable for their needs, always complying with the necessary hygiene measures.
Hotels are getting ready to open their doors and welcome their guests, taking all precautionary actions.
And then again, as Greece is a summer hotspot, all workers in tourism are impatiently waiting its restart.
But, is Greece really ready to welcome tourists? And if so, when and how?
According to the latest announcements of the Minister of tourism in Greece, Mr. Harry Theocharis, it seems that you will be able to enter the country as of May 14th 2021. The date is not yet confirmed, but Greek Government is determined to welcome foreign guests this summer.
So, here is what you need to know before flying in Greece:
- Each person travelling to Greece, should either be vaccinated for COVID – 19 or hold a negative PCR test 72 hours prior their arrival in Greece
- They should fill the Passenger Locator form (PLF) as found here
- No quarantine or self-isolation will be required (not yet announced)
- In case of COVID symptoms, Greek Government will cover the expenses related to hospitalization
All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical/social distancing) according to local guidance.*
Cruises as well announced the beginning of sailing as of May 29th.
Something more you need to know is, that so far restaurants, bars and clubs in Greece are closed. According to the Prime Minister’s announcements, all shops will be open in the beginning of May. We still do not know how they will operate, but the most possible scenario is that they will be able to serve outdoors.
We believe that it’s a great idea to enjoy your coffee or lunch, along with the sun rays.
Taking the above into consideration, we think it’s about time to start planning your vacation, because… All you want is Greece!