Greece Travel Guide

GREECE TRAVEL GUIDE: THE BASICS

Greece Basics


Ahh Greece… saying that word sends pictures of beaches, sunsets, serenity and happy memories through my mind. Of course, Greece is this and so much more. Each destination in Greece has it’s own personality. From the unique architecture, to the friendly locals and the amazing food, Greece is easy to fall in love with.

In our Greece Travel Guide, you will find information to help you plan your trip.


Map Of Greece

THINGS TO SEE & DO IN GREECE

  • Lindos GreeceStay/visit the Caldera in Santorini for the stunning views & explore Oia village
  • Have a seafood dinner in Amoudi Bay, Santorini
  • Walk from Oia to Fira (approx. 3hrs)
  • Hire a car in Mykonos and drive to some more remote beaches
  • Get lost in the streets of Mykonos Town
  • Have lunch at Fokos Taverna, Mykonos
  • Step back in time & explore Rhodes Old Town
  • Go to Lindos Beach (and walk up to Lindos Acropolis for the view)
  • Visit The Acropolis in Athens
  • Wander through Athens Central Market

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GREECE PLANNER & FAQ


Where To Go In Greece?
The Greek Islands are an obvious choice, but there are so many to choose from. We visited Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini, and they were all completely unique. There are so many other islands, from one’s popular to tourists to those that are more about local life. Of course Athens is a great place to visit, the Corinth Canal, Meteora, and Thessaloniki to name a few. 
When To Go?
For the Greek Islands, a lot of services, flights, hotels etc will shut down in the low season of November to April. Peak season is mid-July and August, so there will be more tourists and higher prices. The shoulder months of June and September will still have warm weather and slightly less crowds. We went in the second half of June, and although it was still busy, the weather was beautiful. For the mainland, Spring and Autumn seem to be the best time to visit, although this can vary depending on exactly where you visit. 
How Long To Go For?
If you visit the Greek Islands, I would try and visit at least 3 and spend at least 3 or 4 days on each. You will most likely go through Athens, so spend a couple of days here too. There are also many other places to visit on the mainland, so depending how many places you visit, it will vary your length of stay.
Visa
Greece is part of the Schengen area, and as an Australian you can enter the Schengen area without a visa for up to 90 days. Read more about the Schengen area here.
Printable Packing List
Find a printable packing list to make life easier here.

Tipping
Tipping in Greece is quite common, particularly at restaurants (check to see if a service charge has already been included) and hotels. The amount to tip varies, so tip what you feel comfortable.
Scams
We fortunately didn’t experience anything personally, but have heard about pick-pocketing and phone snatching being common. As per usual, common sense and being careful go a long way.
Getting There
You will most likely fly into Athens, and get connecting flights to the islands or other areas of Greece. You can also get ferry connections to reach the different islands too. If combined with a trip to Turkey or Italy, you can also reach Greece via Ferry.
Getting Around
Getting around on the islands will vary, but common ways include buses, driving, and quad bikes (make sure you have the appropriate licenses and travel insurance coverage for each option). Getting between the islands can be done via boat or plane. And getting around on the mainland can be done via car, bus, train or plane.
Travel Resources
Find all the travel resources we use to plan and book our travel here.We also check the Australian government site SmartTraveller for current advice, warnings and other information.


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2 Comments

  • Mark Wilkins says:

    Hi Mandy and Chris, Couple of questions
    1 We will be in Santorini and Mykonos this April. The hotels appear to be giving me a good discount for paying CASH. Sine I do not want to carriy a lot of cash are there ATM’s to with draw money from on Santorini and Mykonos?
    2We have a wonderful suite rented in Santorini. Any recommendation in Mykonos?
    Thanks
    Mark

    • Hi Mark, There are definitely ATM’s on Santorini and Mykonos, so this should not be a problem.

      As for accommodation on Mykonos, we really enjoyed staying in Mykonos town, as it was our first time to Mykonos, so there was plenty to do and easy access to transport. So we can give you some good recommendations, did you know what area you wanted to stay, or what style of accommodation you were looking for?

      Mandy

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