GREECE: COMPLETE TRAVEL GUIDE
EXPLANATIONS ABOUT THIS TRAVEL GUIDE TO GREECE
The information collected here corresponds to our trip to Greece in October 2016.
All data is based on our own experience. Thus, the prices are those we pay, and the procedures, those we carry out ourselves.
We hope that it will fulfill its goal: to be useful to future travelers. Any doubt, question or comment, do not hesitate to send it to us.
Have a good trip and enjoy Greece!
Being a land of wines and olives, of green seas and mountains, of legends and gods, Greece is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries we visit. And therefore we were left with a great desire to return.
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 Zone. The maximum time allowed to stay is 90 days.
The currency is the Euro and that is the reason for the great Greek and economic tragedy that the country suffered in recent years.
To see the current quotation of the Euro with any other currency xe.com
We usually use credit cards and cash euros.
Many sites accept dollars but take it at a very low value.
The official language is Greek and it is characterized by a quite particular writing.
In the tourist regions (almost) everyone speaks English, so 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 completely necessary.
Greece has a diverse and very interesting geography. It begins on the shores of the Aegean Sea and ends in the valley of Mount Olympus, home to the richest olive trees in the region.
Therefore, in winter it is quite cold and in summer quite hot. The ideal is to go in autumn (September-November) or spring (March-June) to avoid suffering the extreme temperatures.
Greece is not a "super cheap" country but with ingenuity you can find a way to travel without spending your whole budget. As always, a trip can be as expensive and as cheap as one I wished and planned. In our case we always travel in an economical way, in the best backpacker style.
We don't do paid excursions (we manage to do them ourselves) and we usually opt for public transportation rather than taking a cab or private car with a driver. We travel slowly and leisurely. We are usually very well informed about prices, distances, means of transport or any other variable that comes into play.
The faster you want to travel and the more destinations you want to see in less time, the more expensive your budget becomes.
An average 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 places, most tourist sites are paid and relatively expensive. For example, the Acropolis of Athens costs 20 euros per person and the Oracle of Delphi, 12 euros. There are discounts for students and seniors over 65.
Our budget breaks down into three basic things. Eating, sleeping and traveling:
The best thing about Greece is the cheese and the olives. The food in Greece is delicious and with many carnivorous and vegetarian options. Our favorite dish was moussaka, a meatloaf with delicious eggplants. Also the souvlaki (grilled meat skewers) 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, Argentinean wines are better.
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 room to rent. Some with private bathroom, some include breakfast, etc. There are many options and each one is adapted to different budgets.
The area and the time of the year influence the prices a lot. In low season the hotels usually make great reductions in their prices. Santorini, for example, has much more expensive accommodation options than the rest of the country.
Greece, as we said, is a country that suits all budgets and travel styles. It is a relatively small country that can be easily traveled by bicycle, by hitchhiking, with rental cars and by public transportation. The biggest detail is to go to the islands, you can only acces