Are your traveling plans whisking you away to beautiful Greece? Here are some traveling tips and must-see places to visit while you are on holiday.
Greece is located in southeastern Europe and has a population of around 10.8 million. The capital of Greece is Athens which is also the largest city. Greece is well-known for its rich history and is considered the birthplace of Western civilization. Greece is surrounded by mountains which make up eighty percent of the terrain. Mount Olympus is the highest peak at 2,918 meters. With so much to see and do, it is not surprising that Greece is one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
Greece is surprisingly affordable to visit especially when compared to other parts of Europe. Depending on where you are traveling you can expect hostels to range in price from 10-30 EUR and 45-60 EUR for private rooms per night. It is cheaper to visit during less touristy months, so if you are able to travel after the summer months, you will miss peak season prices. You can save more money by paying in cash at some shops as they prefer that over credit. There are ATMs everywhere, so make sure you have enough on hand!
You could spend your holidays just eating the fabulous food Greece has to offer. A luxurious restaurant can cost you around 30 EUR to begin. If you want to save a little money, you can still enjoy great food for very little. Gyros, like kebabs, are very affordable and readily available all over Greece. A Gyro is around 3 EUR and will keep you satisfied. A variety of street vendors will give you a taste of Greece without hurting your wallet.
Greece has many islands so it is a good idea to become familiar with the ferry system. Some ferry trips will cost less than others as some islands are really close to each other. A good travel tip is to book your ferry rides in advance and you can save up to 25% off the cost of your ticket. Another good idea is to rent a moped which is cheaper than a car and a great way for you to explore on your own. For longer journeys, the train is the most affordable way to go.
There are so many things to do in Greece whether you are touring ancient ruins, visiting a museum, or soaking in the sun at the beach. Whatever your plans, try to avoid some of the touristy things and get off the beaten path. There are so many ruins, little islands and quaint villages you will never read about in a tourist guide. Be adventurous and explore on your own.
Have a list of must-see places you want to visit on your trip. The Acropolis, a majestic temple located in Athens is an ideal place to learn more about the history of the city. You can also get a fantastic view of the city and nearby ruins from here.
Greece has some of the best beaches in the world. Check out Crete, Santorini, and Corfu. Book your stay at these islands early, especially in the summer as they fill up fast!
Olympia is where the famous Olympic Games started. You can see the ruins here and also see a reconstructed Temple of Zeus.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city and cultural capital in Greece. Explore the Turkish baths, shop at the colorful markets and enjoy the rich history Thessaloniki has to offer.
With so many things to see and do, be sure to enjoy your stay and not pack too much in!