There is no doubt that Greece is one of the most interesting destinations in the world for any travel enthusiast. From the rich culture and history to the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea and some of the finest architecture, there is so much to keep you entertained in this wonderful country.
However, unless you’ve visited the country before, it is crucial that you learn some basic tips to have the most satisfying holiday. If you are planning to go there anytime soon, here is what you need to know when traveling to Greece.
Pack the right outfits
Global warming may not be so bad for your tan, but it is turning Greece into a furnace. You don’t want to be stuck in tight high-waist shorts and cotton crop tops in 100-degree weather. Remember to bring along some loose fitting clothing when you travel to Greece. You’ll need a big sun hat to shield you from the unforgiving glare of the sun and a pair of sunglasses to go. A light top to be worn on the beach will also be appropriate, as well as a pair of sandals. Finally, you definitely can’t afford to go without a swimsuit.
Rent an ATV or scooter
Transportation, when you get to Greece, is going to be your highest expenditure as you move around and explore the country. Even though public transport is available, it can be so unreliable and confusing with the language barrier. As a viable alternative, you can try getting a scooter or ATV rental for less than 30 euros a day. This is the average rate on all Greek islands and there is more fun than harm in going on a solo tour of adventure and discovery.
The islands are where the party is
Islands are plentiful in this beautiful country. Some of the most iconic and polarising islands in the world are found in Greece. Just a ferry ride away from mainland Greece and you’ll find yourself in a little island paradise. From Santorini to Mykonos and Zakynthos, these islands host some of the most electrifying parties you can find. World class DJs specializing in EDM come to entertain revelers during the summer months and you can be sure that Greek parties don’t stop. A high-octane night of entertainment combined with a breathtaking surrounding is definitely a dream for any vacationer.
Unlike other countries in Europe, cash is very big in Greece. Be sure to carry enough cash when going there and if you can’t, there are ATMs in all the cities. However, you might not find this service when you go to the lesser known islands; the problem is that most restaurants and other establishments won’t accept your credit cards. The only places your credit card will be useful is in big stores, malls, and restaurants in the busy locations. Nevertheless, you’ll be better off to have cash with you.
Brace yourself for cigarette smoke
According to estimates, almost 50% of the Greek population smokes, so this is not something you want to hear if you are a non-smoker. Although the Greek authorities have recently forbidden smoking in indoor spaces, it is still quite common to find someone lighting a cigarette in a car or restaurant. This gets worse when you go to the outdoors because people smoke continuously. There is simply nothing that can be done about it!