When it comes to holiday destinations, Greece is definitely one of the most popular in the world attracting literally thousands if not millions of visitors each year. What makes this country so special is the fact that its islands are known for having some of the best and most gorgeous beaches in the world. Furthermore, the country’s residents are known for their hospitality and care-free attitude. Finally, some of the most unique sites and places in the world, like the Parthenon and the island of Santorini respectively, can be found there.
When it comes to planning a trip to Greece, one must take into consideration several factors. It’s not as easy as it sounds, even if we are talking about visitors from other European countries. So, let’s see some tips that you should definitely keep in mind when planning trips to Greece.
Choose the dates carefully!
If you don’t like crowded places, then you should definitely avoid Greece during the months of July and August and especially between August 10 to August 20. This is because those months are the busiest months when it comes to tourism in Greece and hundreds of thousands of people come and go every day. Also, the aforementioned period is the time when most Greeks go on their summer vacation. Beaches tend to get really crowded and it can get difficult to find boat and plane tickets. So plan wisely. If you would like to “have the place all to yourself”, then you should visit during early June or early September.
Things can get very hectic at the ports
Unless you fly directly to a Greek island – not all of them have international airports, in fact some are so small that have no airports at all – you will have to arrive there by boat and that can be a bit difficult during the high season. Make sure to book your tickets online and have them printed before you get to the port. Also, make sure to leave for the port at least a couple of hours before your ship’s departure, especially if it leaves from the port of Piraeus!
There are many hotels to choose from
In Greece tourism accounts for about 80% of the country’s GDP which means that there are plenty of hotel rooms and AirBnBs to go around. Don’t book a room on the first hotel that will pop up when you search for hotels in your destination of choice. Chances are that you will find cheaper and better hotels, just take your time and do your research! You should also know that in islands such as Rhodes, Santorini and Mykonos you will find some of the most luxurious hotels in Greece and Europe in general as well as luxurious villas. If you want to have a luxury vacation, you should definitely choose one of those islands.
Don’t forget about the mainland
While everyone thinks about the famous Greek islands when they hear the word “Greece”, but the mainland should definitely not be overlooked. Some of the country’s most famous cultural and archaeological sites such as the Parthenon in Athens, can be found on the mainland. Furthermore, some of the country’s most beautiful beaches can be found in the region of Chalkidiki which is very close to the country’s second biggest city, Thessaloniki. Finally, the famous villages in the Zagori region near the city of Ioannina is also famous for its mountainous landscape and traditional architecture and good food. Don’t just focus on the islands or you might miss out some of the country’s best offerings.
Rent a car
Finally, it should be noted that on some islands public transport is minimal or even non-existent. If you would like to get around and see everything they have to offer, we strongly suggest that you rent a car. All you need is an EU or an international driver’s license!