This page gives you basic information to help you plan your trip to Greece and stories from my Greece travel blog. If you’d like to go straight to the stories, click on ‘Latest Greece Posts’ on the image below.
Most people think of the whites and blues of the pretty Cyclades when they hear of Greece, and this is understandable, given how ridiculously gorgeous the islands are with dreamy cloud fluffs and a sky so blue you’ll find yourself looking up often. While the islands deserve all of their stardom, Greece is also home to interesting cities such as Athens, a modern city of a resilient people that thrives in the shadow of the Acropolis, a remnant of the country’s distinguished history. And not to forget the ruins of Delphi, Olympia and Knossos, all reminders of the great civilizations that once existed in Greece.
For those looking to get off-the-beaten-path, the monasteries of Meteora are only a half day’s journey from Athens but centuries of travel back in time. Here monasteries stand perched on giant rocks, their red-roofs making appearances through the heavy blanket of fog, beckoning to the intrepid traveller to come explore their legends. My first trip offered a taste of everything that makes Greece one of the most visited countries in the region but has left me hungry to go back and explore some more. Expect this page to be a work-in-progress with more information to be added with each trip.
What To Pack
For the cities: In Athens, the general attire is both casual and smart. Locals look effortlessly chic with women in jeans, leggings, pants and short dresses (weather appropriate) and men in cool casual shirts and tees. Jackets, scarves etc should be packed depending on the weather. You will find yourself walking and taking the metro a lot, so carry comfortable walking shoes.
For the outdoors: Carry appropriate clothing for hikes in the countrysides or mountains. If you plan on hiking, bring good hiking shoes, layers (jackets, wind-cheaters etc.) that you can take off or put on while hiking.
For the islands: Carry cool, breathable clothes- tank tops, shorts, swimwear, flowy dresses, skirts etc if you’re traveling to the islands in summer. For the evenings, carry smart outfits- elegant dresses, tops and skirts for women, and smart shirts and pants/jeans for men (and shoes) as some restaurants and bars may have dress codes.
Greek is most widely spoken in the country and English is spoken and understood in cities and other areas that see a lot of tourists. The other languages spoken in parts of the country are Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Arumanian and Bulgarian.
Good Morning/ Good Day: Kalimera (a common greeting)
Thank You: Efharisto
Need To Know
Popular hotels, hostels and other accommodation can get booked up quickly during high season, so it’s advisable to book in advance if you’re traveling to popular islands like Santorini or Mykonos or cities like Athens. In the low season, it’s easy to find accommodation with little advance planning. The shoulder season is a great time to visit the islands because prices are more affordable, the crowds are lesser and the weather is still great.
Train, ferry and bus travel between cities and towns is easy and reliable and tickets can be purchased online in advance. It’s advisable to book ferries in advance, especially if you intend to travel on fixed dates. Use Viva Greece to book ferries online.
In Athens, be careful about pickpockets. It’s best to keep your purse close to your body in front of you (use cross-body bags with zips) and backpacks strapped in front of you rather than behind in busy areas and the Metro. Taxi drivers can often ask for a high fare once at the destination, or take you for a ride, so ask beforehand.