Travel to Greece
Greece offers a collection of 5 Star Hotels and Luxury Resorts perfect for a honeymoon, family vacation or European getaway.
With centuries of art, history and culture to share, Greece is a place for unique exploration. Its ruins will fascinate, its museums will mesmerize. So be prepared to be literally taken back in time.
Many travelers to Greece find a balance between the history and cultural side to the country and the quiet, relaxing side. Head out to one of the many beautiful islands to soak up pristine beaches and riveting coastlines.
A mix of 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Greece are sure to help you make the most of this inspiring European vacation.
GREECE TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Sightseeing in Greece – For sightseers and history lovers, Greece is heavenly. Its numerous archaeological sites and treasures, historical museums and cultural venues, could keep visitors busy for weeks. Some of the must sees include the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens; the ancient Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion; Olympia, home of the first Olympic Games; Byzantine churches in Thessaloniki; and Mount Olympus, Greece’s tallest mountain and legendary home of the Greek gods.
Athens, Greece – Athens is Greece’s capital and largest city. The area surrounding the city is home to some of the regions most symbolic monuments and fascinating sites. While there visit the Acropolis, discover the Panathenaic Stadium and explore the National Archaeological Museum, 3D Museum and Benaki Museum. If timing allows, try to witness the changing of the guard in Constitution Square.
Island of Crete, Greece – This beautiful island offers some of the most panoramic views, a photographer’s paradise (especially if you climb Sitela’s Veneitan fort, which overlooks the bay). For history buffs, Crete is home to the Museum of Antiquities and the Palace of Knossos, offering fantastic ruins of the ancient palace complex. The interior of Crete (Mt. Dikti in particular) is a beautiful mountainous area to explore. In fact, the Lassithi Plateau has more great photo opportunities of the surrounding mountains, which are dotted with 100+ windmills.
Island of Mykonos, Greece – Mykonos is among the most popular islands of Greece and is part of the Cyclades Islands group. Many travelers recognize this island for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, exciting nightlife, picturesque whitewashed houses and blue domed churches, luxury hotels, sandy beaches and windmills
Island of Santorini, Greece – Perhaps best known because of Jules Verne’s book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Santorini has many historical sites and beautiful scenery. Explore Fira and the Prehistoric Museum that houses the artifacts from Akrotiri (a settlement destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption in 1600 BC). Be sure head north to Oia, which many very well be the most picturesque little town of the island thanks to its white-washed houses, windmills and caves perched up on the very edge of the cliff.
Cruising in Greece – Many visitors to Greece choose to see the country and its islands on a cruise ship. This can be a great way to see multiple sites, various islands and even other parts of Europe. In fact, Mediterranean cruises are among the most popular in the world. Most cruises involving Greece include many of the country’s top highlights such as Athens, Crete, Santorini , Corfu and Mykonos.
Beaches in Greece – With more than 9,000 miles of coastline, it’s no wonder Greece has some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. Many beaches offer showers, refreshment stands and a life guard on duty. If you’re a fan of the nightlife, be sure to experience Paradiso Beach on Mykonos.
Shopping in Greece – Shop for handicrafts, wines, olive oil, rugs, pottery, lace, embroidery, icons, leather goods and jewelry (especially gold jewelry with Greek designs or silver jewelry set with precious stones). The areas around Syntagma Square and Kolonaki Square in Athens are good for general high-quality shopping. Don’t be afraid to haggle over prices in souvenir shops. If you’re In Crete, check out the colorful handwoven handbags.
Dining in Greece – Athens has a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from traditional eateries to gourmet restaurants. Avoid the tourist traps of Plaka, rather try the tavernas frequented by Greeks, such as the ones found in Psiri. Olive oil is a staple in Greek cooking. Greeks also love to make dishes from fresh vegetables (eggplants, beans, lentils and tomatoes) and they commonly use lamb and fish. Other local favorites include tzatziki (garlic-yogurt spread), souvlakia (meat or fish kebabs marinated in garlic), spanakopita (spinach pie) and tiropita (cheese pie). Seafood, including fish, squid and octopus, is also very popular in Greece and especially on the islands.
GREECE FAST FACTS
Population of Greece – 10.7+ million
Languages in Greece – Greek
Predominant Religions in Greece – Greek Orthodox
Time Zone in Greece – Two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+2 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the last Sunday in April through the last Sunday in October.
Voltage Requirements in Greece – 220 volts
Currency in Greece – Euro
Weather in Greece – Temperatures are most mild (68-77° F) from mid-May to mid-June and from mid-September to the latter part of October. In the winter months, temperatures are often below 50° F, which is fine for touring, but typically a bit chilly to swim or lie on the beach. Greece has fairly little rain year-round. The breezes that keep the summer bearable are called meltemi.
Greece Geography – The landscape of Greece varies by region, ranging from the cool, wet mountains of the northwest and the coastal hills of the Peloponnese, to the plains of Macedonia and the sun-drenched, rocky islands that lie in three different seas off the coast.
Safety in Greece – Travel throughout Greece is relatively safe, but exercise common sense and caution as you would in any international destination. Don’t leave valuables in the open or unattended, be alert in crowds (particularly in markets) and remain aware of your surroundings.
GREECE FUN FACTS
- Nearly 80% of Greece is mountainous.
- There are about 140 inhabited islands in Greece, of which Crete is the largest.
- Combining the mainland with all its islands, Greece has nearly 9,000 miles of coastline.
- The highest mountain in Greece is Mount Olympus (9,754 feet), seat of the gods of Greek mythology.
- Name days—the days commemorating the saints—are more important than birthdays in Greece.
- Before the invention of soap, the ancient Greeks used to soak in water and then daub themselves with olive oil. The oil (and accumulated grime) was then scraped off.
- The Greeks have an olive-growing tradition that dates back 5,000 years.
- Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older.
- Greece produces approximately 7 percent of the world’s marble.
GREECE – INSIDER TIP
Dress conservatively when visiting monasteries or churches (no bare arms or bare legs).