What can I expect from Greece?

Greece is a country in southeastern Europe made up of more than 2,000 islands. It has become one of the worlds most popular travel destinations ranking in the top 20 most visited in the world. With a very long history, unique architecture and stunning beaches, it has something to offer all travellers.

From the capital city of Athens with the famous Acropolis and Parthenon, to the bluezone of Ikaria, the untouched beaches of Milos and the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, Greece is an absolute must visit!

The best time to visit is between May and October when the weather is warm and rainfall is low. July and August are the hottest and busiest months in Greece.

Things to See and Do in Greece

Visit the Acropolis in Athens
Visit Ikaria, a blue zone
Explore Milos Island
Visit Paros Island
Island hop around the islands
Visit clifftop monasteries in Meteora
Eat lots of vegan gyros
Eat all the vegan loukoumades (fried Greek donuts)

“The Acropolis, Athens”

“Milos Island”

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – There are accommodation types to suit all travellers however pricing depends on the time of year that you are travelling. July and August are the busiest months and as a result prices tend to skyrocket. Accommodation is generally quite basic and may be quite dated but is clean and comfortable. Air BnB’s in Athens are a fantastic option, and small boutique hotels on the islands are a more affordable way as opposed to high end luxury or chain resorts.

Food – The food in Greece is TO DIE FOR! Their cuisine is centred around delicious, fresh and usually locally grown fruits and vegetables and it definitely shows. ‘Greek gigantes’ (giant beans) are an absolute must try along with local dishes such as ‘briam’ (roast vegetables), ‘soufiko” (Ikarian ratatouille), Greek salads and vegan loukoumades (Greek donuts).

Transportation – The cities are generally best accessed on foot and/or using taxi services such as Beat. Athens in particular is very compact and the streets are very thin and narrow. Due to limited space, parking can be difficult so a hire car is not recommended. However, on most of the islands including Paros, Milos and Ikaria, a hire car is a must. This is because many of the attractions and beaches are spread out. This enables you to explore at your own leisure and visit more hidden and untouched parts of the coastline. The best way to get around in Meteora is to hire a scooter.


Suggested daily budget – $150-$200 AUD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a mid range hotel, eating out for most meals and hiring a car. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in more luxurious accommodation or eat out in more expensive restaurants, expect this to be higher!)

Money Saving Tips

Book accommodation ahead of time Don't leave booking accommodation until you arrive in Greece, especially if travelling in peak season. Book as far ahead of time as possible to secure the best rates and deals.
Stay slightly out of town Look for accommodation slightly further out of the city or away from the beach. You can save a lot of money staying a 10-15 minute walk from where the action is.
Skip Santorini Santorini is one of the most expensive places to visit in all of Greece. Although beautiful, if you're looking to save money, skip Santorini and head to some of the other cheaper islands throughout Greece such as Milos, Naxos, Paros, Ikaria or Crete.
Skip the bread when dining out In most Greek restaurants, the waiter/waitress will serve you a loaf of bread upon being seated. This isn't a welcome gesture, it is added to your bill at the end of your meal whether you eat it or not. Respectfully decline the bread to save approximately €3 per meal. Order the specials of the day and fill up on salad and vegetable dishes; Greek dishes are usually great for sharing.

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