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.
“The Acropolis, Athens”
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!)