Greece

Destination Guide

A holiday to Greece offers many different things.

It is a stunningly beautiful country, with a warm and sunny climate, plus it has historical sites and culture in abundance.

Some resorts are relaxing and traditionally Greek, whereas others are lively, modern and adrenalin-fuelled.  The capital Athens is situated on the mainland but there are also 227 inhabited islands to choose from.

Greece is part of the European Union and is bordered by the Ionian, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, as well as having land borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey.  80% of Greece is mountainous and the highest of these is Mount Olympus.

It is a stunningly beautiful country, with a warm and sunny climate, plus it has historical sites and culture in abundance.

Currency

Euro

Capital

Athens

Electricity

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Driving

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Discover the Mediterranean flavours of Greece

Discover the Mediterranean flavours of Greece

Greek cuisine is famous for using quality, fresh local produce to create a healthy Mediterranean diet. Famous dishes include stuffed vine leaves, moussaka and meze (lots of taster dishes), as well as the alcoholic drinks ouzo, metaxa and the wine retsina.

Greek hospitals are generally well-equipped, although the public hospitals can be busy.

UK nationals can take an EHIC (if it is still valid) or apply for a GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) to receive free treatment in a state hospital. The heat of summer can lead to sunstroke, dehydration and sunburn, so it is important to drink plenty, salt your food (to replace salts lost through perspiration) and take the necessary precautions.

It is safe to drink the tap water in Athens and other big cities, but it is best to drink bottled water in other destinations.

Greek hospitals are generally well-equipped, although the public hospitals can be busy.

Where to go?

History and Culture

You are spoilt for choice in a country with 17 Unesco World Heritage Sites. A highlight has to be Athens, which is the city of the ancient gods and the birthplace of great philosophers. Explore the marble temples of the Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon.

For Kids and Teens

Relax on the golden beaches of Corfu, or enjoy one of the island’s waterparks. Alternatively, go to Zante and take a swashbuckling day trip to treasure island Shipwreck Beach (Naviago Beach) or snorkel off Marathonisi (Turtle Island) where loggerhead turtles lay their eggs.

Relaxation

Head to the green island of Corfu, where you can have a tranquil time in a resort such as Agios Georgios, surrounded by olive groves and beautiful beaches.

Action

Challenge yourself to hike Crete’s 18km long Samaria Gorge, which is Europe’s longest ravine, stretching from the White Mountains to the Libyan Sea.

Nightlife

Hedonistic resorts abound – including Kardamena in Kos, Kavos on Corfu and Faliraki on Rhodes.

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