TIPS & ADVICE – For a Safe and Enjoyable Greek Vacation

Whether you are a first time or repeat visitor, you probably here because have questions about traveling to Greece.  Just grab some coffee and read our tips and advice. We have compiled here most of the questions about practicalities, country information, and trip ideas we had to answer over the years.

Practicalities, Information, and Trip Ideas

This is a short history of Greece for travelers who want to appreciate the country in it's many facets. It includes a timeline, highlights of the major eras, and notes on the significance for the world ... Continue Reading

A Brief History of Greece – A Short one for Travelers

If Athens is just a short stop on your way to another destination or island, don't sweat it. Your time in Athens will be memorable at any season. But if you plan just for a visit to Athens, you might want to avoid the most touristy months. Athens by Season ... Continue Reading

ATHENS – Best Time to Visit

While Athens can fill a complete itinerary with exciting venues and activities by itself, there are several trips worth taking around the capital. Around Attica you will find plenty of little towns and seaside resorts for day-trips, and of course a host of archaeological sites to keep you busy. Day Trips ... Continue Reading

ATHENS – Day Trips

The cheapest way to travel from one city to the next in Greece is via intercity bus or train. Train lines are sparse in the mountainous country, so busses handle the majority of travelers. Traveling from Athens by Intercity Bus If you arrive to Athens by bus you will get ... Continue Reading

ATHENS – Intercity Busses and Trains

The main airport of Greece is Eleftherios Venizelos ( Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος) in Athens. Athens airport handles the vast majority of flight connections to the rest of the mainland and the islands. It's about one hour away from the center of Athens by train, or thirty minutes by car. Athens Airport ... Continue Reading

ATHENS Airport

The vast majority of tourists arrive to Greece via the Athens airport. But rarely passengers will arrive at Athens via boat or cruise ship. In that case, your boat will dock either at the ports of Piraeus, Rafina, or (rarely) Faliro. Pireas Port From Pireas, you can catch the HSAP train at ... Continue Reading


"When is the Best time to visit Greece?" is a loaded question. There is no universal "best", so instead of making this decision ourselves, we are going to unfold the rhythm of the seasons so you can decide when the best time to visit Greece is for your needs and ... Continue Reading

Best Time to Visit Greece? – You Decide

Internet connectivity is one of the main concerns for every traveler, but somehow it's always hard to find clear information on the subject. We will try to clarify things for you so you will stay connected during your trip to Greece ... Continue Reading

Connect to the Internet in Greece

Communicating in Greece is easier than you might think. For starters, the majority of Greeks speak  English. But a little knowledge of the Greek language will go along way to make your stay much more enjoyable ... Continue Reading

Do You Need to Speak Greek?

Greece is a Mediterranean country where drinking is a social event. Greeks drink wine, beer, and spirits in a social setting as a way to strengthen bonds among friends and family members, and to escape the main preoccupations of daily routines ... Continue Reading

Drinking in Greece

Driving in Athens is not for the faint of heart. If you absolutely don't have to drive while in Athens, save yourself the aggravation and use the public transportation instead. If you do need to drive around Athens, read our advice here for a safe trip ... Continue Reading

Driving in Athens

Driving in Greece is not to be taken lightly. Greece has a very high accident rate compared to other European countries and much caution is in order. If you plan to drive while in Greece, read our advice so you are prepared for a safe trip ... Continue Reading

Driving in Greece

If it's your first trip to Greece, here is everything you need to know about the essentials before you go. Information about visa, money, and health is among the most important. Read through our list as you plan so you will be prepared for a fun and safe vacation ... Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

The food of Greece is known the world over. Being at the crossroads between east and west, Greek cuisine has been infused with the best of both worlds. Some of the most eclectic tastes from the west balance against some of the more upbeat tastes from the east on Greek ... Continue Reading

Food in Greece

All you need to know about ferries, busses, rental cars, taxis, and donkeys in Greece! ... Continue Reading

Getting Around in Greece

Getting to Greece from Italy by ferry is a slow, albeit a pleasant experience. You can board a ferry in several Italian ports (Venice, Ancona, Bari, Brindisi) and get off at either Corfu, Igoumenitsa, Kefalonia, or Patra in Western Greece ... Continue Reading

Getting to Greece from Italy by Ferry

Greece is a small country. It hangs precariously at the southern end of Europe where for five millennia has bridged east and west. In antiquity it was the pivot point around which commerce and ideas amalgamated into a civilization so unique that it still resonates with its influence today worldwide ... Continue Reading

Greece Information

Geographic Location Greece is located at the southeast end of Europe and it is the southernmost country of the Balkan Peninsula. Greece is referred to as a southern European country, because geographically she is part of this region ... Continue Reading

Greece Location

Hiking Samaria gorge (Φαράγγι Σαμαριάς) in western Crete, south of Chania, is a great activity if you want to experience the island's raw nature. The hike through the largest gorge in Greece is very popular so you will be enjoying some of the most stunning Greek landscapes in the company of ... Continue Reading

Hiking Samaria Gorge

This is a collection of maps of Greece for travelers or for those who want to learn more about the country. We include her maps that will be useful when you visit Greece, but also when you plan your visit. Greece with Major Cities, Islands, and Administrative Regions Interactive Map ... Continue Reading

MAP OF GREECE – for Travel Planning and Navigating

You don't have to worry about exchanging money in Greece if you come from another Eurozone country. Greece uses the Euro, and no other currency is accepted for transactions ... Continue Reading

Money in Greece

This page contains practical advice about navigating with a GPS device in Greece. As always, we rely our own experience to help other travelers make informed decisions and planning, so this is not a comprehensive review of all available GPS options ... Continue Reading

Navigating Greece with Mobile Maps or GPS Devices

Our trip planner is designed to help you organize your Greek holiday, especially if you've never been to Greece. Deep down, traveling to a new country is a very simple exercise. In this page, we will help you sort out the major choices. We will help you sort the three ... Continue Reading

Plan Your Trip to Greece

Prices in Greece vary from place to place, but this guide should give you a good idea of what to expect if you are planning to travel to Greece and want to stay under budget ... Continue Reading

Prices in Greece and Tips to Stay Under Budget

About ten years ago we had written in this space that "Greece is one of the safest countries in the world." But this is not true any longer. Through a meteoric rise and a thunderous crash of the economy in the last decade, Greece has changed for the worst in ... Continue Reading

Safety in Greece

No matter the reason for visiting Greece, you should plan for swimming to be at least part of your itinerary. The Greek beaches and the endless summer sunshine are the main attraction. Read our advice to make sure your experience swimming in Greece is positive an safe ... Continue Reading

Swimming in Greece

Where can you go if you have one week in Greece and you want to visit major archaeological sites but you would also like to see the Greek islands? Our suggestions is to spend the majority of your time visiting archaeological sites and museums in Athens. From there, you can ... Continue Reading

Trip Ideas: One week – Ancient Greece and Hydra

Where can you go if you have one week in Greece and you want to relax somewhere without traveling around much? Our suggestions is to choose of the Greek islands, and to spend your whole week there. The islands we recommend have options to keep you both relaxed and entertained ... Continue Reading

Trip Ideas: One Week – Pick a Greek Island

Where can you go if you have ten days in Greece and you want to visit the major ancient sites? One of our suggestions is to rent a car in Athens and tour the major ancient sites of Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, and Epidaurus ... Continue Reading

Trip Ideas: Ten Days – Ancient Greece on Mainland

Where can you go if you have two weeks in Greece and you want to go Greek island hopping? Our suggestion is to center your itinerary around the Cyclades. The Cycladic islands offer the quintessential landscapes of Greece, they are close together to minimize travel time, and they are all ... Continue Reading

Trip Ideas: Two Weeks – Island Hopping

If you have a modern cellphone you should have no trouble using it when you travel in Greece. But there are some particular issues you need to be aware of, or to do before you leave for your trip. This way you will not be surprised with no service when ... Continue Reading

Using Your Cellphone in Greece

We present here three walking tours of Athens. They are free for your enjoyment, and you may use them on your phone or tablet as you walk through the most important ancient ruins and the historic center of Athens. You may walk each one separately, or you may combine them ... Continue Reading

Walking Tours of Athens: Self-Guided

You are probably here because you are traveling to Greece and you want to know what to pack for your trip. That means you already have your tickets, and now it's time for the fun to begin: packing the suitcases! ... Continue Reading

What to Pack for Your Trip to Greece