FAQs for Greece

Welcome to our Greece travel blog page! Get ready to dive into the wonders of this Mediterranean paradise. Our FAQs section is here to make your trip planning a breeze.

Do I need a visa? 

Most citizens from developed countries, including the US, Canada, and EU members, don’t need a visa for short stays. Check requirements for your nationality at https://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/visas-for-foreigners-traveling-to-greece/.

What’s the best time to visit? 

Greece enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The peak season is July-August, ideal for beaches but crowded and expensive. Shoulder seasons (AprilJuneSeptemberOctober) offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds.

What currency do they use?

 The Euro (€). Cash is still common, but cards are widely accepted everywhere in Greece.

What language do they speak? 

Greek is the official language, but English is spoken in tourist areas and major cities. Learning a few basic Greek phrases is appreciated.

Do I need travel insurance? 

It’s highly recommended. While the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) provides some coverage for EU citizens, it’s not a substitute for travel insurance.

What’s the emergency number in Greece? 

112 for all emergencies (fire, police, medical).

How are pharmacies identified in Greece? 

Look for a green cross symbol on a white background.

Can I buy over-the-counter medication without a prescription? 

Yes, for many common medications except antibiotics and substances that affect the mind, mood, or behavior and are often used in psychiatric or therapeutic settings.

What’s the difference between public and private hospitals?

 Public hospitals offer free or subsidized care, but wait times can be long. Private hospitals offer faster service but at a higher cost.

What are some common tourist-related medical issues in Greece? 

Heatstroke, sunburn, dehydration, insect bites, and minor injuries are common.

Where should I stay? 

Consider your interests and budget. Athens offers history and city life, Santorini and Mykonos boast stunning scenery, while islands like Naxos, Milos, or Samos offer a more relaxed atmosphere. The Greek mainland also offers beautiful beaches, archaeological sites, and Greek tradition.

It is my first time in Greece, where should I go?

It all depends on how much available time you have. In 10 days you can explore and relax by visiting Athens, Santorini, Naxos and Paros, Athens, Santorini, and Crete. You can always check out this dedicated post about the first time in Greece.

How can I get around Greece?

Greece has a good transportation network with ferries connecting islands, buses for mainland travel, and flights between major cities. Taxis are available, while car rentals offer flexibility.

What should I pack? 

Light, breathable clothing for warm weather, comfortable shoes for exploring, swimsuits, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Research specific needs for your chosen activities. Check out a complete post for a 10-day packing list for Greece.

What are must-see attractions? 

Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, ancient ruins in Delphi and Olympia, Knossos Palace in Heraklion, stunning beaches and cliffs of Santorini, Mykonos nightlife, and charming villages on various islands.

What local food should I try? 

Moussaka, souvlaki, gyros, pastitsio, dolmades, fresh seafood, Greek salad, olives, feta cheese, and yogurt with honey. Don’t forget to try local wines and ouzo!

What is the tipping etiquette in Greece?

Tipping around 5-10% in restaurants and cafes is appreciated, but it’s not obligatory.

What is the tap water quality like? 

Tap water is generally safe to drink in most areas, especially in Athens, but bottled water is readily available if you prefer.

What is the average cost of a trip to Greece? 

Costs vary depending on travel style, season, and chosen activities. Budget travelers can manage €50-70 per day, while luxury travelers might spend significantly more. The cost of sailing in Greece also depends on the vessel you will charter.

What’s the overall dress code in Greece? 

Greece is generally casual, especially in tourist areas. However, respect cultural norms when visiting religious sites such as Metora Monasteries, where covered shoulders and knees are often required.

What fabrics are best for the Greek climate? 

Opt for lightweight, breathable materials like cotton, linen, and silk. These fabrics will keep you cool and comfortable in the warm weather.

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