Things to know before travelling to Greece | Complete Guide


The beautiful country of Greece consists of dreamy islands, stunning beaches and turquoise waters. Needless to say, this charming country is on the bucket list of almost every traveler in the world. But before you plan your vacay, there are plenty of things you should know to have the best time there. Following is the list of things to know before travelling to Greece.


Peak Season

  • Peak season is between June to September. For the most famous destinations like Santorini, Athens, Mykonos etc. it starts from May
  • Rates for hotels and sightseeing are the highest
  • The weather is sunny and perfect for sunbathing.

Shoulder Season

  • Shoulder season occurs two times per year. First is between April starting and May end(for some destinations it is April end). Second is between September starting to October end.
  • Rates for hotels and sightseeing are less as compared to peak season
  • The weather is just perfect for a day out by the sea or to explore the city. It is generally pleasant or warm in some destinations.

Low Season

  • Low season is between November and April. The islands are usually quiet and cold so if that’s what you would like then you can consider this as an ideal time to visit.
  • You will find places to stay and eat, but the options are limited as some places are not operational. Many of the hotels, sightseeing and transfers businesses are not open.
  • The weather is generally cold.
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  • Citizens of countries including Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United States and European Union countries are not required to obtain a visa to enter Greece. This is applicable for stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
  • Other Nationals will have to get a Schengen visa. A Shengen visa will allow you to travel to all countries covered under the Schengen Agreement. The requirements for getting a visa might differ from country to country, so you may have to check up on that.


  • The official language used is Greek.
  • Due to the island’s tourism, basic English is spoken across most parts of the island. So if you know English, you wouldn’t have the slightest of problems.


  • The official currency here is Euro. US Dollars, British Pounds, and other major currencies can be easily exchanged locally in banks or bureau de change prior to departure.
  • Visa and Mastercard credit cards are widely accepted in most major hotels, restaurants and shops. American Express is not as common accepted as these two.
  • Keep some cash handy at all times as small vendors and taxi drivers doesn’t accept credit cards.
  • Traveller’s Cheques are not recommended as they’re not widely accepted here.
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  • Learn how to use a sarong
  • Skip heavy shoes (unless you plan to trek)
  • Take small-size toiletries and makeup (often, lodgings don’t provide things like shampoo,etc.)
  • You won’t need as many clothes as you think.
  • Be sure to pack something for the sea sickness and any other medication, medicines may not always be available, it’s an island after all!
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  • Dress appropriately for churches, they are very strict about it.
  • Drive carefully because Greeks usually don’t.
  • Wear light clothes; summer’s in this country can be really hot!
  • Take flights instead of long ferries. You will thank us later for this!


  • Don’t get into taxis without asking how much they will charge you.
  • Greece has very narrow drainage system so don’t not flush toilet paper or anything else,
  • Don’t be surprised if you encounter a protest or strike in Athens. So if you have to travel in or out of Athens keep ample buffer time.


Is it safe to drink the tap water in Greece?

It is safe to drink tap water in major cities like Athens and Thessaloniki. But for all the other cities, even Mykonos and Santorini, its is not safe and you should stick to bottled water. If in doubt, just ask around.

Is it standard to tip in Greece?

Tipping is not mandatory but it remains a common practice. If you like the service you can tip accordingly.

What’s the shopping like in Greece?

  • Fashion shopping is on the higher side, especially for the international brands. Sometimes you can find a good deal on the local brands.
  • The local wine, cheese and olives are something that should make it to your list.

Is Greece safe, especially solo female travellers?

Yes, Greece is very safe even for solo women travelers. Major cities like Athens has the problems of all large cities, like pick pockets. But overall it’s a 100% safe place to visit.

What do things cost in Greece?

It depends upon the city and where you are eating. But still to give you an idea, a pint of beer may cost around 3-4 USD and a meal at an averag place with drinks might cost you around 10-12 USD.

What sort of plugs do I need for Greece and what is the voltage?

The standard voltage is 220-240 volts. European plugs of the two round-pin variety are required here. Traveling with a universal travel adaptor is recommended.

Is WiFi widely available in Greece?

Yes, WiFi can be found in all the major cafes, restaurants, bars, and hotels throughout Greece. Plus is likely to be both fast and reliable.
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