Greece: The Cradle of Western Civilization
Whispers of history echo through the sunlit ruins and vibrant streets of Greece, where ancient traditions meet modern life against the backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
Known as the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, and the Olympic Games, Greece is a radiant tapestry of golden beaches, majestic mountains, and tranquil olive groves, punctuated by the seemingly endless rhythm of its ancient and enduring culture.
Walking through the iconic ruins of the Acropolis in Athens, you'll hear the faint echoes of Socrates and Plato debating philosophy in the Agora, while the ruins of Delphi, once considered the center of the world by ancient Greeks, beckon with the mysteries of the Oracle. Yet, Greece is not just about ancient history. It’s a vibrant, living country of warm people, sumptuous cuisine, and an infectious zest for life.
Island-hop across the Aegean, where the dazzling white architecture of the Cyclades contrasts with the azure sea, and the sunsets of Santorini burn brighter than anywhere else. Or explore the less-trodden paths of the northern regions, from the myth-shrouded peaks of Olympus to the pristine beaches and lush wetlands of Thessaloniki and Halkidiki.
Delve into the verdant landscapes of Epirus, home to the ethereal Meteora monasteries, or journey to the Peloponnese where ancient Olympia, Epidaurus, and Mycenae hark back to the power and glory of the city-states of antiquity. Throughout it all, you'll discover a distinctive and delectable culinary tradition, from tangy tzatziki and moussaka to the unique ouzo and robust local wines.
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Greece is part of the Schengen agreement. For many nationalities, a visa isn't required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
The official currency is the Euro (€).
The official language is Greek. English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas.
WiFi and SIM Cards
Free WiFi is widely available in hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Prepaid SIM cards are readily available for purchase at airports, kiosks, and phone stores.
Health and Safety
Greece is generally safe, but standard precautions against petty crime should be taken. The country has a good standard of healthcare, but travel insurance is recommended. Ensure routine vaccinations are up to date.
Last but not least
Here's another tip (or trick, you decide): For a less-touristy Greek experience, consider visiting during the "shoulder seasons" (April-June, September-October). The weather is still beautiful, prices are lower, and crowds are thinner, allowing you to explore more at your own pace.