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GREECE            Middle East & Mediterranean Enquiry Form
   
     
 
                                                           

The birthplace of modern democracy, Greece offers an insight into one of the great civilizations of the past. Outstanding architectural masterpieces, the Parthenon and the Acropolis dominate the capital, Athens.

The nearby port of Piraeus demonstrates the sea faring abilities of the ancient Greeks who travelled the Mediterranean Sea trading their goods and knowledge with other nations.

Tradition plays an important role in everyday life and no finer place to see it is in the tantalizing dishes served in the local Tavernas. Roast lamb, grilled calamari, a dazzling array of fresh fish and crustaceans will tempt the palate.

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Of course no fine meal would be complete without sampling the vast range of locally produced wines or Ouzo.
The spectacular scenery on the islands of the Aegean Sea depict the traditional lifestyle of Greece with crisp white-walled houses overlooking the many pastures still tended by the native farmers.

Regions & Cities

Athens
Cephalonia
Corfu
Crete
Kos
Lesvos
Mykonos
Peloponnese Peninsula
Rhodes
Samos
Santorini
Skiathos
Skopelos
Thassos
Thessaloniki
Zante

                                                           
Greece holidays
 
WEATHER                  Back to top

Greece enjoys mild winters and very hot, dry summers cooled by seasonal breezes known as 'meltemia'. Snow can fall in the mountainous regions in winter. Winter is the wettest season and rain is unlikely between June and August.

 

Athens

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

48

41

41

23

18

7

5

8

10

53

55

62

Rainfall (inches)

1.9

1.6

1.6

0.9

0.7

0.3

0.2

0.3

0.4

2.1

2.2

2.4

Min Temp (°C)

7

7

8

12

16

20

23

22

19

15

12

9

Max Temp (°C)

13

14

16

19

24

28

31

31

28

23

19

15

Min Temp (°F)

45

45

46

54

61

68

73

72

66

59

54

48

Max Temp (°F)

55

57

61

66

75

82

88

88

82

73

66

59



Crete

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

48

41

41

23

18

7

5

8

10

53

55

62

Rainfall (inches)

1.9

1.6

1.6

0.9

0.7

0.3

0.2

0.3

0.4

2.1

2.2

2.4

Min Temp (°C)

9

9

10

14

18

20

23

23

21

18

14

12

Max Temp (°C)

17

17

17

20

27

30

31

31

28

27

23

18

Min Temp (°F)

48

48

50

57

64

68

73

73

70

64

57

54

Max Temp (°F)

62

62

62

68

80

86

88

88

82

80

73

64



Mykonos

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avg Temp (°C)

12

13

13

17

19

24

27

27

24

21

18

13

Avg Temp (°F)

54

55

55

63

66

75

81

81

75

70

64

55



Rhodes

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Min Temp (°C)

5.7

6.1

7.4

10.1

13.5

17.6

20.4

20.1

16.9

13.0

9.6

7.3

Max Temp (°C)

15.2

15.9

18.3

21.7

25.9

30.8

33.3

33.3

30.8

26.1

21.1

16.8

Min Temp (°F)

42.3

43.0

45.3

50.2

56.3

63.7

68.7

68.2

62.4

55.4

49.3

45.1

Max Temp (°F)

59.4

60.6

64.9

71.1

78.6

87.4

91.9

91.9

87.4

79.0

70.0

62.2

                                                           

GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 between the last Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October).

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use including the European-style two-pin and the round three-pin.

Money: The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method
of obtaining euros.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

EUR 1.00 =

USD 1.27

GBP 0.69

CAD 1.44

AUD 1.70

ZAR 9.08

EUR 1.00

NZD 2.08


Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.
                                                           

Approximation of what things cost?

  • Glass of wine:                      EU2.5  - EU3
  • Beer:                                  EU1.5 - 4
  • Meal:                                  EU9  - EU9
  • Bottle of Water:                   EU0.70 - EU0.70
  • Restaurant:                         EU12  -EU12    

Language: Greek is the national language, but English is widely spoken.

Passport/Visa Note: The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that allows the holder, in principal, to travel freely within the borders of all. Travellers to Greece must hold visible means of support. It is recommended to hold return/onward ticket. If arriving with a one-way ticket, passengers may be asked for proof of sufficient funds for the return/onward journey.

Health: There are no specific health risks in Greece, but visitors who plan to walk through forested areas are advised to consider vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis. Medical facilities in Greece vary; those in major cities are excellent but many of the islands are some distance from a decent hospital. Food and water are safe, but those visiting for short periods should consider sticking to bottled water. All visitors are advised to take out medical insurance. Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required for those arriving from infected areas. Bird flu was detected in swans in northern Greece in February 2006, but stringent measures have been taken to contain the outbreak; no human infections have been reported. The risk to people is believed to be very low, but visitors are advised to avoid any contact with caged, wild or domestic birds, and to ensure that all poultry and egg dishes are well cooked as a precaution.

 

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Tipping: The tip is often included in the bill in a restaurant. If  not, leave between 10 to 15 percent. For drinks at cafes, round the bill up to the nearest euro. Taxis expect change as do cloak room attendants and porters.

Safety: There is a risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks and visitors are urged to be vigilant in public places, including tourist sites. Greece is otherwise considered a safe destination, but the height of the tourist season does usually see an increase in petty theft cases, particularly in crowded areas. Visitors are advised not to carry valuables on them. Violent crime is infrequent, but there have been incidents on some Greek islands and lone visitors are advised not to accept lifts from strangers.

Communications: The international access code for Greece is +30. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). There are often surcharges on calls made from hotels and it is generally cheaper to use OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation) offices for local and international calls. Calls can also be made from public card phone booths and cards can be bought from kiosks or OTE offices. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts and are cheaper than accessing the Internet from hotels.

Duty Free: Travellers from non-EU countries do not pay duty when entering Greece for 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g tobacco; 1 litre of spirits with alcohol volume over 22%, or 2 litres of dessert wine not exceeding 22% alcohol volume and sparkling wine, or 2 litres of table wine; 50g perfume or 250ml eau de toilette; and other goods for non-commercial value to the value of €175 for adults and €90 for children under 15 years. Providing goods are bought for personal use, there are no restrictions on carrying tobacco and alcohol between the 15 original countries of the EU (including the UK), with the exception of Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

                                                           
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