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Best Places to Visit

No package holidays to Greece are complete without a trip to Athens. The capital city is rich in history, with spectacular landmarks and iconic architecture at every turn. It also has the reputation of being one of the birthplaces of critical thinking, philosophy, education, modern civilisation and democracy.

If you arrived into Greece via Thessaloniki in Central Macedonia, then you are in Greece's second city, and this is regarded by many as the country's true capital of culture. A calendar packed with events means a slightly faster pace of life and entertainment firmly rooted in the here and now, rather than looking back through the ages to the ancient past of the country. That being said, Thessaloniki has three millennia of history in its own right, along with several churches on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

The largest of the Greek islands, Crete, is about 60 km wide and 260 km long, a narrow strip of land that lies roughly east-west in the Mediterranean. It is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on Earth, with the classic combination of sun, sea and sand. Despite being an island, it has a diverse geography, with mountains to the interior and coastal plains teeming with life. It is also home to Minoan ruins, and features in many modern-day myths about the lost civilisation of Atlantis. This in turn was described by Plato, and some people believe that a volcanic eruption in the 16th-17th century BC may have triggered a tsunami that wiped out an advanced civilisation on Crete, taking their knowledge of engineering, science and the arts with them to an untimely end.

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Need to know

Language

The UK is the second-biggest tourism market for Greece, and combined with the United States, the total number of English-speaking visitors is even higher. If you are travelling to any of the main cities or holiday hotspots during holidays to Greece, therefore, there should be a good chance that you will be understood and able to communicate well enough with shopkeepers, waiters and hotel staff.

Currency

Greece uses the euro. Like other participants in the single currency, Greek euro notes and coins have their own design, but you should still find it easy to spend those issued by other countries, too. Exchanging sterling during package holidays to Greece shouldn't be difficult, but it can be more direct to withdraw Greek euros from a cash machine and avoid having to look for a bureau de change with good rates.

Visas

Package holidays to Greece of anywhere up to three months don't need a visa for British citizens. If you want to spend longer than that in Greece, you'll need a residence permit. You will of course need a valid passport to travel at all, and this should also include your return journey. If your passport's expiration date has been extended by 12 months by a British consulate or embassy, the Greek authorities will still accept it.

Climate

Greece has a hot and dry summer climate, with the higher temperatures and almost uninterrupted sunshine starting in April and lasting through until November. However, things change considerably during the winter months, and from late November well into the New Year, it is rainy and rather cold. The contrast with the summertime (when the only rainfall tends to be in the form of short, light showers) is quite stark: something to be aware of when planning Greece holidays during the colder, wetter months of the year.

Main Airports

Greece has a good number of international airports, giving you a choice of destinations when flying into the country. The main one is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens, the largest and busiest airport in the country. More than 18 million passengers use its terminal each year, and it is a key transport hub for connections to other destinations too. Thessaloniki is another crucial airport for international arrivals, while Heraklion is another of the busiest to fly into, and actually ranks second in the country in terms of its total number of passengers each year.

Flight Options

The peak tourism season has a big effect on the flight schedules and on the available routes, so in the summer you should find many more options are open to you. This may make it easier to fly direct to one of the islands, for instance, or it may simply mean that you can travel at your preferred time of day. As well as a greater number of flights to the Greek islands, there is a similar rise in routes to the mainland during the summer months, and many of these are operated by the lower budget airlines.

Travel Advice

If visiting outside of the peak season, check that the route you want to take is still available and be prepared to possibly pay extra if the low-cost airlines are not serving your destination at that particular time of year.

Other Transport Options

Flying is by far the quickest and easiest way to reach Greece, but not the only way. Overland travel is possible, but will take around three days, non-stop, using a combination of cars, ferries and trains. There’s no doubt that this is a unique and exciting way to reach the islands – just remember that advance planning is essential, and that you may well end up paying more than you would for a flight.

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  1. Griekenland is een van de meest gevierde landen op onze planeet met belangrijke invloeden binnen de klassieke filosofie van Socrates en Plato tot antieke en moderne sporten op de Olympische Spelen.
  2. Het land is haast populairder als vakantiebestemming dan als woonplaats. Zesmaandelijkse statistieken geven wel 17 miljoen bezoekers aan in vergelijking met 11 miljoen permanente inwoners in het hele land.
  3. Het merendeel van de internationale bezoekers komt uit andere Europese landen. Zij zijn goed voor rond de 90 procent van de totale toeristenindustrie, hoewel dit aan het veranderen is nu Griekenland populairder wordt bij steeds meer vakantiegangers van verder weg.

Feiten

  1. Griekenland is een van de meest gevierde landen op onze planeet met belangrijke invloeden binnen de klassieke filosofie van Socrates en Plato tot antieke en moderne sporten op de Olympische Spelen.
  2. Het land is haast populairder als vakantiebestemming dan als woonplaats. Zesmaandelijkse statistieken geven wel 17 miljoen bezoekers aan in vergelijking met 11 miljoen permanente inwoners in het hele land.
  3. Het merendeel van de internationale bezoekers komt uit andere Europese landen. Zij zijn goed voor rond de 90 procent van de totale toeristenindustrie, hoewel dit aan het veranderen is nu Griekenland populairder wordt bij steeds meer vakantiegangers van verder weg.

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