Located in south-eastern Europe, Greece is an astounding country with thousands of little islands dotted among the Aegean and Ionian seas. Greece has an influential and ancient history and retains the charm of the 5th century B.C Acropolis citadel and Parthenon temple. Today, Greece is a top destination for tourists due to its beautiful beaches, glorious sights and party resorts.
When planning your trip to Greece don’t forget to apply for your European Health Insurance Card. Everybody travelling will require their own card. Hopefully you won’t need it, but you’ll be thankful you’ve got it in the event of a medical emergency.
When to go
If planning to visit Greece you want to go when there is strongest likelihood of warm and sunny weather. Greece has a peak tourism season through July and August. If you prefer a quieter holiday you will probably find that going in June or September would be more beneficial to you. The heat in these months isn’t as overbearing and you can enjoy a quieter break.
Where to go
There are over 1000 Greek islands, of which 227 are currently inhabited. Depending on your personal tastes, you will find the area of Greece that is right for you.
Hydra is one of the most popular islands boasts some chic boutique hotels occupying restored neo-classical mountains. Santorini and Mykonos are both very rocky and famous for their whitewashed cubic buildings. They are also among Greece’s most commercial and expensive islands. Expect the glitz and glamour of five-star hotels that have been attracting international travellers for years.
Northeast Aegean areas have plenty to offer to potential holiday makers such Lesbos, home of the anise-flavoured ouzo, and Chios with its own medieval villages and mastic trees.
Corfu remains one of the most popular destinations for British tourists due to the range of budget and luxury markets and a collection of outstanding beaches.
What to pack
If you‘re planning on a lot of walking pack some shoes that are both comfortable and practical, but ensure the soles are decent as some of the sites and paths can be slippery surfaces at times. If you main goal is to lounge around then you just need a pair of sandals. For the day to day you’ll want some loose, lightweight clothes ideal for the heat like t-shirts and shorts. Ladies, if you visit any monasteries you’ll want to ensure you’re wearing a reasonable length skirt and your shoulders must be covered to. For beach days or lazing by the pool pack your swimsuit, sun cream and sunglasses.