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Welcome to Greece

Greece

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Attraction Overview

Greece is one of the world's favourite holiday destinations, and with good reasons too. With a collection of over 6, 000 islands and islets scattered throughout the cobalt, blue Mediterranean and Aegean seas, and a mainland that is both varied and alluring, Greece certainly has plenty to shout about. As well as picture postcard beaches, stunning scenery, warm hospitality and a history that has helped write modern civilisation, when booking your holiday in Greece with JiveHippo you can be assured of choosing a destination that boasts all of the vital ingredients for a memorable holiday.

Whatever you want out of a holiday, you will find it in Greece. As a large destination, decide what you want to do and what kind of experience you want to have before choosing your location.
If history is your hobby and you enjoy sniffing around ancient monuments, Greece can lay claim to some of the world's tops archaeological sites of interest. With a history that spans four millennia, steeped in legend and myth, its origins are hidden in the depths of time, as the monuments left behind can reveal. You don't have to go too far anywhere in Greece before you will stumble upon a site of ancient significance, but if you are keen to experience some of the best, then Athens is bursting at the seams with monuments to please any history lover. Crete is also home to some fantastic historical gems, where you can take a glimpse into the ancient Minoan culture, but Delphi in central Greece, Epidaurus and Ancient Olympia in mainland Peleponnese and islands such as Rhodes, Kos and Dinos all contain wonderful treasures worth exploring.
Undeniably, most visitors to Greece come for the endless sunshine and the stunning beaches, and with hundreds upon hundreds of miles of coastline, you will be spoilt for choice. The big name islands such as Crete and Corfu are popular all round with fantastic sandy or shingle beaches, and Rhodes is a firm favourite for sun worshippers, thanks to its reputation of having the most hours of sunshine in Greece. For iconic beach scenes, head to Navagio Beach (or Shipwreck Beach) in Zante and Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia, for world-famous beach views, which frequently pop up on holiday brochure covers.
For the young and lively, then Greece has plenty of resorts on offer that really hot up after dark. Kavos in Corfu, Faliraki in Rhodes, Malia in Crete and Kardamena in Kos are the places to head to for fun nights and lazy days by the beach.
If you want to avoid the crowds and get off the beaten track, then there are plenty of opportunities to find the real Greece. For anyone that makes the effort, then their experience can be truly rewarding. You will often get a sense of the warmth of the Greek hospitality, where villagers may invite you to join them for a meze meal, or take part in a family celebration. You will find stunning countryside dotted with olive and citrus groves, buzzing to the sound of Cicadas. For an authentic slice of Greece, try lesser-known islands such as Symi, Patmos, Samothraki or Hydra - which relies on donkeys for transportation instead of cars!
The proximity of some of the islands makes Greece a fabulous destination for island hopping. Most notably, the Cyclades islands are considered some of the most stunning islands in the world and are fairly easy to visit as part of an island hopping trip. The many islands in this collection are unique in character and history, so you get a sense of very varied destinations. Santorini, for instance, is famed for its white washed houses clinging to the cliffside, making it a photographer's paradise. Mykonos is a hub for the cool and trendy, and has a very distinct charm of its own. Naxos is teaming with old churches and monasteries and has a very laid-back, hippy vibe.
Greece is not just about its islands, however. The mainland has plenty to rival the islands, with destinations such as Halkidiki or the smaller resorts of Parga or Sivota well worth visiting.
Surrounded by so much water and beautiful beaches, naturally Greece is the home of watersports, where you can expect to find every type of activity on offer, from jet-skiing to diving. Away from the coastline, Greece, both islands and the mainland, has some fantastic walking trails, where the scenery is nothing but spectacular. Samaria Gorge in Crete is one of the country's top trails, but there are many other mountain or hillside paths as well as forest walks to explore. If you come in winter, there are several ski resorts on the mainland that are building a decent reputation for themselves, and offer a refreshing alternative to the resorts of central Europe.

Climate

Greece enjoys a beautiful, sunny Mediterranean climate, where you can expect a very pleasant mid-20s temperature in spring and autumn, rising to around 30 degrees in peak summer time.

Getting Around

Greece does not have an extensive public transport system, but big enough for you to get around.

Most towns are small enough for people to get around on foot. 

Major towns have a local bus system, and you will need to get a bus around the main cities.

Athens is the only city that has an underground system, as it is the only city in Greece big enough. 

You will be able to get a taxi from anywhere to your destination, the fares are fair but vary. Always ask the price before you get into a taxi and check that you are not being overcharged.

Health

Before you travel to Greece be sure to get your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), this card will give you entitlement to state provided health card.

If you do not have a EHIC and you need medical treatment, be sure to have your travel insurance and accessible funds to be able to cover any treatment that is needed.

Language

Greek is the official language spoken on Greece. As a major tourist destination, however, English is widely known, as may be other main European languages.

Money

The currency used in Greece is the Euro.

Safety

While visiting Greece, you may be there at a time when they are having a gas demonstration. If you are in there area when this is happening then be sure to follow the media and stay away from large crowds. You may find that the roads get closed and are held in short notices.

Crime rates in Greece are low, however you do get the odd thief, who are common in the main tourist and crowded areas.

Time

Greece are under the Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+02:00).

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