Greece has had a rough trot over the last few years, but it still remains to be one of the best locations in Europe to visit. Their financial status has changed a few things in the country over the last few years, but with these tips, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t been to Greece sooner.
- One of the most important things to know about Greece is that the whole country is struggling financially, so when you go there, make sure the money you spend benefits the locals as much as possible. One if the best ways you can do this, is by not staying at large hotel chains, and not eating at large international food chains. Locally owned hotels and eateries are usually pretty open to bargaining to get your business, and in the long run you will boost their economy with much needed tourism dollars.
- If you want to save a few dollars however, don’t visit Greece in the peak season (July / August). During July/August its mid-summer, the Greeks are on holidays and everywhere gets really crowded, oh, and prices go up everywhere. The Greek mainland is as impressive as the islands, so make sure you visit places like the Pindos mountain range in the north, and western Peloponnese has amazing beaches and spectacular archaeological sites.
- Use the buses, they have a very good system in Greece, and the rail network is also very cheap, but good.
- If you want to know what restaurants and eateries is the best, look for where the locals are eating. Greeks generally eat very late at night, after 10pm, so if you’re looking for the best places to dine, that’s when you should be looking.
- Also, Greek barrelled wine is very cheap, and will save you a lot of money compared to bottled wines.
- There are hundreds of very good, and very cheap ferry services around the islands which allow you to island hop with ease. Choose an island group and travel within it if you don’t want to get too confused.
- Older generation Greeks are generally quite conservative so make sure you dress conservatively around the beaches, churches and monasteries, or you could end up in a bit of strife. Just bear in mind that you need to be a little culturally sensitive when visiting other parts of the world.
- Greek locals will love it if you learn a few basic words, and your efforts will be rewarded via status elevation from tourist to “xenos”, which means “foreigner” and “guest”.
- Most importantly, you should respect the people, the laws and the country, as you should with all countries you travel to.