Greece Travel Guide
Greece: where historic ruins, volcanic cliffs, and friendly locals meet the blue Mediterranean Sea. My first trip to Greece was a summer adventure through Athens and Mykonos. I returned again to sail the Saronic Islands on The Yacht Week Greece, and then again to explore the Cyclades islands of Santorini, Milos, Paros, and Naxos! There are some islands that are famous for their beaches and natural features, while others have a significant nightlife scene or strong cultural traditions.
Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Greek islands and is famed for its incredible beaches and world-renowned party scene. I spent a week on the island and indulged in delicious food, epic sunsets, and some of the best parties I’ve ever been to.
In my opinion, the best time to travel to Greece is between April and May. The weather is perfect for outdoor adventures, and you’ll have the Greek Islands to yourself before the summer crowds arrive.
The one event you need to plan your trip around is Easter weekend. It’s an incredibly busy time in the country and hotels are often booked up a few weeks in advance.
If you’re traveling Greece on a budget or you want to avoid the crowds, the winter months are the best time to visit. The top attractions are void of other tourists, and you won’t have a problem finding cheap flights and hotel deals.
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What To Expect
Language: The official language in Greece is Greek.
Read More: Tips for Traveling Greece on a Budget
Credit Cards and ATMs: You can ATMs all over Greece. Every major town and city will have a couple, and all the inhabited islands have at least one machine. You can use your credit card to pay for most purchases at shops and hotels, but you might come across a few bars that don’t have a working credit card machine.
Plugs: The plugs in Greece are Type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: While there have been periods of unrest in Greece, I still think it’s a safe destination for solo female travelers. If you’re planning to go sailing or do any adventurous activities in the country, I highly recommend purchasing travel insurance, so you’re covered just in case something happens.
*European Travel Alert*
Starting sometime around November 2023, US travelers between 18-70 years old will need to fill out an ETIAS visa-waiver form prior to their trip, and pay a €7 ($7.25) entry fee, to travel to European countries within the Schengen Area. It’s a quick form, and you will most likely receive instant approval—but it’s important to plan and submit ahead. Your ETIAS travel authorization is valid for three years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
TRAVEL TIPS FROM OUR COMMUNITY
My Experience as a Black Traveler
As a black traveler, while exploring Athens people continuously stopped me and my friends to ask to take photos with us. They also wanted to touch our braided hair. It felt weird standing in photos with strangers without knowing their intentions. It isn’t right. So I started saying no. My advice is to know that it’s okay to say no to photos with strangers even if they are friendly and ask politely.