When’s the best time to go?
A spectacular combination of ancient ruins, modern cities, quaint fishing villages and world-class beaches, Greece has something for everyone. In addition to the sun-bleached sands and clear waters, you’ll find a country where the past is still an important part of everyday life, from the exquisite cuisine to the bustling marketplaces. If you’ve never been before, why not? Here’s some Greece travel advice that’ll help make your trip even better.
The country enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers and mild winters, so if it’s sun, sea and sand you’re after, book your Greece holiday between June and the end of August. The temperature averages out at around 24°C, although recent warmer summers have seen it shooting up to the mid-30s. If you’re going to soak up some of the incredible relics from the past such as the Acropolis at Athens or the Parthenon, take your break between March and May, when the heat peaks at a more manageable 24-25°C.
What do I need to pack?
If you’re taking your holidays to Greece in the summer, sunscreen is always advisable. Hats are also a good idea, especially for the little ones.
When it comes to clothing, think light, airy and breathable. Clothes made from cotton, linen or bamboo will help to keep you cool and offer another layer of protection against sunburn. If you want to visit some of the spectacular ruins, a good pair of walking shoes is a must: they’re definitely not flip-flop or high heels terrain. In the evenings, the temperature can drop a little, so it’s worth packing an extra layer. The evening is also when any mosquitoes are out and about, so pop some mosquito repellent in your suitcase.
Passports and visas
Do I need a passport?
Greece passport regulations require that British citizens must carry a full UK passport. It must be valid for the duration of your stay, at the very least. For more information on passport requirements, visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements
Do I need a visa?
British citizens do not need a Greece visa to gain entry to the country. If you’re unsure about whether or not you need a visa for your Greece holiday, head to:https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
Wherever you travel in the world, it’s wise to have a comprehensive travel health insurance policy to protect you financially. If you have an accident or are taken ill while on your holiday to Greece, travel insurance will help to cover the cost of things like medicine, treatment and even returning to the UK, if necessary. Always check your policy to see what is and isn’t covered, just to be on the safe side.
Any other tips?
- Be prepared to adapt to Greek time, especially when it comes to meals. While we tend to eat our dinner in the early evenings, Greeks can eat much later, with meals being taken as late as 10pm.
- While Greece is a tolerant country, you should still cover up when visiting sites of religious interest. Catholicism is still the main religion here and flashing too much flesh at a monastery can cause unintended offence.
- Don’t stick to the hotel for dinner; eat like a local. For a true taste of the sumptuous Greek cuisine on offer, go off the beaten track and try out a taverna or two.
- Learning a few greetings and basic phrases will impress the locals (no matter how shockingly bad your pronunciation) and help you get the most out of your Greece holiday.
- There are some fantastic hiking tours to be enjoyed; Santorini, with its sprawling scenery and cobalt-capped churches is definitely on our top spots list, but no matter where you are in Greece you’re bound to trip over temples, towns, and archaeological sites galore.