Use this destination guide to help you plan out your travels to Greece. You’ll find information to help you travel smart and travel simply.
The capital of Greece is Athens and will most likely your first destination if you fly into the country. Greece has a population of over 10,000,000.
The largest city, Athens, is a city with a long history: culture, politics and sports dominate daily life. If you have an interest in any of those topics, you will surely find a local willing to give you his or her opinion.
Greece’s tourist seasons are the following: low season is from November to March with mild temperatures and some rain; mid season is from April to July with progressively warmer weather; and high season from July to September with the hottest weather.
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The price of hotels can range quite a bit, even within the same star rating. Three star ratings can start at 20€-40€/night. While four star hotels start around 40€/night and can be as high as 100€/night. Hostel prices average 15€/night. In smaller communities, bed and breakfasts, called Pensions, are often the way to go. They can be somewhat styled like hotels and offer breakfast, but the doors are locked every night and the front desk is not occupied 24/7.
Athens is a city with a complex transportation system with trams, buses and a metro system. A one-way ticket is 0.80€. You can purchase a day ticket for 3.00€ or a three day ticket for 10.00€.
Other cities are small enough to get around by walking or taking a taxi.
The KTEL bus service is the best way to go for cheap intercity transport. The buses are comfortable, air conditioned, modern and provide an undercarriage for large baggage. Smaller communities have a bus stop outside a convenience store or post office, while cities like Athens have a large bus depot.
To/From the airport
There is a metro line from the Athens International Airport to Syntagma square. The metro ticket is 6.00€ and can be purchased outside the metro platform entrance. The metro ride is about 40 minute. While the train is safe and normally filled with travelers going to the city, do not leave your luggage unattended.
The breakdown for a budget breakfast is normally between 2€ and 4€ and normally consists of pastries, yogurt, and various meats and cheeses. A 5€ to 7€ budget lunch can be found at most gyro food stalls. A budget dinner is 8€ to 12€. You can find moussaka or pastitsio at this price if you walk a few blocks away from any major tourist attraction. Expect to pay a little more for roasted lamb.
Athens: The historic democratic and philosophical centre of Greek life in the ancient world. Athens is an absolute trove for ancient ruins, sites and artifacts! Don’t miss out on the Acropolis for the Parthenon, Temple of Nike, and Erechtheion. Walk through the ancient Agora which sits at the foot of the Acropolis. If you’re looking for shelter from the heat, the new Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens offer a stunning collection.
Delphi: Once the religious centre and home of the Oracle of Delphi, now temple and gymnasium ruins are on display to marvel at this once revered location. If you’ve had your fill of ancient ruins, there is a great hiking trail that leads you up Mount Parnasos.
Olympia: The training grounds and event location of the Olympic Games held every four years to honour Zeus. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to walk around the hippodrome which was used for chariot races and foot races. Sit on the grassy hill and imagine being a spectator over 2,000 years ago!
Thessaloniki: The second largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia. Take a stroll through Ana Poli (the Old Town), roam through the sites of Greek and Roman ruins, or wander through the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki which is home to many Macedonian artifacts. There is also an extensive metro and bus system in Thessaloniki.
Don’t forget to check out the smaller towns on the Peloponnese: The Best Small Towns in Greece