• Sun-drenched days and Dionysian nights on the Aegean
• A spruced-up Athens makes the traffic a bit more bearable
• They don\'t build things like they used to-see the Acropolis for proof
Capital City: Athens
Population: 10.6 million
Area: 131, 940 sq km
Telephone Calling Code(s): 30
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz
Currency: Euro €
Passport required. Must be valid for six months after return date of travel.
Check with your travel professional or local consulate for entry visa requirements.
When To Go
The best time to visit is late April to mid-June, when the wildflowers are in bloom and before summer arrives in force with hordes of tourists, higher prices, overbooked facilities, and strained services. If you possibly can, avoid traveling in July and August (especially around Aug 15). The crowds from Europe overwhelm facilities. In overcrowded southern Greece and the islands, midday temperatures are too high for much except beach and water activities. By mid-September to late October, temperatures begin to fall and crowds thin, but it can still be hot. (Nov-Mar) is not the time to visit Greece unless you want to join the Greeks for skiing in the mountains.
What To See
The Acropolis - Towering over the capital, it’s a very impressive sight, and walking around on its grounds, it gives the visitor a feeling of awe and a true sense of the greatness of the ancient Greeks.
Olympia, the original site of the Olympic games. All of this was hidden under 14 feet of mud until the 19th century; earthquakes and flooding took their toll. The museum is fantastic. The stadium is inspiring; just think of the fantastic exploits that happened there.
The Islands - If you were to take any island trip, the Greek Isle’s should be at the top of your list. Each island will have some special historical or mythic association: Chios is where they say, the blind poet Homer was born and Delos was the birthplace of the gods Apollo and Artemis! Among the most popular destinations are Mykonos, Santorini and Crete.