In recent years, Greece has been mostly remembered for its financial crisis. However, what many people tend to forget is that Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with its stunning architecture and coastlines. On top of its natural beauty, the country is also rich in culture and history, which is probably why Greece is one of the top four Mediterranean destinations. With all of these in Greece’s favor, the country expects to see an extra 2 million tourists in 2018, according to Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.
Greece offers a fantastic experience for solo travelers, couples, and families alike. However, planning a big trip can be a little difficult, especially if you’ll be visiting any of the Greek Isles for the first time. Here are a few tips to help you.
✈ Travel Around the Peak Season When Possible
If you prefer to avoid a large crowd, it’s best to visit in June or September. Not only are the crowds a little thinner, but the weather is also great for hitting up the many beaches. When possible, do your best to avoid peak season (end of July to August) as prices for flights, hotel rooms, and ferries are extremely inflated. If you must travel during peak season, try booking in advance as some booking sites may offer deals on accommodations and fights.
✈ No Need to Look for Fancy Restaurants for Every Meal
Greek food is amazing. From simple gyros to perfectly grilled lamb chops, Greece can be a foodie haven. The best part is that you don’t always have to find a “good restaurant” to dine in for every meal. Many smaller shops are much more affordable and provide you with an authentic Greek experience. Of course, don’t let us stop you from making a reservation at a fancy restaurant for dinner on a few nights to enjoy a romantic evening with your special someone—but eating at more affordable places for lunch definitely helps stretch any budget.
✈ Don’t Forget to Enjoy the History and Culture
Yes, Greece is known for its gorgeous beaches, but don’t forget that there are also many stunning cultural and historical sites that you should definitely include in your itinerary. Landmarks that you should definitely see include The Acropolis and The Agora in Athens, as well as the Temple of Zeus and the site of the first Olympics in Olympia.
✈ Take Note of the Infamous “Siestas”
You may not be in Spain, but the Greeks also have their own version of the infamous “siesta”. Many places tend to close up shop for a few hours starting at 12 noon for the Greek siesta, so make sure you buy everything you need early in the morning to avoid inconvenience. This is often not a problem in large tourist areas, but it’s good to keep in mind if you plan on visiting smaller cities.