Bordered by Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey, Greece is right at the edge of Europe tipping almost into the Asian continent with many of its islands far closer to Turkey than mainland Greece. So for the lucky tourists holidaying in Greece, many influences abound creates a country that has established European roots with a hint of Asian influence.
Greece is home to some of the most impressive and important ancient buildings in the world. The Acropolis in the capital city of Athens dedicated to the goddess Athena, dominates the centre of the modern city with its size, elegance and ancient history. Although, the best part about travelling to Greece has to be its mouth-watering cuisine. Greeks love to eat with a Mediterranean passion. Souvlaki, Moussaka, Greek meze, olive oil, wines and much more - Greece is a paradise for gourmets! From chic restaurants in the capital to covered markets like the Modiano market in Thessaloniki and street food markets (in Greek Laiki-Agora) that can always be found anywhere near you.
Medical exams may occur at the airport. If this is the case, visitors must isolate themselves for 24 hours until the test result at the address given on their Passenger Location Form (PLF). If you test positive for Covid-19, you must remain isolated in the special quarantine hotels for 14 days.
Face masks are mandatory on public transportation (including flights and ferries), airports, taxis, all medical facilities, and elevators. Wearing face masks is strongly recommended in other closed rooms.
Hotels, shops, bars and restaurants are open. Public health regulations apply to visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public areas, including limiting the number of customers.
If you think you have symptoms, you should avoid visiting local healthcare facilities and contact a doctor remotely to find out if a test is recommended. This is likely to entail costs for retrieval, testing that you have to pay.
To explore the beauty and diversity of the Greek islands is one of the reasons why many people come to Greece. With hundreds of islands contained within seven island groups, there are lots to get around but do not worry if you feel you are missing out by not being on a certain island. You will almost certainly find what you are looking for whether you stay on one or, as many backpackers do, hop around the islands on a whim.
The main islands of Greece are Rhodes, Crete, Corfu, and Santorini, but if you don't want to follow the crowds, try Hydra where no cars are allowed, Kasos with its craggy peaks or Skyros that has a 13th century fortress.
For a livelier holiday in Greece, try Crete, the largest island of Greece and arguably the most naturally beautiful with mountain ranges, caves and the Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe. Crete also has a buzzing nightlife, especially on the north coast where the main tourist areas are situated.
Athens is of course the main city of Greece being the capital, but there are many other delights of mainland Greece to be savoured. Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, has a distinct character of its own with an ancient Turkish quarter and many museums.
The Archaeological Museum displays artefacts from prehistoric Thessaloniki and the Museum of Ancient Greek & Byzantine Instruments shows exactly that, with instruments covering many centuries.
For fantastic views over the city and surrounding area, climb up the White Tower, so called because it was whitewashed to expel remnants of its Turkish past when there had been massacres of prison inmates in the 19th century.
There is also an old Turkish quarter in the town of Kavala, along the coast towards Bulgaria. One of Greece’s most attractive towns, it spills gently down the hillside into a good sized harbour.
The Turkish quarter is centred round the streets of Panagia and many of the pastel coloured houses are in better shape than their counterparts in Thessaloniki. There is also a large Byzantine fortress to be explored, as well as marvelling at the 18 domed Imaret which overlooks the harbour.
To taste a bit of Greece, try some ouzo with the locals. This intoxicating spirit is made from aniseed and might not be to everyone’s taste but it certainly gets you in the mood for a party! So if you fancy getting in the mood in Greece, check out BudgetAir’s offers on last-minute flights to Greece. You are sure to find something to please you and hopefully you will be flying to Greece before you know it!
Although most people in Greece speak a basic level of English in the popular tourist desstinations, it's always nice to know a couple of phrases before you go on your trip. Make your trip to Greece more memorable by conversing with the locals, they will love it.
Hello: Γειά σου (YAH-soo)
Good morning: Καλημέρα (kah-lee-MER-ah)
How are you?: Tι κανείς (tee-KAH-nis)?
What is your name?: πως σε λένε? (pos-oh LEH-neh)
Do you speak English?: Μιλάτε αγγλικά (Mee-LAH-teh ag-li-KAH)?
How much is it?: Πόσο κάνει αυτό (POH-soh KAH-nee af-TOH)?
I love Greece: Αγαπώ την Ελλάδα (Ah-gah-POH teen Eh-LAH-tha)
Thank you: Ευχαριστώ (eff-kha-ri-STOE)
Cheers!: Στην υγειά μας! (STIN-eh YAH-mas)
Oops!: Ωπα (OH-pa)
See/Talk to you later: Τα λέμε (tah-LEH-meh)
Goodbye: Γειά σου (YAH-soo)
To visit Greece is to step back thousands of years and enter a world of myths and legends, gods and ancient art. But that is only a part of it. If you stay in a few of the hotels in Greece and spend time travelling around, you will also come across sunny islands, friendly people, and a thriving nightlife.
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