sunset at Oia on Santorini

My Greece Travels




Travelling in Greece

 

This site chronicles the visit that my husband and I took to Greece in the summer of 2002. Throughout the site you will find pictures and tips for travelling in Greece.

Our trip was just 2 weeks in length, and we found it difficult to see everything fully. If you are thinking of visiting Greece, take the time to look at this site to determine what tourist sites you really want to see.

Some Helpful Tips:

  • Take more clothes than you think you will need, especially if travelling in the summer. During our trip, it was so hot that we found that we needed to change several times during the day.

  • Hats and sunscreen are a must, but also take a hand-towel. The towel is useful to wipe the sweat from your brow etc. You may laugh now, but you will appreciate it when you are there in 40°C weather!

  • Most hotels in Greece provide a bar fridge in your room, so purchase your bottled water at the local grocery store and cool it in your room. You will save a bundle over purchasing the water in restaurants and at archeaological sites.

  • If you are thinking of renting a vehicle, try a motorcycle or scooter. They both give you more maneouverability on the tight streets that can be found in many of the older towns. I would only suggest this for those who are comfortable driving two wheeled vehicles. Otherwise, being familiar with standard transmissions would be beneficial for the budget traveller. Automatic transmissions are about twice as expensive as standard.

  • Greece is now using the Euro. If you are travelling from outside Europe, take a small amount of cash Euro with you and carry the rest in traveller's cheques of your currency. Exchange rates are reasonable in Greece as long as you are wary. The average service charge for exchange is 2%, anything more than 3% is a rip off. Also, be aware that banks have reduced hours compared to what North Americans are accustomed to. Depending on where you are, banks close anywhere between 1 - 3pm.

  • Take toilet paper with you and carry it along as you visit the archaelogical sites, as many places may not have it available. Also, be watchful for signs indicating not to throw toilet paper into the toilet. Many of the sceptic systems in Greece are old and cannot handle toilet paper. Usually in cases like this a special basket is provided for disposing of the paper.

  • Be careful when ordering fish, some restaurants list the prices on the menu by weight rather than by serving. Make sure you ask and tell the server how much you are willing to spend.
  • Tourist information is available 24 hours once you are in Greece by dialing 171
  • Pick pocketing is very common in Greece, especially in Athens. Make sure that you use traveller's checks for most of your money and keep some funds in a money belt or hidden compartment on you