Greece facts and travel tips

When you see the blue and white colors in the Greek flag, it is difficult not to imagine the blue seas and white beaches that are everywhere in this beautiful nation. If you want an island resort getaway, then Greece can provide this for you. If you wish to explore history, this nation has much to offer. Even if you want to enjoy a short holiday with the local nightlife, you won’t find anywhere better than Greece.

What makes a holiday in Greece so different? It’s the attitude that you’ll find everywhere throughout the nation. The hustle and bustle of modern life can still be found here, but you’ve got to search hard to find it. How can you worry about stress when you’re watching an amazing sunset with a warm coffee, a blanket, and a beach right there for you to access?

Even if you’re visiting during a peak period of tourism, there are special places where you can find some peace and quiet. Greece almost guarantees that every day will give you some sunshine. You can island hop every day thanks to the thousands of islands and islets, spend a day or two fishing, or hike to a secluded whitewashed town for an amazing view of the Ionian or Aegean Sea.

Greece offers visitors one of the most beautiful vistas in all the world to explore. Some say that this nation is the one place in the world where people even forget to die because it is so beautiful. If you haven’t been able to experience this nation yet, then pick a city or an island to begin your adventure. Just be forewarned – you may not wish to come back home.

Best of Greece

Greece is a country where every destination seems to have something perfect to offer in its own way. Whether you choose to explore the islands of Greece, its urban centers, or you hide away in a small village tucked away somewhere, you’ll find something to fall in love with during your stay.

Athens is an obvious choice on any best of Greece list. With its access to the Acropolis, the thriving nightlife, and Syntagma Square, you’ll find Athens to be one of the neatest cities you’ll ever visit.

Here are some choices to think about after you see what Athens offers.

#1. Patmos

This village has always been a pilgrimage destination, as it is believed that the Book of Revelation was written here. It has a film festival to enjoy in July, a monastery to tour, and several fantastic beaches to enjoy.

#2. Sifnos

On some beaches, flip-flops or sandals are a good choice. To explore all of this island, you’ll also want to bring a pair of hiking boots along. There is a network of hiking trails more than 100km in length to explore. There is something for every difficulty level too, so no one feels excluded. Find olive groves, views of the Aegean Sea, and excellent restaurants, all who are awaiting your arrival.

#3. Nisyros

With its active volcano, this island has avoided the over-development of others in its region. That gives visitors an experience that is absolutely authentic when embracing the Greek culture. Grab a soumada, take a tour along the shore, or go exploring through the thermal craters found outside the town.

#4. Parga

For many years, this picturesque community was somewhat difficult to access. Now that three new highways connect it to the rest of Greece, its beauty is about to be rediscovered. With long, sandy beaches to explore, almost any time is the perfect time to take a swim in the Ionian Sea. You’re also centrally located between several important archeological sites, giving you the chance to explore the history of the region too.

#5. Syros

This island is one of the few Cycladic islands that stays open for visitors throughout the year. Visit during September to enjoy the International Animation Festival. There are beaches here too, all shallow and sandy, which makes them easy to access. You can also charter a boat to reach some beaches that have no other method of access if you crave some extra privacy.

#6. Irakleio

Crete is more than a seasonal resort destination. You will love this beautiful city. You can visit the Minoan Palance of Knossos during your stay, take tours of the city’s 6 museums, and enjoy Cretan cuisine at one of the many highly-rated restaurants. There is an energy in this town that pulses all year long.

The best of Greece allows you to explore the full history of this culture while you get the chance to relax in a way that suits you best. Rejuvenate in the sunshine, wade through the gentle waves, and let time slow down.

National Holidays

When are national holidays and no work days ?

See the list with the national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish
1 JanuaryNew Year's Day
6 JanuaryEpiphany or Theophany
VariableShrove Monday
25 MarchIndependence Day
VariableGood Friday
VariableEaster Saturday
VariableEaster Sunday
VariableEaster Monday
1 MayLabour Day
VariablePentecost
VariablePentecost Monday
15 AugustAssumption
28 OctoberOchi Day
25 DecemberChristmas
26 DecemberBoxing Day

Biggest cities

See the list of the biggest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not.

RankNamePop.Region
1Athens3090,508Attica
2Thessaloniki788,952Central Macedonia
3Patras213,984Western Greece
4Heraklion173,993Crete
5Larissa162,591Thessaly
6Volos144,449Thessaly
7Rhodes115,490South Aegean
8Ioannina112,486Epirus
9Chania108,310Crete
10Agrinio106,053Western Greece
11Chalcis102,223Central Greece
12Katerini85,851Central Macedonia
13Trikala81,355Thessaly
14Serres76,816Central Macedonia
15Lamia75,315Central Greece
16Alexandroupoli72,959Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
17Kozani71,388Western Macedonia
18Kavala70,501Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
19Kalamata69,849Peloponnese
20Veria66,547Central Macedonia

Covid-19 / Coronavirus statistics

Travel restrictions / Travel advice

Any country may restrict travel without notice. For actual updates on travel restrictions see official website at gov.uk

Foreign travel advice

See actual travel advice on official website at gov.uk

Medical travel advice

Official and updated medical travel advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak, see WHO official website

Medical recommendations

The actual medical recommendations during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak can be found at WHO official website

Local Covid-19 information

Below you can see the actual Covid-19 situation with statistics.

For actual updates about local restrictions see government website from the link below.

Greece
4,920,192
Total confirmed cases
Updated on October 5, 2022 2:52 pm
Greece
4,867,804
Total recovered
Updated on October 5, 2022 2:52 pm
Greece
19,277
Total active cases
Updated on October 5, 2022 2:52 pm
Greece
33,111
Total deaths
Updated on October 5, 2022 2:52 pm

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