Greece, or the less known name for this country – Hellenic Republic. Since the 1st éof January 2011 Greece is divided into administrative units of three levels: 7 administrations which are divided into 13 regions, then divided into 325 municipalities.
10,768,477 inhabitants in year 2017 (ranked 80th).
131,957 km2 (ranked 95th).
As Greece is part of the EU (EUR, €) the country adopted the Euro as the official currency. The VAT (Value added Tax) is 24%. In restaurants and bars, it is common to leave a 10% Tip. The value of the Euro as well as the VAT can be subject to fluctuations. Therefore, if you are a non-European citizen, it is always recommended to keep an eye on the exchange rates in case you plan to change currencies.
Greece is influenced by the Mediterranean climate. It is characterized by a mild winter with dry, hot summers. In the warmest month the average temperature is over 22 ° C. There are at least four months with an average temperature above 10 ° C, in the winter there may be ground frost.
At least three times more precipitation is recorded in the wettest winter months compared to the dry summer. There are months when the rain may indeed be entirely absent between May and October.
Even though Athens is the Capital of Greece, most tourists are more attracted to spend their vacations on one of the many Greek islands. Greece has the tenth longest coastline in the world, with a length of 14880 km. In addition to the continental part, Greece consists of about 2,500 islands, including 165 inhabited islands. The most important islands are: Crete, Dodecanese, Cyclades and Ionian Islands. The highest peak is 2918 m high.
In Crete, the weather is good everywhere between April and October and November. On average the warmest months in Heraklion are July, August and September, and the coldest months are January, February and March. August is the best month for swimming there.
In Rhodes, the good weather is starts in April and lasts even until November. The best months for swimming are July, August and September.
In Kos, the best time to visit is between May and November. The best months for swimming there are June, July, August, September and October.
In Corfu, as in the previously mentioned Greek islands, the weather is sunny and warm starting from May until October. The best months for swimming is July, August and September. Corfu has a higher average rainfall than the rest of Greece.
The best time for going to Greece
In May, the tourist season in Greece slowly begins, although it is still possible to find places without crowds, June, July, August and September, during this time the weather is hot, and the main resorts are full of tourists what is also causing the prices to rise. If you would like to enjoy sunny, yet mild weather, avoid the peak season and have a budget friendly holiday, the best time to go is between March and May or September and October. In March the Mercury column is starting to go up and you can enjoy pleasant weather, but during this month you can also experience the windy and rainy days. In October during the day, thermometers show above 20 degrees. The same temperature has seawater, this means that you still can enjoy the beach and sun-bathing. Nevertheless, in the mountain areas many storms can appear during this time of the year.
Tourist Seasons in Greece:
- Low Season: January, February, March, October, November and December.
- High Season: April, May, September.
- Very high Season: June, July and August.
Phone and Internet
It is possible to use your mobile phone while you are in Greece. The main phone and mobile data providers are: Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind. If you decide to use your current phone provider roaming charges will apply.
For international calls:
– From Greece to the UK: 00 + 44 + city code + number of the correspondent.
– From the UK to Greece: 00 + 30 + number of the correspondent.
The emergency dial is 112 (no area code needed). This number can always be reached, even with a mobile without a Greek SIM card. The number for emergencies can be reached from pay phones, without a phone card nor money. Even in the case of your phone being locked or showing “no network available” the number can be reached anytime.
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Entry Requirements for Greece
The country is a Member State of the Schengen Area. Therefore, all citizens of the EU, the Nordic Passport Union, Switzerland and Liechtenstein can enter and stay in Greece without any Visa. It is however mandatory to travel with either a valid national identification card or passport. The document should be valid for the whole duration of the stay in Greece. For non-EU and non-EEA citizens, a Visa is required when entering or passing through Greece (transit). Non-European have the possibility to enter for a duration of 90 days if they have a Schengen Visa (valid for 6 months). Visitors who are coming from a non-Schengen Area may require a visa to enter Greece. Non-E.U. citizens can find further information from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries.
British Embassy Athens
1, Ploutarchou str
106 75 Athens
Tel: +30 210 7272 600
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website informs travelers about possible dangerous areas. Moreover, it offers advice in terms of security and the formalities of entry and stay.
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