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12 Things to Know Before You Visit Greece


Dreaming of a Greek getaway? Whether it's the ancient ruins, crystal-clear waters, or delicious cuisine that's calling your name, Greece promises an unforgettable experience. Before you plan your trip, here are 12 essential things to know:


 

Visa Requirements:

For most tourists, a visa is essential. However, the good news is that Barbadian citizens can travel to Greece without a visa for short stays up to 90 days within a 180-day period, thanks to the Schengen visa waiver. Make sure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure date.

 

Best Time to Visit:

Greece is a year-round destination, but the best times to visit are during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and fall (September to October). During these periods, the weather is pleasant, and popular tourist spots are less crowded. Summer (July to August) is peak season, with hot temperatures and bustling beaches.

 

Currency and Payments:

The currency in Greece is the Euro (€). Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, especially in cities and tourist areas. However, it's wise to carry some cash, particularly when visiting smaller towns or islands. ATMs are readily available, but fees can apply, so check with your bank beforehand.

 

Language:

Greek is the official language, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas, hotels, and restaurants. Learning a few basic Greek phrases can be helpful and appreciated by locals.

 

Cultural Etiquette:

Greeks are known for their hospitality, but it's good to be aware of local customs. Dress modestly when visiting churches or monasteries, greet people with a friendly "Yassou" (Hello), and avoid discussing sensitive topics like politics and religion.


 

Transport and Driving:

Public transportation in Greece is efficient and affordable. Buses and ferries are popular ways to get around, especially between islands. If you plan to rent a car, be aware that driving is on the right side of the road, and an International Driving Permit is recommended.

 

Staying Connected:

Wi-Fi is widely available in hotels, cafes, and restaurants. Consider purchasing a local SIM card if you need mobile data on the go. Major providers include Cosmote, Vodafone, and Wind.

 

Food and Drinks:

Greek cuisine is a highlight of any trip. Don’t miss out on traditional dishes like moussaka, souvlaki, and baklava. Tap water is safe to drink in most places, but bottled water is recommended on some islands.


 

Safety:

Greece is generally safe for travelers. However, like any destination, it's important to stay aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas and tourist hotspots. Keep your belongings secure and be cautious of pickpockets.

 

Healthcare:

Healthcare in Greece is of a high standard. EU citizens can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for emergency medical treatment, but it’s recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical expenses for non-EU visitors, including Barbadians.

 

Electricity and Plug Type:

Greece uses type C and F plugs with a standard voltage of 230V. Remember to bring an adapter for your devices if they have different plug types.

 

Cultural Highlights:

From the Acropolis in Athens to the stunning beaches of Mykonos and the historic sites of Crete, Greece is rich in history and natural beauty. Plan your itinerary to include a mix of cultural landmarks and leisure activities to fully experience what Greece has to offer.


 

Ready to pack your bags for Greece? With these tips in mind, you'll be well-prepared to enjoy all the wonders this beautiful country has to offer. From the stunning landscapes and ancient ruins to the delicious cuisine and warm hospitality, Greece promises an unforgettable experience. Embrace the adventure and make the most of every moment in this captivating Mediterranean paradise.


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