Visiting the Greek Islands
Greece is infamous for its beautiful, sunny weather, golden beaches and clear, rippling sea. But there’s much more to the Greek Islands than the scenery. Although we can’t deny, it certainly gives Greece its charm. If you’re planning on visiting the Greek Islands, here’s everything you need to know.
Sort Out the Important Stuff
With any holiday, it’s important to make sure you have everything you need set up and ready to go. Make sure you have a valid passport and that it’s not expired.
Exchange your money for Euro (they will not accept any other currency in Greece), and make a note of important information. The emergency number for Greece is 100 for police and 166 for hospital care.
Get the number for your embassy in Greece, just to be sure. You also need to make sure you make any bookings you need, and early.
Accommodation is a must – Greece and its islands are popular for a reason, so book well ahead to secure the best spots. For accommodation, don’t be afraid to treat yourself.
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General Rules Of Thumb
There are general things in Greece that are standard and important to be aware of before you go. If you or someone you’re travelling with is disabled, this can make things difficult for you.
Unfortunately, Greece isn’t the best prepared for those who need additional support with a disability.
This means you need to look ahead and make sure there are things in place so that your stay goes as smoothly as possible. For example, booking a special cabin.
It’s also worth sticking to flatter islands like Elounda if you struggle with mobility since other islands like the Cyclades are much harder to navigate and can cause problems.
Keep in Mind
There are also several things common in Greece which you may not have much experience with. Stray animals are common, as is smoking. Bathrooms may also be different, particularly public toilets. You may find that you’re asked to dispose of paper towels in the bin next to the toilet rather than in it to avoid blocking it.
When it comes to language, most Greeks are familiar with tourists and will be able to help you with directions or questions, although learning a little Greek goes a long way.
Most are friendly, too, so you shouldn’t struggle to find a friendly face if you do lose your way.
It’s always worth bringing some maps of the regions you intend to visit along with some information either from travel guides or the net.
One thing to remember is not to extend your hand with five fingers open. Contrary to what it may mean for you, in Greece this is very offensive, and you should avoid doing this whilst visiting.
There are lots of experiences you should take advantage of whilst visiting the Greek islands – one of the more obvious being the food. Greek food is superb, and the islands are the best place to get a real taste of the culture.
Famous food like gyros, horiatiki, moussaka and calamari are very popular and are essential to any visit to Greece.
There are plenty of clubs too if nightlife is your thing. Often, they will open at midnight, and close at sunrise. A lot of places give you your first drink free. They are the perfect place to hear some Greek music as this is played much more than international options.
On the Greek islands, visiting the beaches is a must – they are host to some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, and you should spend time exploring these to get the best out of your holiday.
There are plenty of walking tours if you’re into your culture and history. Plus, lots of other experiences like wine tasting in Greek vineyards to really treat yourself.
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Another common activity is beach parties. Often at sunset, there will be people gathering on the beaches, dancing to music and eating. This is one experience we wouldn’t recommend missing.
With water sports and other activities for thrill-seekers, there’s no end to your opportunities!
With these tips, you’ll be able to make the most out of your trip and really enjoy your holiday. Have fun!
Do you plan on visiting the Greek islands?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.