Tips and Tricks For Making The Most Of Your Vacation To Greece

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo from Unsplash

In recent years there have been many horror stories on the news about Greece and their financial crisis, which might have put many people from traveling over there. However, in such a diverse country, with a variety of different islands to experience, there are still plenty of reasons to travel to Greece. 

The food, the beaches, and crystal clear waters are just three of the reasons why you need to add it to your bucket list. So if I’ve managed to twist your arm and persuade you, then here are some tips for making the most of your trip.

Avoid Hotels

If you’re looking for the best deal when it comes to accommodation, then you should avoid hotels, particularly the resort kind of hotel, if you can. Hotels in Greece can be a fairly good deal, especially if you go for an all-inclusive option. However, very little of the money actually stays in Greece. Instead, look out for good deals on villas in Greece. Due to the economic situation, you are more likely to get a good deal on them, as well as using the locals and giving them business.

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Visit Off-Peak

If you’re not tied down to going during school holiday times, then go in the off-peak months. Peak is from late July until late August. But it can be so overcrowded, as well as insanely hot and expensive. People put prices up during these times because the Greeks themselves are on holiday too. So if you can, May or June are still warm months that will be quieter, as well as September and October. The sea still holds onto the summer heat, and the temperatures are still really pleasant. 

Eat Like a Local

If you’ve seen any films based in Greece, then you will have seen that eating is a pretty casual affair. That is something that the films got right! Look out for restaurants that are popular with the local people as no doubt, the food and service is going to be the best. 

It is important to note that Greeks do eat quite late, sometimes after 10 pm. So check restaurant opening times accordingly. Tap water is completely palatable over there, so no need to spend lots of money on bottled water. Oh, and ask for local barreled wine rather than a bottle; it is much cheaper.

Be Sensitive to the Culture

More modern Greeks will see themselves as being quite open-minded. But older people in Greece will be quite conservative through their association with the Orthodox Church. Nude beaches or going topless aren’t really acceptable, and if you’re visiting some local ruins or churches, then covering up shows great respect. 

Embrace Greek Life

You will come to know the Greek phrase of ‘avrio,’ meaning that nothing needs to be in a hurry when you’re there. So don’t expect super prompt service in a shop or restaurant, and don’t expect public transport to run on time. Don’t stress about it though; embrace the Greek way of doing things for a while.

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