Located in the southeastern Europe, Greece is the birthplace of democracy, with an unique and extensive history, that has shaped the culture of the world. It is also home to an endless coastline with crystal clear waters, blue skies and sunny days. Greece is a feast for the senses.
Why Visit Greece
HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
Greece has a fascinating history, famous as it is the birthplace of history, philosophy, theatre and democracy (among others). The country is home to a variety of archeological and architectural jewels from various periods, an insight into many civilizations and achievements in western society.
LANDSCAPES & BEACHES
Regarding landscapes, Greece has it all. Around the 80% of mainland Greece is covered with mountains with a very long coastline, filled with peninsulas and 1400 islands. From crystal clear waters to green valleys and exotic beaches, the natural beauty of the country will for sure astonish you.
Greek food is characterized by its freshness, with a wide variety of wines and mouth watering flavors, considered among the finest in the world.
Greeks are among the warmest and most hospitable locals I have met. They will try to help you with everything they can, show you around and ensure you have a good time in their beloved country.
What to expect in Greece
Greek is the official language in Greece. In addition, a number of non-official, minority languages and some Greek dialects are spoken as well. A lot of greeks also speak English, as it is taught in schools.
In Greece the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
As part of the European Union, Euro is the official currency in Greece. 1 USD equals 0.92 euros (as of 2020). Foreign currencies are only accepted in tourist places. You can still exchange any other currency in any bank or withdraw the money directly from the ATM. Credit cards are widely accepted as well.
The climate in Greece is mediterranean. Summers are usually hot and dry, and winters quiet cold and wet.
Greece is very safe overall. Violent crime is rare. As in any other destination, you are encouraged to take security precautions to avoid any possible problems like scamming, petty crime and pickpocketing, especially in big cities.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Greece for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
Citizens from all other countries (except, of course, european citizens) need to request a visa in advance through the embassy.
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