Guide to a Holiday in Greece (the Hellenic Republic) by Jez Rourke
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Greece is possibly one of
the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world. The weather
is almost uniformly amazing, the ocean is beautiful, the resorts are well
run and not too gaudy (well, most of them anyway), and flights are really
not that bad. With a little planning, a holiday in Greece could be
one of the best vacations you have ever had. It is fascinating just
how so many of the people who take a trip in Greece just keep going back,
year after year. It really is that kind of place.
Weather - Due to its location, the weather in Greece is what most holiday-makers
would consider ideal: the summers are warm but not terribly hot and the
winters are very mild. The ocean acts as a great insulator and provides
very pleasant breezes and the lack of great altitude ensures very little
rain. The sun shines most of the time and the temperatures average
out at around 25º-30ºC. You are unlikely to find bad weather
there, but if you want to check to be sure you can go to sites such as
Holiday Weather for more information – you will almost certainly be happy
with what you find.
Antiquity - Greece
has one of the oldest and most fascinating histories of any country on
the planet. While there you should definitely check out some of the
impressive world heritage sites. The best idea is to simply order
a tour from your hotel or resort, which will take you all the way there
where you can harvest all the facts from the mind of your guide.
Where you can visit obviously
depends where in Greece you end up. If you have a chance one of the
must visit places is Delphi, near Athens, where historical archaeological
sites such as Pithia and the Temple of Apollo are just waiting for you
to discover them. If you feel like a little more adventurous you
could leave the mainland and visit Rhodes, which has some of the most amazing
fortresses and historical sites on the planet.
There are a number of cheap
ways to get to Greece, depending on exactly what you are looking for.
You have two major choices: build your own package or use one of the pre-assembled
online packages. The latter is almost always the cheapest option
unless you are electing for a completely bare-bones package. The
former involves visiting cheap airline sites such as ryan-air.com and then
booking your accommodation separately. This does offer a lot of customizability
and freedom although it often can turn into a major headache, which you
really don’t want on your few days of freedom. The best idea is usually
to elect for a package holiday, such as those offered by directline holidays,
which will take care of everything for you. The best thing about
these kinds of packages is just how easy they are – they are tried, true,
and well supported. There will be people you can speak to in English
and plenty of activities easily booked. Almost more importantly,
the fact that these package holidays are well established usually makes
them a lot cheaper than the alternative.
- The currency in Greece now is the Euro, which makes your life a lot easier.
You will never get a rate that good but is should be pretty close.
You can also quite easily take your credit/debit card instead of changing
all that cash – there are plenty of ATMs and most merchants accept cards.
You only really need cash for the myriad small trinket and food stores
you will certainly find scattered around. Restraunts and food in Greece
are generally much cheaper than they are back home – particularly if you
go a little off the beaten track to find that authentic flavour.
There are plenty of review sites available to you online – you just have
to go looking. You really don’t need any shots or any major preparation
to visit Greece – it is a very modern country – just make sure you get
your travel insurance and you will be fine.
There is little else to say
in this short guide – in summary, hunt for good package deals, pack light,
take cards, and make sure you wonder off the beaten track a little – you’re
sure to have a great time!
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