Greece

Greece

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Getting There | Safety/Security | Health | General Tips


 

Greece has an ancient culture that has had a significant influence on the arts, language, philosophy, politics, and sports of western society, including the genres of comedy and drama, western alphabets and the Olympics. Visitors are drawn to the country's beaches and reliable sunny weather, its nightlife, historical sites and natural beauty. Greece is inexpensive and the people are very friendly. 


 

Getting there


 Plane


These four airports in Greece take scheduled flights, Athens, Thessaloniki and Iraklion. The rest of the airports operate charter flights such as you would get with package holidays.

 

 Trains


Trains travel daily between Thessaloniki and Skopje in Macedonia. There is also a Moscow service from here in the summer time.

 

 Bus


Buses travel between Athens and Sofia in Bulgaria.

 

 Ferry


Ferries go from the Italian ports of Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice. There are also ferries from Saranda in Albania to Corfu.

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Safety/security


Violent or sexual assaults in Greece are quite rare. If there is an attack on a tourist it is usually by another tourist in one of the party resorts on the islands. Remember that the alcohol servings can be quite strong here and know your limit.

 

The roads can be quite dangerous here so take care. Do not hand over your passport when hiring a vehicle and take some pictures yourself of the car before you leave.

 

For more tips on staying safe, visit our security section. 

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Health


The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.

The emergency number is 112.

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General tips

 

Avoid August as it's too hot and crowded. Greeks take the month of August off and head to the coast.

 

Campsites are great value in Greece with many amenities. Restaurants stay open late, sometimes after midnight.

 

Try the ouzo, a local spirit. It tastes a bit like sambuca, but stronger.

 

Cans of beer in shops and markets are very cheap.

 

For travel tips on packing, camping, flying and much more, visit our travel tips section. 

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Citizens of the E.U. States can live and work in Greece with no restrictions as well as Romanian and Bulgarian citizens. Croatians still must secure work visas.

 

Non EU citizens must secure work visas.

 

It must be noted that Greece has the highest unemployment rate in the EU and securing a job here will be very difficult.

 

Wages are quite low whilst the cost of living continues to rise. 

 

Click here for more information on visas. 


It is compulsory to vote in Greece.

 

Greece has over 2000 islands.

 

The Greeks have the largest shipping fleet in the world.

 

40% of the population of Greece live in the capital, Athens.

 

Greece is the world’s leading producer of sea sponges.

 

Feta cheese, which is made from goats milk, is Greece’s national cheese. 

Population: 11500000
Climate: Mediterannean, Temperate, Alpine
Currency: Euro
Language: Greek
Religion: Greek Orthodox
Sport: Soccer,Basketball
Capital city: Athens
Drives on: Right
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