About Greece

Greece is a country located in southeastern Europe. It was founded on February 3, 1830.

History [Founded on February 3, 1830] • Capital [Athens] • Government [Parliamentary Democracy] • Currency [Euro (€) EUR ] • Language [Greek(official)] • Religion [Greek Orthodox, Muslim] • Electricity [220V, 50Hz (European plug)] • Time Zone [UTC +2] • Country Code [+30] • Internet TLD [.gr] • Emergencies [Dial 112]

Greece Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Greece and find the best things to see, do and experience in Greece even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of AthensParthenon construction in Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece shot in blue hour with moon in the sky.

Caryatids, erechtheum temple

Caryatids, erechtheum templeCaryatids, erechtheum temple on Acropolis of Athens, Greece.

Monastiraki square

Monastiraki squareMonastiraki square and Acropolis in Athens,Greece.

Odeon theatre

Odeon theatreFamous Odeon theatre in Athens, Greece, view from Acropolis.

Map

Tipping

Hotel –  Porters 1 Euro per bag, Housekeepers 1  Euro per day
Restaurant – 5%-10% of the bill.
Tour Guide – 10-20 Euro
Taxi Driver – 5%-10% of the bill.
Spas – No Tipping expected.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Euro with symbol: € = 100 cents
Euro Notes denominations (€):5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Euro Coin denominations(€): 2, 1
Euro Coin denominations(Cents):1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places, all cities and towns and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. In Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.

Banking hours

Mon to Thurs: 0800-1430
Fri: 0800-1400

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.