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About Greece

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

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

Facts

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]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri
– Epiphany, January 6, Wed

March

– Clean Monday, March 14, Mon
– Independence Day, March 25, Fri

April

– Orthodox Good Friday, April 29, Fri

May

– Labor Day, May 1, Sun
– Orthodox Easter Monday, May 2, Mon

June

– Holy Spirit Monday, June 20, Mon

August

– Assumption Day, August 15, Mon

October

– The Ochi Day, October 28, Fri

December

– Christmas Day, December 25, Sun
– Synaxis of the Mother of God, December 26, Mon

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