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Greece has it all, from beautiful sandy beaches to tasty food and friendly people, there is a thousand reasons why Greece should be on your travel bucket list. Greece has over 6000 islands with every island seemingly having its own uniqueness. Whether you like the views of stunning landscapes and natural beauty or exploring unique drinks and delicious foods this country has something for everyone to explore.
Greece is a peninsular and mountainous country located in southern- eastern Europe. Due to its many islands Greece has the largest coastline in Europe with some of the major landscapes in Greece including Oia, Santorini. There are so many beautiful golden beaches and the climate in Greece is a warm Mediterranean climate which gives hot dry summer days from June to August. So if you are not into the scorching temperatures, you may want to consider travelling outside peak season as temperatures are known to reach up to the late 30s during the summer time.
Greece is a destination where all families, couples and singles can flock too as there is so much choice in islands to choose from. Whether you’re looking for an activity packed family holiday visiting water parks and going to the aquarium or you're more into island hopping and lively bars and sandy beaches there is an island here that will suit every type of traveller’s needs.
Flights depart from Dublin to Greece in the summer months. Flights aren’t as frequent to Greece as they are to other sun holiday destinations. Aer Lingus only operates usually from May to September and flights usually depart on a fortnightly basis.
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Many of the Greek islands have a lively nightlife scene so no matter which destination you are staying in you won’t be disappointed when it comes to having fun in the town. If you are looking for bustling bars and nightclubs Mykonos and Corfu are two lively islands great for partying and celebrations. However, if you prefer a quieter nightlife scene Santorini is a beautifully romantic spot.
Dining out is common in Greece therefore there is plenty of dining options available on the Greek islands. From restaurants to food markets there is something tasty for everyone to enjoy. Greek cuisine is known to be amongst the healthiest and finest foods in the world. For a more authentic experience make sure you try out some local cuisine and get involved in tasting their delicious flavourings by diving straight into their Greek cuisine and culture.
Greece has many islands with family friendly activities and beaches. From water parks to aquariums, there is something to keep the whole family entertained. Some of the most popular family islands in Greece are Rhodes, Corfu and Crete. If you are looking for a perfect beach vacation destination with the kids these exciting islands have lots of child friendly activities to explore.
Beaches on the Greek islands are some of the best in Europe! A popular tourist choice is Paradise Beach in Mykonos which is located in the southern part of the Island. This beach attracts all the party lovers due to its golden sand and open aired seafront. This is where thousands of young people flock to each year to swim by day and party by night.
The Greek markets are the best place to visit for the best bargain fashion pieces. There are many mini markets where you can find handmade crafts, antique Greek jewellery replicas, and local wines. There are also many big shopping centres and resort shops which stay open until late in the evening.
Apokreas is Greece’s carnival season which goes on for 40 days and leads up to Easter. This is a time for partying, dancing, eating, and drinking. If you are looking to dive into Greece’s culture and enjoy all the activities during this time Apokreas is a great time to visit. However, during this time it is low season in Greece, so flights are cheaper, and the weather is mild compared to the soaring summer temperatures.
The best time to visit Greece is in high season, between June to August. Temperatures soar during the summer months, and Greece sees many crowds. Beaches are busy and sights and tours are operating fully. However, if you are into less crowds and traditional culture April and May would be a good time to visit but the attractions and connections in some places may not be fully operating till June.
Euro is the currency used in Greece.
Greece is 2 hours ahead of Ireland.
Many tourists choose to travel by ferry if they are island hopping around the country as there is many connections between the islands and mainland during the summer months. Alternatively you can also take the train or bus to explore the islands you are on; however there is nothing like standing on the deck of a boat enjoying the views and having fun in the sun.