Greece is a traveler’s paradise. The weather is temperate. The people are very friendly and outgoing. The food is very different than you find in other countries, but easy to adapt to and enjoy. The roots of western civilization are deep here and one can spend hours in museums and historic centers. There is an endless variety of natural beauty. All of this makes
The best time to Travel
Another reason to avoid the high season, is that many Greek hotels require cancellations up to 30 days before arrival. If you arrive and find you do not like the hotel you have booked (and this has happened to us) you may not be able to do much about it. For this reason, it is often best to book for only 1-2 days and then look around. However, you may not be able to do this if you arrive in the peak season of July or August, since in popular places such as Santorini or Mykonos, hotels will fill up.
The Travels Wise team recently traveled to Greece at the end of the tourist season to experience the change first hand. Click here to read, When is the Best Time To Travel Greece ?
Typically the frequent way to get to the islands is with Ferries. Travel by Greek Ferry is typically a great pleasure. They are usually ontime and comfortable. Although, in rough weather, many people can experience sea sickness. Some Greek ferries can be very basic and others very luxurious, with dinning rooms, vip rooms with bars and lounges. It is also possible to book sleeping compartments which can be very comfortable. Many budget travelers sleep in the reclining chairs or even outside on the deck. Greek Ferry travel can be fun and adventurous, but it is not for everyone. Also, these days, there are discount Greek airlines that can be less expensive than Greek ferry travel and this should be considered (see Agean Airlines on the page European Discount Airlines). Greek Ferry schedules often are not published until a few weeks before departure.
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* Meteora: Towering rocks, many with a monestary built on top.
* Mt Athos (Ayion Oros): The center of the Greek Orthodox Church. Like a Greek Vatican but for men only.