Greece is a top travel destination worldwide. With a plethora of things to see and do, it is no wonder more than 15 million people a year go on holiday to Greece. If the beautiful scenery, gorgeous beaches, sunny, clear weather were not enough to draw you in, how about the exciting nightlife and historical sites? Mainland Greece and the Greek Islands are equally popular. Popular spots include Crete, Corfu, Athens, Rhodes and Thessaloniki. If you prefer spots that are more out of the way and less populated by tourists and the sorts of events and activities that appeal to them, you can find quieter, less traveled places of beauty in Greece as well.
The Mediterranean climate is alive and well in Greece. The winters are short and mild. The summers run from April through November and boast hot, dry weather and days and days of sunshine. Occasionally there will be rain showers, but these are short-lived and infrequent. May and June and September and October are the very best months to see Greece as the weather is at its most comfortable and pleasant. From the middle of July to the middle of August, Greece is under the spell of the hottest summer weather.
The bulk of travelers come to Greece between April and October. The traffic peaks July through August. When the tourist season ends, the country’s tourist systems take a break. Athens and Thessaloniki are the arrival points for the bulk of the international flights. But charter and low-budget flights also come in through other European cities and the smaller islands and tiny cities on the mainland of Greece. The tourist season puts many industries on full throttle. Once it ends, things are much quieter.
There are any number of Greek and international hotel booking services. You will most likely be able to book your accommodations online, as most hotels have websites and will take bookings by email, although sometimes a fax is more reliable for communication. Hotels in Greece tend to be simple establishments. Even in the simpler places, the standards of cleanliness are usually good. Rooms usually tend to be small, have air conditioning, and a balcony. The more luxurious hotels can be found in the cities as well as on the more popular islands, but it is not too common and does not always represent a good value for your money.
Greece offers many unique and quality local products, although it is not known for its shopping. Local handicrafts, local wines and spirits, leather goods, lace, jewelry, metalwork, pottery, knitwear, and rugs are all special purchases. Referred to locally as Tarverna or Estiatorio, restaurants there are widespread because dining out is so common. English-speaking people on holiday in Greece need not worry about language barriers too much, as English is widely spoken in the shops and in restaurants. You can find excellent Greek restaurants in highly visited tourist areas, particularly in areas that are popular with Greek tourists as well.