Top Things to See and Do
No visit to Athens is complete without a trip to the Acropolis. Crowned by the Parthenon, This magnificent site stands above the city and can be viewed from almost anywhere in Athens. Watch as its monuments and sanctuaries of white marble gleam in the midday sun and don't miss a visit to the newly designed Acropolis Museum located at its foot.
Located in Nafplio, the Palamidi Fortress displays one of the greatest achievements of Venetian fortification architecture. Nafplio is described as one of Greece's prettiest and romantic towns and is an ideal place to explore ancient monuments. The town is located at a small port beneath the fortress and offers elegant Venetian houses, small boutiques, museums, neoclassical mansions and trendy cafes.
Monastiraki Flea Market
A collection of narrow streets, small squares and busy cafes located in the heart of Athens make up the Monastiraki Flea Market. Spend hours wandering the streets exploring the diverse shops and stalls offering everything from fake designer goods to Greek souvenirs. It is best to visit the market on a Sunday, where locals bring their own bric-a-brac for you to rummage and bargain.
One of the most visited places in Greece, Meteora displays large pinnacles of smooth rock and monasteries that stand atop creating a strange but beautiful landscape. This World Heritage Site holds spectacular views from the top and can be accessed by hiking, biking and driving and for the more adventurous, rock climbing.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Nestled in the southwest slope of the Acropolis, The Odeon of Herodes Atticus amphitheater is home to Athens most majestic stage. During the summer months this stunning open air theater holds performances of dance, music, opera and theater. A list of events and showtimes can be found online.
Stunning beaches, 16th century windmills and one of the best places to find Cyclic architecture, the island of Mykonos can be enjoyed by everyone. The cobblestone streets are crammed with shops, bars and eateries all displaying white washed buildings accented with blue. Mykonos is known for its nightlife with a range of nightclubs and beach clubs guaranteed to stay open until dawn.
Varvakios Agora Food Market
Varvakios Agora Food Market is the perfect place to try traditional Greek cuisine. The huge iron market place is dedicated to meat and fish with surrounding streets dedicated to fruit and vegetables, spices, cheeses and olives. A trip to the bustling markets is not complete without trying traditional dishes of baklava and souvlaki.
Sail the Greek Islands
Each Greek island offers something unique, whether you are searching for a romantic getaway, lively nightlife or a place rich in culture. The most popular way to island hop is by local ferries. However, private sailing tours, day cruises or cruise ships offer an alternative.
The rugged clifftops, whitewashed buildings and clear waters are why Santorini is a bucket list destination for many travelers. Discover the islands traditional villages, local vineyards and eclectic cuisine or visit one of the many beaches to partake in snorkeling or water sports. Spectacular sunsets will also provide you with endless photo opportunities.
Delphi is considered the center of the world by Ancient Greeks and is known to be the most spiritual place in Greece. Built on the slopes of Mt Parnassos, the World Heritage Site of Ancient Delphi sits within a valley of olive trees overlooking the Gulf of Corinth. After visiting Ancient Delphi, a trip to the Delphi Archaeological Museum is a must see and take part in a traditional clay pottery class to make a vase of your own.
Rich in history and culture Thessaloniki is Greece's second city and is full of life and vibrancy. Each neighborhood is unique combining old and new including sites such as the Arch of Galerius, the Archaeological Museum and the busy shopping area of Egnatia. The new waterfront is now a busy place, known for its nightlife packed with cocktail bars and restaurants.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and combines urban scenery with natural landscapes. Crete is famous for its cuisine and presents an array of high class eateries offering traditional foods and drinks. Also admire the beautiful mansions, fountains and elaborate churches along with a variety of museums and stunning architecture.
Last Updated: 10 August 2018
HOW TO GET THERE
There are a number of connecting routes from Auckland to Athens with several airline options to suit your preferences. Connecting flights are available from major New Zealand cities. From Athens, Agean Airlines and its subsidiary airline Olympic Air, operate flights to other destinations within Greece and the Greek Islands.
All travellers to Greece must carry a machine readable passport valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years. Travel advice is available from the New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at www.safetravel.govt.nz
Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days; however, travellers from some nations may require a visa, so double-check with the Greek embassy.
The best way to get around Greece is either by foot, bus or taxi. When travelling within Greece there are a number of domestic mainland flights and when travelling to and between the islands there is an extensive network of ferries.
The Euro (€) is the official unit of currency in Greece. All major credit cards are accepted throughout the cities, however it is recommended to have cash for the smaller towns and islands. ATMs are also available in the large towns and most tourist areas.
Tipping is not essential however, as a guide in restaurants, if a service charge is included, a small tip is appreciated and if no charge is included leave 10-20% of the bill. For taxis round up the fare by a couple of euros. There is also a small fee for handling bags; this is an official charge, not a tip. Bellhops in hotels and on ferries expect a small gratuity of 1€ to 3€.
230V 50Hz. Power sockets of type C and F (An adapter is required).
Prices include community tax and VAT (value-added tax), a 10% surcharge may be added for stays fewer than 3 nights, but this is not mandatory. Fees and inclusions are always subject to change.
Last Updated: 10 August 2018
Weather & Events/Public Holidays
August is the hottest month in Greece with an average temperature of 29°C and the coldest is January at 10°C with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in July. The wettest month is December with an average of 97.6mm of rain.