The many sides of Greece
Picking which Greek Island to visit is notoriously difficult, seeing as there are 6,000 to choose from.
You could go vineyard hopping in Kefalonia, look for the best party on the island in Mykonos or see the ancient ruins of Rhodes, where the steep, narrow streets fill with more donkeys than cars. Then there’s the diverse landscape of Crete, where sandy, palm-fringed beaches are backed by snow-covered mountains, and the black-sand beaches and pastel-coloured villages of romantic Santorini.
Whichever island you pick, you’re likely to find rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and lush hill landscapes thick with olive groves. And away from the coast, ancient ruins and charming traditional villages are usually peppered with whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches.
Greece has some of the best weather in Europe – long, dry summers with poolside-perfect temperatures that kick off as early as April and last all the way to October. There’s little risk of rain, and as many as 12 hours of sunshine a day in midsummer. Things can get seriously hot, though, with July and August temperatures peaking in the early 30s – great for beach-lovers, although dedicated sightseers may want to pick the cooler spring or autumn months.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.