Whitewashed villages, rich green landscapes and white-gold beaches make Greece one of the most striking sights in the Mediterranean. Add to that a generous scattering of remains from ancient civilisations and millennia-old myths, and it’s easy to see why Greece’s mainland pulls in the crowds.
You’ve got Halkidiki’s 300-mile coastline stretching far out into the turquoise Aegean Sea, its three-fingered peninsula a patchwork of olive groves and Instagram-worthy beaches. The tranquil Peloponnese, however, is a heavyweight for history buffs with sites like Mycenae (of Homer’s Odyssey fame) and Olympia, home of the stadium that hosted the very first Olympic Games.Then there's the Athenian Riviera, a stylish slice of coastline close to the capital with Blue Flag sands and luxe beach clubs.
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 restaurant staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.