Greece Travel Guide

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Greece is located at the south end of the Balkan Peninsula in southeast Europe.  It is bordered to the east by the Aegean Sea and Turkey, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece shares land borders to the north with Albania, FYROM (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), and Bulgaria. 


The capital of Greece is Athens, with all its fascinating history and must-see sites such as the Acropolis and Parthenon.  The currency of Greece is the euro.

Mainland Greece and the Greek islands are very popular holiday destinations, enjoying a temperate climate, with mild winters and hot and dry summers.  There are hundreds of islands, only a small percentage of which are inhabited.  A few of the popular Greek island holiday destinations include Crete, Santorini, Corfu, Lesbos, and Rhodes. 


Greece has a wide array of holidays and activities on offer.  There is something to suit all tastes, whether you prefer the beach, the mountains, sports activities and adventure, sailing the seas, or a culture holiday exploring museums and ancient history and sites such as the Parthenon and Acropolis.


Greece is quite mountainous, and its highest peak is Mount Olympus, with all its magic and associations with Greek mythology. The mountain ranges in Greece provide excellent outdoor activities year-round – and even skiing at the many ski areas and resorts.
Visitors to Greece should be mindful that rowdy and drunken behaviour is not tolerated by the Greek police!  It has been known for visitors to be arrested for seemingly harmless pranks such as ‘mooning’.  It is not uncommon for the Greek police to impose hefty fines or prison sentences.  Keep in mind also that intoxication could lead to denial of any related claims on your travel insurance!

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website contains excellent and updated travel advice as part of their ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign.  Always visit their website for updated travel information and to check for any travel advisories before booking travel.


European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.



Disclaimer: While we have tried to ensure the information in this Travel Guide is correct we do not accept responsibility for any inaccuracy or the content of external links.

Inclusion in this Travel Guide does not guarantee travel insurance is available in any country at any given time. Travel Insurance is not available in countries where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an advisory against travel.

We strongly advise a visit to the FCO website for updated travel information and general travel advice before you book and pay for any travel.