Travel Tips

Written on 14 Feb 2014

Below you will find some interesting travel information that might be useful when you design your trip to Greece.
 

Greece at a glance

Capital city: Athens
Currency: As a member state of the European Union and the Eurozone, Greece uses the EU’s common currency, the euro (€)
Time zone: GTM +2, Greece belongs to the Eastern Europe Time Zone
Total population: 10,8 mio
Population Athens: 3,6 mio (metropolitan area of Athens)
Religion: Greek orthodox
Total area: 131,957 km2 
Length of coastline: 13,676 km, out of which 7,500 km surround the thousands of islands in the Greek archipelago
Geography: 80% of the country consists of mountains or hills, making Greece one of the most mountainous countries in Europe 
Islands: approximately 6,000 islands and islets are scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea, of which 227 are inhabited 

 

Language

The official language is Greek. However, the language widely used in the tourism sector is English.

As Greece is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world, a lot of Greeks - especially in the areas of high tourism - are familiar with further foreign languages such as German, French or Spanish.

 

Weather

Greece is a country with long periods of sunshine throughout the year. It has a typical Mediterranean climate: mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Climatologically, the year in Greece is divided in two seasons:  The warm season (April–mid October), characterised by sunshine, high temperatures and seasonal winds, mostly found in the Aegean during August (known as meltemia). The winter season (mid-October-March), when the average temperatures range, depending on the geographic region, between 0-10°C (even below 0°C in northern regions).

Average temperatures during the warm season

Athens: may 21º C, june 25º C, july 28º C, august 28º C, september 24º C

Santorini: may 20º C, june 23º C, july 25º C, august 25º C, september 23º C