Greece Travel Tips
Greece travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.
Highlights of the Peloponnese
Submitted by M20727The medieval fortress town of Monemvasia, built on strategic rock just off the south eastern coast of the Peloponnese, is an awe-inspiring place. The city has but a single entrance, hence its name (mone – one; emvasia – entrance), and dates back to the 6th century AD. The lower town, with its narrow and winding alleys and stone buildings, is almost completely restored. The upper town on top of the rock is in ruins, except for the church of Aghia Sofia.
It is the home town of the great modern Greek poet ... view more Giannis Ritsos. The town also features in the recently released novel 'The Guardians of Time' by Damian Lawrence.
Peloponnese off the Beaten Track: Mount Taygetus
Submitted by M20727The Taygetus (Taýgetos in Greek) is a paradise for nature and landscape photography lovers. The mountain range – 100 km long and 2,407 meters at its highest point – stretches from the central Peloponnese (Arcadia) all the way down to the Mani peninsula (Cape Tainaro). The peaks dominate the skyline of Sparta.
Numerous small streams wash down from the limestone mountains. The Anakolou gorge above Xirokambi alone counts for 64 springs. The slopes are heavily forested, primarily with Greek fir (Abies ... view more cephallonica) and black pine (Pinus nigra). The mountain is a popular hiking destination and is part of the European walking route E4.
Peloponnese off the Beaten Track: Sparta
Submitted by M20727The remains of the famous classical city of Sparta (Spárti in Greek) lie hidden between ancient olive trees against the impressive backdrop of the Taygetos Mountains. The modern city is within walking distance and is a vibrant agricultural centre with a well visited vegetable market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The small archaeological museum and the informative olive oil museum are well worth a visit.
The city of Sparta was inhabited from ancient times till the 11th century AD, when its inhabitants moved to ... view more the hill of nearby Mystras to protect themselves against the Franks and other invaders. Sparta was rebuilt by – the Bavarian – King Otto in 1831, hence the very ungreek grid-patterned layout of its streets.
Peloponnese off the Beaten Track: Xirokambi
Submitted by M20727Xirokambi, a lively Greek village and home to M20727, is located 15 km south of Sparta in the Peloponnese. Nested at the foot of the Taygetus Mountains, the village forms the entrance to the impressive Anakolou gorge. The oldest stone arch bridge of Europe, dating back to the first century AD, takes one across the Rasinas river.
Current excavations along the road to Xirokambi are indicating that an important Mycenaean centre has been found, possibly the palace of King Menelaos. Locals and visitors gather on the ... view more village square, with its many cafés and restaurants. During the summer months the local amphitheatre fills up with spectators enjoying music, dance and theatre performances.
When to come to the Peloponnese, Greece
Submitted by M20727The Peloponnese, Southern Greece, is a great place to visit all year round due to its mild climate and the limited amount of rainfall. Take a look at the seasonal highlights to see what time of the year fits you best.
Mediterranean Climate The Peloponnese is blessed with a Mediterranean climate, with plenty of sunshine throughout the year. During spring and autumn the temperature is pleasant, and the light particularly great for photography. The summers are hot and the winters are mild. In summertime, a cool ... view more breeze comes down from the mountains after sunset. In winter the same mountains protect the valleys against the cold northern winds. Up in the mountains it’s a different story: Snow caps the peaks till late spring or even early summer. One can even go skiing in the north of the peninsula.
Spring: Flowers – from February till June flowers colour ancient sites; olive groves, fields and mountain slopes; Great skies
Apokries – Greek Carnival; Clean Monday – Start of the Lent celibrated with special dishes, the first picnic and flying kites
Greek-orthodox Easter (main religious festival); 25 March – Independance Day, celebrated with parades; May 1 – Labour Day, celebrated with music, dance and food
Summer: Village festivals; Open air cinema; Outdoor wining and dining; Music and other performances in open-air theaters; Colorful fruits and vegetables; Flowers: oleander, hollyhocks, roses.
Autumn: Great skies, start of the olive harvest (beginning of November). Flowers: cyclamen, crocus; 28 October – Ochi-day, national holiday in remembrance of the refusal of the Greek government to the 'request' by Italy to occupy Greek soil (WWII); Chestnut festivals.
Winter: Olive harvest; Orange harvest; Great skies; Alcyone days – 10 days around; Christmas with perfect and quiet weather; named after the kingfisher bird who lays her eggs in this time of the year; Flowers: cyclamen, orchids, euphorbia.
Guide to Peloponnese Penninsula, Greece
Submitted by M20727The Peloponnese is a large peninsula in the south of Greece, connected to the mainland via the isthmus of Corinth and the bridges over the famous eponymous canal. The peninsula has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Its modern name derives from ancient Greek mythology, specifically the legend of King Pelops who was said to have conquered the entire region. The name Peloponnese means 'Island of Pelops'. The Peloponnese covers an area of 21,379 km². The rugged beauty of its mountain ranges, with peaks ... view more up to 2400 meters, are separated by intensively cultivated fertile valleys.
The flora of Greece is the richest in Europe with approximately 5000 plant species, half of which can be found on the Peloponnese. Of the 950 species unique to Greece, 510 grow on the Peloponnese. Most of these rare and unique plants are located at high altitude – in the mountains of Parnon, Taygetos or Helmos, or in the southern peninsula of Mani.
The Peloponnese is one of the most authentic and welcoming parts of Greece. Despite hosting some of Greece’s most important ancient sites, large tracts of unspoilt nature, beautiful unspoiled beaches and picturesque towns and villages, the number of tourists has remained limited. Along the coast one can find many hotels and camp sites, while inland traditional hotels – often housed in old stone buildings – offer an equally comfortable stay. Although most visitors come to Greece in summer, the Peloponnese is a great destination for visits in spring, autumn and winter as well.
The Peloponnese is a perfect place to discover the traditional Greek kitchen. Many restaurants still cook according to the time of the year. Don’t hesitate to ask for seasonal dishes, which allow you to enjoy freshly picked mountain vegetables in winter, wild asparagus in spring, cheese-stuffed zucchini flowers in summer, roasted chestnuts in autumn, and much more. Kalí órexi!
Money Saving Tip - Skopelos Island
Submitted by M20879Don't forget to book your ferry ticket for the port of Glossa when going to Skopelos Island. The Island has two ports but Glossa port is Cheaper and closer to Skiathos Airport.
Avoid the herd and enjoy the benefits
Submitted by M15390Dear friend,
From our experience traveling out-of-season is a more preferable period for many reasons:
1. Prices and costs are much more reasonable
2. Locals have returned to their normal pace of life so you can experience the original face of the place you visit
3. Beaches, bays, marinas are not overcrowded so you can enjoy them undisturbed
4. You'll face less hassle trying to find a place in the ferry and a place to stay
5. You have better chances to observe and encounter many species like ... view more marine mammals, fishes and birds
6. You have the opportunity to experience holidays, such as Easter, and other festivals where you can discover the essence of the Greek spirit
7. Nature is able to deal with the impact of tourism much more efficiently when it's more evenly distributed throughout the year.
If you are planning travel to Greece or anywhere else in the world, and of course your obligations allow you, choose to travel out-of-season!
Tips for a sailing holiday in Sporades
Submitted by M14914Are you planning your sailing holiday in Greece? Then the Sporades Islands is the perfect place for you. It is located along the Pelion Peninsula in the Aegean Sea. At present, the islands have become a popular tourist destination because of its dappled pine forests. Aside from this, it also has one of the country's cleanest and bluest coastal beaches.
The four main islands attract different types of crowd. For instance, the island of Skiathos is the favorite destination of party animals and young hippies ... view more because of its intense nightlife (from discos and music bars) and beautiful beaches. In fact, the island boasts as having the most stunning beaches in the Mediterranean. Aside from this, Skiathos also has dazzling coves.
On the other hand, the island of Skopelos is for tourists who wanted to see Greece's typical quality; that is, the country and people's natural way of life. Skopelos offers its visitors with historical and traditional tourist spots. Some of these include the Skopelos Town port (which has a beautiful and paved street) and the Glossa. On the island's wooded interior are its aged stone houses and historical monasteries. This forested area was once the island's center of its prune industry.
Meanwhile the Alonissos Island is for vacationers who wanted to have rest and tranquility. The island has been characterized from the group because of its quietness. It is located at the center of the Sporades Islands. This is the sanctuary of the rare Mediterranean monk seals.
A sailing holiday in Greece is a wonderful experience when you are in Sporades Islands. Also, a handful of ports can be used during your sailing holiday. These include the Skyros' Linaria port, Alonissos' Patitiri port, Skopelos port, and the Skiathos port. There are also secondary harbors such as the Steni Vala port and the Loutraki port that can be used.
New Metro Ticket in Athens
Submitted by M18195The Athens Urban Transport Organisation heralded the launch of a Tourist Ticket that offers access to all means of public transport for three days at a cost of 15€. The new ticket, valid as of July 1, will also allow commuters to ride on the No. 400 sightseeing bus run by the City of Athens and it includes the bus service linking the capital with the airport.
Money saving in Athens, Greece
Submitted by M18195The best way to avoid to get rip-off by a taxi driver is to first know where you want to go and then do not bargain or deal the price. All taxis have taxi meters that should be set to tariff 1 and only after midnight, from 01:00 till 05:00, to 2.
When you think the driver is overcharging you tell that you do not have money and go to the reception of your hotel and ask if the price is correct or ask for help to deal with the driver.
When in the city do not believe funny things like after certain time the ... view more price goes up or when entering certain zone the price is changing or the price is changing in certain days.