7 Important Things To Know Before Your First Trip To Greece

1. Currency And Credit Card Usage

The currency used in Greece is the Euro (€).

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As currency exchange rates fluctuate daily, double-check them but be aware that the Euro is a strong currency. Always keep some cash handy.

I would personally recommend Visa and Mastercard as, whilst Dinars and AMEX can be accepted, it’s few and far between. You’re much more likely to have better luck with Visa or Mastercard.

2. Tipping Is Not Like It Is In The U.S.

This is an important “tip.” It’s not obligatory to tip in Greece, which to many North Americans is unheard of.

If you do decide to tip — entirely at your discretion — then anywhere from 5–15 percent of the final bill is acceptable.

3. Explore The Nearby Greek Islands

There are over 227 other inhabited Greek islands to explore.

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For example, the Saronic Islands are a cluster of smaller and lesser-known islands, easily reached by ferry from the Port of Piraeus in sometimes less than an hour, making a day trip from Athens possible.

4. Spend Some Time In Athens

Explore places like Anafiotika, an island village within the city located just under the Acropolis rock;

Or take in some of the phenomenal street art with an informative street art tour, learning about each piece’s background and understanding that street art is more than just graffiti.

5. Explore The Mainland

Nafplion, the original capital of Greece, with its cobbled streets, grand mansions, and large squares. At just under 2 hours, it makes for a perfect day trip from Athens.

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The Peloponnese, a 13,359-mile peninsula in southern Greece, is surrounded by water and connected to the mainland by the Corinth Canal or Rion-Antirion Bridge, effectively making the region one big island.

6. Eat Like A Local

With its mix of influences, Greek food is extremely varied, so expect more than just tzatziki and moussaka.

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As a seafaring nation, you can expect fish to be served around the country and the capital, from Michelin-trained chefs to small family tavernas.

7. Beware Of Your Belongings

Pickpockets do operate through the transport network, so just be careful of your belongings.

Don’t leave anything in your back pocket such as money, a wallet, or a phone — some people use decoy wallets to deter any potential pick pockets.

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