Greece: Where Historic Ruins, Volcanic Cliffs, And Friendly Locals Meet The Blue Mediterranean Sea

By Queenie Grangger /

My first trip to Greece was a summer adventure through Athens and Mykonos. I returned again to sail the Saronic Islands on The Yacht Week Greece. There are some islands that are famous for their beaches and natural features, while others have a significant nightlife scene or strong cultural traditions.

Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Greek islands and is famed for its incredible beaches and world-renowned party scene. I spent a week on the island and indulged in delicious food, epic sunsets and some of the best parties I’ve ever been to. Don’t forget to visit the capital, Athens, and explore the Acropolis and the Parthenon!

What To Expect

Language: The official language in Greece is Greek.

Currency: The currency in Greece is the Euro. 1 USD is equivalent to about 0.88 EUR.

Credit Cards and ATMs: You can ATMs all over Greece. Every major town and city will have a couple, and all the inhabited islands have at least one machine. You can use your credit card to pay for most purchases at shops and hotels, but you might come across a few bars that don’t have a working credit card machine.

Plugs: The plugs in Greece are type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.

Safety: While there have been periods of unrest in Greece, I still think it’s a safe destination for solo female travelers. If you’re planning to go sailing or do any adventurous activities in the country, I highly recommend taking our travel insurance, so you’re covered just in case something happens.

The quintessential Mediterranean getaway, Greece can be a gorgeous destination any day of the year. From Thessaloniki to Athens and beyond, there is so much to see in this historically rich, picture-perfect Mediterranean paradise.

Here’s the best time to go to Greece!

Spring in Greece
Months: April to June

If I had to choose one definitive best time of year, I would say that the prime time to see Greece is from mid-April to mid-June. You’ve got perfect weather during spring and you are able to enjoy some peace and quiet before the crowds of tourists show up. While it can still be a bit chilly, areas like Crete, the Peloponnese, the Cyclades, and the Ionian islands are often warm enough for swimming.

Ready for a spring sojourn?

Just watch out for Easter week! It’s an incredibly busy time in Greece. Hotels are often fully booked with Greeks traveling around the country and many of the primary tourist attractions are closed so it’s not the most convenient time to try to explore.

Summer in Greece
Months: July to September

I probably don’t need to tell you that summer in Greece is amazing. With weather regularly pushing 90 degrees and nonstop sunshine, it’s heavenly.

It’s the best time of year to just lie on the beach and forget about the world.

One of Greece’s summer hot spots is Santorini Island where every moment is Instagram worthy. The island is visited by millions every summer. The rich and famous scatter the beaches in the day then party the night away. It’s definitely got something for everyone.

Mykonos is also one of Greece’s top spots for lush beaches and insane nightlife. Lie under the hot Greek sun all day and then party until you drop. On the hunt for something more low key? Check out the region of Heraklion which has a great mix of cafés, restaurants, beaches, and family-friendly spots.

Autumn in Greece
Months: October to December

While we tend to think of Greece as all white sand beaches and endless blue sea, there are some other intensely beautiful colors farther inland. When the leaves start to turn and you can smell that autumn scent in the air, you are ready to explore the other side of Greece.

Fall can be just as stunning as summer but in a totally different way.

Visit in September when the grapes are being harvested and the world-class vineyards are in full swing. Or wait another month and get your hands on some homemade raki from the street stands of Crete.

And let me tell you, fellow foodies, there is no better time or place to eat than October and November in Greece when local olives and other Mediterranean treats are fresh for the taking.

Winter in Greece
Months: January to March

Last but certainly not least, winter in Greece is the perfect opportunity to see the country like the locals do. Take in the café culture in Athens while you chat away for hours over a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. When the sun sets, check out the local nightlife.

Are you into history?

You can visit the suddenly tourist-free Acropolis or the uncrowded, world-famous museums like the National Archaeological Museum and the Benaki Museum. With the endless lines gone and the lower prices, you can see so much more of the city than you ever could have during the summer or spring.

While Athens is great during the winter, the islands are a different story. Many ferries stop running and you won’t find a whole lot to do so it’s not worth the trip unless you are searching for your own deserted island.

Whichever time of year you decide to visit, I can promise you one thing: you will fall in love. The people, the food, and the breath-taking scenery (maybe even a modern-day Greek god) are sure to steal your heart away!

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Queenie Grangger
If you love something - and there are things that I love - you do want more and more and more of it, but that's not the way to produce good work.