Greece

Every traveler has a burning desire to visit Greece!

Of course, they would! Greece is full of history, architecture, food, and stunning landscapes. The total number of islands that make up this country is listed in the thousands although we generally only hear about a few of them. There are also plenty of things to see on the mainland as well.

Cities of Interest

There are so many amazing places to explore in Greece. To see more about individual cities, click here.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Greece is from May to September; however, this is the most crowded time of year, so keep that in mind. If you were to ask me, my favorite time to visit is in October or May. The crowds are not as crazy and the weather is warm during the day and chilly at night.

Weather

There is no bad time to travel to Greece; however, there are some things to keep in mind weatherwise.

Winter: December through February, is very cold in the northern part of the country and a little milder in the south. If you are an avid skier, January is a good month for you to experience the height of the season. Carnival starts in February which livens up the drearier winter days.

Spring: March through May brings rain and some warmer temperatures. Although the water is still a little chilly there is a lot that can be enjoyed. May is typically less expensive and more crowd-free and offers warmer days with little cooler nights.

Summer: June through August brings warm temperatures and rising crowd levels. Let me be honest, this is not a good time to visit Greece. During July and August, the weather is sweltering and you will feel like you are basting in your juices… Seriously though, if you want to enjoy your time in this incredible county, don’t go during this time.

Fall: This is my favorite time to visit. September is still very warm and there are some crowds in the more frequented places but it is starting to wane. October offers warm days and cool nights. Most of the crowds are gone and there is little rainfall. Don’t worry about daylight, there are still about 11 hours so you can enjoy long explorations.

Here is a map of the places I visited during my time in this amazing country. For complete downloadable itineraries for each place, head over to Downloadable Guides and click on Greece.

Downloadable Guides and click on Greece.

Flag:

The beautiful Grecian flag holds many traditions and symbols. Nine stripes represent nine syllables of the Greek phrase Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος which means freedom or death. The blue color symbolizes the color of the sky and sea, while the white stands for the purity of the Greeks’ struggle for freedom. Finally, the white cross in the top left corner symbolizes the Greek Orthodox religion.

Topography:

Are you one that could live at the beach? Do you ever wish for a change of scenery to a different beach? Well, Greece has 8,498 miles of coastline for you to choose from!

Greece Fun Facts:

  • Most of the traditional Greek names given to children are taken from religious saints. Therefore, whenever the church celebrates a particular saint, the person that shares that name will also celebrate his or her “Name Day” as if it is a second birthday.
  • There are about 6,000 islands in the Greek nation. Crete is the largest at 3,219 miles and Paxos is considered to be one of the smallest at 6.24 miles long and 2.23 miles wide.
  • While visiting Greece you will see the “Evil Eye” everywhere. This is to ward off the curse of anything from jealousy to anger. It has been said that it causes the receiver bad luck or to even suffer illness.
  • Ancient Greeks were terrified of beans… Yes, legumes, the things you get on the side when you order tacos or, well, anything else. They believed that fava beans might actually contain the souls of the dead since they were “flesh-like”… In fact, the fella that invented the Pythagorean Theorem that you learned in school, Pythagoras, actually refused to eat kidney beans because he saw them as a symbol of death.
  • There are over 179 million olive trees in Greece, and they are the world’s third largest producer of olives. That equates to nearly seventeen olive trees for every one person.

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