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Greece

Destination Guide

Greece has a special place in my heart. After two summers working on the mainland, I have since gone back to explore some of the islands and have fallen in love with each part of the country I have visited. From the beautiful beaches and the delicious food to the relaxed atmosphere and friendly people, Greece deserves its spot as one of Europe’s top tourist destinations.

There are so many destinations to choose from within Greece that it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. While the younger generation may head to Zante, Crete and Kos in search of a good night out, there are also beautiful quite resorts on those islands for families. For a more sedate trip why not visit the islands of Paros or, my personal favourite, Santorini. If you want to stay on the mainland, Sivota has some beautiful beaches and of course there is so much culture to explore in Athens. Wherever you go, an Aegean wonder awaits you.

Things to See and Do in Greece

See the iconic windmills in Mykonos
Enjoy a cocktail and some sun in Zante
Take in the breathtaking views in Santorini
Try staying in a smaller town - Sivota has amazing sunsets
Enjoy a boat trip in Paros
Swim in the sea at a black volcanic beach like Kamari
Greece Santorini sunset

Stunning sunset in Oia

Santorini viewpoint

An ocean view

What to Expect in Greece

Currency – Euro.

Best time to visit – Whilst Greece has so much to offer,  we would recommend visiting between June and August for the best weather. Make sure to take some mosquito repellent with you though!

Accommodation – There are so many beautiful small hotels to stay in across Greece and the Greek Islands. The Pelican Bay Art Hotel in Mykonos would be at the top of our list of hotels to stay in. It is a beautiful, small hotel located a short walk from the beach. We also enjoyed having a small pool on site for those days when you just want to catch some sun and read a good book!

Food – Greek food is fantastic. Gyros, tzatziki, olives and feta… need I say more? Fresh ingredients, cooked well. A number of the tavernas will offer an extensive menu with dishes from all corners of the world. Stick to the Greek dishes for the most authentic and tasty experience.

Transport – You learn pretty quickly in Greece that public transport doesn’t run on a tight schedule. We would definitely recommend getting to your departure point at least 15min early because all public transport from small buses to large ferries will depart early or late or even from a completely different departure point to what is advertised. When in doubt, double check and ask someone. Even in the peak of summer some of the ferries will only run once or twice a day so make sure not to leave it too late and risk it!

Mykonos Greece

How much will it cost me – Greece can be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it. There are some beautiful luxury hotels which will set you back a small fortune during the height of summer. For better deals, travel at the start or end of the season (e.g. in May or in September). A week’s stay at the Clio Apartments in Zante cost us only €250 for a week B&B in May. The owner will even come and meet you at the airport!

Clock Out Check In’s Top Tips

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Not just beaches and good food Greece is a wonderful destination. With the sandy beaches, great weather and the warm welcome from the locals, it's far too easy to treat Greece as simply a place to unwind. Make sure to get that guide book out too! There is so much history and culture to enjoy which will make your trip even more special.
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Vegans beware Greece is fantastic for great fresh food. The tomatoes can taste so good it makes you wonder what happens to our produce in the UK. Greek food is fantastic for vegetarians (especially if you love halloumi), but vegan options can be more difficult to find in local restaurants.
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Try something new With such a long coastline, Greece is a great place to pick up a new water sport. Try water skiing (easier for beginners) or wakeboarding. If you're staying in a windier destination perhaps have a go at windsurfing and sailing.
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Enjoy a drink? If you're staying in Santorini and love a glass of wine, the Santo Wines wine tasting experience is definitely for you. If you go at sunset then you can see the beautiful architecture below you turn golden whilst listening to live music and enjoying six delicious local wines. One not to miss.

It takes a lifetime for someone to discover Greece,
but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.

Henry Miller
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Alex is a solicitor at an international law firm based in London. He has always loved travelling and loves to eat like a local. His favourite destination is Peru where he spent a month travelling in 2009 with World Challenge.

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