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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Greece

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Greece that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Greece Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Greece / Hellas Capital: Athens Population: 11305118 GDP per capita: $28433 Human Development Index: 0.855 (22nd in the world) Time Zone: EET (UTC+2) Drives in the right Religion: Orthodox 97%, Muslims 2%, Others 1% Ethnic groups: Greek 94%, Albanian 4%, Others 2% Telephone Code: +30 Area: 131990 sq km Language(s): Greek Highest Mountain: Olympus 2917m President/Head of State: prime minister George Papandreou Government:(Socialist party) Currency: Euro ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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CRETE - what to do with your CHILDREN AREA OF RETHYMNON In the town: public garden – venezian harbour + fortress – some museums in the old town – Market every Thursday – Pirate cruise staring at the harbour Cart at Cambos Pigi – old villages in the green Gorge of Mili – Minoan Cemetery Armeni – The Lake of Kournas – horse riding in Georgioupolis – the fisherharbour of Georgioupolis – Waterfalls of Argiropoulis – west-south Crete the beach of Elafonissi – caves of M ... more


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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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Getting there and away
You can get there and away using mostly 4 ways.
The bus station of Athens is not in a very convenient place (kifissos) and you will need to take another bus or a taxi to go in the center of Athens. But buses themselves are not quite good either. You might exprerience quite often a driver smoking in the bus and of course through the air conditioning system the smokes gets to your seat also. Generally they are clean and fast.

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants There are plenty of restaurants in Athens. Some are good for their traditional meals some others for their nice view. In the latter category you will find restarants up to the lycabetus hill (quite expensive :standard course price is at least 20 euros per person). In the former category you can visit places in the plaka region exactly under the Acropolis hill. But you shouldn't except something unique as all of those places are used to survive on tourists and so their meals a ... more

Money and Costs

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Currency: EURO, Exchanging Money: in all banks at the weekdays from 8:00 to 14:00, ATM everywhere around the city anytime (maestro and cirrus systems widely found), quite a few money exchange cashiers, better prefare the banks, Credit Cards, Tipping: no great need to tip if you are not in a poshy restaurant, Bargaining: bargain is only acceptable in shops with clothes and touristic goods , Costs ...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Visa Requirements

The Hellenic Republic follows the Schengen Agreement provisions.
A list of countries that do not need Visas to enter Greece is available at official website of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
(note: on the top of the page there is a drop-down menu to change the language from Greek to English or French)
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Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.


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Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Events and Holidays

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Climate and When to Go

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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External Links

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Official Country Website:
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General Information
Hellenic National Tourism Organisation

Athens International Airport

Visas and Consuar Servicesmore

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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