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Destinations / Europe / Greece

Locations | Nomos 14 | Settlements 32 | Island Groups 6 | Islands 17 | Beaches 1 read moreminimise
Destinations / Europe / Greece
Seaports: Customs Port of Entry Port/Marina Mooring

Airports: International Domestic/Regional Private

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[updated]: {3/19/2020 7:21:51 AM}
Athens City
Chania Town
Chios Town
Chios Island Island
Corfu Town
Corfu Island Island
Corinth Town
Cyclades Island Group
Dodecanese Island Group
Glyfada Suburb
Ionian Islands Island Group
Ios Island
Iraklio City
Itea Town
Kalamaki Suburb
Kalamata Town
Kalimnos Island
Kastellorizou Island
Katakolo Town
Kavala Town
Kefallonia Island
Kos Town
Kos Island Island
Lavrio Town
Lefkada Town
Lefkas Island Island
Lesvos Island Island
Limnos Island
Mykonos Island
Myrina Town
Nafplion Town
North Aegean Islands Island Group
Patras Town
Piraeus Town
Preveza Town
Pylos Town
Rhodes Island Island
Rodos Town
Santorini Island
Saronic Island Group
Spetsai Island
Sporades Island Group
Symi Island
Syros Island
Tinos Island
Vathi Village
Volos Town
Zakynthos Town
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Alerts & Warnings > Exercise normal safety precautions

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Seasons & Weather

Greece’s climate is varied but can be generally classified as a Mediterranean climate even along the coast. Summers are dry and hot with about 7 months of almost constant sunshine usually between April and November. The rest of the year is generally much cooler and sees a period of rainfall from November until the end of March or beginning of April. Occasional showers do occur during summer however they are brief and are uncommon.
Spring and autumn weather is the most pleasant, while the summer is hot and dry. Winters are mild in Crete and Rhodes and cooler as one moves north as well as inland. The prevailing summer winds are northerly. The seasonal wind of summer, called Etesian in Greece because of its seasonal character, but better known by its Turkish name Meltemi, sets in about May and lasts until September. It blows at its strongest in July and August when it can reach force 7 and even 8 on occasions. Violent storms occur only in winter, February being a particularly bad month, but overall the weather is pleasant and extreme conditions are rarely known.

Boat Cruising Seasons

Greece’s best weather is from May to June and September to October when it is pleasantly warm and the northern meltémi winds provide a cooling breeze. However from about mid-July to mid-August temperatures rise and the sun can be very strong so heavy or outdoor activity is generally avoided. Although most tourists arrive in summer to enjoy the warm weather and beaches, the off season during November to February is also a great time to visit as temperatures are mild and the country is far less busy, however it’s not exactly beach weather either.

>See Greece marine weather service for more information:

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Time zone

UTC +2
DST (Daylight Saving Time)> UTC + 3: from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

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112 - General emergency number (ambulance, police, firefighters)
100 - Police
199 - Fire Department
166 - Ambulance
108 - Coast Guard

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Driving: right side
Electricity: Type C and F, 230V / 50Hz

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GR +30 (0) IDC (International Dialing Code)
Mobiles: For cell phones, dial both the cell prefix (a four-digit number beginning with "69") and the telephone number from anywhere in Greece.
21 n nnn nnnn (Athens numbers called from within Greece)
+30 21 n nnn nnnn (Athens numbers called from outside Greece)

Landlines: Area codes now have to be dialed even when you are dialing locally.
21 n nnn nnnn (Athens numbers called from within Greece)
+30 21 n nnn nnnn (Athens numbers called from outside Greece)

Phone/WIFI Coverage
Wi-Fi: You can expect to find wifi even in the smallest hotels in Greece. If a hotel with internet connection is not an option, don't despair. Internet cafes and cafeterias or restaurants with free WiFi can be found by the dozen in every large and small town in Greece.
Phones/Communications: Prepaid SIM cards are widely available and can be used with an unlocked international mobile phone.

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EUR € Euro, 100 cents per euro
Major credit cards are widely accepted at restaurants, shops, hotels, car-rental firms, travel agencies and petrol stations.

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Work/Business Hours

Generally shops and stores in the center of the large cities are open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm but this time may vary for suburban stores or remote areas. By low, shop and stores are only allowed to open on Sundays only during the tourist season, from May to September. During the rest of the year all business will be closed on Sundays.

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