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I know, it's fun to visit the major places in Greece, but I also want to start exploring some of the more obscure places - the beautiful parts of Greece that tourists tend to overlook. I have been asking around and people have told me the following:

1. Go to Greece in an off peak time, like in the winter. Maybe even try skiing!
2. Visit a monastery or two while in Greece - they tend to be quieter.
3. Head to places like Naxos where you can enjoy a Greek island without all the crowds.

I open open to more suggestions! Other islands people mentioned were Delos (I think this has to be a day trip) and Tinos. The places you recommend don't have to be islands - I am open to anything.
 
Technically I'm greek , but formally I was born in France . Since I was a small boy, I’ve been dreaming about the day I’ll hit that olive ground from the stories of my grandpa. Let’s get back to reality, right now I’m an adult and seems like I having a job good enough to afford myself a trip to the country of my dreams. I’ve never crossed the border before ,it’s funny ,isn’t it? Regarding to my lack of experience in travelling I left the rest to my girlfriend, she had visited a lot of places with her family. I’ve expected that we would only rent the hotel room in Athens and would suntan nearby Mediterranean sea, I got an expensive amount of knowledge in popular mythology of the ancient Greece, about the culture¬¬- do you know that the beginning of democracy and philosophy at all took a place in Greece. Actually, I’ve been thinking that she made the trip herself, but lately she told me that this particular https://nomadgirl.co company had really been of a service
 
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I know, it's fun to visit the major places in Greece, but I also want to start exploring some of the more obscure places - the beautiful parts of Greece that tourists tend to overlook. I have been asking around and people have told me the following:

1. Go to Greece in an off peak time, like in the winter. Maybe even try skiing!
2. Visit a monastery or two while in Greece - they tend to be quieter.
3. Head to places like Naxos where you can enjoy a Greek island without all the crowds.

I open open to more suggestions! Other islands people mentioned were Delos (I think this has to be a day trip) and Tinos. The places you recommend don't have to be islands - I am open to anything.
I think you are on the right track with this line of thinking! But even in larger islands, like Crete, the island is so big that there are "out of the way" places on that islands alone. Same goes for Athens - there are the touristy areas but there some sections that are more out of the way that are worth exploring.
 
I have always wanted to see Greece in the winter. Apparently, there's even a ski resort within driving distance of Athens? I think that if I went in winter, I would stay in or near Athens - it seems like there would be more options.
 
Paros, Naxos and definitely Delos.
 
I know, it's fun to visit the major places in Greece, but I also want to start exploring some of the more obscure places - the beautiful parts of Greece that tourists tend to overlook. I have been asking around and people have told me the following:

1. Go to Greece in an off peak time, like in the winter. Maybe even try skiing!
2. Visit a monastery or two while in Greece - they tend to be quieter.
3. Head to places like Naxos where you can enjoy a Greek island without all the crowds.

I open open to more suggestions! Other islands people mentioned were Delos (I think this has to be a day trip) and Tinos. The places you recommend don't have to be islands - I am open to anything.
Paros and Naxos these days get super busy in the peak months. Go any other time and you won't have a problem. Athens is another great place to stay and enjoy the Greek lifestyle. Stay away from the touristy places like Plaka and Monastiraki with the trashy tourist shopping. Explore other inner city suburbs like Pangrati, Thiseio, Exarcheia etc. Don't go during August as many shops in these areas will be closed as Greeks head out to the villages and islands. My daughters are in Athens during winter this year and it is busier than ever so definitely a winter destination with lots to do.
Another island you might like to consider that is more out of the way is Ikaria. Amazing natural beauty and the best food I have had in all of Greece!
 

Visit the Cyclades Islands - Information and Tips?

I am thinking of visiting some of the Cyclades islands this summer. I've, of course, already done Santorini and Mykonos. I want to do something a bit different.

I am thinking of the following:

- Tinos
- Naxos
- Milos
- Paros

I have some questions:

- When is the best time to visit? I am thinking of going in September.
- Should I ferry hop? That's probably the best way, right?
- How do I figure out where to stay? I love Airbnb - is that an option in Greece?

Thanks in advance!

Storage Lockers at Ferry Ports?

On my next trip to Greece, I will be using the Ferry. Because I am also going on a cruise, I will have a lot of luggage. I don't need a lot of luggage for some of the smaller trips I will be taking via ferry after it. I am pretty sure I am going to be in Greece for several months.

In trying to figure out how to pack, I realized that it would be helpful if there were storage lockers at the ferries. Are there? I tried looking online and couldn't figure it out.

Last-minute travel tips in Greece

I love to travel to Greece and I do so whenever I can. There's an art to it, though, and I am never really going into it "blind". It's a good idea to start by thinking generally about where you might want to go.

Athens is usually the starting point for most travelers, with its iconic Acropolis offering panoramic views and a history lesson all in one spot. If you're a beach lover, head towards the Cyclades for stunning beaches and the classic, postcard-worthy Santorini sunsets. Or, if it's history you're after, the ruins of Delphi or the ancient city of Mycenae will surely captivate you.

Then, we need to figure out how to get where we want to go. For island hopping, the ferries are an experience in themselves – though if you're time-strapped, consider a local flight to get you to the major islands quickly. On the mainland, a mix of car rentals and public transport can be efficient and economical, especially when visiting sites off the tourist map. Keep an eye on the schedules and book in advance if possible to save time.

Sometimes I rent a car, to be honest it's the easiest for me.

The rest of the details tend to sort themselves out. For example, you can book your lodging as you go along, especially off-peak.

Tips for Traveling to Greece on a Budget

Traveling to Greece is a dream for many, conjuring images of stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and vibrant Mediterranean culture. However, experiencing the wonders Greece has to offer doesn’t have to break the bank. Let's face it - it can be expensive to get there - especially if you are traveling from outside of Europe and during peak season. Keeping these tips in mind, though, can help you cut costs.

1. Travel During the Off-Peak Season

One of the best ways to save money while traveling to Greece is by going during the off-peak season, which is typically from October to April. Not only will you benefit from lower prices in flights and accommodations, but you'll also escape the heavy tourist crowds, allowing for a more authentic experience of Greece's beauty and culture.

2. Opt for Lesser-Known Destinations

While Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini are must-visit destinations, Greece is filled with hidden gems that are often overlooked. Consider visiting the Peloponnese region, Meteora, or even the northern part of the country, like Thessaloniki and the Chalkidiki Peninsula. These areas offer breathtaking views, historical sites, and genuine interactions with local culture at a fraction of the cost.

3. Use Public Transportation

Greece’s public transportation system is both efficient and affordable. Ferries can take you between islands at a good rate, especially if you book in advance. On land, buses and trains connect major cities and regions. Utilizing these options instead of renting a car or taking flights can significantly reduce your travel costs.

4. Savor Local Eats

Another great way to save while indulging in the richness of Greek culture is through its cuisine. Avoid tourist traps and opt for where the locals eat. Tavernas and street food vendors offer delicious and authentic Greek food for much less than restaurants in high-traffic tourist areas. Don’t skip on trying the gyros, souvlaki, and the myriad of seafood options.

5. Stay in Budget Accommodations

Greece offers a wide array of budget-friendly accommodations, ranging from hostels to budget hotels and Airbnb listings. Booking in advance can secure you a better deal, especially if traveling during the peak season. Consider staying in a location slightly off the beaten path; you might discover a quaint neighborhood or a breathtaking beach that’s not swarmed by tourists.

Traveling to Greece on a budget is more than feasible with a bit of planning and some savvy travel hacks. By following these tips, you can immerse yourself in the rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality Greece is renowned for, all while keeping your expenses in check. Remember, the essence of travel is not in how much you spend, but in the experiences you gather and the memories you create.

What to pack for an early spring trip to Greece?

I am going to Greece in April. I have only ever gone in the summer. What's the weather like? I'll be in Athens and on Crete.

I am thinking the weather will be on the mild side, so I should pack light layers. Like a light jacket, short sleeve shirts, maybe a few long sleeve.

Is it suitable weather for sandals and the beach?

Do they get rain? I am trying to figure out if I need to buy a light rain jacket. I know it doesn't rain that much in Greece.

Thanks in advance!
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