The best resorts for a beach holiday in Greece are undoubtedly the islands. Crete is considered one of the best resorts in the country with fairly affordable prices for holidays. The islands of Rhodes, Corfu and Santorini are also popular. Tourists love to relax in the Gulf of Kallithea and on the Halkidiki peninsula. If you are interested in sightseeing holidays, then you should go to Athens. And for shopping, namely for the purchase of a fur coat, it is best to go to Kastoria.
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Brief information about the country
Greece is located in the southeastern part of Europe, on part of the Balkan Peninsula. Also, the territory of the country includes about two thousand islands, which are adjacent directly to the peninsula and to the coast of Asia Minor. In fact, one fifth of the territory of Greece is precisely the islands. Greece borders on Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania. It is washed by such seas as the Mediterranean, Ionian, Aegean and Libyan.
The capital of Greece is the ancient city of Athens. Other major cities are Thessaloniki and Piraeus.
Time in Greece is two hours behind Moscow.
- June to August is the dry and hot season;
- December to February is the wet and fairly warm season.
The official language in Greece is Modern Greek, or simply Greek. Most residents of large resorts and cities are fluent in English.
The official state religion of Greece is Orthodox Christianity, but freedom of religion is guaranteed in the country. There are still a small number of followers of the ethnic Greek religion. There are also a lot of Muslims in Greece.
- June to September is the high season with the highest prices. At the same time, July and August cannot be called comfortable months for relaxation;
- October to April is the low season;
- The second half of May – the end of October – the swimming season. In Crete it starts a little earlier and ends later;
- From December to April – the ski season;
- Six weeks after Christmas and July-August is the season of sales. The times of these seasons can change, so this needs to be checked every year.
What you need to know and do before you travel
No special vaccinations are required before entering Greece, however, if you will be vacationing in remote areas, it would be better to get vaccinated against tetanus, rabies and hepatitis A, but this is more a precaution than a necessity. Be sure to bring a softening shampoo with you as the water in Greece is very hard. A repellant cream would be helpful.
The easiest way to get to Greece is by air by plane. Flights from Moscow to Athens are regularly operated by AegeanAir, Aeroflot, S7 Airlines and some others. In the summer, there are more flights, some companies even start operating flights from St. Petersburg. From other cities, you will have to travel by regular flights with a transfer. From Moscow to Athens fly 3.5 – 4.5 hours. The road from St. Petersburg will take about the same.
During the tourist season, there are direct charter flights from many major Russian cities to Greece.
In general, you can get to Greece by train, but this is done in transit, through Belgrade or Sofia. The road in this case will take 90 hours and will cost more than air travel, so this option is better not to consider. Also from countries such as Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia, Greece can be reached by bus.
The flight to Greece is not too long, so it is unlikely to be tiring. If you plan to sleep, then take a blindfold with you – the light in the cabin can interfere with you.
Russian citizens need a Schengen visa to enter Greece. It can be single and double for stay in the country no more than 45 days. Multiple visas are also issued, valid for six months or a year and allowing you to stay in the country for 90 days. There are transit visas – the length of stay depends on tickets and hotel reservations. Usually tourists apply for just such a visa.
To apply for a visa, you need:
- international passport, the validity of which expires no earlier than three months after the intended departure from the country, and a photocopy of all its completed pages;
- If there were Schengen visas in the old passport, then a photocopy of this passport will be required;
- Original and photocopy of Russian passport;
- Two color photos 3×4 without ovals and corners;
- Hotel booking confirmation – if you are traveling separately from a tourist group;
- Original certificate from the place of work with the position and salary, which must be at least 12 thousand rubles. If the salary is less, then an extract from the bank on the state of the account will be required;
- Tourists under 18 will need a copy of their birth certificate;
- If you are not working, a student or a pensioner, then you will need a copy of your student or pension card, as well as a statement from the sponsor paying for your trip;
- A copy of the insurance certificate may be required;
- You also need a special questionnaire filled in English.
If you are traveling with a child inscribed in your passport, then he will only need a questionnaire and two photographs. If the child has his own passport, then the entire set of documents will be needed.
In Greece, you can import duty-free up to 10 kilograms of drinks and food, up to 200 cigarettes, up to 500 grams of coffee and 100 grams of tea, up to a liter of strong and two liters of weak (no more than 22 °) alcohol, video and audio equipment, items for personal use on the amount is not more than 175 euros. Currency over 10 thousand euros and jewelry must be declared.
It is forbidden to import drugs, weapons and ammunition, plants in the ground, animals without a special permit, as well as products containing milk or meat into Greece.