Holidays in Greece have been enjoying unending popularity for years mainly due to its cultural and natural richness, well-developed tourist base and affordable prices. The stereotype of Greece is that for little money you go here to bask in the sun, people are friendly and Greek cuisine is tasty.
Greece is not modern. It has its specific character, and its inhabitants are not intrusive and do not try to be incredibly nice by force, and they have a kind of southern peace in themselves. On the other hand, you have to take into account the disorder and the mountain of garbage, which will remain here and there. The Greeks are not the cleanest nation in the world, but if you turn a blind eye to some shortcomings, then you can spend your vacation quite nicely.
To be able to make an informed decision about spending your vacation in Greece, choosing the best travel agency and booking accommodation and most importantly the perfect city or island for us you need to consult the tourists who have already been on vacation in Greece.
Opinions about cities in Greece
Popular cities in Greece are certainly Athens – the capital of the country, packed with ancient monuments, but also Thessaloniki, Sparta and Corinth.
Everything is associated with attractions for tourists that draw crowds to these locations. The situation is similar on the Greek islands, because it is in their capitals (often of the same name) that there is always the largest crowd of people. These include Chania, Heraklion, Lindos, Corfu or Kos
Something that attracts tourists to these cities are certainly monuments and old buildings. However, there is an opinion among tourists that this type of place is not very good for accommodation.
First of all, it is more expensive, because these are capital cities, louder, because such cities are practically not dying, and crowded. Therefore, they are usually visited as part of trips, and more quiet spots or those closer to the sea are chosen for accommodation.
Smaller towns, according to tourists, have a better climate and a certain charm.
Not very high buildings, whitewashed house facades, narrow streets and small pubs – all this seems more attractive than a holiday in a big city. Maybe these smaller towns are not particularly developed, but they look as if time has stopped in them. And most vacationers want to escape the hustle and eternal rush of big cities …
Something for teenagers, couples and singles
In turn, yet another group of tourists are singles, couples in love and adolescents who come to Greece to selected party cities to experience the holidays of a lifetime.
All other tourists should avoid such places as if they burnt.
There is nothing else in them but 24-hour parties, where alcohol and probably other drugs pour in buckets (sometimes literally). It is loud, sometimes obscene (people walk naked) and a family with young children has nothing to look for there. Among the cities about the party’s opinion can be mentioned: Kavos (on the island of Corfu), Faliraki (on the island of Rhodes), Malia (on the island of Crete), or Laganas (on the island of Zakhyntos).
If you know similar places in Greece, be sure to write reviews about them in the comments. This will help both those who are looking for them and those who want to avoid them in a wide arc.
There were already a few words and cities so now with your opinions let’s move to the beautiful Greek islands.
Opinions about islands in Greece
It is the most popular Greek islands that are the most crowded during summer trips.
The most popular of them are the island of Crete, the island of Rhodes, the island of Zakynthos, the island of Corfu and of course the island of Kos, the island of Lefkada, the island of Santorini and the island of Kefalonia.
However, opinions tend to be that the most touristic and thus the most popular Greek islands are overrated, full of wild crowds of holidaymakers and not very authentic, because they are focused on profit from tourism and not on cultivating tradition and folklore.
Seems legit …
That is why some travelers choose less known small Greek islands that have not yet been absorbed in commercialization.
Such islands are for example: Karpathos, Naxos, Skopelos, Thassos or Ios.
These are places where we can take a break from people, civilization and experience true peace. You can write us reviews about other islands with similar atmosphere in the comments. We are happy to discover more gems.
Which Greek island is the best for a family vacation?
Islands ideal for families with children
Crete and Rhodes have the opinion of islands ideal for families with children. There are sandy beaches on them, so it is a great place for kids. In addition, smaller islands such as Kos, Corfu or Zakynthos are also eagerly chosen for family holidays. They can be toured in one day, there is no shortage of entertainment such as water parks, and it’s warm.
For those who are most interested in monuments and ancient remains, the island of Rhodes or Crete is recommended. A little less to explore is in Corfu or Kos, and in turn Zakynthos has a reputation as a good beach island.
When it comes to a romantic getaway or a honeymoon, the island of Santorini and Mykonos are the most popular. You can also hide in one of the many tiny Greek islands to enjoy yourself only.
Now is the time for opinions on choosing the right accommodation in Greece.
Reviews of hotels, apartments and hostels in Greece
This is a very interesting topic. Opinions about hotels in Greece, generally speaking are not very flattering. Many people claim that they are not very clean, often with outdated equipment, and you can find additional tenants in them – different types of insects.
For this reason, like in Egypt, it is better to choose better (more stars) objects, because their level will be lower than what we know from northern Europe.
It is known that this is not a rule and in Greece, whether on land or on the islands are already modern, well-maintained hotel facilities, but to get it right – it is best to read the opinions of former guests. This applies to both hotels and apartments, or entire homes for rent.
Remember that the Greeks are a southern nation, a completely different type of people whose priority is certainly not cleaning on Saturday; )
It should also be borne in mind that if even the air conditioning was mentioned in the folder or offer, it does not necessarily mean that it will be working.
It is also often accused in a given place – the lack of an authentic Greek climate, because it is another hotel and money from tourists that counts, not the good and the landscape of the village.
Unfortunately, many tourists also complain about theft in hotels and the fact that throwing paper into the toilet bin, not the toilet. The narrow sewer pipes on the islands are almost legendary. However, he recently surprised us on the island of Corfu, in one of the not-new hotels, no paper bucket; )
And there is nothing to count on amazing evening additional attractions. The best of them are dance or singing shows, typically Greek. The rest, however, usually falls below expectations.
Opinions about beaches in Greece
Hotel beaches are cleaned, while the public ones are sometimes full of rubbish. Especially many tourists complain about the beaches of Heraklion. And what are your experiences when it comes to accommodation in Greece? And what is worth eating in Greece? That is a few opinions about local delicacies.
Opinions about what and where to eat in Greece
What all Greece stands for is definitely its food. This is evidenced by the number of pubs we meet at every turn and the fact that it is one of the tastiest cuisines in the world.
There is a lot to choose from the classic tzatziki sauce based on yogurt and cucumbers, through all meat in the form of meatballs or skewers, through casseroles based on vegetables, cheese, olives, ending with Greek salad and gyros.
Among the many opinions of tourists, it was in Greece that they ate the best fish and seafood. Not forgetting about the local wines and other alcoholic products.
It should be honestly added, however, that Greek cuisine can be fatty.
Olive oil is poured here in liters. Maybe healthy, but certainly not easily digestible. We will add from ourselves that Greek dishes are not spiced enough. Not all, because it depends on the place, but the Greeks are not overly exaggerated in terms of spices.
Which places are better to avoid?
As everywhere, of course, you can fill up with uninteresting restaurants, bars and places with not very authentic food. It is known that it is best to go to pubs where the locals sit, but it is not always easy to locate such a place. That is why it is so important to share with other verified addresses of the premises – especially if they are not overly expensive.
Opinions on urban and domestic transport in Greece
Public transport in Greece, well, exists. It’s a good news. However, it is different with punctuality. The main means of transport are buses, but their timetables must be treated rather symbolically.
In contrast, bus stations resemble ours from several years ago. It’s not pleasant, hardly anyone speaks English, and all the rest of the information is written in Greek.
A better solution, and certainly more reliable and faster is the use of local taxis.
By assumption they are not expensive, but it is known that tourists are often scammed.
It is worth checking before the ride how much our ride will cost. Uber operates in Athens.
Trains in Greece
In turn, trains in Greece are not very popular, at least among the Greeks themselves. Yes, we will get to the largest cities in Greece by rail, but these are not the fastest forms of movement.
Ferries in Greece
When it comes to ferry connections, there are a few of them, but we don’t necessarily get from each island to another. To check the connection itself and the exact timetable, travelers advise to visit the Hellenic Tourist Organization’s website and look for suitable transport in the ferry catalog.
Flights and airports in Greece
However, there are no major problems with flights to Greece. The airports are located on most of these most popular islands, and tickets, especially in the summer, can be bought for little money.
And what are your opinions and experiences with public transport in Greece?
Opinions about monuments, museums and attractions in Greece
Greece is the cradle of our civilization. At every step, you can find remains of ancient times. However, there are those that can not be missed and according to tourists reviews you must see for sure – Acropolis, Parthenon and Meteora.
However, when choosing a specific part or island of Greece, we will always find something in the area that can’t be missed – on Zakynthos Wreck Bay, windmills on Mykonos, or on Crete – Knossos Palace.
In general, monuments, museums with great collections and exhibits, and attractions for tourists in Greece are not lacking. Some are in better condition, others in a bit worse.
Guest reviews are different, however, from delight, to comments like that the Acropolis is just a pile of stones. Admission tickets are quite expensive, and most of the things the guide talks about are long gone.
It’s the perfect tour for people with imagination ; )
To all this you need to add queues and crowds, especially if you visit Greek monuments in the full season. It is hot, expensive and crowded … and you have to be prepared for it – after all, you do not look at monuments from thousands of years ago every day.
Price reviews in Greece
Opinions are divided on whether it is cheap or expensive in Greece. Holidays in Greece are cheaper compared to Italy, Croatia or equally popular Spain.
It will be more expensive in places where there are many tourists, which needs to be remembered!
Then prices in Greece may even double. It will be cheaper in less crowded locations, e.g. on tiny, little-known islands. Prices in Greece are often compared to those from Germany, but many people also say that it is only slightly more expensive than on the Baltic or Black Sea.
Two islands are considered expensive – Santorini and Mykonos. Equally in terms of hotels, food and other attractions.
Reviews of all inclusive, first and last minute trips to Greece
Most people choosing to vacation to Greece, give up the all inclusive option, because we will never eat in any hotel cafeteria what a family-run tavern has to offer. Not only that, you can sometimes come across such hotel guests with wristbands (after which we recognize all inclusive) who want to try the local cuisine.
Eating in Greek eateries is not terrifyingly expensive, so you can afford breakfast only (BB). It is also a fact that the Greeks are not known for their abundant all inclusive buffets.
It is also not profitable to choose this form of catering if you intend to explore the area.
When it comes to holidays bought in first or last minute to Greece, it all depends on your needs. Families with children and groups of friends rather book their vacation and holidays as soon as the offer appears.
For this simple reason, because later the coolest hotels are simply all sold out. Some even believe that super last minute trips to Greece practically do not exist, and if there are any offers, they are rather to not interesting hotels and places that nobody wanted to visit. And what are your experiences in this matter?
Opinions about travel agencies organizing holidays in Greece
Share your thoughts on vacation and holidays in Greece. If you belong to those lucky ones who have already had the opportunity to visit Greece, then share your own thoughts and experiences by publishing your own opinions about holidays spent in Greece.
Whatever you think is useful, we and the other tourists planning a trip to Greece are happy to read about it.
It is worth warning each other against unnecessary spending of money, and promoting what is good and worth it.
As a reminder, we provide the current map of Greece so that you can easily locate the places where you have been and which you visited during your stay in this country: