A flavourful melting pot of sparkling nightspots, fresh seafood, sizzling Mediterranean passion and mythical legend, Greece is a fascinating and enchanting destination. The country has long held appeal for travellers, who decamp to its shores to lounge on beaches, explore ancient relics and take advantage of the legendary Grecian hospitality.
At a glance
Full Name: Republic of Greece
Capital City: Athens
Area: 131,990 km
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2
Country Dialling Code: 30
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Corfu’s Old Town, Meteora, Rhodes’ Old Town, Athens, Birdwatching, Delphi, Discover the Cyclades, Epidaurus, Hellenic Festival, Hit the beach, Karst caves, Knossos, Lake Plastira, Monemvasia, Mount Athos, Mycenae, Olympia, Sailing, Samaria Gorge, Watersports
Money and Costs
Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.
AED =0.23 €
In Greece, people celebrate the “name day” of the saint that bears their name rather than their own birthday.
Greeks do not wave with an open hand. In fact, it is considered an insult to show the palm of the hand with the fingers extended. Greeks wave with the palm closed.
A large amount of the Greek population are superstitious.
Greece has more goats than any other country in Europe.
Santa Claus is Greek.
13% of the English Dictionary is derived from Greek words.
Best time to go
Low Season (Nov–Mar)
Many hotels, sights and restaurants shut, especially on islands. Accommodation costs up to 50% less than in high season. Ferry schedules are skeletal. Temperatures drop; Athens and Crete can see snow.
Shoulder (Apr, Sep & Oct)
Accommodation prices can drop by 20%. Temperatures are milder. Internal flights and ferries have reduced schedules. Few crowds.
High Season (Easter & May–Aug)
Everything is in full swing and transport is plentiful. Accommodation sometimes costs twice as much. Crowds and temperatures soar.
Rockwave Festival (January – July)
Anastenaria Firewalking Festival (May)
Acropolis Rally (Mid June)
Hellenic Festival (June)
European Music Day (Mid June)
August Full Moon (August)
Assumption Day (August)
Thessaloniki International Film Festival (November)
Greece tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days.
Embassy of Greece in Abu Dhabi :
31st street,Al Muroor Area, Behind Bangladesh School, Tel : +971 2 449 2550, Website : www.mfa.gr/missionsabroad/en/uae-en
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