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Travel information about Greece

Greece is a nation located in southeastern Europe with various islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. The total area is 131,957 km2 (50,949 sq mi) and with the estimated population of 11,183,716. Greece has beautiful beaches, sunny summer weather, historical sites, and natural beauty that draw the visitors. Go kite surfing, wreck diving, and rock-climbing, or simply hop into a boat and discover the blue and sparkling seas.

Capital city of Greece: Athens

Closest neighbors to Greece: Closest neighbors of Greece are Albania on the north, Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria, Turkey on the east, and Italy on the west.

Best times to visit Greece: Best time to visit Greece is outside the mid-July to end of August peak season where the weather is warm. Autumn is beautiful, and the sea is balmier.

How to get to Greece: Direct and nonstop flights from the US to Greece are served. There are also direct flights from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.

Visa requirements for Greece: US nationals are not required to have a visa upon entry for up to 90 days of stay. However, a passport which is valid for 6 months and a return ticket is required.

Currency of Greece: Euro (EUR) is the currency of Greece.

Official Language of Greece: Greek is the official language of Greece.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece

There are 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece and 14 on their tentative list.

Cultural (16)

  • Acropolis, Athens (1987)
  • Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina) (1996)
  • Archaeological Site of Delphi (1987)
  • Archaeological Site of Mystras (1989)
  • Archaeological Site of Olympia (1989)
  • Archaeological Site of Philippi (2016)
  • Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns (1999)
  • Delos (1990)
  • Medieval City of Rhodes (1988)
  • Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios (1990)
  • Old Town of Corfu (2007)
  • Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika (1988)
  • Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos (1992)
  • Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus (1988)
  • Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae (1986)
  • The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos (1999)

Mixed (2)


Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.