Greece is a beautiful country with lots of history, fresh Mediterranean food, sweeping views, beaches, and a charming vibe. It's a must-visit for many people, and there is really no way to have anything less than a lovely time there.

But since there are so many recommendations for everything from hotels to where to eat and what activities to fill your days with, it's helpful to plan ahead.

Here is a travel guide to Greece: 11 things to know while planning your trip.

Visit Plaka And Go To Delphi

According to Time Out, visitors to Greece want to check out Plaka, an area in Athens that allows tourists to see ancient buildings, which will be a cool thing to do.


There are also churches and places to grab coffee and food, along with museums. Check out a cafe called Kimolia Art Cafe which is very colorful and pretty.

Travel Passionate suggests going to Delphi. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Center and the highlight is the Temple of Apollo. There's also an archaeological museum. This will be an awe-inspiring and incredible way to soak up some local history.

Visit Greece In September, June, Or May

According to The Points Guy, the weather is totally lovely in September, May, and June in Greece, so these are months that you want to think about a trip there.

When people suggest what times of year to go to various places, they often bring up what months have the most people visiting, which is a helpful thing to know. The Points Guy mentions that Athens has quite a lot of people in July.

Stay At InnAthens Or MET34 Athens

You'll want to stay in Athens, and one hotel pick is InnAthens. This is a small hotel with 22 rooms, which is really nice and charming. You'll be close to some shops and restaurants, and breakfast will be free of charge as well.

You could also stay at a hotel called MET34 Athens. There is an adorable and lovely street right outside, and if you're a foodie who loves traveling, then this location is going to be perfect for you. The hotel's Trip Advisor page says that it's a close walk to 517 restaurants.

Base Yourself Out Of Athens

Since there are so many things to do and landmarks in Athens, it seems like a good place to base yourself out of while visiting Greece.

This will mean taking some day trips to cool places. According to Santorini Dave, you can take the Blue Star Ferry in Athens and get to Santorini in 8 hours. You could also take a plane, which would take an hour or just under. No matter how you choose to get there, spending a day or two in Santorini would be beautiful as this Greek island has white buildings and stunning blue water.

Enjoy Traditional Greek Mezze At Some Great Restaurants

Atitamos is a restaurant in Athens that has a charming brick exterior. People who have dined there shared on Trip Advisor that they enjoyed the lamb, pork chops, octopus, and calamari.

If you spend some time in Santorini, check out a restaurant called Anemoloos. Order the amazing mezze, which is a combination of dishes or appetizers that are served together, such as dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), meat, and other delicious things such as pita bread, dips, and so on.

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Walk And Take Cabs During Your Time In Beautiful Greece

The Lonely Planet recommends walking around whichever area you're staying in since these towns are definitely good to explore this way.

You can also take cabs, which will be easy to find and not said to be super expensive. Best of all, there should be a "sat-nav system" in the cab that helps the driver get around and locate where you want to go.

The Parthenon And Acropolis Are Landmarks That Can't Be Missed

The Parthenon is a temple that was once a place of worship for Athena, a goddess. According to Brittanicait's been around since the 5th century BCE. You have probably always heard both the Parthenon and Acropolis talked about together. As Nuventure Travels explains, "The Acropolis is the high hill in Athens that the Parthenon, an old temple, sits on... Acropolis is the hill and the Parthenon is the ancient structure."

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Earth Trekkers says that you can get tickets on the website before your trip, and the hours depend on the time of year that you're visiting Greece. If you're there between November 1st and the end of March, it's open from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon. If your trip is from April 1st until the end of October, it's open a bit later until eight in the evening.

The Currency In Greece Is The Euro And It's Good To Exchange Money At Home

According to Frommers, tourists will want to exchange some money at home before going to Greece, as depending on where you are, some towns might be so tiny that they have a single ATM and the machine might not take your bank card. Paying with MasterCard and Visa should be fine.

Related: 24 Things To Do In Greece With Only $200 In The Wallet

Who To Tip says a cash tip of 5-10 percent is good to leave at a restaurant, but this tip could be included, so read the cheque before deciding to leave anything. It's also smart to hand the cash tip to the server.

December Plane Tickets Will Set You Back But A Good Deal On A Flight Can Be Found In February

Cheap Flights recommends booking a February flight for a good deal. If you're planning a trip to Greece in December, it's good to know that this will be a pricey time of year to fly there.

Like with some other places, booking a flight to Greece on Tuesday at 12 p.m. is said to be an affordable option.

Ornos, Mykonos And Navagio, Zakynthos Are Some Of The Best Beaches In Greece

The weather in Greece is lovely and the beaches are some of the world's prettiest. There are two beaches that you can grab a flight from Athens to see.

Trip Savvy says that Ornos, Mykonos is a wonderful beach that works well if you're traveling with your kids or any young family members. The water is totally fine for children. The publication also suggests seeing Navagio, a beach in Zakynthos that is called "Shipwreck Beach." It might not be your best bet for a swim as the water can be rough but the beauty will definitely make up for that.

Grab A Frappe Like The Locals In Greece

Many residents of Greece will enjoy a frappe (an iced coffee drink) and visit with one another. This Is Athens suggests going to Coffee Brewer or Da Capo in order to order a delicious caffeinated beverage.

Next: Athens, Greece: Your Essential Weekend Itinerary