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A Quick History
Goddesses, giants and jealousy. What more could you want in a history lesson? According to mythology, Mykonos formed when Hercules battled many giants. After defeating these vicious creatures, he threw them into the Aegean Sea. The giants magically transformed into rocks, creating the island.
Besides Mykonos, there are 167 other islands that have set the stage for many Greek mythologies. Known as the birthplace of advanced western civilization, there's no shortage of artifacts, ancient ruins and museums to explore. The first Olympic games were held here in 776 BC. Wonder if they gave away gold medals?
Greece is more than history, though. It's about experiencing life more slowly. It's about appreciating your food and drink. And maybe, most importantly, it's about sitting around the table with loved ones and *new friends.
*Footnote: New friends might mean humans or cats. Yes, it’s true, there are lots of cats who call Greece their home.
What to expect
Language: Greek is spoken all over Greece. But since it’s a tourist destination, you’ll have no problem getting by with English. But locals love it when you learn a few Greek words. Give it a shot!
Money: Greece uses the Euro. Currently 1 USD = 0.89 Euro. Credit cards will be accepted at most major hotels and restaurants but if you’re wanting to experience a slice of local life, cash is king. ATMs can be found in nearly every town, so if you’re running low on Euros, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Safety: The Greek Islands have a pretty great reputation for safety.
Power: Greece uses Type C and F plugs. Bring a universal plug. It will become your new best friend.
Wifi Speeds: Greece averages a 9.64 Mbps. Not so bad when you finally peek above your laptop screen to see the beautiful blue Aegean Sea ahead of you.
When TO Visit
Off Season: Spring (mid-April to mid-June) or Autumn (September to mid-October).
High Season: Summertime comes with inflated prices, tourists and heat waves of 100°F.
Language & Food
GREEK PHRASES TO KNOW
Yes = Né (Sounds like no in English)
No = Ókhi (Sounds like okay in English)
Thank you = Efharisto (Eff-har-e-stow)
Good morning = Kalimera (Kali-mair-ah)
Good evening = Kalispera (Kali-spare-ah)
TIPPING & MUST TRY FOODS
5-10% - if no surcharge is added to the bill already
Dolmades - Stuffed vine leaves (usually vegetarian)
Saganaki - Fried cheese appetizer
Souvlaki - Meat skewers
Mousakka - Pasta free lasagna
Taxi: Found everywhere on every island. Ask the prices before you get in, or make sure the meter is on. Some popular destinations have a set from from airports or ferries. Most cities double the fare from Midnight - 5am.
Bus: Popular islands and cities have major bus terminals. Tickets can easily be bought at the counter and wait times usually aren’t too bad.
Renting a car: Multinational car rental companies are found near most airports. Renting a small car can cost $40-70 USD per day (including insurance)
Ferries: Blue Star Ferries is one of the most popular companies, serving fast, long-haul rides between the mainland, the Cyclades, the northeastern Aegean Islands, Crete and the Dodecanese.
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