Greece is a unique country in Mediterranean Europe offering plenty for budget hostel travelers to see and do at an affordable price. Greek is the national language, but people who work in tourist destinations are typically fluent in English, and many signs written in Greek also have equivalent Latin lettering. If you want, you can learn how to pronounce the letters of the Greek alphabet. It's not as difficult to learn as you might think, and it's fun to decypher names of cities and other words. Your non-Greek friends will be amazed at your ability to make sense of signs written in foreign symbols.
Most visitors to Greece go to the islands. Some of the popular islands are Corfu, Ios, and Santorini, although dozens of other options are available. The Greek Islands offer a relaxed pace, scenic views, and a diverse culture. Just be aware that the Greek Islands are very tourist-focused and are the most expensive part of Greece. You can easily move between the major islands by ferry. Ferries travel between the islands daily and they're comfortable and reasonably priced.
Visiting the mainland will have an entirely different feel compared to the island attractions. Athens is the capital of Greece, and by far the largest city. People around the world are familiar with ancient Greek mythology, which is prevalent in Athens as well as other parts of Greece, such as Olympus. The Acropolis is the center of Athens, which is home to the Parthenon and other structures dedicated to the Greek gods. The Athenian museums host even more mythology and ancient statues. Many other Greek cities display less famous, but just as valuable ancient Greek art and architecture.
Greece is notable not only for ancient religions, but also for current beliefs. Athens, Thessaloniki, and Corinth are just a few of the Greek cities that can be found in the Christian New Testament. In Athens you can walk through the Ancient Agora marketplace that the Apostle Paul preached in, and also the Areopagus, or Mars Hill, where he spoke at a meeting of locals at the time. In Thessaloniki there are also many ruins of similar date. One is an ancient marketplace that may be a location where the Apostle Paul also spoke before being sent to Athens, and later Corinth. In addition to notable locations for ancient mythology and Christianity, science and other educational aspects can be attributed to locations that are now in ruins. For any history or education buffs, a trip through mainland Greece should definitely be on their to-do list!
Greece is one of the less expensive European countries, but offers just as much to see and do as other countries such as France or Italy. Finding a hostel may be difficult in small mainland towns, but hostels are numerous in the tourist Greek islands as well as Athens and the second largest city, Thessaloniki. Most hostels have high standards but are offered at a price that reflect the affordability of the rest of the community.
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I have been three times in Ios, it is sooooo great! Stay the longest time in Ios, you will love the nightlife! Nobody is so dressed up, you can wear your sandals in the clubs and the prices are ok.
I visited Naxos last year, 2002, and I really enjoyed my visit there. It is a village that combines everything. Sea, mountain, antiquities, modern life, good food. Do pay a visit to Apiranthos and Filoti, beautiful mountainous villages. Visit as many of its beaches as you can. Visit the archaiological museum in the …
Athens is lovely. You may be scared by the less than pretty image it sometimes has. BUT the old city is beautiful to wander through. I like nothing better than eating a gyros and wandering up to the Acropolis hill and looking over the night lights of the city. It has its dirty noisy bits, but unlike many clean and …
Mykonos is a beautiful place but full of tourists who don't respect the island at all -- they shout everywhere, they just go to party, and don't appreciate the beauty that surrounds them. Mykonos could be one of the most beautiful places in the Cycladic Islands, but the noise, the filth, and massive tourism is …
I was there with a friend last summer and in principle we were going to stay just one day because a Greek girl told us it was an ugly and stressing island, but we finally stayed there for a week! Paros is a precious island! The cobbled streets are small, clean, and full of flowers everywhere. There's a lot of …
Anybody who visits Santorini will fall in love with it and get addicted to it! The most beautiful place I have ever been! Nice people, good services, and an amazing experience!
Corfu is my favorite Greek island. Just do yourself a favour, get off the beach and explore the island. You won't be sorry.