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Greece is no longer a cheap country. Prices have rocketed since the adoption of the euro in 2002. ATMs are to be found in every town large enough to support a bank – and certainly in all the tourist areas. If you’ve got MasterCard or Visa/Access, there are plenty of places to withdraw money. Credit cards are now an accepted part of the commercial scene in Greece just about everywhere. The main reason to carry travellers cheques rather than cash is the protection they offer against theft. They are, however, losing popularity as more and more travelers opt to put their money in a bank at home and withdraw it at ATMs as they go.

Greece can be divided into a number of main climatic regions. The Attica Peninsula, the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, Crete, and the central and eastern Peloponnese have a more typically Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and milder winters. In July and August, the mercury can soar to 40°C (over 100°F) in the shade just about anywhere in the country. July and August are also the months of the meltemi, a strong northerly wind that sweeps the eastern coast of mainland Greece (including Athens) and the Aegean Islands, especially the Cyclades. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Greece; specifically May, June, September and October.

UK / EU passport holders: A full 10 year passport valid until at least 6 months after date of return. No visa required. Other passport holders: Please check with Greek Consulate (020 7221 6467).

No jabs are required to travel to Greece, but a yellow-fever vaccination certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio.

Top regions in greece

The island of Rhodes stands as the largest among the Dodecanese archipelago, 79 long and 38 km wide, 363 km from mainland Greece. Across both ancient eras and modern times, Rhodes has occupied a strategic position, positioned at the intersection of Europe, the Middle East, Cyprus, and Egypt. This unique vantage point has attracted a multitude of civilizations to its shores, leaving indelible imprints on every facet of its culture.

Nestled in proximity to the Mediterranean's second deepest point, the Lindos Basin, Rhodes offers an array of diving experiences. These range from tranquil shallow waters, perfect for leisurely exploration, to daring ventures into the depths of intricate caves. Remnants of its volcanic past lend the underwater terrain dramatic cliffs, expansive limestone reefs adorned with enigmatic caverns, and seemingly boundless ancient caves that date back to the days of ancient Greece.

Recent years have witnessed significant improvement in the island's marine ecosystem. A rich tapestry of sea life now thrives beneath the waves, encompassing an array of microorganisms and diverse species such as bream, damselfish, grouper, cuttlefish, octopus, moray eels, and squid, among others. Scuba Diving encounters might also include nudibranchs, seahorses, amberjacks, tuna, stingrays, turtles, and even monk seals. The warm, crystal-clear waters attract the migration of species from the Red Sea, introducing the likes of pipefish, soldier fish, rabbitfish, and even lionfish on occasion. 

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