WHEN TO GO
As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Athens and the Aegean islands are particularly busy during the high-season months of July and August. With over 160 days of sunshine annually and its mild Mediterranean winters, Greece can be visited throughout the year, but temperatures are more pleasant in May-June and September-October. The Peloponnese shares the milder climate of southern Greece, with etesian winds blowing from May to September keeping summer temperatures low.
Athens connects with direct flights to major airports in the US (New York, Philadelphia), Canada (Toronto, Montréal) and the Middle East (Jeddah, Doha, Dubai). A direct flight from New York to Athens is approximately 10 hours. The smaller airport of Kalamata has direct flights to Athens, and helicopters can cross the Peloponnese coast-to-coast in about an hour.
You can use a taxi service or private car/van for moving around in the city and for covering small distances on land. Speedboats and yachts allow for moving around in the Greek Riviera, with many small harbors and fishing villages along the coasts providing calm waters and docks. Archaeological sites and most beaches can easily be reached by car, but a 4X4 might be necessary for certain mountain roads.
Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure date from the Schengen area. One blank passport page is required for entry stamp in Greece.