Did you know that only 78 of the Greek Islands have more than 100 inhabitants? And that the only transportation available on the island of Hydra is by donkey? Did you also know that local phrase for 'cheers' is 'stin iyia sou'? For more useful Greek Island information that you should know before you go, keep reading on.
As Greece is party to the Schengen Convention along with several other European countries, Australian passport holders can visit the country for up to 90 days without a visa. If you plan to stay within the country for any longer than this period, you will need to be granted a visa. Please note that this information is simply a guideline and visa requirements can change. For the most up-to-date visa information, please contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Greece.
Greece is a member of the European Union and thus uses the Euro. The exchange rate between the Euro and Australian Dollar changes constantly. In order to purchases Euros at the best price, it’s always a good idea to monitor the rate in the lead up to your holiday. In addition to cash, it is also recommended to bring a credit card or a travel money card for safe spending. Cash Passports are ideal when travelling as you can transfer money onto them in the form of Euros and access your funds with a much lower fee than a typical bankcard.
Cuisine is very much a part of the Greek culture and a highlight on any Greek Island holiday. Fresh local produce is at the forefront of the local cuisine with tomatoes, seafood, cheese, olive oil and lamb commonly used ingredients. Some classic dishes to try during your stay include lamb with tzatziki, grilled baby octopus, Greek salad and gyros, which are the Greek name for a kebab. Local wine and coffee are also beloved on the islands while the mandatory beverage to try is ouzo, a strong anise-flavoured aperitif and the pride and joy of Greece.
When it comes to nightlife in the Greek Islands, Mykonos is the obvious option. It was, after all, the first island to get the party started and continues to attract international revellers looking for a good time. It's not the only place to party in the Greek Islands though. The island of Skiathos also boasts a young and pumping nightlife scene thanks to its wide range of bars and clubs, while Corfu offers plenty of options from raucous clubs to laidback resort bars. Santorini also has its fair share of wine-fuelled party times in the summer, although it tends to be a little more expensive that the other party islands.