When to go?
You can visit Greece all year round, it’s sunny, warm, and even if is not great for the beach, it has a rich and vast historical and cultural heritage, however for beach fans, I advise you to travel from April to June and also in September when the weather is very pleasant and prices are not so high comparing the months of July and August, which are without doubt the most fun months, especially for those looking for parties!
How to go?
With Aegean Airlines, member of Star Alliance, it has direct flights between Lisbon and Athens throughout the year! From Athens you can continue to the inlands or the beaches, the Aegean flies to dozens of islands.
How to move?
Traveling between islands is easy, either by plane (Aegean has links between almost every main islands) which is the fastest and most comfortable way, either by boat. By boat prices are around 40€ per trip, but obviously the price changes depending on the distance between the islands.
In Athens I always walk by foot, the city is huge but the center and the whole historical area is relatively small, you can do everything in 2 days.
Rent a moto or car
Renting a car or moto is quite easy and prices are very similar to Portugal, a car costs approximately 60 € / day and motorbikes (scooter) 15 €.
The costs in Greece are very similar to Portugal, if you travel inland you can save some money. Obviously if you want to go to Mykonos, be prepared to pay, a lot!
Accommodation – You can find cheap rooms (from € 70) in Athens and in less touristy regions of the country. On islands like Mykonos and Santorini,it will be hard to find a room for less than € 150 a night during high season (June / July / August).
Food – There are restaurants for all tastes and wallets, I had a dinner for two people that exceeded € 100, the next day I had a wonderful Kebab with a glass of wine for € 4 on a terrace in the center of Athens. On average you spend € 20 to € 30 (if you drink wine) per person. It was the average amount I spent in each restaurant. Those who want to save, the best option is Kebabs and Gyros, one of the most famous “dishes” (Sandwich) of the country. On islands like Mykonos … the average price is € 40 per person.
Don’t try to visit many islands, they will stay there for a long time so you can always come back and explore others.
Try to make reservations as soon as possible if you want to pay less for the accommodation.
Take money, fortunately Greece has been slowly recovering from the crisis but we never know, ATM’s can be out of money, it already happen in the past.
Eat, eat, eat as if there’s no tomorrow! If you are a fan of cheese and salads, then this will be your paradise.
Drink, drink, drink … it will be hard to resist the Greek wines.
Security – I think Greece is a very safe country as much as Portugal, however you should be careful with the pickpockets (some unfortunately children) in the center of the city … but this is what normally any traveler does when traveling to any country, right?