Useful Info

Helpful background for your travels in Greece

Useful Info

Greece uses the metric system. Here are some useful conversions:

Weight:  1 kilogram (kilo) = 2.2 pounds

Length: 1 meter = 3.3 feet


1 degree Celsius = 33.8 degrees Fahrenheit

10 degrees Celsius = 50 degrees Fahrenheit

20 degrees Celsius = 68 degrees Fahrenheit

25 degrees Celsius = 77 degrees Fahrenheit

30 degrees Celsius = 86 degrees Fahrenheit

Greece lies in the northern hemisphere, or north of the equator. Its most southerly latitude is 34*48' 30''N; most northerly latitude is 41*44’42”N.

The climate, like that of most southern Mediterranean countries, is generally sunny and mild, although there are distinct seasons. Average temperature in the summer months (Fahrenheit) is in the 80s; spring and fall in the 60s and 70s. Winter average temperature in the southern part of the country is in the 50s, though colder temperatures and even snow occur.  Snow is common during winter in the mountainous areas of the mainland.

Sailing period: May to October

Rainy season: Sporadic rain or thunderstorms are possible during spring and fall months. An occasional thunderstorm occurs during summer months.

Provisions: There are markets and supermarkets nearby the charter marina of Alimos, and near town quays where you’ll dock in the islands.

ATMs: Are available almost everywhere you’ll go, with rare exceptions.

Mobile Phones: It’s best to arrange for roaming with your home-country provider before you travel to Greece.

Strikes in Greece: Occasionally, worker strikes happen. Some of these may affect airline or ferry travel. For up-to-date strike information in Greece, go to: updates on strikes in Greece.

Demonstrations: Demonstrations sometimes happen in Athens Center, generally near the Greek parliament in Syntagma Square. Demonstrations are usually peaceful, but it’s suggested to avoid designated areas while any demonstration is taking place. Demonstrations never happen in the islands.

Greek Islands Ferries: A vast network of ferries connect the mainland to all the Greek Islands. Schedules and prices are available online.

Island Airports: Most medium-to-large islands have either a large or small airport with connecting flights through Athens International Airport.