Travelling in Greece is wonderful. Those who have been there will tell you that the combination of historical architecture, picturesque Mediterranean coastal towns, delicious food and wine, and a people who always seem to be smiling and having fun, make for an excellent vacation. Such a destination is made all the more enjoyable on a motorcycle.
Roads and Riding
When people think of Greece they think of islands. But the Greek mainland is a mountainous region. Roads through the mountains are generally good, and can get very twisty, sometimes for the whole riding day, with switchbacks and hairpins. In some remote areas the roads can get a little rough, narrow and winding, and passage may slow. Roads along the Mediterranean coast are usually excellent, curving high above the beautiful coastline. The Greek people are avid motorcyclists. Athens is a big city with some congestion, much of it from fellow motorcyclists.
Climate and Environment, When to Go
Greece has a Mediterranean environment, mild winters and hot, dry summers. Winter is quiet. Then around Easter, Greeks begin setting up for the summer tourist season, which can get crowded. Rooms and vacant stretches of sand are rare in the high summer season. So the best time to ride Greece is from April through June and in September and October, to avoid the traffic and crowds.
Sights, People, Food and Drink
In Greece you can indulge your interest in archeology. Nothing beats riding a stunning mountain valley road when the 4th Century BC Temple of Apollo at Delphi comes into view. The beautiful coastal villages, the subjects of countless travel brochures, really exist, and there is no better way to see and experience them than on a motorcycle. Many cling to the sides of cliffs or slope gently to beautiful promenades along the ocean. The Greek people are some of the friendliest in all of Europe and are extremely accommodating to tourists. They will proudly introduce you to their unique cuisine in their traditional tavernas, an extension of the Greek home table. You’ll find the ever-popular moussaka and a variety of meat stews on every menu, along with the well-known Greek appetizers made from fresh Mediterranean ingredients. Each region in Greece has its local wine to be had with your meal.
Facts for the Traveler
|Land area:||131.944 sq km
|Religion:||Greek Orthodox 98%|
|Time zone:||Central European Time (GMT+1)
|International dialing number:||country code: 30, international access code: 00|
|Visa:||Tourists from most countries (EU, USA, etc) do not need visa. A valid passport is required only.|
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