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Ancient ruins tower toward piercing blue skies as the magnificent Aegean Sea hugs the miles and miles of undisturbed coastline. Greece is a magical destination for a myriad of reasons. Although the country has been under fire lately for its deteriorating economic system and immigrant crisis, the area still has so much to offer its visitors. Here are a few tips to remember when traveling to Greece so that you can get the most out of your magical journey:

TRAVEL OFF-PEAK

Like many other travel destinations, Greece can be miserable during the most crowded summer season. In addition to throngs of people, you will also experience blistering heat and higher prices. Instead, experts recommend timing your visit during May and June or September and October. During these months, you will still take advantage of the wonder of the warm days and the lush vegetation.

WHEN IN ROME…

Or shall we say, when in Athens? Embrace the local Greek culture by eating and drinking like a native. Enjoy the late night dinners and the local wine while you soak up the vibrant flavors.

HOP THE ISLANDS

A vast network of ferry services allow visitors the opportunity to experience the best of the Greek islands. Don’t limit your stay to just one island. Plan an itinerary that highlights the best of these luscious paradises.

MAKE AN EFFORT

The Greeks will especially appreciate visitors who attempt to learn a little of their beautiful language. Although English is spoken with much regularity throughout the country, a little effort to learn the native language will score bonus points with the locals.

THROW OUT THE CLOCK

Punctuality is not a trait embraced by most Greek natives. While in the country, it is best to just go with the flow and do as the Greeks do. Relax and enjoy the laid-back vibe. If the trip is a vacation for you, relaxation is probably one of your goals to begin with. 

AWARE IN ATHENS

The sun-drenched ancient ruins and variety of museums beckon tourists to this amazing city. However, visitors must take special care to watch valuables, especially when traveling on public transportation. The country is also known for its convoluted rules and regulations, so be sure to do a little research prior to your trip so that you do not unknowingly break any laws.