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Greek Beer

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If you’re anything like me, the type of beer you’re going to be sipping (in moderation of course) on an evening is an important factor in anywhere I visit! If you’re planning a trip, you may well be interested in Greek beer and what you’ll be able to find in the bars while you’re on your holidays. Beer has been brewed in Greece since around 1850 and, in my opinion, their beer is up there with the best in Europe and beyond – you won’t be disappointed.

Mythos – Mythos is perhaps the most famous of the Greek beers, and certainly has a very wide distribution network around Greece and the islands. There aren’t too many bars where you can’t get your hands on an ice cold pint of Mythos. This lager is a straw-coloured, 4.7% beer, and you’ll find it on draught, and available in 330ml and 500ml cans in supermarkets and convenience stores all around Greece. It is now owned by Carlsberg and the brewery imports Carlsberg and Heineken into the country.

Hillas – Hillas are advocates of a rich history of beer and alcohol ageing from ancient times. Their biography on their website claims that beer was the first alcoholic beverage known to man over 6000 years ago, and has been enjoyed ever since. Described in the brewery’s own words, “This light pale beer is dry and well balanced, and makes for a smooth drinking with a malty finish” – I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Keo – This is technically a Cypriot beer, but the countries are of course very closely linked, and Keo is widely available throughout Greece and the islands. Keo is a 4.5% pale ale with a full body and a mild hoppy edge.

What other beers can I get my hands on in Greece? If you’re not so keen on sampling the local delights, you can still get your hands on beers you might be more used to drinking, both in bars and in supermarkets. Of course, though, be prepared to pay a little bit more for the imported brands. Carlsberg is big in the Hellenic part of the world, as is Amstel. These are the two more widely known brands that you’ll find easily, but bottled beers such as Corona wont be too hard to source if you’re desperate.

How do I ask for a beer in Greek? Well, this certainly isn’t how it’s spelt, but phonetically written, if you say the words ”Mia bira paracalor”, any bar tender should just about be able to understand you. Enjoy your Greek Beers!

Greece Temperatures

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If you’re planning to visit Greece any time soon, be it for business or pleasure, you’re probably intrigued as to what sort of temperatures you can expect. Greece is generally a warm country, and can be one of Europe’s hottest holiday destinations, but it still has cold winters and the temperature definitely varies greatly depending on the time of year you visit.

Obviously, with Greece being a relatively large place, the temperature varies depending on which area you are in, but we’ve put together a general ‘rule of thumb’ on temperatures across Greece and it’s many Islands.

Highs and Lows through the year (Zante):

Jan – 8′C – 14′C
Feb – 8′C – 14′C
Mar – 9′C – 16′C
Apr – 11′C – 19′C
May – 14′C – 23′C
Jun – 18′C – 28′C
Jul – 20′C – 31′C
Aug – 21′C – 31′C
Sep – 19′C – 28′C
Oct – 16′C – 23′C
Nov – 12′C – 19′C
Dec – 10′C – 16′C

The above figures are based on Zante, one of the most popular tourist Islands to visit.

Average temperatures through the year (Crete):

Jan – 11′C
Feb – 12′C
March – 14′C
Apr – 17′C
May – 24′C
June – 24′C
July – 26′C
August – 26′C
Sept – 24′C
Oct – 20′C
Nov – 17′C
Dec – 14′C

As you can see, Greece never gets cold as such, with average temperatures staying above 10 degrees centigrade the whole year round, and with sunlight out 13 hours of the day through the summertime, the heat can be absolutely sweltering, especially for Europe.

There are only two real seasons in Greece. A Mild and often wet winter, between October and say March/April, and the summer time between May and September, when it is hot and largely dry.

As mentioned above, Greece is a relatively large country, and temperatures in the north vary by around 5′C to those in the south.

The temperature in Greece has been know to soar at times, too. With highs in Athens recorded at 48′C. It is not uncommon for the hottest parts of the day to be consistently around 30′C in summer, and highs in the 40s are by no means a freak occurrence.  If you are visiting Greece through the summer months, be sure to keep yourselves hydrated and dress appropriately for the summer, wearing lots of sunscreen too. If traveling outside of tourist seasons, be prepared for mild temperatures and showers, so bring a waterproof (but relatively thin) jacket.

Greek Airports

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Greece is a big place! Not only do we have mainland Greece to worry about, there are around 1400 Greek islands, too, of which around 200 are inhabited. It all makes the flight system both important and complex, and there are many airports serving international, internal and military flights. On top of the islands, Greece has 74 official regions, which means that internally the travel system has to be good in order to get around. In central and popular areas such as Athens, travel connections for further journeys are excellent, but depending on your destination, for example if you’re traveling to a small island, travel may prove more of a challenge and ferrys may be required to get to where you need to be. Greece is by no means underdeveloped, though, and people are generally extremely friendly, so you wont have too much of  a problem planning trips, just make sure you have transfers sorted if you plan to travel to Greece any time soon.

Below is a list of International Greek airports, and the region in which they can be found, which you might find useful for travel research and more.

International Airports:

Alexandroupoli – East Macedonia and Thrace
AXD Alexandroupolis International Airport

Athens / Spata Attica
ATH Athens International Airport

Chania Crete
CHQ Chania International Airport

Corfu Ionian Islands
CFU Corfu International Airport

Heraklion Crete
HER Heraklion International Airport

Kalamata Peloponnese
KLX Kalamata International Airport

Kavala / Chrysoupoli East Macedonia and Thrace
KVA Kavala International Airport

Kefalonia Ionian Islands
EFL Kefalonia Island International Airport

Kos – South Aegean
KGS Kos Island International Airport

Lemnos North Aegean
LXS Lemnos International Airport

Mytilene, Lesbos North Aegean
MJT Mytilene International Airport

Rhodes South Aegean
RHO Rhodes International Airport

Samos North Aegean
SMI Samos International Airport

Thessaloniki / Mikra Central Macedonia
SKG Thessaloniki International Airport

Zakynthos – Ionian Islands
ZTH Zakynthos International Airport

 

On top of this network of international airports, Greece does have an internal flight system, with small airports in many of the other regions of the country, however, if you’re flying in from anywhere else in the world the airports above are the ones you’re looking for.

If you didn’t already know, Greece borders Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey, and for some of the Northern regions of Greece, flying to one of these countries and travelling across the border is a consideration.

Athens international airport is the busiest and biggest airport in Greece, and since opening in 2001 to replace the closed Ellinikon airport, has handled over ten million passengers a year. The airport has excellent bus, rail and road connections to the rest of the country.

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A photograph of the check in desks at Athens International Airport