Accessibility guide Greece
In this guide, we tell you everything about the country of Greece and its accessibility. Greece has an impressive history and is filled with culture. Lately, the country has been making an effort to make it more accessible. In this guide, you read all about the accessibility facilities in Greece.
Everyone knows the beautiful beaches of Crete and Corfu or the Acropolis of Athens. But there is so much more to discover in beautiful Greece. Whether you are looking for culture, adventure, or beach. Greece is an extremely versatile holiday destination, and it counts over 6,000 islands. The first European civilization originated in Greece. It is, therefore, not surprising that the country has a vibrant and exciting history.
Most of Greece has a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild winters and dry, warm summers. In some higher parts of the country, periods of cold and rainfall occur during the winter. Sometimes, it is even possible to participate in winter sports.
Currency and tipping
The money used in Greece is, just like in the rest of Europe, the Euro. Tipping in Greece and other parts of Europe is different than, for instance, in the US. To learn more about European tipping habits, we created a blog, so you know exactly what to do when visiting Europe. Read it here and learn more.
Almost all Greeks have Greek as their mother tongue. The Greek language is probably the oldest in Europe and has been spoken for about 4,000 years. In Greece, a lot of English is spoken in areas that are frequently visited by tourists and in important cities. Many Greeks have worked and lived in English-speaking countries, English is widely taught in schools, and many people live off tourism. However, in remote areas, it is difficult to find someone who speaks English, especially on the mainland, and outside the holiday season, many Greeks go back into the pattern of just speaking Greek.
The Greeks have a rich history, and that can still be seen in daily life today. Not only at the archaeological sites, but also in authentic Greek cuisine and, for example, the holidays, festivals, and many local museums. The “kafenion” is the meeting place for, mostly, men. In the village café, they discuss politics while enjoying a cup of Greek coffee, a glass of ouzo, or tsipouro. A daily spectacle that you encounter in many villages.
Greece is trying to promote the country as an accessible travel destination. Depending on the island, or mainland, the situation differs, but overall, Greece is making an effort to be more accessible. The landscape of the country is quite uneven, which often makes it quite hard for wheelchair users. However, since the Athens Olympics and Paralympics from 2004, they implemented many improvements.
One of the ways the country wants to show its accessibility is with its accessible beaches. The mainland, as well as many islands, offer accessible facilities on the beach. Besides that, many hotels and restaurants redesigned their interior so that they can welcome wheelchair users.
Useful travel apps for your smartphone are also a big help when visiting new places. In this blog post, you read everything about the best accessibility travel apps. One of those apps is accessaloo. This app allows you to find, rate, and see pictures of accessible bathrooms near you. To learn more about this app, read this blog post.
Accessible highlights Greece
Many touristic attractions in Greece are wheelchair accessible. Look on this page to find all the cities and islands where we offer accessible tours. We are here to help you plan wheelchair accessible tours in Athens, Corfu, Crete, Katakolon, Olympia, Mykonos, and Santorini. Furthermore, we arrange mobility equipment rental, and much more. Would you like to visit another place? Contact us here.
Athens is the city with one of the oldest civilizations in the world. This is the place where old and new come together. The impressive history of Athens that is still visible everywhere blends with contemporary Greek culture. When you visit the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora and wander through the beautiful streets of the historic district of Plaka, you imagine yourself in a different time. The stories of the gods of Greek mythology come to life here.
What to do in Athens?
The Acropolis is the most famous sight in Athens. Make sure to visit it on your trip to this majestic city. To find more information about this historic complex and its accessibility, read this blog post. Besides that, the capital of Athens has a lot more to offer. Discover it all during one of our accessible tours. More information about these tours, you find when you click on the button.
Corfu is a beautiful, accessible Greek island located in the north of the Ionian Sea. When you approach Corfu, by plane or boat, you immediately see that the island is very green. The many trees reach to the sea. You see picturesque villages close to the coast, surrounded by green vegetation and forests. The appearance of the island is enchanting.
What to do in Corfu?
Corfu has a lot to offer. During various tours on the island, we show you everything there is to see. Go to the bathing place Kanoni, visit the Old town of Corfu with beautiful traditional Greek architecture and its famous fortress, or the village of Paleokastritsa. These sights are some of the places you can visit during one of our wheelchair accessible tours in Greece. Click on the button below to read more.
The diversity of this part of accessible Greece and its size make it impossible to get to know the island well within one holiday. These aspects make Crete a tourist attraction that many people enjoy going to. The right mix of culture, sun, beautiful nature, a large number of beaches, cozy places, authentic Greek villages, excellent nightlife, incredible food, and many more in combination with Greek hospitality make this island so unique.
What to do in Crete?
In Crete, there are two ports from where we offer accessible tours: Chania and Heraklion. Depending on where you leave from, visit the Knossos archeological site, the city of Rethymnon, the CretAquarium, the town of Chania, the Tzagarolon monastery, and the Venizelos graves on the Hill of prophet Elias. Visit all of this and much more during one of our accessible tours in Crete. Find more information about these tours by clicking on the button.
Katakolon & Olympia
Katakolon is the port closest to Ancient Olympia. Apart from that, Katakolon also has several beautiful beaches, and it is a lovely city to walk around. Ancient Olympia is perhaps the best known and most famous landmark in Greece. The Olympic Games started here, but nowadays you see a lot more. Every four years, the Olympic flame is lit here to continue its journey to the destination where the Olympic Games take place.
Read all about Katakolon in this blog. You find Katakolon in the top eight accessible destinations in Europe, on the fifth place.
What to do in Katakolon & Olympia?
The old ruins of Ancient Olympia are a must-see when visiting Greece. Besides that, visit the city of Katakolon and go to the Kourouta beach. Take a trip to this beautiful and accessible part of Greece and discover the best spots during one of our accessible tours. Click on the button for more information.
If you want to enjoy a sunny holiday in a romantic setting, the Greek island of Mykonos is the place to be. Because of the beaches and the villages with whitewashed houses, blue roofs, and doors, Mykonos is also called ‘pearl of the Cyclades.’
What to do in Mykonos?
A visit to Mykonos includes the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in the village of Ano Mera and the church of the Virgin Mary of Paraportjanis. But besides that, you spend hours strolling through the Chora of Mykonos. You find so many beautiful spots on this island. This place is truly awe-inspiring. We offer tours that take you to these beautiful places. Click on the button for more information.
Santorini is one of the islands of the Cyclades. The Greeks themselves qualify Santorini as one of the most beautiful Greek islands. If you are on holiday in Santorini, you will see picturesque Greece as we know it from the pictures with white churches with blue roofs, donkeys, and authentic Greek villages. Black pebbles color the beach because Santorini is a volcanic island.
What to do in Santorini?
The most beautiful cities of Santorini are Fira, Oia, and Amoudi. Visit a blue-domed church in Fira, experience the most extraordinary views of the island in Oai, and discover the small fishing village of Amoudi, where a part of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” was recorded. Would you like to visit this island? Click on the button for more information about our accessible tours in Santorini.