Greece (Greek: Ελλάδα), officially the Hellenic Republic is a country in Southeast Europe, located on the Balkan Peninsula and numerous islands, washed by the Aegean, Ionian, Cretan and Mediterranean seas.


Villas and Apartments in Greece


Sun-drenched shores of the ancient islands, treasures of the seas, bright buildings and silver-gray olive groves, charm of fishing villages  and magnificent monuments of ancient and medieval culture.


On reading in childhood the myths of ancient Greece, we to mentally  were moved to Athens - a city of philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; to Delphi, known for its Pythian games in honor of Apollo; to Olympia - a sanctuary of ancient Greece, which we are obliged the birth of the now existing Olympic Games; to the island of Crete - the native land of Zeus and the scene for the myth about the Minotaur and brave Theseus; to Rhodes - "the pearl of the Mediterranean" with natural beauties and the interesting history; to Corfu, which hid the Argonauts after the abduction of golden Fleece, and gave a refuge to Odysseus during his maritime adventure...


World of the rich history and exciting mythology , scenic beauty and ancient monuments of architecture and art, the warm deep-blue sea and the unique culture, the fascinating sirtaki and picturesque taverns, dream vacation and endless smiles - the so we imagine Greece, and the same impression of it we take home.


Greece is a very hospitable country, and every Greek owner is willing to demonstrate their hospitality, because as in the ancient Greek myths in which the gods of Olympus preferred to travel incognito in the guise of ordinary mortals, any person can be a masked god, perhaps even by Zeus.


Perhaps that is why the owners of Greek villas invariably call them with names of Greek gods, nymphs and heroes of myths, offering to rent the best accommodation for families with maximum comfort for the leisure travelers and with the creation of the home environment and amenities. Most of the villas are built in traditional architectural style with modern achievements of comfort, are surrounded by flowering gardens and picturesque natural landscape, with views of the vast sea, the majestic cliffs and sandy beaches.


For us, Greece is its ancient history, and thanks to a single religion, Christianity, we involuntarily feel a mystical connection with the Greek culture. In addition, Greece is the best resorts with beautiful sandy beaches, and besides souvenirs, memorable experiences and attractive bronze tan you will bring home good health and timeless beauty from the crystal clear waters of the seas and warm mineral springs.

 

Airports:

Athens International Airport, known as the "Eleftherios Venizelos", began its operations in March 29, 2001. This civilian airport serves the city of Athens and Attica.

Airport "Macedonia" is the international airport of Thessaloniki, Greece. It is located 15 km south-east of the city, near the district of Calamari.

Kos International Airport is also named Hippocrates. Airport serves the island of Kos in Greece.

Zakynthos Airport is an international airport of the city of the same name, is located near the town of Kalamaki.

Araksos is the Greek international airport, also called Agamemnon.

Chania is the international airport of the island of Crete in Greece, located near the town of Chania.

Kefalonia Island International Airport is the airport near the village of Minis.

Ioannis Kapodistrias is an international airport on the Greek island of Corfu, serves the city of Corfu.

Heraklion International Airport "Nikos Kazantzakis" is the second largest Greek airport.

Rhodes International Airport, "Diagoras" is the international airport of the island of Rhodes in Greece. It is located 14 km south-west of the capital of Rhodes, near the village of Paradisi.

Lemnos International Airport is the airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Alexandroupolis International Airport, also called Dimokritos is the international airport of Alexandroupolis.

Alexander the Great, also is called Kavala International Airport is an international airport near the city of Kavala.

Mytilene, also is known as Odysseas Elytis is the international airport in the city of Mytilene.

Santorini, also is called Hira is airport of Santorini. It is located approximately 6 km south-east of the city of Tyre.

Kalamata is the international airport of the same name in Greece.

Mykonos is the airport of the island of the same name in Greece. It is located 4 km from the town of Mykonos.

Kastelorizo is an airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Karpathos is the airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Samos is an airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

National Airport "Aristotelis" is located 5 km south of Kastoria, close to the city of Argos Orestikon.

Ioannina is an airport 4 km from the center of the eponymous town in Greece.

Milos is an airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Hilos is an airport of the eponymous island in Greece, located south of the city Hilos. Also the airport is called "National Airport Hilos" and "Omiros".

Sitia is an airport the same city on the island of Crete in Greece.

Aktion Airport serves the city of Preveza and Lefkada. Airport is also called Lefkada Airport.

Paros is the airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Nea Ankhialos is an airport of the same name in Greece.

Ikaria is the airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Kythira is the airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Naxos is the airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Philippos, also is called Kozani, is the airport is 4 km from the city of Kozani in Greece.

Kasos is an airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Leros is an airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Skyros is the airport of the island of the same name in Greece.

Skiathos is the airport of eponymous island in Greece.

Astypalaia, also is called Panagia, is the island's airport Astypalaia.

Syros Island is the airport of the island of the same name in Greece.


Airlines:

A sample list of airlines operating regular flights from Russia to Greece is following: Aeroflot, AegeanAir, JAT Airways, Aerosvit Airlines, AirBaltic, Turkish Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines.


Flights to Greece are carried out year-round in rather large volumes.


Every week about 5-6 flights goes out from the Russian capital to most major Greek cities such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion (Crete), Corfu, Rhodes and others.


The most popular resort for Russian travelers is Athens, so most flights to Greece have the capital of the peninsula as their final destination.

Aeroflot has daily flights to Athens from Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. Aegean Airlines are flying to Athens from Moscow (Domodedovo) on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Flights to Greece with a stop-over in the European capital are offered by such airlines as Air Baltic (stop-over in Riga), Aerosvit (via Kiev), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), LOT (Warsaw), Bulgaria Air (Sofia) and others.


There is not a regular direct flights between Athens and Saint Petersburg, so flights even with one stop-over (eg., flights airlines Air Baltic, Turkish Airlines and Aerosvit) will take away you have enough time.


There are constantly flights to Thessaloniki, the second most popular resort of the country. The acting schedule of direct flights to Greece, from Moscow to Thessaloniki, does not exist at the present moment, all airlines offer flights with connections only.


But from St. Petersburg there are several direct flights. On Tuesdays and Fridays a direct flights St. Petersburg - Thessaloniki are provided by the Rossiya Airlines. Since 2012 Aegean Airlines opened a regular flight to Thessaloniki from the northern capital. However, these flights are only in the summer - on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Direct flights between the Russian capital and Heraklion exist, but they are executed only during the summer months. At other times of the year to Crete can be reached with a change in Athens.


The most convenient flights to the Greece island are operated by  Rossiya Airlines and Aeroflot by price and quality.


Flight time: about 3 and a half hours of direct flight from Moscow to Athens.


Connecting flight to Greece from Moscow through one of the capitals of European countries will take at least 5 hours due to waiting in an airport. 

Visa to Greece for the citizens of Russia: a Schengen visa.


Entry into the country: by passport valid for at least 3 months with a Schengen or national visa.


Children: it is required power of attorney from the parent (s) for children under 18 years of age, a birth certificate (original and copy), certificate of general educational establishments.


! Each child, inscribed in a parent's passport, should have a separate visa, rather than a general visa for the child and parents. It is required a separate application for each child, a separate copy of passport with photos and all documents (the same as for an adult applicant).


Term of issuing visas: up to 7 days.


Types of visas:

- Schengen (short-term for tourist, business or a guest visits for staying less 90 days during every 180 days);

- National (long term in order to work, study, stay duration of more than 90 days).


Procedure for visa: the applying for a visa and issuing of passports is carried out either personally or through accredited by the Consulate General of Greece in Moscow travel agency, or through a representative (with a passport of trustee and notarized power of attorney from the applicant). Citizens, living in Moscow and the Moscow region, must be present in person.  When applying for a family, it is required the presence of at least one member of the family.


Validity of the visa: one-off - by the number of travel days, multiple - depending on the type of invitation, the maximum period of stay - up to 90 days within each 180.


Visa fee: EUR 35 (at the exchange rate in rubles) for applicants over 12 years old. An additional service charge: 700 rubles (including VAT) in Moscow, 968 rubles (including VAT) in St. Petersburg, 1,100 rubles (including VAT) in Yekaterinburg, 1,075 rubles (including VAT) in Rostov-on-Don, 1200 rubles (including VAT) in Novosibirsk. Service fee paid by each applicant.


Features:

Applications for long-term national visas are fed directly to the Consulate General of Greece in Moscow. Applications for all short-term visas can be fed at the Visa Application Centre.


Crossing the border: in addition to a valid passport with a visa every foreign citizen must be able to demonstrate at the border the reservation of accommodation or invitation; medical insurance with coverage of at least EUR 30 000, credit cards, traveler's checks or cash, return air ticket.


Embassy of the Hellenic Republic to the Russian Federation:

Address: 125009, Moscow, Leontievskiy per., 4.

Tel.: +7 (495) 690-1446, +7 (495) 775-3700, +7 (495) 691-8900 (round the clock).

Fax: +7 (495) 771-6510

E-mail: gremb.mow@mfa.gr


Consulate General of Greece in Moscow:

Address: 123001, Moscow, ul. Spiridonovka, 14, M. Arbatskaya.

Tel.: +7 (495) 539-38-40, 539-38-53 (Visa Section)

Fax: +7 (495) 539-38-50

E-mail: grgencon.mow@mfa.gr

Acceptance of documents: 09:00 - 13:00.

Issuing of documents: 16:00 -17:00.


Consulate General of Greece in St. Petersburg:

Address: 191123, ul. Shpalernaja 38.

Tel.: (812) 3296407

Fax: (812) 3296466

Reception of documents: Mon-Fri from 09:00 to 13:00.


Consulate of Greece in Novorossiysk:

Address: 353915 Novorossiisk, ul. Isayeva, 2

Tel.: (8617) 23-9501, 20-1313, -1541, -1358

Fax: (8617) 23-9508

Reception of documents: Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 15: 30.

         

Visa Center in Moscow: 

Address: ul. Malaya Nikitskaya, 33

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 13:00 pm

Obtaining passports: 15:00 to 17:00


Visa Center in Yekaterinburg:

Address: Yekaterinburg, 620075, ul. Karla-Libknekhta 22, office 313.

Submission of application: 09:00-15:00 (Mon-Fri)

Obtaining documents: 15:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)


Visa Center in Novosibirsk

Address: ul. Sibirskaya, 57, Novosibirsk, 630132.

Submission of application: 09:00-15:00 (Mon-Fri)

Obtaining documents: 09:00-16:00 (Mon-Fri)


Visa Center in Rostov-on-Don:

Address: Rostov-on-Don, Semashko pereulok, 117-Г, 340018

Submission of application: 09:00-15:00 (Mon-Fri)

Obtaining documents: 09:00-16:00 (Mon-Fri)


Visa Center in Kazan:

Address: ul. Tazi Gizzata, 4, Ground Floor, Vahitovskij district, Kazan, 420111.

Receiving and issuing documents: Mon-Fri from 09:00 to 16:00

Tel.: +7 (495) 784 71 51, from 9:00 to 18:00 (Mon-Fri)


Visa Center in Ufa:

Address: ul.Gogolya, 53.


The Russian Embassy in Athens: 

Address: 28, Nikiforou Litra str., Pfleo Psikhiko-Athens 15452

Tel.: (8-10-302-10) 672-52-35, 672-61-30

Telex: (601) 223553 LOTO GR

Fax: (8-10-302-10) 674-97-08

E-mail: embraf@otenet.gr, consafl@athens.compulink.gr

 

Consular Section:

Tel.: (8-10-302-10) 672-52-35, 674-29-49


Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Thessaloniki:

Address: 5, Dimosthenus str., Thessaloniki 54624

Tel.: (8-10-30-231-0) 257-201, 257-666

Fax: (8-10-30-231-0) 257-202

E-mail: thecons@hol.gr


Links:

Visa application

Addresses of the visa centers 

Car rental companies:

Rent a car from economy class to luxury is offered by Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Hertz, National, etc. In cities such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Piraeus and the islands of Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and others, including at their airports, there are offices of the companies, in which you can rent a car. Most of the hire companies in Greece offer petrol cars.


Requirements for rent a car:

To rent a car in Greece, the driver must be 21 years or older (age requirements may vary depending on the vehicle category). Surcharge for age can be set for drivers under 25 years of age. Driving experience should be at least 1 year. When you rent a car in Greece, recommended that you have an international driving permit (IDP), although sometimes national rights will be enough.


When getting a car in Greece, the driver must show their passport, driver's license (with international driving permit, where necessary), proof of booking (if made in advance) and a credit card on the driver's name, which will be blocked by the rental company for a guarantee deposit. The deposit amount depends on the rental cost and other factors.


If the driver does not have credit cards, but someone from the passengers has it, the car rental is also possible, in which case the card holder will be the main tenant, and the actual driver will be by the second driver for surcharge. Cash and electronic cards (for electronic use only), for example, Visa Electron or Maestro, for the guarantee deposit will not be accepted.


Roads:

90% of the roads in Greece and Crete have high-quality asphalt and free of cracks and pits, making it possible to rent a car of class A for long-distance trips.


In Greece there is payment for the use of roads depending on the distance traveled. Payment should be made before the entry into the paid section of the road.  Travel through some of the tunnels (Aktio - Preveza) and bridges (Rio - Antirio)is also subject to payment.


The speed limit:

In urban area the maximum speed is limited to 50 km / h, out of town - 80-110 km / h, on motorways - 120-130 km / h.


Features of traffic rules:

Movement in Greece is right-sided, overtaking is allowed only on the left side.


The driver and passengers while driving should be wearing seatbelts.  A child seat in Greece is compulsory for children under the age of 3 years old, and transportation of children under the age of 12 years or up to 135 cm must be done with using of the child restraints, which are appropriate to weight and growth of the child.


It is prohibited the talking on a cell phone while driving.


In the main cities of Greece it is very problematic to park the car on the street. In such a case it is better to find a parking space or put the car near the hotel.


All parking in urban areas are paid, except for those that constructed near rent-a-car offices. You can pay a parking place at the booth located in the parking lot. Most of the roadsides in Greece, particularly in the mountainous areas of Crete, is poorly fortified and covered with large crushed stone left over from the rock fall. The exit on the roadside is not against the rules, but it is not recommended outside of the village.


Sound signals in Greece and Crete may only be used when there is the risk of an accident.


Cautions:

Typically, you rent a car with a full tank of fuel, it is necessary to return it also with a full tank, otherwise payment for the fuel plus for the service of refueling will be debited from your card. It is cheaper to fill a car yourself.


In each car, rented in Greece, should be a first aid kit, fire extinguisher and warning triangle.


In the cities and on the highway, lettering on signs is made in two languages - Greek and English, on local roads and in Crete - only in Greek. Road signs in Greece are more likely located on the stretched banners, than on pillars. At night they can be clearly seen only with the main beam headlights.


When booking a car in Greece, pay attention that in the rental price should be included the following types of insurance:

- CDW - Collision Damage Waiver;

- TW - Theft Waiver;

- TPL - Third Party Liability Insurance.


Information:

Most of gas stations in Greece open until 19:00. Transporting canisters with fuel in the rented car is prohibited. Every town has at least one gas station, which works around the clock. Diesel prices are 20-25% less than the cost of gasoline, so rent a diesel car is more profitable.


In the center of Athens parking markings for residents are made by the blue lines, for visitors - white lines, and professional cars - yellow lines. Time on weekdays from 09:00 to 21:00 and on Saturdays 09:00 to 16:00 shall be subject to payment. Maximum parking time is 3 hours, and the price is € 0.5 per hour for the first 2 hours, € 4 for 2.5 hours, and € 6 for 3 hours. 

In general, the climate of Greece can be characterized as a tropical Mediterranean one. However, there are three climatic zones: alpine climate of mountainous areas where snow on the peaks is maintained even in summer; Mediterranean climate of the coast, islands and part of Central Greece - with mild wet winters and hot summers; and moderate climate on the rest of territory.


Northern Macedonia, northern Epirus, a part of Thessaly and the mountainous areas of Pinda lie in the temperate mountain climate which is similar in its characteristics to the alpine. Summers are hot and dry (average temperature in July is +28 ° C) and winters are cold (air in January often cools to -8 °C) and humid.


Attica, central and eastern Peloponnese, Cyclades, Dodecanese and Crete lie in the zone of a typical Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry, the temperature in July and August is around the mark of +25-28 °C, but often rises to +40-45 ° C. Strong northerly winds "meltemi" are doing temperature a little lower, but cannot bring rain. Winters are mild (January - +4-12 ° C) and humid. November and February are the wettest and coldest months of the year, on the slopes of Pinda, in the mountains of Euboea and Crete sometimes even snows. Precipitation in the plains falls of 400-700 mm a year, in the mountains - up to 1500 mm, the western slopes of the Pinda receive almost twice as much rain than the eastern.


North-eastern Aegean islands, Halkidiki and Thasos island lie in the transitional zone - there are frequent cold winters and also hot dry summers. Even Crete, the largest and most southerly of the Greek islands, has several climatic regions: the south coast is always hotter than the northern one, and mountainous areas are markedly different to the weather conditions on the coast.


The hottest period in Greece is from mid-July to mid-August. At this time, the average temperature on the lowlands is +25,5 °C - +28 °C, but often rises to +40 °C - +45 °C. So, better vacation in Greece for fans of moderate temperatures can be in May, June, September and October (on Crete and Rhodes).


It is always hotter on the islands than in Northern Greece. The holiday season starts earlier here and lasts from April to October. In Northern Greece the season lasts from May to September.

     

The average monthly daily temperature in Athens  (°C):  

month  Jan   Feb  Mar Apr  May   Jun Jul Aug   Sep Oct  Nov   Dec
 air  +12  +13  +15  +20  +26  +31  +33  +33  +29  +23  +18  +14
 water +17 +17  +16 +17  +19 +22 +25  +26 +25  +24 +22  +19 

Summer in Athens typically is hot with temperatures of +25 to +35 degrees, which is quite tolerable because the air is not humid. In winter, temperatures range from +5 to +15 degrees. In January, February and early March it is cold and windy. Rainfall is a little, usually in the winter, from October to April, but no more than 12-13 days a month.

       

The average monthly daily temperature in Halkidiki (°C): 

month  Jan   Feb  Mar Apr  May   Jun  Jul Aug   Sep Oct  Nov   Dec
 air  +9  +10  +14  +19  +24  +29  +31  +31  +27  +21  +15  +11
 water +16  +16   +16  +16   +19  +22  +24   +25  +25   +23  +21   +18

The holiday season is in Halkidiki lasts from May to September inclusive. The hottest months are July and August (heat comes to +35 °C). The summer climate is dry, and the heat is felt easy. The peninsula is protected from winds by mountains, so the sea is calm and well heated.

         

The average monthly daily temperature on the island of Rhodes (°C): 

month  Jan   Feb  Mar Apr  May   Jun  Jul Aug   Sep Oct  Nov   Dec
 air  +14  +15  +16  +20  +24  +28  +30  +30  +28  +24  +20  +16
 water +16  +16  +18  +18   +22  +22  +25   +25 +24   +24  +20   +20

Climate Rhodes is Mediterranean, with mild winters and cool summers. Rhodes has fairly high humidity. Precipitation occurs mainly in the winter months. The swimming season begins in June and lasts until October.


The average monthly daily temperature on the island of Corfu (°C):

month  Jan   Feb  Mar Apr May   Jun  Jul Aug   Sep Oct Nov   Dec
 air  +13  +13  +15  +18  +23  +27  +30  +30  +27  +23  +18  +15
 water +15  +14   +15  +16   +17  +21  +24   +25  +25   +21  +19  +16

The climate in Corfu is subtropical and very pleasant, but in the evening is cool. There are more than 250 sunny days a year. Summer rains are rare, main rainfall is in the winter. The best months for holidays are from May to September.


The average monthly daily temperature on the island of Crete (Heraklion), °C: 

month Jan  Feb  Mar Apr  May   Jun  Jul Aug   Sep Oct  Nov   Dec
 air  +15  +15  +16  +20  +23  +27  +28  +28  +26  +23  +20  +17
 water +16  +16   +18  +18   +22  +22  +25   +25  +24   +24  +20   +20

The climate of Crete is the most gentle and favorable in Europe. The climate is temperate Mediterranean in Heraklion. Winters are mild, but windy. Sunny weather in Heraklion is more than 300 days a year. The swimming season lasts from April to November. Rains in the season are very rare. Come to rest in Heraklion all year round.


The most preferred season for the seaside holidays is from early June to mid-September. On the north coast of Greece heat is moderated by sea breezes, constantly blowing in the middle of the day. And on the coast of Aegean Sea the wind of "meltemi" blows in summer. On the island of Crete its northern shore is constantly blown by pleasant breezes, and on the south shore the periods of calm gives way to sudden gusts of strong wind.


Summer is not the best choice for the city's archaeological sites of ancient Greece, because the whole country reigns heat, and the heat in Athens is exacerbated by smog ("nefos").  Summer in Athens is contraindicated for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases and asthma. For lovers of Greek antiquities the best season is spring and autumn (April - May and October - November) when it is not too hot. Greece is also beautiful in the spring with carpets of wild flowers on the hills and green foliage. Autumn in Greece is warm and sunny, and the sea does not cool down until November (at the beginning of this month the temperature of water is +20 ° C).


The winter in Greece is rainy, sometimes there can be snow, including in Athens. The weather in mountains of northern Greece is characterized by winter frosts. On the slopes of Mount Olympus (2,900 meters), you can ski.


There are always a lot of tourists in Greece: in July - August it is a peak of holiday at sea; in the off-season - the peak of trippers to antiquity; the months of January and February are most calm. Among the guests the British and the Germans are dominated. The country is also popular with Italians, French, Dutch and Russians.