We returned from a two week holiday to Greece last night and I feel that I should tell everyone how wonderful the trip was. We spent a week on Crete, followed by about 5 days driving around the Peloponnese Peninsula, a visit to Delphi and a couple of days in Athens. We saw no evidence of protests, strikes, closures, violence or any other issue associated with the economic situation. A couple of gift shops at sites such as Delphi were closed (we heard because of cut backs) but everything else was up and running.
The people we met along the way were great, and although a few had some comments about the economic crisis, it was always an interesting discussion, and not at all confrontational.
Given that the weather was less than ideal, and that this is not peak season, some hotels/restaurants were closed. We believe these closures are normal for this time of year and are not a result of the economic situation. A few people we spoke with (we are in the tourist industry in Canada and are always interested in similar businesses elsewhere) felt that this upcoming summer season might be slower than normal. The feeling was that the international news is portraying Greece as unsafe and a risky vacation bet. Our experience was that this is not the case. In fact, our value for the money was great.
We recommend a trip to Greece now or when the weather improves. I hope that the economic situation improves given recent developments, and feel that this is the time to support the Greek economy with a visit.