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Greece Travel Tips

Updated on September 14, 2014

Greece Travel Tips

In this Hub I've set out some tips and advice for anyone who may be thinking of visiting Greece for the first time.

The tips below are aimed mainly at people going on holiday to Greece. However, I hope they may be useful for people travelling on business or for other reasons as well.

Greece is a beautiful and fascinating country, and Greek people genuinely enjoy welcoming visitors and extending hospitality to them. Have a great time while you're there. I'm sure you will!

Tips for Visitors to Greece

Here are a few basic Dos and Don'ts for newcomers to Greece...

  1. DO learn at least one or two words of the language. Here are a few to start you off: Kalimera (good morning), Kalispera (Good evening), Kalinichta (Good night), Efharisto (Thank you), Parakalo (Please).
  2. DON'T get paranoid about the water. Greek tap water is safe to drink, so there is no need to boil it before using. It is, however, high in mineral salts, so for day to day drinking most people buy bottled water.
  3. DO eat in the local tavernas. You'll find them friendly and inexpensive, with a good range of choice, even for non-meat eaters. Enjoying a delicious evening meal in a taverna as the sun sets through the trees and the moon rises above the ocean is what Greek holidays are all about.
  4. DO try the 'open' wine, which is on offer at most tavernas in 1 litre and 1/2 litre carafes. Red and white are always available, and sometimes rose as well. These wines are very inexpensive, typically 4 euro a litre, and generally of a good standard. Bear in mind that the red wines will not be chilled.
  5. DON'T expect luxury accommodation. Most Greek holiday apartments are fairly basic, with showers rather than baths, and a limited range of furniture. More recently built hotels and apartments typically have more features, for which you can expect to pay extra.
  6. DON'T put paper down the toilet. Greek plumbing simply cannot cope with this, and if you do so the pipes will block and the toilet will overflow. Put paper into the bin beside the toilet. These will be emptied every time your room is serviced.
  7. DO find out about the local public transport. Buses are very inexpensive, and can be a great way of visiting the local towns. They may not run very frequently, however, so do check the timetable first.
  8. DO attend the welcome meeting if you are travelling as part of a package tour. This applies even if you have visited the area before. Apart from the information on offer, it's a good idea to get to know who your rep is. Remember that they are there to help you, and will be happy to assist with booking taxis, recommending places to eat, and so on.
  9. DO remember that some aspects of dining out in Greece may be different from what you are used to at home. For example, in many tavernas you will be expected to use the same knife and fork for both starter and main course. In more traditional establishments, both courses may arrive together, and they may be served warm rather than piping hot.
  10. DO remember as well that in Greece dessert tends to be taken in bars and ice cream parlors rather than in tavernas. In tourist areas many tavernas do now offer a range of desserts, but when in Greece there is a lot to be said for doing what the locals do and moving on somewhere else for dessert (if you want it).

What to Pack for Greece

Here are a few suggestions of things that you may find useful to pack for Greece. Some of these items may also be available locally (but then again, they may not!).

* Torch/flashlight - Street lighting in Greece can be patchy. A torch/flashlight can be handy for finding your way back to your accommodation at night, and also helps ensure that drivers and others on the roads and paths can see you.

* Anti-Mosquito Plug-in - Mosquitoes can be an irritation (and sometimes worse) in Greece. The latest electrical plug-ins should ensure that you won't get bitten overnight.

* Insect repellent and bite treatment - see above.

* Plug adaptor - Greece uses 230V AC, so appliances from the UK will work, but you will need a European round-plug adaptor. Visitors from the US will NOT be able to use American-bought appliances unless they are multi-voltage. Alternatively you can take a 230V to 110V converter (available quite cheaply from Amazon).

Books on Greece from Amazon

Greek Tourist Guide

Let me know if you enjoyed this Lens, and in particular if you have any other tips for visitors to Greece you think I should include.

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      shellyart lm 5 years ago

      Great lens, Greece is my favourite holiday destination, there are some beautiful places on the greek isles.

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      Nick Daws 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for your comments, guys. VisitHellas, I do stand by this comment. In my experience, Greek holiday apartments are often on the basic side. However, it's also true that those built in recent years tend to be a bit more luxurious. At the higher end, of course, holiday accommodation in Greece is the equal of anywhere in the world.

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      Sophant 5 years ago

      Really nice lens. Love Greece, but probably love Greek food even more! :-)

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      VisitHellas 6 years ago

      I don't think that the number 5 is correct.

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      Nick Daws 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you! I'm glad you like it.

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      indiavacationplans 6 years ago

      I love this lens! So much information all in one place!

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      rt8ca 6 years ago

      Some great tips here thanks.

      I will definitely use your lens as a link when writing articles on cruise vacations to Greece.

      Please drop by my travel website when you get a moment.

      Thanks again!

      holidaysforfamily

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      Well-informed and useful tips for those visiting Greece. I like your attitude about learning to do things the greek way. In fact, that's what any visitor to any country should do -- just like when visiting a friend's home: you're most surely welcome, but it's still their home, not yours, and you're not supposed to enforce your habits and demands in their houselhold. You like it - you stay. You don't like it - you hit the road again. Maybe go someplace else you like better. That is, I think, r-e-s-p-e-c-t.

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      andrwclark 6 years ago

      I love Greece because of its beaches and its some special beaches. hmm, you know them all. the life on beach is awesome, your mood will not say to go back home. people, music and drinks around there, smelling hot food's smell, spicy dish going in-front of you will really so no to home now. you will enjoy offers on international roaming to Greece SIM card.

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      isabella lm 8 years ago

      Nice lens!! We invite you to join the Greece Headquarters

      Submit your lens as well as your ideas to improve it!

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      GHouse 8 years ago

      Hi!! Just come to see your nice lens. I do my lens too. It's about my hotel in hua hin Thailand. If you come to Thailand, please visit us.

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      Travelglomerate 10 years ago

      I really enjoy reading tips from travelers who enjoy experiencing the culture of the places they go. Well done!

      Ann Lund http://www.travelglomerate.com

      Get a Travel Site Like Mine

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hi Nick,

      I created a website that could be useful for your readers.

      It's www.saveonroaming.net and it explains how to avoid expensive roaming fees on your mobile phone and lists all the rates and special offers in Greece.

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