10 Things to Do (and Not Do) in Greece

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Holidaying in Greece? From packing suggestions to body language hints to attitude adjustments, these tips will make it a big fat Greek odyssey to remember!


  • 10 Things to Do (and NOT Do) in GreeceHolidaying in Greece? From packing suggestions to body language hints to attitudeadjustments, these tips will make it a big fat Greek odyssey to remember!

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  • 5 Definite Dos

    1 Do pack light

    Youll be getting on and off planes and ferries. So dont tire yourself dragging a heavysuitcase. Besides prescription meds and other travel basics, a Greek getaway requires thebare minimum comfortable walking shoes, light summer clothing, one or two bathingsuits. Bring a light sweater or jacket should the evenings turn chilly.

    2 Do bring enough cash

    In Greece, cash is king. Yes, hotels and many big stores and restaurants may accept creditcards. But most cafes, tavernas, taxis, kiosks, groceries, street vendors, flea markets(especially in remote islands) deal only in cash. And the only currency accepted is theEuro.

    3 Do take your time

    From ridiculously breathtaking beaches to towns that look like postcards come to life,Greece lives up to the hype. So dont try to see as many islands or locations as you can ona single trip. Instead, relax and enjoy every region to the max. This will also give you manymore reasons to return.

    4 Do do as the Greeks do

    Live the full Greek experience share a long lunch and sip endless afternoon ouzo withthe locals. Lunch may start at 3 PM, you may eat from communal plates, or get funnylooks if you ask for butter with your bread but go with the flow. Even better, acceptdinner or wedding invitations if offered and enjoy some of the best food and hospitalityever.

    5 Do learn to speak and gesture in Greek

    Learn a few well-chosen phrases to help break the ice, or get you the help or directionsyou need. Even more critical, use the right body language. Say no by nodding your headand goodbye with your palm facing you gestures that mean yes and come here for

  • English speakers. And remember gesturing towards someones face with an open palmis offensive.

    5 Dont Even Think About It-s

    6 Dont expect perfection

    Okay. The toilet system may not be advanced. Washcloths and sink stoppers may bemissing from hotel rooms. Buses, train, and ferries may arrive late or too early. Transitworkers may strike at random. But hey. Youre in the cradle of civilization, a beautiful placewhere people are warm and laid back. So chill out. Laugh about it. And enjoy yourvacation.

    7 Dont visit churches under-dressed

    Bare arms, legs, or other body parts are perfectly okay at the beaches. But in a countrywhere religion plays a central role, be sure to visit churches, chapels, and monasteries inconservative getup. No shorts or tank tops. Instead, its long skirts and covered shouldersfor women, long pants for men.

    8 Dont eat fast food

    Please. Chuck the pizza, burgers, and French fries. Now that you can finally savorauthentic Greek cuisine (not the diner version), go on a healthy and tasty Mediterraneandiet. That would be olives and cheeses. Fruits and fresh seafood. Mousakka. Greek salad.Dips in every flavor. Sweets and cakes to die for. Yup, Greek cuisine is definitely more thangyros and souvlaki!

    9 Dont drive

    Unless youre a dedicated stick-shift driver or dont mind the daily traffic snarls, best to usepublic transport in Greece: buses and trains in the mainland, scenic ferry rides to andbetween islands. Ferries are cheap and aplenty, but also popular. So make sure to reserveyour seats in advance.

    10 Dont just visit Athens, Santorini, or Mykonos

    Athens breathes history and culture. And the islands are incomparably beautiful. But if

  • you have the time and budget, think out of the box and check out Greeces hidden gems.If Folegandros, Skiathos, Aegina, Glyfada (Athens Riviera), Paxi, and Meteora (known for itsother-worldly monasteries) are not yet on your itinerary, they should be!

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