Greece is an awesome place to explore and visit! However, there are things that you should know before you go so you can be prepared and you can enjoy your travel!
1. Many beaches are topless
If you haven’t been to Greece before, you might be surprised to the fact that most of the beaches in Greece are topless or requires no clothing on the upper body for both men and women. So if you’re kinda conservative, you can search for beaches that are not topless. On the other hand, if you’re confident in being topless, you will definitely enjoy!
2. Souvlaki or gyro is pretty much served everywhere
Gyro is a special Greek delicacy which consists of onion, meat, tzatziki sauce and tomato served with pita bread while Souvlaki is made of small meat crumbs with grilled vegetables placed on a skewer. These dishes are the most popular and you should definitely try it!
3. The Greek islands are safer than the Greek mainland for tourists and there is less crime
If it is your first time in Greece, keep in mind that safety always comes first! Visiting the Greek Islands is much recommended for tourists because it is safer compared to visiting the mainland Greece.
4. Greek people are friendly and in the smaller towns and villages they will treat you like family even if they don’t know you
You don’t have to worry about the Greek people because they are quite welcoming and approachable. Don’t be surprised if you end up going to villages or towns where some Greek people offer you some food because being friendly is part of their amazing culture.
5. Many of the Ancient Greek sites have been rebuilt and the structures are often times not originals
Greece is popular for its ancient greek architectures but you need to consider the fact that these architectures was rebuilt and renovated in order to preserve and prolong it. That is why it is true that most of the greek sites are not considered originals. However, the value and history of the greek sites still remain.
6. Cash is king in Greece and ATM fees are through the roof with their international fees, especially in areas with high tourist volume
Before going on a trip to Greece, make sure to have a cash with you, or specifically, Euros, which is the main currency in Greece because the ATM machines have super expensive fees that will cost you a lot! Bringing cash (Euros) is a must because it will save you time and money!
7. Driving in Greece isn’t like driving in other places around the EU be prepared to pull over and use the shoulder when speeding drivers come flying by on those every windy roads
Driving in mainland Greece or Greek islands is exciting for those who know how to drive defensively because following the traffic rules is one of the weakness of Greek people so you should watch out and be alert if you are going to drive around this country.
8. Many of the toilets on the Greek islands don’t allow you to flush toilet paper. Even at the plush resorts, so be prepared for this reality
The sewage systems in Greece was created in the 1930s and 1940s using a small bore pipe work that cannot handle paper waste that is why most of the toilets in Greece don’t allow flushing of toilet papers. So they use trash bins in toilets where people can throw away their toilet papers.
9. The summers are very hot on the Greek islands and the sun will burn you. But the winters are very windy and cold and not worth visiting many of the islands. Visit during May or September for a better experience.
Considering the weather before visiting to a place is a must if you want to have a fun and memorable travel experience in Greece. Keep in mind that the best months to visit Greece are May and September because it is not too hot and too cold. The weather is absolutely good and it will let you explore and roam around greece while enjoying a good weather as well. On the other hand, June to August are the summer months in Greece so you should avoid going in these months if you don’t want to be burned due to extreme heat.
10. Unlike many of the other places in Europe tipping in Greece is optional. If you liked the service then tip your host or server
Some Greek restaurants will round up the bill so you should better check it first before giving a tip. You can give a 5% or 10% tip depending on how you liked the service. There are three ways on how to give the tip: you can leave the tip on the table, give it directly to the waiter, or tell the waiter to keep the change. However, there are some restaurants that don’t allow their staffs to keep the tips.
11. You will need an international drivers license if you intend on renting a car or an ATV. Although some of the village establishments have been known to let it slide. Better to get the international license.
Renting a car is good idea if you want to explore Greece! You must be 21 years old if you want to rent a car in Greece because it is one of the requirements while the maximum age limit is 70 years old. Aside from that, seatbelts and child seats (up to age of 4) are mandatory. Remember to follow road rules and bring your international driving license to have a smooth trip.