With so much to see and do, it helps to have a helpful guide before you depart for this bright and breezy country. Here are some need-to-knows:
It’s a relatively safe country
While you should be precautious when visiting Greece, it’s still considered an extremely safe country. Crime rates are low in Greece, so don’t worry too much about walking around during the day or at night.
Locals are friendly to foreigners
Greek locals are extremely hospitable and friendly, with many appreciating when attempts to speak Greek are made. Greeks are proud of their traditions and culture, value relationships, and are warm and kind.
Greece is a laid-back country
Expect a very relaxed way of life when visiting the Greek isles! The locals live on island time, avoiding rushing through their everyday routines while enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
Tap water isn’t always safe to drink
Many of the islands in Greece don’t have safe tap water, so keeping bottled water on hand is important. If you’re unsure, just ask. Staying hydrated is also important because the climate can get very hot and lead to heatstroke, particularly if you’re visiting beaches with minimal shade.
Be careful with hand gestures
Two hand gestures are considered impolite in Greece, namely, the “OK’ sign (making a circle with your thumb and index finger) and holding your hand up with your palm facing outward (this includes waving). This can offend locals, so avoid it at all costs.
Dress appropriately when visiting religious sites
While a casual dress code is generally accepted when visiting beaches and cities, always make sure to cover your arms, midriff and legs when paying a visit to churches, monasteries and sacred sites.