If you have recently booked a holiday to Greece, then you are probably feeling very excited about your upcoming trip, even if you have a few weeks or months to wait for it. Greece is a country full of culture, activities, and of course, amazing weather – making it the perfect destination for any kind of holidaymaker, whether you’re planning to visit the mainland, one of the many beautiful islands, or a mixture of the two. However, to make sure that your trip to Greece runs smoothly, there’s a few key things to keep in mind. Here are our top tips for travelling in Greece.
Tip #1. Cash is King:
Unlike many other European countries today, cash payments are still very much the most popular way of making purchases in Greece, and it’s not unusual to find smaller shops and vendors who simply won’t accept card payments at all. Not to worry, however, as there are usually plenty of ATMs, particularly in the centre of larger cities, that you can use to withdraw cash if you need it. You’ll also usually find that debit and credit cards are accepted in the majority of larger stores. However, if you’re travelling to a smaller Greek island, then you’re best off taking plenty of cash along with you.
Tip #2. Be Careful on the Roads:
If you’re planning on renting a car, then it’s important to make sure that you are careful on the roads since whilst Greek people are some of the most friendly and hospitable, they are also known for their aggressive style of driving, especially in major cities such as Athens. Watch out for motorcyclists, who tend to zig-zag a lot and try to overtake, and bear in mind that it’s not uncommon for cars to overtake on both sides. If you’re staying on a quieter island then this might not be such a problem for you, but it’s always best to exercise caution when driving your hire car.
Tip #3. Book Early:
With it’s beautiful beaches, awesome food and stunning weather, it’s no surprise that Greece is an extremely popular summer holiday destination. So, if there is any part of your trip left to book, it’s a good idea to get it sorted out as early as you can to avoid disappointment. Don’t be surprised if the prices hike up nearer the time of your trip as tickets and accommodation become more and more in-demand. Luxury villas in Greece fill up quickly, so be sure to act fast!
Tip #4. Drink Bottled Water:
If you’re used to drinking water from the tap, then you’ll need to get used to doing it a little bit differently when in Greece. Although it’s common to drink water from the tap in almost any city in mainland Greece, if you’re planning to visit any of the islands then it’s always best to drink bottled water since the water supply isn’t as good. The majority of Greek islands do not have sufficient access to water, and the small amount that is available tends to be saved for laundry and hygienic purposes.
Tip #5. Don’t Flush Toilet Paper:
You’re probably used to flushing toilet paper down the toilet in any country that you visit, but this isn’t the case in Greece. Although this surprises many tourists when they first arrive in the country, don’t worry as it’s something that you’ll quickly get used to, and public toilet facilities will have bins available where you can put your toilet paper instead. This is because the majority of Greek sewage pipes are only 50mm in diameter, therefore they’ll quickly get clogged by toilet paper.
Would you like to add any tips of your own for visitors to Greece? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.