Greece is a country shrouded in mystery of ancient myths and the Olympic gods. At least once in your life you have to go there. And those who are not afraid of heights, it is necessary to make the ascent to the world famous Mount Olympus, whose height reaches almost 3000 meters!
When is it better to go to Greece?
If you decide to visit this country in order to fully enjoy a beach holiday, it’s worth going here from April to the end of October. But in the event that you do not tolerate the heat and are traveling with a purely excursion purpose, the best time to visit the country is in early spring and late autumn. This time is not as hot as in summer. In addition, there is no longer that huge number of tourists who besieged the sights in the high season.
Customs in Greece
- The country's legislation does not limit the amount of currency that you can import or export.
- Tourists who have reached the age of 18 and come from Europe, but not from the European Union countries, can carry up to 200 cigarettes with them, or up to 100 cigarillos, or up to 50 cigars, or up to 250 g of tobacco.
- Tourists who have reached the age of 18 and are not from Europe can carry with them twice as much tobacco products, namely up to 400 cigarettes, up to 200 cigarillos, up to 100 cigars and up to 500 g of tobacco.
- With regard to the rules of transportation of alcohol, it is allowed to import no more than 1 liter of strong alcoholic beverages (over 22 degrees), up to 2 liters of fortified wines, or sparkling or table wines (up to 22 degrees).
- Duty-free import of up to 500 g of coffee, up to 100 g of tea, up to 250 ml of toilet water, up to 50 ml of perfume is allowed. A tourist may have personal items, the total cost of which does not exceed 175 euros per adult, and 90 euros per child under 15 years.
- In the event that a tourist wants to bring with him any items in quantities larger than indicated, these items are subject to a duty of 3.5%.
- Drugs, screaming, ammunition, explosives, pornography, edged weapons, medicines, souvenirs made from rare plants or endangered animals are strictly forbidden to be imported into Greece. Prohibited the import of counterfeit branded items in excess of personal use, antiques and works of art.
- In addition, the import of meat and dairy products, including chocolates, bacon and sausage, has recently been banned. Under this prohibition does not fall only baby food and products for sick people that they need. In this case, everything should be carefully packed, and the total amount of such products should not exceed 2 kg per person.
- Prohibited to import matches in unreasonable quantities and playing cards.
- All transported plants and animals must be presented to the customs officer. Animals must be issued a certificate from the veterinarian no earlier than 10 days before the trip.
- It is forbidden to remove from the country archaeological finds and objects from the seabed. In case of violation of this prohibition, the items will be withdrawn, and the tourist will be subject to criminal penalties.
- Since Greece is a member state of the European Union, the official currency of the country is the euro. 1 euro = 100 cents = 43 rubles. In circulation are notes in denominations of 5,10,20,50,100,200 and 500 euros, as well as coins in denominations of 1 and 2 euros, 1,2,5,10,20,50 cents.
- Currency exchange can be made only in banks, bank terminals or special departments at the post office. Be prepared for the fact that you will be charged a fee of 3 to 5% of the amount. A passport will also be required.
- All major institutions and shops accept credit cards.
- On weekdays, banks work from 8.30 to 14.00, on Friday the working day is shorter by half an hour. From 15.00 to 21.00 banks work in major tourist centers. However, on weekends and public holidays all banks are weekends. Be prepared for the fact that the exchange will have to stand in line.
- In extreme cases, you can use the services of ATMs that work around the clock, but the commission in them is 4%.
- Try to always carry around a trifle in the trade organizations with this constant problem. You may not find a change of up to 1 euro! Be careful with fake bills! The most common fakes - 100 and 200 euros.
- On the territory of the country are carried out by bank transfer all operations in excess of the amount of 3,000 euros. In the near future, they want to reduce this figure to 1,500 euros.
Prices in Greece
- For a long time, prices in Greece were considered low. But after the country's entry into the European Union prices soared. And now the cost of lunch in a restaurant or cafe is equivalent to lunch in restaurants in Europe. Especially strongly increased prices on the eve of Easter and the New Year.
- On average, you can count on 50 euros per person per day. In the event that you live in a campsite, this amount can be reduced to 40 euros.
- Prices in the shops of Greece are a bit lower than in Europe, but this does not apply to electrical goods and cars.
- Markets in Greece operate from approximately 9.00 to 20.30. Shops open at 8.30 and close at 21.00. Siesta, during which both markets and shops are closed, lasts from 14.00 to 17.30. In major tourist centers, all stores operate seven days a week or more.
- In cafes, restaurants and taxis, you can leave a tip - 10% of the amount. If the amount is small, you can give 1-2 euros. But to bargain in the markets of Greece is not accepted.
Communication in Greece
The most profitable calls can be made from the phone of the machine. Payment is made by special cards that can be bought at kiosks and shops. The discount rate is valid from 22.00 to 8.00 am, as well as on Saturday and Sunday. At this time, you can save 50% of the amount.
Widely developed network of Internet cafes. And the payment is very modest - from 1.5 to 4 euros per hour.
Sim card of the local operator can be purchased almost everywhere, its cost ranges from 10-20 euros. The quality of communication is very high, it catches even in the subway!
- Since Greece is a maritime state, the Greeks consume a very large amount of fish and other seafood. In addition, meat - chicken, pork, beef and lamb is also very popular.
- When cooking almost all dishes, lemon, olive oil, tomato paste and all sorts of local herbs and spices are used.
- Bread and wine are an integral part of the Greek dinner.
- Fans of fast food will feel in paradise, because the network of fast food cafes is well developed in the country. The range of "fast" dishes is too large, and they are very tasty. In some cafes you can order takeaway food.
- Gourmets should definitely try as many seafood dishes as possible. Indeed, in Greece there is practically no frozen fish, it is always the freshest.
- Of course, it is worth trying the world famous Greek salad.
- Alcoholic beverages in Greece are allowed to sell to persons who have reached the age of 17. Very popular among the population is wine, as well as local traditional drinks.
- Coffee is an integral part of the Greek cuisine. Here they drink a lot of coffee, and many important things are solved over a cup of this drink. If you order coffee in a restaurant and do not ask not to add sugar, you will get sweetened coffee. In the summer, iced coffee is especially popular.
Important traditions of Greece
- In Greece, it is not accepted to publicly swear and sort things out; this is considered indecent.
- There is a great respect for elders in the country; they are given up their places in public transport and are allowed ahead when entering the premises.
- In Greece, highly revered guests. There will never be a guest in the restaurant - only at home. On a visit to the Greeks, it is customary to come with a gift and wish the owners something good. In the house should go with the right foot. Do not be surprised that the Greek did not open the gift right away, it is not customary to consider gifts for other guests. When you leave the hospitable house, be sure to praise the culinary skills of the hostess - here it is highly appreciated.
- Never use the open palm gesture. This gesture is abusive in Greece.
- In Greece, a very safe environment for life and health, but you should very carefully cross the road. This is due to the fact that the Greeks do not follow the rules of the road and can go to the red light.
Greece has it all! Therefore, it is worth at least once in your life to go there and try the freshest fish, tasty meat, delicious coffee with sweets. Enjoy your holiday!