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The special offer of souvenirs aimed at tourists is mostly kitsch and deserves no mention. Solid and inexpensive leather goods (bags, rucksacks, belts, etc.), cotton clothing of all kinds and jewelry are recommended for the tourist market. When it comes to jewelry, the wide selection ranges from simple silver rings and hoops to gold necklaces. The craft of the gold and silversmiths in Greece has a long tradition and a high level. There is also no shortage of good pottery. Shoes are a lot cheaper than in Western Europe, and fur clothing is no different. For the domestic pantry you can z. B. with olive oil, cheese (kefalotíri or anthótiro), oúzo and brandy, wines, with wild herbs of all kinds, with herbal teas in a bundle or with a garlic plait.


The voltage in Greece is 220 volts. Our usual two-pin plugs usually fit.

Greece Holidays

Holidays in Greece are: January 1st, January 6th, March 25th, Good Friday, Easter (Sun / Mon), May 1st, Pentecost (Sun / Mon), August 15, October 28, 25/26. December (Christmas). At the local level, there are various parish celebrations for day saints (see festival calendar) when a local church is dedicated to their veneration. For places with the beginning Ágios (saint) and Agía (saint) in the name, you can be sure to be able to experience a church consecration (panigíri) with music and folk dances on the open market on the corresponding day.

Festival calendar

January 1st (New Year)::Many Greeks spend New Year's Eve playing cards and throwing the dice for high stakes. Children go from house to house and sing songs (kálanda) to St. Basilios (Ágios Vasílios), whose feast day falls on New Year's Day. In families, the New Year's cake (vasilópita) is cut. A coin is baked into it, which promises luck to its finder.
6th January: On the Feast of Epiphany, processions move to the port in memory of Christ's baptism in all coastal towns. The priest consecrates the water and throws a cross into the sea, which the young divers fish out.
Carnival: In the weeks before the start of Lent, there is a vigorous celebration at dance events. There are only a few cities with carnival parades. The largest takes place on Mardi Gras Sunday (2013 on March 18, 2014 on March 3, 2015 on February 23, 2016 on March 14) in Patras.
25th March: National holiday to commemorate the outbreak of the uprising against Turkish rule of 1821 with parades across the country.
Good Friday: The epitaph is carried through the streets in procession.
Easter Saturday: Shortly before midnight the lights go out in the churches, the priest lights a large candle and says the words: “Come and take the light of a light that knows no evening!” With the cry “Hristós anésti!” (Christ is risen) , the believers light candles they have brought with them with the new light and carry them home. Bonfires are lit in front of the churches, firecrackers are thrown or Judas dolls are burned. The families meet for the supper of the magirítsa (soup made from lamb offal).
Easter Sunday: Easter is the highest festival of Orthodoxy and the most important family festival in the Greek course of the year. A traditional Easter meal is mutton or lamb roasted over open embers or baked in the oven. The date of the Orthodox Easter is based on a different calendar calculation than the Latin one and deviates from this by up to five weeks, the start of fasting and Pentecost are postponed accordingly. (Easter Sunday 2013 on May 5, 2014 on April 20, 2015 on April 12, 2016 on May 1)
April 23: St. George (Ágios Geórgios).
1st of May: Although Labor Day, May 1st is celebrated as a spring festival. You go out into nature with the family, weave wreaths of flowers and use them to decorate cars first, then front doors.
May 21: Hll. Constantine and Helena (Ágios Konstandínos / Agía Eléni). In the villages of Langáda near Thessaloniki and Agía Eléni near Sérres, the anastenária, an originally pagan custom of running bare feet over glowing coal, are celebrated until May 23rd.
17th of June: Agia Marína.
June 24th: Birth of John the Baptist (Ágios Ioánnis Pródromos).
June 29th: Hll. Peter and Paul (Ágios Pétros / Ágios Pávlos).
July: Athens Summer Festival in the Odeion of Herodes Atticus (until mid-August) and the Epidaurus Festival in the ancient theater (until August).
July 26th: Agia Paraskeví.
July 27th: Ágios Pantelëímonas.
6th of August: Transfiguration of Christ (Metamórfosis tou Sotíros).
15th of August: The physical ascension of Mary does not correspond to the orthodox doctrine, the great Marian festival, celebrated as a national holiday, is dedicated to the "Dormition of the Theotokos" (Kímisis Theotókou).
29th August: Beheading of John the Baptist (Ágios Ioánnis Pródromos).
September: International Fair of Thessaloniki, the accompanying program includes the Greek Film Festival and the Dimitría Festival (of the performing arts).
October 26th: Ágios Dimítrios.
28th of October: National holiday to commemorate the “No” of the dictator Metaxás in 1940 to Mussolini's demand for free invasion of Italy.
6th of December: St. Nicholas (Ágios Nikólaos). Christmas: The festival is not celebrated as intensely as in northern Europe.

taking photos

People should be asked for their permission, in museums photography with flash or tripod is subject to a fee. The prohibition of photography signposted at military facilities should be strictly observed! Digital photos can be burned onto CD in many photo shops and internet cafés.

Business hours

There is no longer a statutory shop closing regulation. Approximate core times: Mon, Wed and Sat 8.30 a.m.-2.30 p.m. Tue, Thu and Fri 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shops for tourist needs are usually open all day. In the kiosk (períptero) you can often meet the most urgent needs even after midnight.

Greece banks

Greece's banks are open Mon-Thu from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fri from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and sometimes longer in central Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki and Patras. ATMs for use with credit cards or EC cards with a secret number are widespread. The fees for withdrawals with credit cards are set by issuing banks in Greece. For withdrawals with EC cards, your bank will add up to 1% at home, but at least € 3.50 as a fee.

Greece food and drink

In Greece people either do not eat or eat little for breakfast; In simple hotels there is either no breakfast offer at all or only an extremely poor one. In Greece, according to Greek custom, the inhabitants do not eat lunch until after 2 p.m. But the Greek gastronomy is adjusted to the usual earlier rush of Central and Northern European tourists. Greeks don't usually eat dinner, the main meal of the day, until 9 p.m. Accordingly, you can usually eat until midnight in Greece. Coffee houses, cafeterias, pastry shops and bars are open longer, often until 2 a.m., and longer in holiday resorts. Menus are usually multilingual, at least in the holiday resorts. In many restaurants you can also choose the dishes from the hot food counter. The traditional custom of letting guests look into the pots in the kitchen, on the other hand, is dying out. The following rule of thumb for real hospitality can apply: To eat in Greece, go to places where locals frequent. In the cities you can always find solid, simple, long-established restaurants and taverns in the market district.

Greece prices

In Greece the prices for public transport, simple accommodation and cigarettes are often cheaper than in Germany. The Greece prices for groceries are a little higher than in Germany and gasoline is a lot higher. The food is often too expensive in relation to the service offered, although you can get full for 10 euros. Regarding entrance fees for sights in Greece: Depending on the importance of a site, the entrance fees in Greece vary between 2 and approx. 12 euros. Free admission for children, schoolchildren and students from EU countries with school or international student ID. From 65 years of age discounts.

Greece area code & post

In many post offices you can also buy nice souvenirs with a philatelic point of view. Post offices in the cities are open Mon-Fri from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat until 1 p.m., main post offices in large cities until 7 or 9 p.m., in Athens (Od.Eólou 100) until midnight, offices in market villages from 7.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Closed on Saturday). Corresponding working hours apply to telephone exchanges (OTE). You can also call from countless telephone boxes (card phones) and kiosks, in the villages from the general store, which serves as a telephone and post office. The cheapest way to call from Greece to Germany is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., in the opposite direction Mon-Fri between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. and all day on weekends. Greece area code to Greece: 0030 + full ten-digit number. The cellular network is very good. Greece area code to Germany: 0049; to Austria: 0043; to Switzerland: 0041. The first zero of the area code is omitted for calls to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Hiking Greece

The mountainous Greek mainland is one of the most beautiful hiking areas in Europe, but it is hardly developed and difficult to walk. Good areas for hiking in Greece are Chalkidike, Dimitsána and Párga. The loneliest region is the Píndos Mountains. River valleys are ideal routes. The European hiking trail E 4 crosses the region from Flórina descending over the Metéora monasteries to Delphi. The E 6 is also sufficiently marked.

Greece time

Eastern European Time applies, which precedes Central European Time by one hour (daylight saving time, as with us, from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Credit cards

Credit cards are accepted in larger hotels, upscale restaurants, many shops in all cities, and often at large city gas stations and major traffic routes.


Extensive smoking bans have been in force in all means of transport and in offices, bars of all kinds and hotel lobbies since 2010. They are largely observed in the cities.


Many large hotels offer tennis courts. There are golf courses in Porto Carras (Chalkidike) and Glifada (near Athens). In many places surfboards are rented, there are windsurfing and water ski schools. The sailing areas are inexhaustible. The rocky coasts are ideal for snorkeling. Diving is restricted in places for archaeological reasons. Everyone is allowed to fish in the sea. Motor boats up to 30 HP can be driven without a license. Trail riding is offered in Pílion and Kalamáta.

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