Information about Greece
Time in Greece
Language in Greece
Public toiletsin Greece
Measures and units in Greece
Greece uses the metric system. There is one exception. Some drinks - wine and water for example - are measured in kilo. You get used to it quickly. Instead of half a litre you order a half kilo. Beer is slightly different again. It is measured in litres. Bad news is, in most places they only sell bottles. And even in places where they do have draught beer they don't serve it in pints. Simply order a large beer. In most cases a "large" beer has 0.5 litres. You get used to the small glasses.
Greece is one of the safest places I know. Petty theft exists but is rare. Theft is considered dishonourable and therefore Greeks don't steal. Ripping tourists off is a different story. Be aware that Greece has quite a few immigrants and they might have a different code of honour.
Be very careful when it come to drugs. They are illegal and even a single joint can get you into big trouble. If someone tries to sell you drugs just say no and if possible contact the local authorities. In touristy places you can find a special tourist police. They have their own offices and generally speak at least some English.
Bank holidays Greece
Bank holidays are different from the UK and
Ireland. They are
generally on a specific date. If that date happens to be on a
Saturday or Sunday that's just bad luck. They don't get an
extra day off. Easter is different as well. It’s the Orthodox
Easter which in most years is different from the Roman
It sounds weird but if you want to safe money don't buy your groceries in a super market. Bread is cheaper in a bakery, meat cheaper when you go to a butcher. Even in a supermarket the fresh meat, cheese and olives are cheaper at the counter than the boxed stuff in the fridges.
Greek supermarkets are expensive. Foreign chains like LIDL are a lot cheaper than the local ones. Especially ready made meals are extremely expensive. It's probably cheaper to go out for dinner not to mention that the latter is a lot nicer.
Greece by Greeka - a good website about Greece and a specialist for holidays on Greek Islands