Planning a Greek Trip

Greece ©frans.sellies/flickr

Greece ©frans.sellies/flickr

If you are planning a trip to Greece, here are some useful and practical information. Arriving in Greece on a Sunday is best if you are prepared that most of the stores will be closed. Tourist services or souvenirs stores are available usually. The siesta is from 3pm to 5pm, some places have minimum crew on duty during the naptime. Government offices are open from 8am to 3pm, try to do your official business tasks on weekdays from 9am to 1pm. An advice will be that you call to check their business hours to avoid disappointment but avoid calling them during 3-5pm.

Banks in Greece

The banks are open to public from 8am til 2pm from Mondays to Thursdays. However, Fridays will closed from 1:30pm and on all legal national Greek holidays. Baptism of Christ (Epiphany) on the January 6 is one such holiday. Then the Clean Monday which they locally know as Kathari Deftera. Forty-one days before Easter, the late March to late April. March 25, Greece Independence Day, the Monday after Easter Sunday, Good Friday, May Day on May 1st is the Labor Day, Holy Spirit Monday or Whitmonday, Pentecost (day after Whitsunday), the 7th Sunday after Easter, August 15th (Assumption of the Virgin), October 28th is the Ochi Day, Christmas 25th and 26th December and of course, 1st January New Year’s Day. Of particular note, the August 15th is a day when many places are closed as most of the Greeks return to their villages and hometowns due to the Easter holidays. Getting around might not be easy as most of the internal transportation is overwhelmed by their local people’s movement.

When not to go

Greek Winter ©RobW_/flickr

Greek Winter ©RobW_/flickr

Don’t go in Winter. Greek winter starts from November til March. During this time, you can ski in the mountains. Late October is lack of ferry service and flights. Besides, winters in the mountainous northern parts are harsh, the summers are short. September and mid October is very crowded, the other most crowded time is the Orthodox Easter Week. As for August 15th, it is also overcrowded, so these are not the best timing for a leisure holiday.

Electricity

220 volts AC unless in bigger hotels which supply 110 V outlets for your electric shavers. Greece is using Continental-type plugs, two round prongs. If you are coming from USA, please bring an adapter plug and a converter or transformer. If possible bring only appliances that are dual-voltage. For your laptops, hair dryers, you may need surge protector.

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