30 Things you should never Do in Greece

In every country and every city, there are some things you need to avoid to make sure your holiday will be a fantastic experience.


That is why I collect all the things you should never do in Greece, based on my personal experience and mistakes (and some advice I got while travelling in Greece from locals), to make sure you aren't going to make any mistakes.


Your travel will go smooth like the delicious Ouzo you are going to drink during your vacation.


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In Greece, is absolutely forbidden to wear heels in sites of archaeological importance.


They made this law to protect archaeological sites from abrasion. So please keep that in mind and make sure to always wear some flat shoes when visiting these places, after all, even a flat sandal can be sexy and also much more comfortable while sightseeing.


26 Things Not to Do in Greece

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1. Don't avoid planning a holiday to Greece:


Greece is one of the most famous countries in the world for its incredible holiday destinations, mostly during summertime, so book your flight tickets and start to plan your travel, trust me you are going to love everything about it.


Do you want to know more about Greece?


Check out “The Most Complete Guide of Greece“ and read all the articles I wrote about it.


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2. Don't plan to visit the Greek islands during winter:


If you look at flights and accommodations prices, you will see that during winter, the prices drop a lot, and yes, you will save a lot of money and avoid the summer crowd, but you will also find most of the hotels and restaurants closed.


Greek islands are a summer destination, they are perfect from May to September, but from November to March, most islands are empty. You will find only locals (that is a good thing), but the weather might be cloudy, windy and cold.


26 Things Not to Do in Greece

I think the best month to visit the Greek islands is in September, when kids are back at school, it is less crowded, the temperature is still warm but not so hot as July, everything is still open, but it is not high season anymore, so prices are lower.


To visit the mainland instead, if you are not looking to spend all your vacation on the beach but you prefer to travel around exploring, even winter can be a good season.


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3. Don't be afraid to learn some basic sentences in Greek:


I know, the Greek language might be intimidating for some of us. Still, you have no idea how hospitable Greek people are. They will appreciate the effort, so learn some essential words to use at your accommodation or in a restaurant, like good morning, good evening, thank you, etc.


You might end up becoming friends with some locals just because you show them how much you like your country and your culture just only by saying a few Greek words.


 

Do you want to see everything Greece has to offer to make your next vacation unforgettable?

Check here all the tours available.

You won't regret it!


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4. Don't think that Greece is only a group of islands to explore:


Greece is also mainland, and it is beautiful, full of stunning beaches along the coast, mountains to hike and explore, and villages and cities to visit, there are infinite numbers of Romans and Greeks ruins, and the food is different in every region.


Check here my "The Most Complete Guide of Greece" to see all the Greek destinations I wrote about, to get inspired for your next travel.


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5. Don't save money on ferries:


When you start to look at ferry prices, you will notice that different ferries are doing the same route at very different prices. That is because you can pay 25 euros and spend 5 hours to reach your destination, or spend 40 euros and get there in only 2 hours.


Of course, it is up to you and how much time you have on your vacation, but I think it could be worth spending 15 euros more and having three more hours to spend at the beach (but this is only my opinion).


Use the Ferryhopper widget down below to check ferry prices and availability for your next Greece vacation. I used it to book all my ferries to move around Greece.





Check out some articles to plan your Greek holiday


12 Most Visited Islands in Greece

The Most Complete Guide of Greece

13 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece


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6. Don't book a seat on a ferry without an assigned seat during the hottest month:


Trust me that travelling on the hot deck of a ferry, in the middle of the day with 40 degrees or even more, is not funny at all, so make sure to book a seat when purchasing your ferry tickets and make sure that your seat is inside where the air conditioning is always on.


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7. Avoid tourists traps:


As you probably know, my dear traveller, every tourist place has plenty of tourist traps.

Do your research in advance and check if I have been where you are planning to go (I write articles about where and what to eat in all my destinations).


Otherwise, ask locals where they eat, and you won't regret it.

You will taste delicious local food and probably save some money. Also, be careful with souvenirs, not all of them are made locally, unfortunately.


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8. Don't drink water straight from the tap:


Unless you are on the mainland in Athens where you have been told that tap water is safe to drink, please don't do it on most islands, like Mykonos and Santorini.


In most accommodations, even in the cheaper ones, you will find a bottle of water in your room upon your arrival.


Always check with locals and buy some water at the supermarket (this is something I hate to do cause I prefer to don't buy plastic bottles and use my reusable bottle, but in this case, it will save you from getting a terrible stomachache).


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9. Don't be afraid to talk to locals:


Locals know the area, and they can give you advice, like where to eat, how to get from A to B in the cheapest and fastest way, they know the hidden gems and much more, so don't be afraid to talk to them and ask for advice.


Do you want to know more about Greece?


Check out “The Most Complete Guide of Greece“ and read all the articles I wrote about it.


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10. Don't forget to research where to eat local:


We all have a budget when we travel, and the best way to experience the place we are visiting is through the local food. That is why I always write an article about the local food for every destination, so you will know what dishes to look for.


I think it is probably the first thing I research as soon as I choose a destination, where and what to eat, for me that I would spend all day dining, is a vital part of my travel.

 

Get all the information you need to plan your perfect vacation in Greece

20 Most Amazing Sweets to Try in Greece

Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Greece

39 Delicious Food and Drinks You Have to Try in Greece


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11. Don't be scared to share your meal with your travel mates:


And by saying this, I mean that there are so many delicious foods in Greece, that you cannot just order a starter and a main course for yourself and try only two things that a restaurant has to offer.


Unless you are travelling alone, share all the food with your travel mates.

Order different dishes and share everything, try most of the options on the menu, and choose your favourites.


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12. Don't eat only Greek food you have heard about:


Greece is a vast country, and every region has some specialities that you may not have heard about yet.

Do your research ahead, or when visiting, ask your waiter or at your accommodation what the local gastronomy has to offer. Check out "39 Delicious Food and Drinks to Try in Greece".

Trust me. You are going to get very well surprised.


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13. Don't talk about politics or country issues:


As you might have heard, Greece has a financial issue, so please avoid the subject unless a local start to talk about it with you.


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14. Don't forget to bring a gift when a local invites you to their house:


Greeks are very hospitable people so in case some of them will invite you to their home, please be a perfect guest and bring something to say thank you.


It might be just a bunch of flowers, a bottle of wine or some sweets bought at a local bakery. You will see how much they will appreciate your gesture.

 

Check Out

31 Unmissable Things to Do in Athens

16 Best Places Where to Eat Local in Athens

7 Best and Cheapest Accommodations in Athens


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15. Don't forget to be extra careful when crossing the road:


Greeks are a little bit crazy while driving, not all of them of course, but only because the traffic light is green in your favour, it doesn't mean you don't need to check the street before crossing, so keep that in mind and please be always careful and vigilant.


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16. Don't expect everything or everyone to be on time:


Trains and buses might not be right on time like in London (to give you an example), so you might have to wait a couple of minutes for your train to leave or have to wait a bit longer than usual to meet a local.


My advice is to always be there a lot in advance if you have to catch any transport.

Just in case it leaves right on time or in case you find traffic on your way. Traffic can be terrible in high season with locals going to work plus tourists not knowing the area.


Please leave your accommodation in advance and be there with plenty of time ahead of you.

Never risk losing it.

Bring with you a novel or have with you some music to listen to while waiting.


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17. Don't show your hand palm: