Practical Information

Practical information

Electricity
In Greece, the general European standard of 220 V, means that you can use all common hairdryers, battery chargers, shavers etc.

Time
577532a54c-General-New folder-mapgreeceGreek time is two hours ahead of Greenwich mean time and one hour ahead of Central European and Scandinavian time. Greece has daylight saving time, starting in March and ending in October.

National holidays and anniversaries

New Year’s Day: 1st of January.

Holy Trinity: January 6. The sea around all ports is blessed and purified. A cross is thrown into the sea and young men competing to dive in and pick up the cross.

Shrove Monday: 41 days before Easter. Lent begins. Shrove Monday is celebrated by the Greeks by the flight of kites and eating of delicate fasting food such as seafood, vegetables and fruit.

Independence Day and Virgin Mary’s Annunciation: Independence Day and Virgin Mary’s Annunciation.

Easter: The Greek Easter falls a little different than the Catholic and Protestant. If you want to experience ceremonies and celebrations around the Greek Easter, you must then be aware of the dates. On Holy Friday evening, each church in the country decorates a stretcher with flowers to symbolize Jesus grave. The stretcher is carried in a procession through the local area in every town and village throughout the country. The procession is followed by people carrying lighted candles and singing holy hymns. On Holy Saturday midnight the resurrection is celebrated on the steps of every church, called Anastasi with lighted candles and fireworks. On Easter Sunday, lamb on the spit is a must for every traditional family celebration where friends and neighbors are invited to share in a singing and dancing mood.

May 1st: Like so many other places in the world, Labour Day has been combined with other activities. Across Greece flower festivals are held on the 1st of May.

Pentecost: 50 days after Easter.

268551a884-General-Areas-CGR-cgfo1Virgin Mary’s day: 15th August. This day is also the day of the Greek holiday’s absolute peak, why one would do well not to be on the most famous holiday destinations on and around this day, if you want a peaceful holiday.

OHI Day: October 28. (No! –day). On this day Greeks celebrate the famous NO to Mussolini’s ultimatum to surrender in 1940. The Greek army defeated the Italians in fierce battles at the Albanian border, where the Italian army was driven deep into Albania. The Italian defeat was the first defeat for the Hitler/Mussolini alliance, and became a moral turning point in World War II. The day is celebrated by military parades across the country.

Christmas: 25 and 26 of December. On the evening of December 24, according to tradition Greeks pay a visit to friends and family. Greeks gather on Christmas Day on December 25 for dinner – usually with the whole family.

Telephone
OTE (National Telecommunications Company) is responsible for telephone boxes and lines. All mobile phones work in Greece and roaming costs have been reduced subsequently lately, due to EU legislation.

Mail services
Signs indicating a post office – as well as mailboxes are bright yellow with blue writing. Post office pronounced: TACHIDROMÍO. Stamps can of course be purchased at the post office or the vending machines outside the post office. The Greek Post Office has been significantly improved in recent years, so if you send postcards from a mailbox outside a post office, it takes rarely more than a few days to reach the desired address.

How to dress
It is expected that you dress in a respectable manner when visiting churches and monasteries, that is, long pants for men and no shoulder straps, mini-skirts or hot pants for women. Some of the more visited monasteries offer Pants / -skirts if you inadvertently come off in a different outfit.

Animals in traffic
If you see an injured or dead animal on the road, you can call on the phone: 171. If you are outside Athens, the following numbers are used: 0210 32 35 307, 0210 32 35 455, 210 32 35 465, 210 32 36 610 or 210 32 37 356