10 things to know before visiting

Greece is blessed with an interesting history, charming landscapes and rich culture. Many people visit some of the world’s most famous attractions such as the Acropolis and Parthenon as well as beautiful destinations like Santorini, but its rich culture is also one of the interesting things to know about this island. Like any other country in the world, it pays to learn about the culture before visiting to connect more with the locals and also avoid awkward situations. Without further ado, here are some of the things to know about Greek culture before visiting the historic country.

ten Be ready to haggle

Things can definitely get expensive in Greece, but in some cases it’s just the seller trying to rip off the buyer and that’s when the skill of negotiation comes in handy. Don’t be afraid to offer a lower price than the seller offers, as this often leads to a middle ground deal and a fun chat with the locals.

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9 Greeks love the beach live

Tourists should rest assured that they are not the only ones hitting the island’s beautiful beaches during the weekend. From the most popular to the most isolated, the Greeks can always be seen on their beaches. During the summer, people flood the beaches to enjoy their favorite time of year. Most beaches are family-friendly, but others known to accommodate topless people are not. Despite the conservative nature of the people, they are quite open-minded and you can even find beaches that allow those who yearn for contact with the sun on their bare skin.

Up to 90% of Greeks are Orthodox Christians, and Easter is the most popular holiday here. This week-long celebration for Greeks involves lighting their candles before midnight on Easter Sunday, then eating Greek lamb, cracking red eggs and sipping delicious wine during the day (as a family of course). .

seven Tipping is appreciated

If the service was good enough, consider tipping to show your appreciation. The approach to this issue may vary from country to country, but in Greece a tip is generally expected although it is not a requirement. Sometimes the bill may include small service charges that can dig deep into the wallet. In this case, one may want to avoid giving more money. If the bill and service were fair enough, then those waiters will appreciate those few bucks they can keep. Be sure to give all tips in cash so the manager doesn’t take the tip from the waiter you may be trying to appreciate. 10 to 15% is not bad.

6 Drink but don’t overdo it

Greeks drink socially, but overdoing it is considered unruly. You have to stay in the consciousness to follow the occasion. Anyone can drink alcohol here, but only those over 18 can buy it. Children are entitled to a certain amount of wine with their daily meals. Usually, drinks are consumed with meals and people toast while looking each other in the eye while saying the word “Ya mas” which means – “to our health”. before clinking the glass. Breaking eye contact with the next person when toasting is also considered rude, so get used to it.

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5 Driving can be difficult

Driving in Greece is something travelers should consider before renting a vehicle in the county. The roads in Greece are rough and narrow and many local drivers make it difficult and dangerous by frequently exceeding the speed limit and implementing unsafe road practices. defensive driving might be the only way to stay safe from the eager driving of those Greek drivers.

4 Greeks are hospitable

They make customers feel so relaxed that you have to know what makes them so caring. Like many Greek traditions, it all comes down to an ancient Greek concept known as – Philoxenia. According to their culture, showing friendship and love to strangers is a moral obligation. The Greeks often invite people into their homes and offer good services to them to make them feel at home, because the strangers could be gods wandering the streets disguised as a helpless stranger, just like the ancient Greek gods liked to do.

3 Coffee is a staple

In Greece, coffee often precedes the main course or just about anything else at social gatherings. The drink is so popular in Greece that the country now ranks among the top coffee-consuming countries in the world. Greek coffee is also unique and strong and can be found on almost every street in many Greek cities. It’s not uncommon to see people working in cafes here while having one cup after another – it’s a daily routine.

2 family is important

The family is the most important part of Greek society and people approach this institution as such. They eat together, hang out together, and it’s easy to get caught up in this family culture. In Greece, it is not uncommon to see elderly people staying with their families or married couples staying with their parents.

1 Greeks are traditional people

The Greeks like to defend their traditions, whether religious or pagan. Most of these traditions are so deep that one can feel more Greek by participating in them. Some popular Greek traditions that one can explore include – Name Day celebration, Easter and Carnival.

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Helen D. Jessen