The official language is Greek.
English, German, French, Russian, Serbian and other languages are widely spoken in tourist resorts. Foreign visitors that try to speak even a few words of Greek are rewarded with warm smiles.
In Greece the right to religious tolerance and freedom is constitutionally established. The majority of the population is orthodox Christians, but there are also ceremony areas for other religions.
Time of Greece: GMT +2
Working hours of public offices and shops
1. Public Offices: Monday – Friday 7:30 – 15:00 2. Post Offices: Monday-Friday 7:30 – 14:00
3. Banks: Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 14:30 and Friday 8:00 – 13:30
4. Shops are open on Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 – 15:00, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 – 14:00 and 17:30 – 21:00, Saturday: 9:00 – 15:00. In touristic areas during the summer months shops have free working hours.
5. Although pharmacies have free working hours they are usually open from 08:00 to 14:00 on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday they are also open in the afternoon from 17:30 to 21:00. There are also emergency pharmacies which are open 24 hours and at weekends. You can find the lists of them on the doors of all pharmacies.
National and local holidays
There are two types of holidays: Those occurring on the same day every year and the movable feasts, which occur on different dates every year.
1. New Year’s Day: January 1st
2. Epiphany: January 6th
3. Ash Monday: 41 days before Easter
4. Independence Day and Annunciation: March 25th Easter: Good Friday to Easter Monday
5. Resurrection: Easter Day
6. Workers’ Day (May Day): May 1st
7. Whitsun: Is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
8. The Assumption: the 15th of August
9. October 28th
10. Christmas: December 25th -26th
Currency – Exchange
In Greece, the euro is used. Coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and of 1 and 2 euros circulate. The notes circulate in values of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. Before your trip, contact your bank to inform them about the use of your credit card and the withdrawal of money.
Passports & Visas
Find out whether the issue of a visa and a passport is required for your country of origin and undertake the necessary actions in time. For more information visit the website of the Hellenic Tourism Organization: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/before_you_travel/passports-visas
Electric current – electrical appliances
The electric current is 220 V (50Hz). In order for appliances from North America to function properly and without problems a transformer is necessary (schucko adaptors). For appliances from England a special adaptor is necessary. Make sure before use that the appliances you are going to use function at this voltage.
International Call code
The international call code for Greece is +30 .
Smoking is prohibited in all closed public areas, according to Law 3868/10. Hotels and similar accommodation may reserve rooms for smokers.
Emergency telephone numbers
National Emergency Center: 166
Emergency Hospitals, Pharmacies, Doctors: 14944
Fire Brigade: 199
Emergency Intervention of the Port Authority: 108
Εuropean Emergency Number: 112