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Electric Current

The standard in Greece is 220V AC (50Hz). Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor.
We recommend that you pack one together with your electrical appliance, so that you do not have to spend valuable time looking for adaptors and transformers during your stay.


Greek time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, an hour ahead of Central European Time and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Along with the rest of continental Europe, the clock is advanced one hour during summer -from the end of March to the end of September- almost a month earlier than the UK, the US and Canada. Therefore keep in mind that the time difference with these countries is one hour greater for some weeks in April and October.
If you want to find out what is the exact time call 141 (recorded message in Greek).

Public Holidays

  • New Year's Day: January 1st
  • Epiphany: January 6th. The seas around Piraeus are blessed. A Cross is thrown into the sea and young men dive to retrieve it.
  • Ash Monday: 41 days before Easter. Lent begins. On Ash Monday, Greeks fly kites, eat lenten food and celebrate the koulouma.
  • Independence Day and the Feast of the Annunciation: March 25th , Military parade.
  • Easter: Good Friday-Easter Monday. Vesper evening is on Good Friday and every church decorates an Epitaphios (bier). The Epitaphios processions, followed by people holding lit candles and chanting hymns, fill the streets of every city, town and village in the country.
  • Anastasi (Resurrection): celebrated with fire-works and lit candles at midnight, on the eve of Easter Day.
  • Pascha (Easter): on that Day Greeks traditionally eat lamb, spit-roasted on charcoal. The festivities include singing and dancing through the day.
  • Labour Day: May 1st . Many Flower Festivals take place all over Greece.
  • White Monday: 50 days after Easter.
  • Dormition (Assumption) of The Virgin: August 15th .
  • October 28th: rejection of the Italian ultimatum in 1940. Military parade.
  • Christmas: December 25th -26th.


OTE (the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization) offices are the cheapest way to make local or international calls. To do so, just walk in and wait for a booth to be free.
At the end of the call, the desk operator will present you with a bill. OTE offices are open from 08:00 to 14:00.
Local and international calls can also be made from public cardphone booths and kiosks (periptera) equipped with meters.
Telecards can be purchased from kiosks and OTE offices.

Postal Service

Signs denoting post offices are usually bright yellow, as are post-boxes.
If you need to send a letter there are stamp vending machines and post-boxes outside all central post offices. Parcels sent abroad must be inspected, so do not wrap and seal them beforehand. Brown paper, soft padded envelopes and cardboard boxes can be bought at the post offices themselves.

What to Wear

You are expected to dress in a respectable manner when visiting churches and monasteries: long trousers for men, sleeved dresses and no miniskirts for women.

Instructions for Safe Driving

While travelling on the National Highway, if you spot a dead or wounded animal please contact emergency telephone 171 (Panafon network subscribers should dial 9-171). If you are in regions out of Athens please call any of the following numbers: (210) 3235 307, (210) 3235 455, (210) 3235 465, (210) 3235 496, (210) 3235 513,
(210) 3236 610, (210) 3236 608, (210) 3237 356.
Thank you for your sensitivity to keep the roads safe. Have a pleasant trip.

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