Greeks express themselves with hand gestures when they are talking and generally speak in a high tone of voice. Most Greeks speak a foreign language, usually English.
In order to enjoy the full atmosphere of a restaurant, we suggest that the earliest you dine is 9.30pm.
Taxi ranks are available in most central squares; however, you can flag down a taxi on the street and perhaps even share one with another passenger. Be sure that the meter is running when entering the taxi.
Tipping is not mandatory, but is a gesture of satisfaction with services rendered. On average, 10 per cent on a restaurant or bar bill is offered.
DID YOU KNOW ?
During the construction of the Metro, many ancient artefacts were discovered which are now on display in some stations. Syntagma Station has the most impressive collection of all.
This was the first theatre constructed of stone in Greece, built at the end of the 5th century BC. All the famous ancient writers had their plays performed in this theatre.
The Panathinaiko Stadium is the only stadium in the world built of pure white marble and is the official finish line of the classical marathon race.
The InterContinental art collection
The Athenaeum InterContinental Athens features an extensive collection of contemporary painting, sculpture and photography by Greek artists.
WHAT TO PACK
Non-slip walking shoes
Most of the ancient sites are accessed by marble steps. For your safety, be sure to wear non-slip walking shoes.
Be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, which are necessary all year round.
From April to October, the weather in Greece is very good and suitable for swimming. You will find a clean and sandy beach not only on the islands but near the city. So pack a swimsuit.