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Practical information about Greece

Booking accommodation In placing reservations for guestrooms please note that a 25% to 50% deposit (payable by credit card or bank transfer) is normally required to book accommodation anywhere in Greece. Reservations are secured upon receipt, and confirmation of your specific accommodation, booking dates and deposit is then forwarded to you via e-mail/fax/post. This is standard practice.
Electric current The standard electric current in Greece is 220V AC (50Hz). British appliances require adaptors, and those from North America require transformers. We recommend you bring along your own equipment, so that you do not have to spend valuable time looking for adaptors and transformers during your stay.
Greek language Even if many people speak English, it is always a good idea to greet and thank foreigners in their own language: it shows good manners and reflects positively on your own nationality. Make it a point to learn at least a couple of Greek words – such as "Good morning" or "Thank you" (see below). You'll find this enormously effective.
National holidays Please see our Greek calendar for Hellenic-Orthodox public holidays.
Telephone The OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization) offices are the cheapest way to make local and/or international calls. There are outlets with booths in most towns, and payment is made to the desk operator upon completion of the call. OTE offices are open from 8.00 to 14.00. Local and/or international calls can also be made from public phone card booths and kiosks (periptera) equipped with meters. Pre-paid phone cards can be purchased from kiosks and OTE offices nationwide.
Time Greek time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 1 hour ahead of Central European Time, and 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Along with the rest of continental Europe, clocks are put forward 1 hour during summer (from the end of March to the end of September), almost a month earlier than the UK, the US and Canada. Please note that time difference between these countries is 1 hour greater for some weeks in April and in October. Dial 14814 for the exact time in Greece.
What to wear Greece is a modern country with very relaxed dress-codes. When visiting churches and monasteries, however, you are expected to dress in a respectable manner: long trousers for men; long-sleeved dresses (no miniskirts) for women.

Useful phrases and words

Kalimèra Good morning/good day
Kalispèra Good afternoon/good evening
Òhi No
Parakalò... Please...
Signòmi... Excuse me/sorry...
Efkaristò! Thank you!