Greece Warnings and Dangers

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Greece Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    The average crime rates of Athens may not be as good as those of many other cities in Europe. But this is very misleading. Around the Akropolis you will be safer than anywhere in Amsterdam or Berlin, let alone New Orleans or many other American cities. I saw zero threatening characters even as late as midnight walking back from the new hip bar area...

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  • Driving on Crete

    Crete Island Warnings and Dangers

    Driving in Greece, as any Aussie who has done it will tell you, is different. I thought I’d lay out a few basics of what to expect, mainly pertaining to Crete. How to park: Pull up, switch your engine off, alight from your car; it’s that simple. Doesn’t matter where. Any signs or regulations may be ignored, however, if you happen to be double or...

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  • Donkeys and Mules

    Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers

    I agree with Miozzi. Please DO NOT ride the donkeys. We have just rebooked our flight tickets and will leave the island 4 days before what was planned due to what we have witnessed last three days. The ways many owners treat their donkeys are extremely cruel. Yesterday we saw a man kicking a donkeys leg really hard, and after that forcing it to...

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  • Safety

    Thessaloniki Warnings and Dangers

    Beware of pickpockets on public bus from city center to airport. The game of the team of three I encountered was for two to stop in front of me as I was trying to board the bus with suitcases while the third tried to take advantage of my frustration to lift my wallet. It didn't work, but it could have.

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  • Driving on Crete

    Prefecture of Heraklion Warnings and Dangers

    We drove all over the island on our scooter, not wearing helmets all the time. We never saw anyone use a helmet and the rental agency didn´t even offer one to us. It is just crazy and the final day that we had the scooter we were going on a short trip. We had a cheap scooter that only managed 60 km/hr so we were being passed by all the time. This...

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  • People to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    BEWARE of any man striking up a conversation with you near Syntagma Square. I met a man named Nikolas in one of the side streets near Syntagma Square who asked me for the time. It was a sunny day and early on a Saturday afternoon. He was friendly and outgoing and he asked me where I was from, what I was doing in Athens and where I was staying....

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  • Walking in the Mountains

    Crete Island Warnings and Dangers

    There are some things you should be aware of BEFORE walking Samaria Gorge. 1. Wear sensible footwear - it is rocky the whole way (read uneven). 2.Take something to drink - if it's in summer there may be little water en route. 3. Cut your toenails the night before you go - sounds odd? Trust me, four steep kilometers will bite into your shoes 4. Go...

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  • Roads and Driving

    Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers

    About 4,000 people a year, die, as a result of Quad, Motor Bikes and Cycles in Greece every single year. On Santorini alone, at least 20 tourist a season are killed on the roads. In Greece it is law, that you must have a motor cycle licence to ride scooters or motor bikes, it is also the law in the UK, but................for some reason, I think it...

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  • Taxis

    Thessaloniki Warnings and Dangers

    As you know it, Greek honesty is beyond question, but it is not applicable sometimes, primarily if you take a taxi. You may not to be persuaded of the honesty of drivers, but it seems, as if something would happen with the honest Greeks when they drive taxi. Unfortunately, only few of the drivers will charge you with the real fee, or driving in...

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  • Taxis

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    I was traveling alone in Athens in September of this year and when I came out of the airport, I decided to take a cab to avoid lugging my huge travel bag around. I ended up getting a cab driver who was not only courteous and friendly, but he was also exceedingly helpful! Not only did he give me tips regarding getting around in Athens, the best...

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  • Etiquette

    Crete Island Warnings and Dangers

    There was a problem when we arrived with the wifi in our apartments(soon resolved), it was my granddaughters birthday and I was desperate to skype her. And so we ended up in a beach front cafe that had free wifi,I do speak Greek but find sometimes it is easier to speak English as the Greek will reply in English anyway. So as we sat trying to...

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  • Steps

    Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers

    The cliff over the caldera is steep, make no mistake, and so are the steps down to hotels and restaurants. Some hotels have lifts within their property but begin half way down ( Katikies Villas, Mystique ). Just to get to the property may require several sets of steps. What is alarming is the almost total absence of handrails. Some have walls to...

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  • Driving and walking

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    The majority of road crashes are caused by human error. Data shows that Greece – despite the significant improvement recorded during the last decade – has the worst car accident statistics in the European Union and that car accidents are the first cause of death. The most important prohibiting factors concerning car accidents in Greece are: 1....

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  • Weather

    Crete Island Warnings and Dangers

    I have encountered very strong winds in some parts of Crete. While high in the mountains I have stepped out of my car to take some photos and I was struck with very powerful unexpected winds. However the fiercest of them all was met in Frangokastello (on the southern part of Crete) where literally I felt very unsafe while trying to take some photos...

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  • Crowds

    Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers

    Well, Oia is one end of Santorini , and THE place where seemingly a few thousands of people gather to watch the sun set in the blue sea. Crowds throng every lille lane and every nook and corner to the side facing the sunset. There are cafes and small tavers hanging from every little ledge with a couple of chairs balancing themselves for aseated and...

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  • Weather

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    I think that 2007 probably was the worst summer for Greece. Extreme heat and forest fires plague the country while I was there (I'm not jinxed, ok). When walking in Athens, there were many times I thought I couldn't take the low humidity & 45°C (over 120°F) temperatures. So, always be ready for the heat when in summer by wearing comfortable...

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  • The Plumbing

    Crete Island Warnings and Dangers

    As in other areas of Greece please do not throw toilet tissue down the toilet, but put it in the bin provided as the plumbing system cannot and will not cope with it failure to do this could reasult in it being returned to you, along with lots of stuff you REALLY dont want !

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  • Sun and Wind

    Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers

    Bring some warm clothes with you for the night - I caught a cold in my T-shirt and destroyed the 2 of the 4 days being there. Such a pitty. I bought a blouse from a tourist shop when it was already late :(

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  • Restaurants to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    The Berlin Music Bar on Syngrou Boulevard is a hangout for scam artists. A well-dressed old guy (Yanni he called himself) intercepts you and starts talking, then accompanies you to this bar. You buy each other a drink and then a third person, younger and attractive ("Marina"), asks you to buy her a drink. Depending on how many drinks she knocks...

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  • The Sun !

    Crete Island Warnings and Dangers

    The gorge is very beautiful but be careful when it's hot. When we walked the trail it was also hot and the day after our trip, they closed the gorge because it was too hot. A man died of a heart-attack by heat. Wear a hat and use suntan oil and drink as much as you can. There are water springs at the trail but don't count on that, because the...

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  • Demonstrations

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    ..and you are near Syndagma (in particular) you can expect to see lots of police. You may not (hopefully) see anything much else. Whilst I was visiting the farmers (so I was told) were demonstrating. Riot police in full gear were in evidence for all the days of my visit, mostly standing around and smoking but on occasion closing or blocking...

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  • Hotels to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    I believe Cosmos hotel is one of the worst ones in Europe ;) Rooms are incredibly dirty, if you want to use hot water, you need to wait for 15 minutes with the tap on. Late at night my wife met a fat cockroach in the toilet. The owner seems to have never changed furniture since early 60's - in a drawer we found 'ancient' inscription made in...

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  • Traffic

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    Athens is over run with motor scooters and many of them are driven by drivers who know one speed only - flat out! They will come up behind you in alleyways and in the very narrow sidestreets around the Plaka and you need to be quick to get out of the way. Keep as far as you can to the side of the road when walking in these areas if you value your...

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  • Pollution

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    Athens has air that is not quite up to breathing standards. Anyone with asthma or other respiratory problems should take care. The worst time for smog is in July and August when it is extremely hot. If you are staying in Athens for an extended period of time, it might be a good idea to leave the city every few days or so to give your lungs a...

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  • Warning about taxi drivers should not be...

    Before going to Athens, I read so many posts on the internet about how bad the Taxi drivers are in Athens. They will try to rip you off, every post I read would say. And guess what... our did as well. We arrived in Athens after midnight, and we were staying at a hotel that was fairly close to the airport. This hotel wasn't near a bus line, or a...

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  • Beware of pick-pockets!

    Many Greece travel guides warn of the danger of pick-pockets in the city of Athens especially in the crowded areas such as on the trains, buses, metro stations, airport, seaport, squares, tourist sites or crowded market places. However we did not come across any incident during our stay in Athens or perhaps we were lucky not to meet one....

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  • Nightclub Bouncher

    Dangers People: BouncherDate: At the night Monday 27 July 2008 to Tuesday 28 July 2008The 20-year-old Doujon Zammit, was left in a coma after suffering horrific head injuries in a fight with nightclub bouncers on the island of Mykonos.There are no words to describe this terrible tragedy.rest in peace Doujon

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  • Water Activities

    When my daughter was young she would beg us to let her go on a "banana" ride or a "doughnut", those inflatables that are pulled along by speed boat. We always refused saying they are dangerous and she always sulked afterwards. Now that she is an adult while on holiday in Greece she said that she would take our son (then aged 8) on a "sofa" ride and...

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  • Double Billing

    Recently while planning a trip to Greece I booked two excursions on line through a trusted travel agency. I used a protected and insured credit card to pay for the transaction and everything seemed to have gone well. The following day I received a second email, billing me for the tours. On this billing all of the prices were exactly the same as the...

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  • Poisonous Creatures in Greece

    Most people and especially tourists, do not think of Greece as a country with poisonous animals. Perhaps this is because, most of the poisonous creatures in Greece are rarely seen. This, fortunately for most, is just as well kept that way. It remains a fact that these poisonous creatures do exist in Greece and far better to be warned than sorry.In...

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  • Medical Study on Ochia - Viper Ammodytes

    Snake venom poisoning is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention. Bites from poisonous European snakes can lead to local tissue damage and systemic symptoms. Vipera ammodytes accounts for the most envenomation in Greece.MethodsThe demographic and epidemiological characteristics, clinical symptoms and signs, laboratory findings, treatment,...

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  • Greece's Posionous Snake- The Ochia

    When walking in the hills, especially during the first month of Spring, be very careful and on the look out for the famous Poisonous Snake of Greece ....THE OCHIA! It's bite can be fatal and there are few, if any antidotes available in pharmacies and hospitals in Greece!!!I took this photo at the Monastery of Agios Pavlos in Plaka above Lavrion on...

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  • dont get stressed with the road signs!

    Signposting where I drove around the Pelopennese, in Athens, and on the islands of Santorini and Crete was fairly intermittent or sporadic in its helpfulness to tourist attractions or directions - maybe one signpost to tantalise you then no further signs to continue the whole route, or the signpost would be ambiguosly placed as to which direction...

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  • Ask Before You Click!

    When we were in Delphi, Jayne and I were shopping when we saw this wonderful old man on a donkey who was singing and seemed so happy. It was one of those "moments" that don't happen very often; "a great photo op".I just had to have a picture of him. I always take pictures of the elderly old men in all the countries I travel. (Who knows why!)Well,...

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  • Athens Airport Security Screens

    I recently travelled from Athens to Malta. The airport procedure in Athens was going well up until I reached the security x-ray screen at the boarding gate B07 to my flight. Having travelled extensively and clearing many of these security screens, I though that it would be safe to put my wallet and money belt through the x-ray. There was no-one...

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  • One of the safest destinations in the...

    Greece is one of the safest destinations in the world. The Greek islands in particular, are practically devoid of violent crime. In the Cyclades, we've had just 3 incidents in the last 3 years-just one in my native Milos.The era when single women traveling through Greece would get a lot of unwarranted attention has long gone. That was in the 60s...

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  • hire scooters

    many scooters are for hire but check your insurance as any accidents are usually not covered as the tour operators do not recommend you hire these bikes. often there is no helmets and the roads are mad hot if you were to fall off. as most people who use them have no protective clothing on whatsoever you can almost certainly add serious burns on top...

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  • Avoid shipwrecks!

    The headline news on March, 13, 2008: Greek cruise ferry Giorgis has shipwrecked at the Poros Island with 280 passengers (among them 56 Russians). It was my cruise ferry in November of 2007... Fortunately everyone has been saved! This my photo and my VIDEO-Clip Greece Pireas-Poros Island cruise were shown as a headline on NTV one of the main...

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  • Fires in Olympia

    The area is hilly and mountainous; most of the area within Olympia is forested.In the end of August 2007 Forest fires raging across southern Greece were threatening the ancient ruins of Olympia.High temperatures and strong winds were attributed to the spread of more than 220 blazes across the country since August 24, 2007. Record temperature as...

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  • BEWARE OF THE SUN

    Have Fun in the Sun...but please remember to protect yourself while enjoying yourself in the Greek Sun. The atmosphere is not the same as it used to be. We all know this. The Ozone is thinner and the rays of the sun are stronger and more dangerous. So, if you are at the beach while in Greece, be sure to use plenty of sun lotion to protect your skin...

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  • Drinking Age in Greece

    Is there any practical reason why governments impose an age limit for drinking alcohol??? Yes, perhaps there is. In Greece, the official drinking age is 17, but this is seldom enforced. Drinking in Greece is not considered a 'taboo sport,' as it is in other countries. If, you are planning on coming to Greece to drink just to drink and get drunk, as...

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  • GREEK PLUMBING

    One of the few issues you will be faced with in Greece is the ‘Poo Basket’. Greek plumbing is plagued with low water pressure and bad pipes. So, you should not throw toilet paper down the toilet. Just look at the signs I have pictures of. These people are serious! You really do not want to be explaining to the landlady or hotel manager why ALL the...

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  • Mountza - evil eye

    The belief in the "evil eye" is widespread in the Mediterranean areas, but also in other parts of the world such as Arab countries, in Africa and Latin America. To many westerners, this may be mere superstition, yet it is important to know about this belief in Greece as well:The typical word for the "evil eye" and the gesture you do in order to...

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  • Scorpions

    Last year we stayed with friends in the Pelopponese near Porto Heli. Our friends warned us that there were scorpions in garden and to watch out. When we got to our hotel in Athens before flying back my wife was rummaging in the suitcase for something and thought she had snagged her finger on a pin or something sharp....yes, you guessed, a scorpion...

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  • Mother Nature !

    Don't mess with her cause she'll have ya !These pictures were taken the day after all the bad weather we had, please be extra careful, the roads are not as tough as ours as you can see and the barriers are, well lets say there a little dangerous to !

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