Greece Warnings and Dangers

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Greece Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    Athens is way less dangerous than it gets credit for. It sells to talk s--- about the city lately, so oh well. You can be on tourist mode for as long as you want, it's just not a very good idea if you're on one of the streets crossing Omonoia Square from 1-4 in the morning. These so-claimed dangerous pickpockets almost exclusively act on tourists...

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    I was actually looking for a bar in Athens a couple of years ago when an old guy came up to me on the street and told me to check out the bar he was heading to, which just happened to be the Hollywood bar. I had 2 glasses of bourbon and coke and I got charged $150 Euro!! A huge bouncer appeared from out the back to block the exit ensuring I would...

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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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  • Donkeys and Mules

    Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers

    After reading many reviews and visiting santorini, I agree the path up is treacherous for people and the donkeys. I urge all tourists to take the cable car up. Reports say people get off the donkeys with their clothes smelling of sweat and urine and the path being skippy with donkey excrement. No wonder when these poor animals are subjected to...

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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

    We'll at least they were pro's. I think we were picked up by a spotter leaving the Airport via the Metro. A gang of up to 10 or more individuals skillfully isolated us from our travelling companions in the subway car then separated me and my wife. The car seemed incredibly crowded with people which was a screen they created. When we went to leave...

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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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  • 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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  • Driving and walking

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    Hello! I am an American English Teacher living and working and driving everyday in the traffic in Athens and have travelled all over Greece, the islands and Cyprus alone by car. My personal advise for anyone driving in Greece is: FIRST: PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE SECOND: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED THIRD: DRIVE DEFENSIVELY FOURTH: DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE...

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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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  • Steps

    Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers

    A word of warning about Santorini - there are many, many steps. The caldera is hundreds of feet high. There is a cable car down to the harbour at Fira and there are well used, but steep and twisting paths, or you can take a mule ride. In Fira itself there are steps and constant changes of level. The same applies to the neighbouring villages and to...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Earthquakes

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    Unfortunately, strong earthquakes do happen in Greece, Athens couldn't be the exclusion... On 24/2/1981 the earthquake in Alkionides (in the Corinth Gulf, 77 km west of Athens) had a magnitude of 6.7 Richter and many buildings had damages, even the Parthenon! On 7/9/1999, the 5.9 R earthquake struck more the northwestern suburbs, 125 people...

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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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