My wife is in Greece visiting her parents and she stopped someone from trying to steal her mom's wallet just the other day. There was a huge scene because a man, who just stopped the pickpocket from getting his wife, spotted the picpocket trying to get my wife's mom.
She also saw something happen in Omonia with some tourists. She wasn't sure what exactly happened, but she believe a tourist was just pickpocketed there.
The sad thing is that gypsies send their kids out to pickpocket and steal from people/stores. Pickpocketing in Greece will always be a problem because tourists are easy targets.
This is certainly true in Greece, especially ion the larger cities and tourist areas (Athens, Mykonos and Santorini, etc).
Here are some tips to help protect yourself from being pickpocketed or mugged in Greece:
1. Go in larger groups (not by yourself) in areas that have nightclubs and bars in the early mornings (when clubs let out it is morning).
2. If you carry a bag or purse, make sure to have the strap around your body with bag in front of you (not in your back) and make sure the bag does not have very small straps that can be cut.
3. Keep your nice jewelry or watches at the hotel locked up when going shopping with massive crowds of tourists.
4. Always keep your cash and credit cards separate (I recommend putting some catch in your sock or shoe).
5. When you shop don't take out tons of cash to not make it visible, only the money to pay for what you are buying (if cash or use credit cards).
I am sure there are plenty of other ways to protect yourself from being pickpocketed in Greece, but these are some of the big things that come to mind!
Beware of heavily-touristed areas and the Metro, especially if you are “juggling” luggage or are exiting anywhere around Omonia Square. It is not Greeks who are doing this, but as with any major city - it happens.
I have heard stories of people getting their pockets picked while in Greece. Mostly, the people who got their stuff stolen, they simply weren't paying attention to their belongings. Meaning, in one instance someone had his wallet in his back pocket on a crowded subway... This was a preventable theft! He should have put his wallet in your front pocket, and laid his hand over the pocket, and the likelihood of it getting stolen would have gone way, way down. Petty thieves want an easy grab. Don't become the easy grab!
This is a super rare experience that only exists during a small period of the year in Zakynthos. I cannot seem to find the exact timing of the hatching season, so if anyone knows please let me know. One of the best places that you can find these young turtles is Kalamaki Beach, which also happens to be one of the most popular beaches for swimming in Zakynthos. The beach is a protected conservation area, which is why it is closed at night, so that the turtle eggs can hatch and the turtles can safely make their way into the water.
If you love wine, Greece is some of the best places to go to! There are great wines all over Greece, but certain areas are revered for their high quality grapes and crisp wines. Some of my personal favorites are Santorini wines. For Santorini, I specifically recommend Assyrtiko which is the white wine that is produced most from Santorini. The second best place to go to Greece for wine is Thrace which is best if you like red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon which is also popular in regions from across the world. I know Crete is also popular, but I have never been so I cannot comment on their wines!
Porto Katsiki is definitely one of the best beaches in Lefkada and probably the west coast of Greece. I suggest that you go to the beach pretty early, as the parking gets filled up and it will be difficult to find free parking. I personally like to go to organize beaches, which there are plenty of. You can also find a secluded area of the beach that is open to the public, and you’re able to bring your own towels, umbrellas, and food. Enjoy!
Similar to my story from the early 90s..... Greece gave me my life back, healed me,rejuvenated me, made me worthy of carrying on and rebuilding my future and the rest is a very long love story.....I think the readers here feel what I contribute and share here!
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