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!
I’ve been considering being a traveling nomad ever since my company switched to being fully remote. I would love to do this in Greece, but I am a bit skeptical since I have never visited for more than two weeks. Has anyone from abroad started living in Greece during the pandemic? Or do any Greeks have advice on what transitioning my life and work would be like? I live in Australia at the moment but have little to tie me down here. Thank you everyone
I always recommend cruises for families because they are generally pretty safe and there are a lot of activities for families to do on board. It’s a great place to grab a drink with your spouse and supervise the young ones on the pool deck. They will always here a life guard which is not the case for many public beaches in Greece. If you have teens, there tend to be many teen groups that offer excursions during the stops so they are able to make friends with other cruise ship members. I highly recommend it!
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.
I have decided to share an itinerary that I send to all of my friends who want to go to Greece. I have travelled to quite a few places around the country, and feel like I have a good idea of where everyone should visit on their first trip. Of course, I always recommend a two week minimum one visiting Greece. There's just so many things to do, especially if you like the beaches and sightseeing. Let me know what you think!
1. Land in Athens and stay for 4 days (Acropolis, Monastiraki, Thisseio, Glyfada, Kolonaki, and Lykabitos are a must)
2. Spend 3 days in Paros enjoying the beaches and nightlife (Paros has the best of Santorini and Mykonos without being crowded or expensive)
3. Spend 2 days in another island of your choice that is not in the Cyclades (honorable mentions include Corfu, Lefkada, Skiathos)
4. Spend the remaining 5 days driving through Crete and visiting Chania and Rethymno (Elafonisi Beach is a must)
I would love to know what everyone thinks of these Greek travel tips, and if they are actually true and helpful. I feel like many people have so many biases about different countries, and they can have a completely different perspective from a local or the actual truth. Please let me know what your opinions are in the comments!
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