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!
Chartering a boat to travel around the Greek Islands is something that I've always wanted to do but that I always assumed wasn't feasible. Has anyone done this with a big group and found that it's a little bit cheaper? Are there any packages or any tips that you recommend for going around the island that would make this a little bit cheaper?
I am a total spa lover!! I love going to a spa to unwind and relax while on vacation and treating myself to a complete spa experience. I am debating on where to go in Greece this year and I would love to see some great spa locations, preferably a hotel with a spa attached so it is most convenient (I don't like to rent a car). Does anyone have recommendations and personal experiences at a great Greek spa? I am looking to get a massage and perhaps sit in a sauna and jacuzzi. Extra services are a bonus!
When traveling to Greece, there are a few things to keep in mind when packing your suitcase. For the most part, you will be able to find any items that you can find internationally you can find in Greece. Just be aware that smaller islands and villages on the mainland might have a limited supply of toiletries and may not have many stores with variety. Of course, you will want to pack you clothes and any of your personal toiletries. Some items like sunscreen will be more expensive in tourist areas so its better to bring your own. It will be important to bring your medication, but if it gets lost you might be able to go to a local pharmacy and get some prescriptions there, you do not need to meet with a doctor to get most basic prescriptions. In terms of womens sanitary products, they differ in Greece as there are no plastic applicators for tampons, just cardboard ones. This is something that many people in other countries find frustrating! So just a heads up!
Some of my buddies and I are considering going to Greece for my friend's bachelor party, but we're not really sure what the best island would be. We're not super young, most of us are in our mid 30s so we're not very interested in going clubbing every single night. Something relaxing would be great, with a pretty decent night life that is not too crazy, again. Do you have any advice?
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