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GMT + 2

Calling code


Area codes

Argos: 2751, Athens: 210, Corinth: 2741, Corfu: 26610, Kos: 2242, Rhodes: 2241, Sparta: 2731, Thessaloniki: 231

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Generally shops are open till 7 or 8pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Shops are closed earlier on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. On Sundays shops are closed .

National holidays

New Year’s Day   January 1
Epiphany   January 6
National Independence Day   March 25
Easter   movable feast
Labour Day   May 1
Feast of Assumption   August 15
Ochi Day   October 28
Christmas   December 25 & 26

National dish

Moussaka – casserole with eggplants, potatoes, meat and béchamel sauce
Pastitsio – layered baked dish with pasta, cheese, meat, vegetables and béchamel sauce
Stiffado – stew dish with meat, onion and tomatoes
Arni psito – roast leg of lamb
Dolmadhes – stuffed vine leaves
Tzatziki – sauce made of yoghurt, cucumber and garlic
Meze – appetizer, e.g. cheese and olives
Choriatiki – Greek salad made of tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese and olives
Souvlakia – Greek kebabs


Greece’s electricity runs on 220V/50Hz.


Every EU citizen is entitled to travel freely around the EU countries with the National Identity Card. No special formalities are required to enter Greece by an EU citizen. Visa is not required for citizens of all European Union countries, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States.

Useful Numbers

Ambulance: 166
Emergency: 112
Fire Brigade: 199
Police: 100