Everything is EXTREMELY expensive due to high import costs and because, well, they know people will pay the price because everyone charges around the same ridiculous price.
Don’t expect a lot of organization when you come to Greece. It’s madness everywhere you go but that’s just the way it is so do your best to just know it ahead of time and not let it get to you!
Your experience in some of the bigger cities is definitely dependent on cruise ships. When ships are in port, tourists flock to the bigger cities like Fira and Oia. Keep an eye on what time the cruise ships port to determine WHEN you go to those cities.
In my experience, most Greeks are fun-loving, charming and easy-going, although definitely a bit blunt.
Most Greeks know a good bit of English but it’s polite to at least greet them and leave them by offering a hello, thank you and goodbye in their native tongue.
A quick guide to helpful Greek phrases:
Kalimera – Good Morning / Good Day!
Kalispera – Good Evening / Good Afternoon!
Efharisto – Thank you!
traditional greek dishes
Baklava – pastry, honey and nuts; great dessert, really sweet
Tzatziki – dip for bread made of yogurt, cucumber and garlic
Souvlaki – pita with meat, tzatziki, potatoes [french fries], tomato and onion
Greek Salad – tomato, cucumbers, onion, olives or capers, olive oil, vinegar, oregano, blocks of feta cheese, and sometimes green peppers
Frappe – iced coffee with sugar and milk
Spanakopita – Spinach pie
Tiropita – Cheese pie
Yaourti me meli – Yogurt with honey (always make sure you tell them if you have a nut allergy because sometimes they put walnuts on the top)