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Time Zone

Greece is 7 hours ahead of the Eastern Standard Time of U.S.A. and Canada, and 9 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard time. Greek time is GΜΤ +2 hours.

Tap water

The quality of drinking water in the majority of the mainland of Greece (Athens included) is excellent.  However in very few areas and certain islands bottled water is recommended.  Check with your driver or with the hotel for specific information.

Electric Current  

The standard in Greece is 230V AC (50Hz). All appliances from North America require a transformer and all appliances from Britain require an adaptor.


The majority of American and European newspapers and magazines arrive in Athens on a daily basis and are available in many places.  Central news stands (in Greek “periptera”) most probably have whatever you may want.

Shopping Hours

Big department stores in the center of Athens and supermarkets are open Monday through Saturday 09:00-21:00. The same applies for tourist aereas. Individual stores have their own working hours.  Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 09:00-15:00, and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 09:00-14:00 and again 17:00-21:00.  Shops and department stores are closed on major public holidays. The majority of big firms have shops in Athens.  So you can find YSL, Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo etc. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants are open. 

Universal currency converter

Athens International Airport

Piraeus Port  Cruise ships

Authority  Ferries

Weather Forecast

The weather in general is mild.  As a Mediterranean country Greece has plenty of sunshine.  You should take into account that climate differs depending on the location.  It would be best to check the weather forecast for the exact location of your stay. Greece's main meteorological data are given below.

(Source: Hellenic National Meteorological Service)  

Ministry of Culture

The official site of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Full of useful information about Organization museums, archaeological sites etc.

e-Ticketing System

The official site of the Ministry of Culture and Sports to get the tickets to the archaeological sites online




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