Are Greeks seen as white

Travel etiquette Greece: etiquette between dream beaches and Greek culture

Greece - a dream in blue and white! The beautiful combination not only adorns the local flag, it also dominates the view of the holiday islands of Naxos and Santorini, whose bright blue roofs adorn the houses there. Did you know that this blue of the church domes, doors and windows is meant to ward off evil spirits? Apparently it works: Instead of evil spirits, travelers are welcomed by Greek culture, hospitality and cuisine. So that you can enjoy your trip to Greece carefree, be sure to pay attention to the following customs and traditions between Athens and the Peloponnese.

As a welcome: This is how the trip to Greece starts well

The Greeks are traditionally considered hospitable. Particularly significant: the Greek word "Xénos" means "stranger" and "guest" at the same time. Despite all the challenges of mass tourism, this trait of the Greeks has been preserved to this day. They like to say hello and often with common greetings like “Jiá su!” (Hello!) Or “Kaliméra!” (Hello!) And join hands.

Although it is usually quick to switch to "you", travelers should first refrain from chatting and hugging their counterparts. These are reserved for close friends in Greece. But those who show themselves respectfully will be rewarded with the hospitable manner of the Greeks - and possibly even with a private invitation to dinner.

Beware of faux pas! Gestures in Greek Culture

If the vocabulary is no longer sufficient, we often literally communicate with "hands and feet". Caution is advised here in Greece. Gestures typical of the country often mean something completely different than in Germany. A nod of the head in Greece does not signal approval, but a clear “no”. A raised thumb or the western sign for “Okay” (index finger on thumb) mean the exact opposite in this country and are considered insulting. This also means that open palms are never pointed at other people. As a farewell, travelers are better off waving the back of their hand. These customs may initially be confusing for Germans, but they are indispensable for a trip to Greece.

The Greece etiquette between tavern and dream beach

Sun, wine and good food quickly create a holiday mood in Greece. However, respectful behavior is required. Too much freedom of movement is not welcomed. In churches, shoulders and upper arms should still be covered today, and women’s skirt should not be too short. Outside the church, too, the Greeks prefer appropriate clothing to much bare skin. Even on the beach, women at best stay dressed up or switch to specially signposted sections of the beach. Despite all the cordiality, the Greeks are very traditional on this point.

Appropriate clothing is also recommended when visiting a restaurant in the evening, especially in rural areas. Lunch is served between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. and dinner is usually served from 9 p.m. After the - usually quite generous - portions of meat, fish and salad have satisfied the hunger, one of the guests pays the entire amount. Dividing the bill is not common and, if there is really no other way, it must be announced when entering the restaurant. Tip is not expected or is already included in the price, but a small obolus of a maximum of 5% of the invoice amount will not be refused.

Rules of etiquette in Greece as a sign of respect

The beaches of Naxos, individual trips to the hinterland or Greek culture in Athens: Greece as a travel destination offers countless possibilities. If you stick to a few simple etiquette rules and especially avoid fooling around with the gestures, you show the locals the due respect. In this way you will quickly become a “guest” from a “stranger”.

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