Embassy in Greece
Greece, Embassy in Moscow
Address of the Greek Embassy in Moscow: st. Spiridonovka, 14
Telephone Center: 739-22-04
Reception of the Consul General (Secretary of the Consul): 739-22-08
Administrative and Legal Department: 739-22-04
Visa Department: 739-22-04, 739 -22-09
Greece, Embassy website: http://www.hellas.ru/
Greece, Russian Embassy in the country:
Paleo Psychiko, Nikiforu Litra, 28, Athens
tel. (01) 672-52-35, 672-61-30.
Contact in Greece
It is most beneficial to call from a telephone box, which makes it possible to contact anywhere in the world. Phone cards are sold at newsstands. Calls from 21.00 to 07.00 are 30-40% cheaper than the rest of the time.
To call from Russia to Greece, you need to dial 8+10+30(Greece code)+phone number. To call from Greece to Russia, dial 007+area code+phone number.
Emergency Phones in Greece
Tourist police 171, 01 924 33 54
Medical assistance 105 (from 14.00 to 07.00)
Fire service 174
Technical service in the event of a car breakdown 104
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year
Like the Russians, the Greeks on this day exchange gifts and wish each other a happy new year.
January 6 – Epiphany (Baptism)
In some coastal areas on this day it is customary to perform the rite of blessing the water. The priest solemnly throws the crucifix into the water, and the young people dive, trying to overtake each other, and raise it from the bottom.
March 25 – Independence Day
Processions and dances are organized throughout the country in honor of the Greek uprising against the Turkish yoke in 1821.
May 1 – Labor Day
On this day, according to tradition, wreaths of wild flowers and garlic are woven to ward off evil forces. Demonstrations and meetings of workers are held in large cities.
August 15 – Dormition of the Mother of God
This is the most important holiday after Easter. After the service, on the night of August 15, a religious procession is performed with the shroud of the Virgin.
October 28 – Ochi Day
On this day, Greek Prime Minister Metaxas answered “no” (oohs) to Mussolini’s offer of surrender.
December 25 – Christmas
December 26 – Christmas
time Many Orthodox holidays are celebrated, such as: Trinity, the Day of the Apostles Peter and Paul – but they are not days off.
In the summer on the island of Zakynthos, a carnival lasts for two weeks, which, in terms of pomp, splendor, grandeur, resembles real ancient Greek festivities, which, in fact, the organizers are striving for. Funny costumed parades, dances, performances of ancient comedies, theatrical improvisations in the central square of Zakynthos, as well as an obligatory cheese tasting – all these are indispensable attributes of modern stylized bacchanalia.
In the summer in Greece from 14.00 to 15.00-17.00 throughout the country “siesta” – almost all offices, banks, shops, shops and restaurants are closed.
According to Greek customs, a visitor to a tavern has every right to enter the kitchen and choose a fish or other product that will be prepared for him as he wishes.
It is better to visit archaeological sites in the morning, at other times of the day, due to crowds, the impression can be blurred.
Photography and filming in museums and on the territory of historical monuments is allowed only with an additional entrance ticket.
Traveling to Hersonissos (Crete) with children is not recommended. This is a bustling town with a fairly vibrant nightlife. The beach is urban and very unattractive.
Rethymnon is the only city on the island of Crete with its own wide sandy beach.
Shop opening hours:
Monday 9:00 (summer 8:30) – 14:00 or 15:00
Tuesday 9:00 (summer 8:30) – 14:00 or 15:00; 17:00 – 20:00 (summer 21:00)
Wednesday 9:00 (summer 8:30) – 14:00 or 15:00
Thursday 9:00 (summer 8:30) – 14:00 or 15:00; 17:00 – 20:00 (summer 21:00)
Friday 9:00 (summer 8:30) – 14:00 or 15:00; 17:00 – 20:00 (summer 21:00)
Saturday 9:00 (summer 8:30) – 15:00
Before Christmas and Easter, all shops are open until the evening.
According to ehuzhou, supermarkets are open daily from 8:00 to 20:00. It should be borne in mind that goods in supermarkets located in tourist areas are more expensive than in ordinary stores.
There are streets in Athens where all the shops sell one particular product.
In restaurants and cafes in Greece, it is customary to give a tip (about 10% of the order amount), you can leave it on the plate on which the bill was brought. Sometimes tips are included in the bill.
Tipping can be given to a taxi driver or a hotel worker who helps carry luggage to your room (about 1 euro).
The Greeks are distinguished by ardor and sentimentality. Their advantage is hospitality and goodwill towards the Russians as old allies and co-religionists.
Shaking the head from bottom to top in Greek means “no” and from top to bottom – “yes”. In Greek, the sound “ne” means “yes”, and the denial sounds like “oh”.
The Greeks are not characterized by punctuality, they may be late for a business meeting.
The Greek “tomorrow” (“avrio”) means something indefinite or refusal.
It is not customary to take off your shoes in a Greek house. An invitation to visit does not include lunch or dinner.
Greeks rarely shake hands. Close acquaintances exchange kisses on both cheeks when they meet.
For foreigners, medical care in Greece, except for emergency medical care, is paid, although most Greek citizens use the services of public medical institutions free of charge. Therefore, it is recommended to purchase medical insurance, including evacuation of the patient by air if necessary. If you do not have insurance, you may be required to pay for medical services in cash on the spot. Medical care in Greece is based on various forms of payment and fully complies with European requirements. Many Greek doctors have studied abroad and speak English.
Pharmacies are open from 8.30 to 14.00. Pharmacies are usually closed after lunch and on Saturday mornings.