Fitting In When Sailing in Greece

By MedSailors Crew published on 22 June 2016

A sailing holiday is a wonderful way to not just see the best of what a country has to offer in terms of scenery and landmarks, but also to experience its culture to the full. Greece is a warm and welcoming place, but if you are keen to make sure you fit in whilst away, then follow these simple pieces of advice.

Greek people are incredibly proud of their reputation as excellent hosts, and you will find eating out whilst sailing in Greece a truly enjoyable experience, whether in a small taverna or a high-class restaurant. There are no formal expectations when it comes to tipping at the end of a meal, but it is very much appreciated as a sign of goodwill.

When it comes to dressing appropriately on Greece’s beaches, it’s simply a case of being aware of the type of beach you are on. There are some designated spaces for nude or topless sunbathing, so if you are not in one of these locations, it’s best to stay (relatively) covered up.

Lastly, it is good to be aware of how sensitive Greek people can be about hand gestures. It may sound trivial, but in order to sidestep any potential misunderstandings, it is best to keep hand gestures simple and to a minimum when communicating with locals. Rest assured, though, that wherever you go you will receive a warm welcome.

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