Despite the financial crisis, Greeks’ mentality and the beautiful weather of Athens and the islands help locals keep their positive attitude towards life. According to Greeks, music is a powerful medicine that helps them overcome any obstacles of their life.read more
Do I have to speak Greek in Athens?
No! The majority of Greeks speak English; especially the ones working in tourism sector. Street names are transliterated with Latin letters, so it will be easy for you to find your way.
For a peculiar reason most signs of the stores and the restaurants of Athens are in English language - making it easier for the tourists and more difficult for older Greeks...
How much should I tip in Athens?
In Greece, the service fee is always included in the price that you pay. Tipping is not.
In fact, tipping is a matter of how satisfied you are from the service provided. If you are happy with your waiter, your receptionist, the housekeeper or your taxi driver you may leave generous tips. If not, by leaving no tips at all is a way to show your dissatisfaction!
In general when you tip somebody you round the amount to the next euro, next five euros or next ten euros depending on the total that you are asked to pay. For example if your bill is 8 euros, you may leave 10 euros, if it is 46 euros, you may leave 50 euros etc... A regular tip should be 7%-20% on the bill. The happiest you are with the service, the higher the tip you may give!