Greece Essential Travel Information
List of supermarket chains in Greece
The opening hours of the stores are not the same everywhere in the country. The usual opening hours for stores in the centers of the large cities are continuous (9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.), for suburban stores the working hours are split shifts three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) and morning shifts for the other three days (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). Supermarkets operate a continuous shift up to 9:00 p.m., while all the stores are closed on Sundays. However, you will come across various stores (mini-market, wholesale cigarette stores, kiosks) that remain open almost day and night -even on Sundays- especially those situated in tourist regions.
In Igumenitsa you will find Alfa-Beta Vassilopoulos (AB, AB city, AB Food Market), Diellas, Lidl, Xenos, Sklavenitis, Masutis. See Google Maps.
In Sivota there are only local Super Markets not chains. Search our site with the term ‘Super Market’ See Google Maps.
Cell phone companies in Greece
Cosmote: Is the largest mobile network operator in Greece. The company is headquartered in Athens and is a fully owned subsidiary of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE), the incumbent telecommunications provider in Greece. COSMOTE has developed business operations in 2 other SE Europe countries through subsidiaries: Telekom Albania and Telekom Romania, addressing an extended market of 45 million people. In all three countries COSMOTE counts approximately 35.6 million customers (Website www.cosmote.gr ).
Vodafone Greece: Was established in Greece in 1992 under the trade name Panafon – with the participation of Vodafone Group Plc., France Telecom, Intracom and Data Bank, and was officially renamed to Vodafone in January 2002. In December 1998, the company listed its shares in the Athens and London stock exchange, while in July 2004 it de-listed from ATHEX. Vodafone Group Plc. is the company’s major shareholder with 99.8% of Vodafone Greece shares. At the end of June 2010, the number of subscribers to the network was 5,492,000, making Vodafone the second largest mobile network in Greece (Website http://www.vodafone.gr).
WIND Hellas: Formerly TELESTET Hellas and later TIM Hellas, is an integrated telecommunications provider with headquarters in Athens, Greece. WIND is the 3rd largest mobile operator in Greece (after COSMOTE and Vodafone) with more than 4.4 million active subscribers (Website http://www.wind.gr).
Vodafone Greece (officially known as Vodafone-Panafon Hellenic Telecommunications Company S.A) is the Greek subsidiary of Vodafone. Its headquarters are in Halandri – one of the northern suburbs of Athens.
2018 Major National Holidays in Greece
1st January New Year’s Day
6th January Epiphany
19th February Ash Monday: Greek Orthodox Shrove Monday
25th March Greek Independence Day
6th April Good Friday: Greek Orthodox Easter
9th April Orthodox Easter Monday
1st May Labour Day
28th May Orthodox Pentecost Monday
15th August Assumption Day
28th October Oxi Day: Celebrating Greek Independence
25th December Christmas Day
26th December Second day of Christmas
Cash is King
You will always need to hold cash with you and you should ensure you can access your money with an ATM card Many small restaurants and stores do not accept credit cards. Yes There are ATMs in Sivota Street View Sivota ATM 1, Street View Sivota ATMs 2 (in this shop).
Time Zone while travelling in Greece
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.
The quality of drinking water in Athens is excellent, although bottled water is widely used by locals and is inexpensive.
The standard in Greece is 220-240V AC (50Hz). All appliances from North America require a transformer and all appliances from Britain require an adaptor.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
171 Tourist Police
199 Fire Department
108 Coast Guard
14944 Duty Hospitals, Doctors & Pharmacies
1016 SOS Doctors
210 779 3777 Poison Line
* 112 is a free European emergency number that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that connects callers with the local police, fire brigade, coast guard & emergency medical services. Operators speak English, French and Greek.