top of page

3 Things NOT to do When Visiting Greece

Most write-ups on Pinterest or Instagram about Greece have catchy titles like "Top ___ Things You MUST See When Visiting Greece" or "Best MUST-SEE Spots in Greece," so I figured it would be fun to share a list of things I don't recommend doing while visiting. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Litter

Although I think this should go without saying for any destination, please don't leave behind trash when visiting Greece. There are plenty of bins for garbage as well as recycling (glass, paper, plastic), so leaving behind a mess for the locals to clean up is a no-go. The fines for littering in Greece can range from €50 to €1,500 or more, depending on the circumstances. For example, littering in public areas such as parks, beaches, or streets may incur higher fines compared to littering in less conspicuous locations.

Tourists should be mindful of the impact of their actions on the environment. Leaving litter, especially at beaches or archaeological sites, is disrespectful and harms the natural beauty of the surroundings. Additionally, excessive water usage, especially during peak tourist seasons, can strain local resources. Being environmentally conscious by reducing waste, conserving water, and respecting natural areas will be appreciated by locals.

2. Enter churches / religious sites if not dressed modestly

Greece is home to numerous religious sites, and it's customary to dress modestly when visiting them. Wearing revealing clothing, such as shorts, tank tops, or low-cut tops, can be considered disrespectful and you may be denied entry if not dressed appropriately. This includes entering into a Greek Orthodox church; if you are lounging in a bikini at the beach and want to visit a nearby church, please refrain from entering the church in your bikini as this is highly disrespectful. At the very least, visitors should cover their shoulders and knees when entering churches and monasteries. I recommend bringing a long skirt and/or shawl with you in your beach bag so that you have the chance to visit any monasteries or churches that you come across without having to worry. In the same way that you might be required to remove your shoes before visiting a Buddhist temple, you should dress modestly when visiting an Orthodox church or monastery.

3. Flush toilet paper

In Greece, it is advisable not to flush toilet paper due to the country's plumbing infrastructure. Most plumbing systems in Greece are not equipped to handle toilet paper. Flushing toilet paper can lead to blockages and backups in the sewage system, causing significant damage and inconvenience. Instead, it is customary to dispose of used toilet paper in a designated bin next to the toilet - you will see signs in some bathrooms indicating that you should never flush toilet paper (or any other sanitary napkins, tampons, etc.). This practice helps to maintain the functionality of the plumbing and ensures proper sanitation within the bathroom facilities.

It's important for tourists to educate themselves about local customs and cultural norms before visiting any foreign country. By being aware of and respectful towards local traditions, visitors can enhance their travel experience and contribute to positive interactions with the local community. Let us know if there is anything you would have added to this list!


bottom of page