You're Only a True Greece Expert if You've Done These 13 Things

Flag of Greece
Flag of Greece | © Klearchos Kapoutsis / Flickr
Ethel Dilouambaka

Many have made Greece their perennial (or permanent) destination and can now get around pretty well. But you can only be considered a true Greece expert and earn the title of local if you have done these 13 things.

Mastered some Greek

Let’s be honest, Greek is not an easy language to learn, especially for first-time new language students. But understanding and speaking the local language is essential. Of course, we’re not saying you should be fluent in Greek, but you should at least be able to find your way around and comfortably hold a conversation in Greece.

Greek text

Handled Greek bureaucracy

We are not going to lie: Greek bureaucracy is harsh. Office hours are non-existent, and people are often forced to spend hours waiting in line before facing a not-so-helpful public servant. But if you have managed to survive the ordeal, then you really have what it takes to live in Greece.

Joined in the Easter fun

Perhaps one of the best holidays to spend in Greece, Orthodox Easter is full of traditions, family time and great food. From the midnight services to the traditional dishes and the quirky local customs, it is a time when you can definitely get a glimpse into Greek culture.

Ornate Greek Easter eggs

Understood the silent ‘no’ and other non-verbal cues

Besides ‘oxi’, there is another, non-verbal way to say no in Greek: raising an eyebrow while clicking your tongue. Some masters simply raise their eyebrow when asked a question. Once you understand that and all the other non-verbal cues, it means you are a true local.

Known at least five Greek celebrities

And we mean celebrities in Greece, not just internationally known celebs. Bonus points if you are up to date with all the latest gossip about them.

Anna Vissi, live in Amsterdam in 2007

Sat at a café long after you’re done with your order

Greeks are big on socializing, so they don’t shy away from having a three-hour-long coffee with their parea or staying at the table hours after dinner is done. It doesn’t even occur to the waiter to ask them to leave, and nobody feels guilty of hogging a table.

Wished everyone kalo mina at the beginning of the month

Greeks are specialists when it comes to seasonal greetings, and so it’s not surprising to hear locals spontaneously wish a ‘good month’ (‘kalo mina’) to anyone they meet on the first day of the month.

Ignored when cars speed up at an orange traffic light

At the beginning, you almost choked down your coffee when you saw it, or maybe you were unlucky enough to be in a taxi when the driver actually pressed on the accelerator pedal when the light turned orange. Today, however, you are no longer surprised. Even worse, you do it yourself when you dare to drive.

Greek traffic

Memorised the major name days

Greeks are serious about their name days, so make sure to wish a good name day to all the Marias, Giorgoses and Dimitris – even Charalamboses – in your phone book.

Embraced the amount of olive oil in food

You may have once rolled your eyes every time you saw the amount of oil in Greek salad or been surprised when you saw locals sprinkle their meat with lemon juice. Now, you use olive oil for everything yourself and add a little oregano to homemade fries.

Feta cheese in olive oil

Learned all about Greece’s two national holidays

You’re perfectly familiar with the national holidays: Independence Day and Labour Day. In fact, you know the Greek calendar so well, you’re not even surprised to stumble upon a protest in the streets or to witness a 24-hour public transport strike.

Worn long sleeves in warm weather

You have been living here for a while, so you’ve become accustomed to the seasons. Even on sunny days in April, you still wear long sleeves until the temperature rises above 30°C (86°F). Same goes for late September, when you’ve started wearing jeans and light jackets while tourists are still donning shorts and t-shirts.

Syntagma square

Visited somewhere besides Athens and the islands

Being an expert of Greece means knowing more than just Athens and a few islands here and there. The country has a few underrated gems such as Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Kavala, Kalamata as well as smaller towns and villages like Kastoria, Monemvasia, Preveza, Nafplio or Xanthi. There’s no knowing Greece without exploring it.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.