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Greece bank holiday warning – rules that can get you in trouble and fined up to £775

In any case, sit back and relax on your holidays to Greece this summer, but remember a few simple rules that might get you in trouble.

Some of the rules have come into effect since the Covid-19 pandemic, when 3.5million British tourists visited Greece for a summer holiday.

Greek beaches face hefty fines when tourists don't follow the rules

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Greek beaches face hefty fines when tourists don’t follow the rulesPhoto credit: Getty

To avoid hassles on your summer vacation, here are some regulations to be aware of in Greece.

souvenir

Whilst many children are happy to take home a collection of beach pebbles as holiday souvenirs, this can cost as much as £775 when visiting a particular stretch of coast.

On the beach of Lalaria on the Greek island of Skiathos, removing the prominent stones is forbidden, even by official authorities Installing a Pebble Return Dropbox at the airport to encourage people to leave pebbles they had packed in their luggage.

This measure was taken after the removal of the famous white stones caused a change in the beach’s landscape.

Local residents have even put up posters asking tourists to “take photos, not pebbles.”

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music

Music must not be louder than 50 decibels and loud sound systems are prohibited.

Considering that a normal conversation indoors would often hit 50 decibels, it’s best to play it safe and plug in your headphones if you want to enjoy some tunes at the beach.

During the Covid-19 restrictions, bars and other eating places along Greece’s beaches have been banned from playing music to prevent sun-seekers from speaking out and potentially spreading the virus.

sunbathing

By law, sun loungers must be at least five meters from the edge of the sea, but there is no fine for this offence.

This rule is intended to allow people to have plenty of space when walking along the waterfront.

Topless sunbathing is theoretically illegal, but many people still do it.

Meanwhile, nude sunbathing is prohibited in certain areas such as Small banana beach in Skiathos.

Designated areas and designated beaches are more tolerable for nude sunbathing, and those wanting to bare often venture to more secluded beaches.

drinking and smoking

Drinking is allowed in public areas as long as you don’t disturb the public or other vacationers.

Smoking is a different scenario, however, as many beaches in Greece are now going smoke-free as the government tries to tackle the country’s remarkably high smoking rate.

It is illegal to smoke in all indoor public places. The penalty for violating this law is a fine of up to €500.

Moonies and offensive costumes

According to the Foreign Office, indecent behavior, including mooning, will not be tolerated. The police will make arrests and the courts are likely to impose large fines or imprisonment on those who behave indecently.

Some disguises may be considered lewd and therefore against the laws of decency.

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Greece dropped everything earlier this week remaining Covid-19 restrictionsincluding vaccination records and face mask requirements.

Meanwhile it goes on holiday chaos for Brits as families lose thousands to canceled trips passport delays.

Drinking in public places is allowed in Greece - as long as you behave properly!

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Drinking in public places is allowed in Greece – as long as you behave properly!Photo credit: Getty

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