In this article, we have rounded up the most useful travel tips for your vacations in Pomegranate and Halkidiki.
- When you drive to nearby villages, carry a mosquito repellent with you.
- Remain hydrated, especially in the two hottest months, namely, July and August.
- Have the hotel phone number handy. This is +30 23730 43070.
- The passports of all hotel guests need to be presented at check-in at our hotel.
- At variance with other countries, many a time the beach bars located at beaches in Greece, including Halkidiki, do not provide beach towels. For this reason, before heading to a beach outside the hotel, ask us for a hotel beach towel. You can use it and return it back to us! After all, pampering you is our bread and butter.
- A multitude of local restaurants, taverns and family-run businesses do not accept credit cards. Be sure that you always carry cash with you.
- Should a male member of your party schedules to visit Mount Athos, our hotel can assist him with the logistical support required. Please inform us as soon as possible since a special entrance permit needs to be issued. Further information can be obtained from our Guest Relations department at [email protected].
- One of the most useful things that will help you pack your suitcase is an app called “PackPoint”. As it promises, it “will organize what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination and any activities planned”: https://www.packpnt.com
- The overwhelming majority of the local stores close between 3.00 and 5.30 in the afternoon on weekdays. This transpires because great importance is assigned to the Mediterranean siesta. It is the time when everybody takes a nap. It is no coincidence that there is a government ordinance that intense noise is forbidden during the 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. time stretch. This time period is named common quiet hours.
- Contrary to US (06:22 p.m.), Norway (4 p.m.), Australia (5- 6.00 p.m.) and a swarm of other countries, the average dinner time in Greece is between 9:00 p.m. and 10 p.m., bearing a strong resemblance to dinner time in Spain (10 p.m.) and South Italy (10:00 p.m.).
- In Greece, the “electric power supply is 220 volts1”. Make sure that your electrical appliances will be working under these circumstances. Our hotel can provide adaptors, should you need them.
- If you are looking for a traditional Greek dainty, you will find it on one of Halkidiki’s beaches. This is the Greek “loukoumas”, the taste of which is similar to the taste of donut. Whether you have or have not a sweet tooth, you won’t be able to say no to this confectionery. The most interesting part is that “loukoumades” (plural of “loukoumas”) are not sold in the beach cantinas. There is a man, named “loukoumatzis”, who strolls around the beach with his portable “store” and stops whenever one of the bathers is telling him to make a stop and serve him. “Loukoumas” is deemed to be an integral part of Greek culture and, definitely, native people’s best childhood memory! Certainly, this adds to Halkidiki beaches’ allure.
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