Stores open early, at 8 am, and accept visitors until late in the evening (20:00 - 22:00). They can also close during the daytime for a break. This break can last up to several hours in some department stores. Sunday is a day off. Only stores located in the beaches can work on this day.
Budget travelers are recommended to shop at stores that are marked with «Hellenic Duty Free Shop» sign. These are duty free trading centers. Wine, fur, locally produced crafts and handmade olive oil remain the most popular souvenirs.
Visitors can get a consultation from a doctor for free at any drug store. Pharmacies are also a place where visitors can measure blood pressure and get advice about certain medications.
Smoking in Heraklion is allowed almost everywhere, except for cultural institutions and closed commercial complexes. However, all complexes and cultural institutions have specially designated areas for smokers.
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