Siesta plays a great role here. Try to plan your holiday, because almost all the cafes and shops are closed from 2 to 5 oâ€™clock. Locals spend their free time sleeping or lying on the beach. Greeks love to gather around the table with friends and family, drink retsina and ouzo and discuss the day's events. There is a great number of taverns on the island. What's interesting, they are always all full of people. You should make every effort to find a free table in an evening. Despite the fact that local citizens love to drink retsina and ouzo, you will hardly meet drunk people on the streets. This is because invariable behaviour is a disgrace for Greeks. So, if you donâ€™t want to be condemned by locals, try to control yourself.
It is customary to greet everyone in a tavern, shop or bank. It is customed to shake hands only at the first meeting. Then, people greet each other with a kiss on the cheeks. People usually refer to each other by the second name here. Locals are very hot-tempered people. They use a lot of hand movements, raise their voice and interrupt each other. The most important Orthodox holidays are celebrated on Ios. One of the most impressive and beautiful customs here is Klidonas that has its roots in antiquity. It is celebrated every year in June.
Greeks love to teach people and it is getting worse with age, but elderly people are highly respected in Greece. Local residents can often live with their parents up to 30. Most of the locals create their own families late, but they try to build strong relationships. However, Greek men love to flirt with different women and pay compliments, but you shouldnâ€™t take it seriously. Locals are very hospitable and they always try to lavish care upon their guests. What's interesting, if a Greek invites you to his house, it doesnâ€™t mean that you will have a meal there.