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Preparing your trip to Thessalia Region: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

Farewell to Skiathos 1. To begin with, Thessaly is not located in the tropics, there is the change of seasons in this region, in summer the temperature is about 30 degrees Celsius, and in winter, it is about 10 degrees Celsius; therefore, pack your things according to the season. In summer, it is necessary to take sunscreens and light clothing with long sleeves, in winter a warm jacket and cold weather footwear will be quite enough.
2. Due to the peculiarities of the terrain in the central part of the region, it often rains in summer, so it will be useful to bring an umbrella or a raincoat along with you.
3. The sightseeing attractions are located in different areas of Thessaly; in order to explore everything, you will have to walk a lot, for that reason be sure to take a pair of comfortable shoes with you.
4. The majority of the population practices Eastern Orthodox Christianity and treats their religion with great respect; therefore, it is worthwhile to speak your mind on this subject in a respectful way. If you visit the Meteora, remember that most of the monasteries are functional here, so women need to have the appropriate clothes (a long skirt will be preferable) and to cover their heads when entering the territory of the monasteries.
5. It is necessary to mention the peculiar daily routine in Thessaly. Practically every local citizen wakes up very early in the morning, at 6-7 a.m., in the afternoon they have their traditional siesta, which lasts from about 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and then things are humming until the morning, especially in the large cities. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. Take into account that all the government agencies, museums, exhibition centers provide their services according to their own schedules, which frequently remain a mystery for anyone, except their employees. If you want to visit any of these institutions, we would recommend going there in the morning on weekdays, so your chance to make it will be much higher.
7. For example, if you want to visit a church, or buy something from a shop, but they are closed, do not feel bad but try to find out from the locals where you can find a seller or a caretaker and do not hesitate to go directly to that place. For a little reward, the church caretaker will surely open it for you, and the seller will be happy to sell you anything you want.
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8. Here you will not find such a quality as punctuality, so do not be surprised if a local resident is late for a meeting or your tour bus is delayed by 15 or 20 minutes; unfortunately, this is normal.
9. Many shops and restaurants, especially if they are not located in the tourist areas, do not have their menu in English, in that case, you will have to take a chance or try to explain yourself to the seller or the waiter.
10. Watch out for the taxi drivers, before starting your trip specify the price and the route in order not to pay the extra money.
11. If you wish, you can rent a car in Thessaly, especially if you are planning a trip to the central part of the region. Bear in mind that the mountain roads are rather narrow. But still, traveling by car is much better. The matter is that if you travel by sightseeing buses, definitely you will have to visit the fur factories.
12. Many ancient ruins are publicly available here, but it does not mean that you can grab any stone you like there and get away with it. The national antiquities are carefully protected, and without special permission, it is prohibited to take anything, in the other case, you can get into serious trouble.
13. You are expected to tip at the local restaurants; otherwise, you will have a risk to offend the waiter or the host (depending on the size of the place). At small family taverns, they cook delicious food, but the process is rather slow, so it is most likely that you will have to wait for your order.
14. Many places do not accept credit cards; therefore, take cash with you when you are going to have dinner at a restaurant or a cafe.
15. In general, keep alert while dealing with your credit cards, make sure to set the mandatory notification for every transaction, and do not pass your cards to strangers.
16. When you go on an excursion, do not forget to take a bottle of water and a hat with you; furthermore, surely you will want to buy some souvenirs, for that reason, take along some cash as well.
17. If you do not smoke, Thessaly will not be a very comfortable place for you since there are smoking people everywhere here; and it is useless to be angry and complain about it because your behavior will not be understood.
18.The crime rate in Thessaly is very low; however, in the resort cities located on the coast, you can be caught in a cheat's net, also picking and stealing can occur here; therefore, you should constantly stay focused. The safety points are rather basic. Do not take large sums of money with you; keep your valuables not in the hotel room, but in the provided safe deposit box.
19. If you travel by car, do not leave anything valuable in it and use paid guarded parking facilities to park your car.
20. In the rural areas, women are advised to travel accompanied. By the way, it is necessary to keep in mind the following – as a rule, only men visit coffeehouses and traditional ouzeria restaurants; if a woman comes to such places, her presence will be disapproved.
21. As for public toilets, since Thessaly has become a tourist center just recently, we still recommend staying away from public places of convenience and going to the closest cafe or bar, if it is necessary. Usually, you will be allowed using their toilets for free, or for a small, nominal fee.
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4. During tours, you should not try to take a piece of marble or a stone from some historical structures, even if it just lies on the road. It will necessarily cause a problem while crossing a border.
5.The Greeks speak Modern Greek, but in restaurants and hotel staff speaks fluent English. All inscriptions are also translated for the convenience of tourists.
6.Restaurants that specialize in seafood, are known as fish taverns. They use the freshest products delivered in the same day.
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Travelling to Thessalia Region - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Thessalia Region. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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