Important Information

We divided this section in two.

Left one is all important information you should know if you are planning a wedding or a trip to Kos Island.

Right one is all about fascinating facts about our beloved Greece.

Enjoy

The Best Time To Get Married In Greece

Choosing a wedding date is one of the most important planning decisions that you’ll have to make as a couple — it will impact every other aspect of your big day.

All the dates between May and October are great for a wedding in Kos island.

This is the best period if you want to combine your wedding with amazing vacation or honeymoon.

What You'll Need in Order to Get a Marriage License
  • Brides and Grooms passport
  • Full Birth certificate
  • Apostle stamp
  • Certificate of no impediment to marriage
  • Decree absolute
  • Death certificate (if any of the parties is a widower)
  • Deed Poll certificate
  • Translation of documents
Cash or Credit card

Cash.

In Greece most payments are done with cash. Credit cards are accepted in most stores but do not take it for granted that people will accept it in smaller stores. For example, a tavern will probably not take credit cards, nor will groceries or a kiosk on the street. Always have cash with you, just in case. Also even if the store window has signs that they accept credit cars, better ask before you buy to avoid any unpleasant surprise in the cashier’s desk.

Food & Drinking

Gyros

The best known Greek food is gyros, a folded type of sandwich with pork or chicken sticks, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and tzatziki/ sauce. You can find it almost everywhere in Greece and people eat it for lunch and dinner, too. You can ask for the (folded) gyros, just for the stick or for the plate. When you order, make sure you define what you want because if you don’t, you will most probably get the plate than the sandwich, which is double or triple in price

Famous Greek dishes

The most frequent dishes you can order in a Greek tavern is Greek (horiatiki) salad, grilled fish of any kind, fried squids (kalamari), moussaka and pies (cheese pie or spinach pie mostly).

Wine and beer

People in Greece drink wine or beer in almost all occasions, even in daily lunches. The traditional Greek wine is retsina and the most frequent Greek beers are Mythos and Alpha. Ouzo, tsipouro and raki are also traditional Greek beverages and frequently consumed by the locals.

Health

Pharmacies

Pharmacies in Greece work in business hours, closed on weekends. You can distinguish them because they have a Green Cross outside. By turns, there are pharmacies open 24 hours in every neighborhood. For the hours pharmacies are closed, there is a schedule with the open ones on the window of each pharmacy, but it is only in Greek, so ask for the help of a local to show you the directions.

Emergency phone line

The hospital emergency phone line in Greece is 166.

Greece Is the “Sunniest” Country In Europe

According to Greece: Enchantment of the World written by Ann Heinrichs, Greece enjoys on average more than 250 days of sunshine—or three thousand sunny hours—a year, which makes it one of the most sunny countries in the world and the most sunny in Europe.

Greece Has Thousands of Islands

Even though Greece is only the ninety-seventh biggest country, with a total area of 131,957 km2 (50,949 square miles), it has more than three thousand islands and islets, of which only about 130 are inhabited, with a number of these being some of the most famous in the world.

Kos Island is 11th most beautiful island!

There are More Than 4,000 Traditional Dances in Greece

Zorba the Greek, a film starring Anthony Quinn, made it known to the world how much the Greek people love to dance and break plates. Believe it or not Greeks love dancing so much that there are more than four thousand different traditional dances that come from all over Greece and this number accounts for only the officially recognized ones.

If a Greek “Spits” On You It’s Usually a Good Thing

It is believed (mostly by older Greeks) that spitting chases the devil and misfortune away. That is why when someone transfers bad news such as a death or an accident, the people who hear it will usually spit three times. Also, when a Greek person compliments your looks he or she will “spit” on you so that you will be protected from the evil eye, which is called mati in Greek.

However, keep in mind that Greeks don’t literally spit on you but just make a puff of breath through pursed lips, as if spitting. So no, you don’t have to keep a handkerchief with you in case you visit Greece next summer.

The Original Santa Claus Was Greek

Those who have done detailed research probably know that the image of the overweight man with a white beard, blue eyes, and pale skin who lives in Northern Europe is nothing but the creation of pop culture mixed with Scandinavian and Germanic pagan stories. The original, historical version of Santa Claus was a Greek bishop who lived in Myra in the fourth century and is better known as Saint Nicholas. He was skinny, had brown eyes and olive skin, and a reputation for secret gift giving: he would put coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him and help the poor and children. Because of his generosity he became the basis, though not physically, for the modern Santa Claus.