Shopping in Greece
The most typical Greek souvenirs are handicrafts. First of all, Greece is famous for its leather goods such as shoes and bags. It is also popular in Greece, jewelry and items made of ceramics; imitation products of ancient Greek masters. In rural areas you can buy beautiful embroidery and carpets. But Greece is also famous for its special food. There is practically no industry and so the food produced in Greece, are among the most environmentally friendly in Europe. Considering the food in Greece, traveler should to buy olives and olive oil, spices, honey, cheese. And, of course, almost impossible not to draw attention to the famous "Metaxa" - perhaps the most popular souvenir from Greece.
Usual time of the Greek shops from 9:00 to 14:30 and from 17:00 to 20:00. Major supermarkets and convenience stores are working without a break for siesta from 9:00 to 20:00.
In Greece, the value added tax (18%) included in the price of goods. Tourists from countries not members of the EU and bought goods worth over 117 euro, may require a refund of VAT at customs. To do this, fill out a special form and be sure to keep your receipt for its subsequent presentation to the customs.