BY all means kick back and relax on your holiday to Greece this summer, but be aware of some simple rules that could land you in trouble.

Some of the rules came into force since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, back when 3.5 million British tourists would visit Greece for a summer holiday.

To avoid trouble on your summer holiday, here are some regulations to remember when in Greece.


While many children enjoy taking a collection of beach pebbles as holiday souvenirs, this could come at a cost of up to £775 if you visit one particular stretch of coast.

Lalaria Beach on the Greek island of Skiathos has a ban on removing the distinctive stones, with officials even installing a 'pebble return' drop box at the airport, in a bid to encourage people to leave behind any pebbles they had packed in their luggage.

This measure was taken after the removal of the famous white stones caused a change in the beach's landscape.

Local residents even put up posters begging tourists to "take pictures, not pebbles."

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Music can be no lounder than 50 decibels and loud sound systems are prohibited.

Keeping in mind that a normal conversation indoors would often reach 50 decibels, it's best to play safe and pop your headphones in if you want to enjoy some tunes at the beach.

During Covid-19 restrictions, bars and other hospitality venues along the beaches of Greece were banned from playing music in a bid to prevent sunseekers from raising their voices and potentially spreading the virus.


By law, sun-loungers need to be at least five meters away from the edge of the sea, but no fine has been earmarked for this offence if broken.

This rule is to enable people to have plenty of space when walking along the water.

Topless sunbathing is in theory illegal, but many people still do it.

Meanwhile, nude sunbathing is allowed in certain areas such as Little Banana beach in Skiathos.

Designated areas and specific beaches are more tolerable for nude sunbathing, with those wanting to bare all often venturing to more remote beaches.

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Drinking and smoking

Drinking is allowed in public areas, as long as you are not causing a nuisance to members of the public and other holidaymakers.

However, smoking is a different scenario with many beaches in Greece now becoming smoke free as the government attempt to tackle the country's remarkably high smoking rate.

It’s illegal to smoke in all indoor public places. The penalty for violating this law is a fine of up to €500.

Moonies and offensive fancy dress

According to the Foreign Office, indecent behaviour, including mooning, is not tolerated. The police will make arrests and the courts are likely to impose heavy fines or prison sentences on people who behave indecently.

Some fancy dress costumes may be regarded as offensive and therefore against decency laws.

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Earlier this week, Greece dropped all remaining Covid-19 restrictions, including proof of vaccination and face mask requirements.

Meanwhile, there is ongoing holiday chaos for Brits as families face losing thousands for cancelled trips over passport delays.

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