Etiquette

  • Body language In Cretan body language, ‘yes’ is a swing of the head and ‘no’ is a curt raising of the head or eyebrows, often accompanied by a ‘ts’ click-of-the-tongue sound.
  • Eating & dining Meals are commonly served family-style and shared. Always accept an offer of a drink as it’s a show of goodwill (unless it’s an unwanted advance). Don’t insist on paying if invited out; it insults your hosts. In restaurants, dining is a drawn-out experience and it’s impolite to rush waitstaff.
  • Places of worship When visiting churches, carry a shawl or wear long sleeves and a long skirt or trousers to cover up in a show of respect.
  • Social visits If you are invited to a Greek home, it's a nice gesture to bring a small gift such as flowers or a box of chocolates.