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Camping

Camping is a wonderful way of getting to be one with nature and strongly suggested in Greece. The warm air, overnight temperatures higher than 20C (68F) and lovely soft wind, make camping an unforgetable experience.

Strictly speaking, free camping is not permitted anymore in Greece. Sometimes the police will arrive and ask whether you are staying long in the area. You should say NO, othewise, they will give you 24 hours to leave. The best is to say you are only there for the day AND follow the guidelines below. Follow them to the letter:

  • Always leave the campsite exactly as you found it!
  • If you made trash, collect it all and take it with you. You can deposit it in village garbage lots or place it in public trash cans (bins) provided for the purpose.
  • If you set a tent, dont disturb the environment putting it up or taking it down.
  • If you are going to put up a kitchen suspend the food from a tree and ensure it touches nothing. Otherwise, ants will find the way to the food overnight.
  • Water is a major problem so ensure you have plenty of water with you all the time. In the heat of the Greek summer, you would need to drink more than 2 liters (4 pints) of liquid every day, to replenish your loses; and that is per person! NEVER drink salt water. You can boil the seawater and drink the condensation which you turn in water by placing a plastic bag over the steam and letting the steam condense into a glass.
  • You can light a fire, but only on a beach. DONT EVER LIGHT A FIRE ON DRY GRASS, OR ON GROUND THAT IS NOT NEAR THE SEA. YOU WILL BURN EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY. DO YOU WANT THAT ON YOUR CONSCIENCE? The wind may carry ashes in places where they will quickly catch fire. And always have a bucket of sand or water nearby for such an eventuality. If you start a fire by mistake, you will end up in jail. Jail terms for arsonists, even non-premeditated, are the worst. And rightly so!
  • Official campgrounds are the best, and a good value for money. Expect to pay about DRA 1500 per night for a place to put up a tent. They offer showers, restaurants and bars. However, they get to be very noisy at night and not exactly a great introduction to the wonderful Greek nature.
  • You must make a properly constructed latrine (toilet). Dont just do it anywhere! Using a small shovel, dig down to a depth of about 60 centimeters (about 2 feet) and fill with some stones. Use it for both number 1 and number 2 and cover with stones and some earth everytime you use it. It should fill up after a week of use by 4 people. When leaving cover properly and leave the earth as it was. In time, it will become fertiliser.

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