Greece is generally safe and is becoming a popular destination for solo travel. People are friendly and welcoming. That being said, there are places that you need to take precautions and a few other things to know about traveling solo in Greece.
Use these solo traveler safety tips…
On your first visit to Athens, you may feel that it is unsafe. Athens feels a little rough around the edges. For the most part, you have nothing to worry about. It is just like any major city around the world; be aware of your surroundings and try not to look like a tourist.
Pickpockets can be an issue in Athens. This mostly occurs on the metro and in crowded areas like Monastiraki Square. Thieves are very good at this and you might not even notice until it is too late. Keep your valuables on you and your hand on them at all times. Make sure your bags are closed and your luggage is locked. Another scam is when you have put your cell phone on a table. Someone will come up with a large sign and place it in front of the phone. While this happens, they steal the phone off the table.
Cross the streets with care in Athens. Pedestrians do not have the right of way in Greece. Cross only at crosswalks, look both ways, and make sure no cars have run the lights. Cars and motorbikes sometimes ride and park on sidewalks as well, so always be alert.
The Greek islands are probably one of the safest places in the world. You can wander the streets at any time of night on most islands. Again, use your common sense here, and you should be fine. Greeks are late-night people, so it is unlikely you will ever be out late alone.
On the beaches, you should be okay to bring money, your phone, and a small device. Some beach umbrellas have little lockers attached for you to keep small things in. Do not wave around your money or gadgets, but I have never known anyone to have anything stolen on a Greek beach.
The first time I took a Greek ferry, I was nervous about leaving my luggage in the ferry hold. However, I had nothing to worry about. Leaving your carry-on luggage in your seat for a short amount of time is also okay, and as a solo traveler is unavoidable. If you want, ask a friendly Greek family to watch your bags. I have never had anything stolen from me on a Greek ferry.
It is also safe to take the Greek ferry at night solo. Just make sure you know where you are going or have transportation arranged when you arrive at your destination. Most hotels will arrange a pick-up at the port or tell you the best way to reach them.
Not all Greek hotels will have a safe and if they do, it may not be very large. This is not an issue on the islands. In Athens, most hotels are secure and you would have to pass the front desk to get to the rooms. Some hotels will also have safes at the front desk for you to use as well.
by Tiffany Schureman