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'''Greece''' is a country in [[Southern Europe]], bordering [[Turkey]], [[Bulgaria]], [[Republic of Macedonia|Macedonia]] and [[Albania]]. It is a member state of the [[European Union]] as well as the [[Schengen Agreement]].
Contrary to belief, Greek drivers will rarely, if ever, ask for money. Because there are few [[highway|motorways]] in Greece, the national roads become great havens of locals and long distance drivers pouring in from the south east to west and vice versa, up into the north. Hitching in Greece can be a little slow because many Greeks seem to be afraid of Albanians. It's best not to ask too much about it as something close to racism and prejudice comes out. You can cross the border by foot!
[[File:IMG_2349.jpg|thumb|250px|Hitchhiker [[User:Whisperingofthestars|Jason]] thumbing in Greece, June 2008. His hips have seemingly turned inside out.]]
 It is very hard to hitchhike using mainly [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol stations]] – it can cause long waits since they are a little off the motorway and quite small for by Western criteriastandards. Besides, you can barely find any in the northern parts of Greece. The best way to get lifts is to hitch right on the road (if it is not a motorway). It is not recommended to thumb on the motorways, although some hitchhikers do so anyway since the cars are going more likely to stop most definitely, and the police can be are pretty liberal about it; however, it is at your own risk.
It would be smart not to mention Macedonia either – the [[Skopje]] issue might be emotional for many (older) Greeks.
== Number plates ==
The number plates of Greece usually consist usually of 3 letters (from which the first two letters represent a city) and a number. The plates are valid for the whole life of the vehicle even if its owner moves to an other town, so you can not be absolutely sure about where the vehicle is from.
== [[Camping|Free camping]] ==
Free camping in Greece is not allowed, but fortunately, compared with the other Mediterranean EU countries, there are still a lot of of beaches where you can camp for free and without [[police]] problems. Police may fine you (150 euro) during the summer months (July and August are most probableespecially), so it's best to ask other free campers when you arrive in at a beach.
You can camp freely anywhere in the mountains, valleys, hills, river beds etc. Nobody is going to chase youoff. Anyway the law that forbids free camping was created due to economical reasons so that hotels, organised campgrounds and all kinds of tourist accommodation can flourish, which means that if you camp where there is no tourism nobody will come after you.
== Cities ==
* [[Florina]]
* [[Patra]]
* [[Greek islands]]
== Getting away ==
* To [[Ferries between Italy and Greece|Italy]]
* To == Links ==
* [http://ide.li/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=218 14 hours of autostop] – the hitchhiking adventures of Georgi Kalendarov and Diljan Vulev, of Bulgaria, in Greece
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