Living in Greece

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Easter shopping hours in Greece

Easter shopping hours now in effect. —

Greek Easter Sunday is April 12 for 2015, and special opening hours for this period through Holy Week started on April 1 in Athens and April 2 in Thessaloniki.

Winter sales are over, but many retailers have special discounts to attract consumers.

*Article last updated April 1, 2015

Hours of operation

For Attica & Aegean Islands

The Commercial Association of Athens announced the following hours for 2015.

Wednesday, April 1: 9:00-21:00
Thursday, April 2: 9:00-21:00
Friday, April 3: 9:00-21:00
Saturday, April 4: 9:00-17:00
Palm Sunday, April 5: 11:00-18:00

Holy Monday, April 6: 9:00-21:00
Holy Tuesday, April 7: 9:00-21:00
Holy Wednesday, April 8: 9:00-21:00
Holy Thursday, April 9: 9:00-21:00
Good Friday April 10: 13:00-19:00. Supermarkets open 13:00-21:00
Holy Saturday, April 11: 9:00-15:00. Supermarkets close at 20:00.
Easter Sunday, April 12: Closed

Easter Monday, April 13: Closed
Tuesday, April 14:  Normal hours resume.

For Thessaloniki

The Commercial Association of Thessaloniki posted this (revised) schedule for 2015.

Thursday, April 2: 10:00-21:00
Friday, April 3: 10:00-21:00
Saturday, April 4: 10:00-18:00
Palm Sunday, April 5: 11:00-18:00

Holy Monday, April 6: 10:00-21:00
Holy Tuesday, April 7: 10:00-21:00
Holy Wednesday, April 8: 10:00-21:00
Holy Thursday, April 9: 10:00-21:00
Good Friday April 10: 13:00-19:00 Supermarkets open 13:00-21:00.
Holy Saturday, April 11: 10:00-16:00. Supermarkets open ’til 20:00.
Easter Sunday, April 12: Closed

Easter Monday, April 13: Closed
Tuesday, April 14: Normal hours resume


Opening hours for shops, archaeological sites and museums in Chania, Rethymno and Iraklio in 2015: “Greek Easter Opening Hours on Crete.”

Other Areas of Greece

Cities, villages and islands often keep different hours than those listed above. If you have Easter opening hours for your area, please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to link it here.

Note from Author

Please keep in mind this is Greece, meaning the business hours listed above can vary.

Shop owners may also open or close earlier or later on a whim and without warning; stores in smaller cities and rural areas may not extend their hours, due to lack of shoppers or staff.


Πώς θα λειτουργήσουν έως το Μεγάλο Σάββατο καταστήματα – σούπερ μάρκετ” — Naftemporiki
Το εορταστικό ωράριο των καταστημάτων για το Πάσχα 2014” — To Vima
Από τις 10 Απριλίου το εορταστικό ωράριο προτείνουν οι έμποροι” — To Vima
Από τις 10 Απριλίου το εορταστικό ωράριο στη Θεσσαλονίκη” — To Vima
Στις 24 Απριλίου ξεκινά το πασχαλινό εορταστικό ωράριο των καταστημάτων” — To Vima
Από τις 24 Απριλίου το πασχαλινό ωράριο” — Agelioforos
Μεταφέρεται η αργία της Πρωτομαγιάς για τα εμπορικά καταστήματα” — Naftemporiki
Από 5 Απριλίου το εορταστικό ωράριο στα καταστήματα” — Naftemporiki
Σε ισχύ από τις 5 Απριλίου το πασχαλινό ωράριο στα καταστήματα της Αττικής” — Ta Nea

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  Claire May wrote @ March 18th, 2010 at 15:18

Greece is a lovely place to be at Easter and I am sure that visitors to Greece will have a lovely time during their stay. But its not just about shopping why not enjoy some of the local festivals such as the Saitopolemos competition in Kalamata, Messinia.

Kat Reply:

I think we all know that shopping isn’t the only thing we can do, but I realize you needed a lead-in to attempt promoting your blog. I had to edit your comment and link for two reasons.

First, the info on your blog is inaccurate, i.e., GENOP’s 48-hour strike was not on March 15, 16, 17, and should therefore not be called a ‘reliable source’ or an ‘oracle’. Second and most important, you have plagiarized some ideas and text from me, i.e., “words to know are απεργία or apergia (strike)” from my March 11 strike post. Did you think I wouldn’t notice?

  FMS wrote @ March 19th, 2010 at 14:30

haha, Kat: on the ball as always! Keep up the good work 🙂

  Kate wrote @ March 31st, 2012 at 10:05

I’d just like to take this oppurtunity to thank you for all of this fantastic information. We are a small, family-run sailing company and we often have clients that ask many of the questions that you have answered. We’ve put a link to your blog on our website. The bus page is especially helpful. Thanks again- Kate

Kat Reply:

Thank you for taking the time to say so and for linking. It’s refreshing to hear a nice comment, free and clear. All best.

  Sue wrote @ April 10th, 2012 at 09:40

Your question was transferred to “Getting married in Greece.”

  Anne wrote @ April 20th, 2013 at 18:48

I was wondering what happened to your old page, that you wrote every day, about which strikes would be on. It was much better than now.

Keep up the good work , and a happy easter to you.
Regards Anne

Kat Reply:

Not sure what you mean. The strike page is still up and changes every day:

I don’t translate, write, edit and code new material every day because I update 300+ existing posts with new info and hand-curate stories for the Twitter news feed @livingingreece. I work full time and this is a side project in which I earn no money but devote hundreds of hours and pay out of pocket for domain/hosting to help people.

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