Van Advice Greece
Intro
We'd heard differing accounts of how strict Greece was with vans and after warnings of on-the-spot fines, we stayed wary. But in over 6 weeks in Greece, we didn't have one single problem and many of the places we stayed even encouraged van travellers and provided designated, often idyllic, areas for us to park. Travelling in low season, before the summer crowds hit, increase your chances of not having van issues with locals.
Water
monasteries! Monasteries are always built around a natural water source and so the water is of top quality and not heavily chlorinated like Greek tap water. Failing that, every petrol station, taverna and residential houses have an outside tap, with hose attached. Every Greek we asked was happy to fill our tank at no charge.
Food
fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and meat is best to get from locals markets (once a week in most towns). Supermarkets are generally well stocked up on dry basics, get your bread from the bakery where possible. Bread sold in supermarkets was in our experience never good. Oranges, honey (both sold at the roadside) and Greek yoghurt are a must!
Sleeping
along the Peloponnese coast, we always had a choice of idyllic overnight spots. The further North you go, the greener and wilder it gets with deep valleys and thick forests where we never had a problem finding somewhere suitable to stop for the night.
Recycling
the Greeks are great at recycling. Depending on where you are, either there will be mixed recycling bins, or separate ones for plastic/glass/aluminium/cardboard.
Chemical waste
many of the campsites we passed in January/February were closed for the winter but would otherwise offer disposal services.