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How to protect yourself from the sun

Greek islands ● 13 March 2018
 

Essential part of happy vacation in Greece is to stay healthy. The constantly shining sun during summer on the Greek islands is not a myth. Especially in the Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, the chance of rain in July and August is significantly low. The sun is the fountain of life and is combined with several benefits such as good mood, lack of anxiety and depression, creativity, better bone density and lower chances of cancer. There is nothing more relaxing than lying on your sunbed and enjoying the warm sun on your face.

However, the sun can be dangerous if you don't protect yourself. During summer, the sun from 12 to 3 p.m. can cause a sun- or heatstroke, so you have to be careful in order to enjoy only the benefits of the Greek sun without suffering afterwards or having to deal with skin cancer, which is caused in 90% by sun exposure. With these tips, you can take preventative measures, avoid skin cancer and generally take advantage of the sun without having to worry about anything. Prevention is always better than treatment!

Greek sun


1. Use sunscreen protection on your whole body of at least 15 SPF. We recommend using on your face sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.

2. Sunscreen cream must be water-resistant in order to protect you while swimming. Remember that sea water does not protect you from the sun, the UVA and UVB radiation.

3. Reapply the cream every 2 hours, especially after swimming and sweating.

4. Apply the cream 30 minutes before leaving your hotel. Thus, you have the protection needed from the first moment you go out. The sun is dangerous not only on the beach but also while walking, driving or going by the caique to the beach.

5. Don't forget your sunglasses and your hat. Especially a hat is the only way to protect yourself from a sunstroke.

6. From 12 to 3 p.m., stay on the beach under an umbrella. There are many organised beaches on the Greek islands, where you can rent a sunbed and an umbrella, but many other beaches are secluded and unorganised. Be sure you take with you an umbrella and plenty of water.

7. Babies under the age of six months should not be exposed in direct sunlight even with sunscreen protection.

8. Protect your children by letting them play in the shade wearing protective clothes. When they swim, they should use sunscreen protection of at least 30 SPF.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Sparta Team Hotel
8 10
Sparta Team Hotel
21, Menandrou Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Sparta Team Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 8-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station and Monastiraki Metro Station. The port of Piraeus is 11 km away.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Park Hotel
Park Hotel
19, Evrou Str., 71303 Heraklion, Greece

Park Hotel is located in Heraklion, close to Ammoudara Beach and only a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Heraklion Port is 4.8 km away and Heraklion International Airport is 7.7 km away.

Pansion in Olympia, Greece Bacchus
Bacchus
10, Ancient Pisa Str., 27065 Olympia, Greece

Hotel Bacchus was built in a traditional stone-mansion, in the picturesque village of Ancient Pissa (Miraka), just 4 km away from the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Olympia. The center of Olympia village with many shops, restaurants, cafes, mini markets is at 6 km.


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