Tourists in Acropolis have strongly complained that they cannot find cold water to buy in the middle of the heatwave, “but only juice for 5 euros.” In a report broadcast by Alpha TV on Tuesday, several foreign visitors complained about the situation in the canteens of the most famous archeological site.
“There is only juice for 4-5 euros or water that is not cold,” the Alpha reported started her report.
“They don’t have water, so they can sell us juices for 5 euros,” one tourist said and another stressed “it’s 40 degrees [Celsius] here, so we need cold water. We don’t need that one [juice] that costs 5 euros.”
Some suspected it is not a coincidence.
“They don’t have cold water, because they have to sell it for 50 cents the bottle,” a man told Alpha TV.
Then another tourist said “we paid 2 euros for a bottle of water.”
It is not the first time that some “smart” businessmen are trying to take advantage even of the extreme heat conditions in order to make a financial profit.
When the price cap of 50 cents was introduced to a 500-ml bottle of water a few years ago, all of a sudden the small bottles seemed to have disappeared.
In airports, ferries, bus stations and ,of course, in the Acropolis -and probably in other archaeological sites- only 750-ml bottles of water were available at a much higher price [sorry I don’t remember how much, maybe €1.50 or €2].
It needed a lot of reports on Greek TV channels and other media quoting angry Greeks and foreigners alike until the government intervened … and back were the small bottles of cold water you can empty in 2-3 large sips on a hot Greek summer day.
It should be recalled that hundreds of tourists climb up to the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis despite the current heatwave.
Trying to cheat those who honor the country is a hubris to the “ancient Greek spirit” and drags down “Greece and its famous hospitality” at international level.