When choosing a holiday destination, many people take into account various factors. In our opinion, one of the most important criteria is the lack of bothersome noise, i.e. peace. While in smaller towns or those located on the sidelines, noise is not a problem, in larger cities it is a serious inconvenience. A large part of people who had the "unpleasantness" of living in a hotel whose windows overlook the main streets of the city know perfectly well that you leave such holidays very tired. And Greek cities are very specific in this respect.
So it is not surprising that five Greek cities: Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion and Lamia were on the list of the loudest cities in Greece. In Athens, 60% of the city's inhabitants are exposed to sounds above 75 dB every day, which is the limit of 'noisy state'. Additionally, with the start of the tourist season, noise pollution increases even more. One of its greatest sources is night clubs and all music bars. However, the most troublesome for the population is the daily road noise.
Constant and regular exposure to noise has a very negative impact on human health. In addition to the hearing problem, it also causes stress and various psychosomatic diseases. People who are constantly exposed to noise have high blood pressure, sleep disorders, headaches and heart palpitations. Noise also reduces productivity at work. It also causes difficulties with concentration and remembering, which definitely makes learning difficult. Research by the World Health Organization shows that noise pollution ranks second in the ranking of environmental health hazards. The first place, as you may have guessed, is air pollution.
The only consolation, however, is that our times, compared to the 70s of the last century, reduce car noise by about 90%. Technological progress has reduced the average passenger car from 82 dB to below 74 dB. It must be remembered here that the decibel scale is logarithmic, which means that every 3 dB the noise level increases twice.