Hi there fellow travelers, My husband and I are traveling to Greece for 2 weeks in June and we were wondering if we could pay, especially the hotels we booked, with 500 Euro notes from our cash savings. Are they still accepted in Greece? Thank you for your kind advice.
This was extensively discussed here: Are 500 Euro notes accepted by banks in Spain?
TL/DR: Yes, they are legal tender but you may find some merchants will simply refuse to accept them.
Hotels and other larger establishments will likely have fewer issues but as €500 Notes are not that common, you may face problems there too.