Only 8 kilometers out of Athens, in mount Hymettos, this monastery is a good example of Byzantine art.
I read that a taxi costs about 15 €, and it is served by bus 224, but with the recent crises I can't guarantee it.
I know, those who come to Greece will end up sooner or later on some island and will enjoy the sea. But for those who just returned from an island and already miss it or for those who dont have time to visit an island there are many beaches at Attika region. Some of them are very close the center of the city, only 30' away by tram from Syntagma square!!!
At the south check Alimos (free entrance), Elliniko(free entrance), Asteria Glyfadas, Boula, Voulagmeni plaz, Limanaki Vouliagmenis, Kavouri, Yabanaki(activities for kids), Freatida
On the east coast you can visit some other beaches, Artemida(Loutsa) can be reached with bus 305 from Nomismatokopio metro station, while for Porto Rafti and Nea Makri you need a long distance bus from Pedion Areos.
If you have a car you may drive a bit further to the west where the beaches of Porto Germeno, Psatha and Alepohori will please you (and they are almost empty during the week)
We arrived in Athens by lunch time, with flight to Santorini almost at midnight. Our tourist operator received us in the airport (VIP treatment because I was a friend of the Portuguese operator, and drove us to the beach of Glifada where time could pass without boring the kids. It was nice, and we had time to explore a little of the place. The beach seamed a little dirt and crowded, and the city showing a modern and functional look. We decided to visit a huge church near the beach, but... bad luck: it was being used in religious ceremonies, and we didn't disturb. I kept the idea that it was as modern as everything around but... not sure.
Some tips on how to minimise the impact of any strikes during your stay.
Firstly try to stay informed. Most strikes are announced well in advance.
If you are staying in a Hotel ask the reception desk. The staff will surely know.
You can save a whole day’s heartache.
Avoid central spots like Omonia and Syntagma. The riots usually take place in the front yard of the Parliament building. It has also been the scene of occasional clashes with police when a small minority gets physical.
Have in mind that the whole city is not in turmoil because a few blocks away people are working and have their businesses as usual with people serenely sipping coffee and reading the paper in the street cafes.
If you come to the Metro station and the shutters are rolled down, you can use the bus or tram alternatively.
It is very rare for the entire public transport network to be closed at the same time.
Athens is a city best seen on foot so take a guidebook and head for the small back streets which can reveal delights which you would never discover on a planned tour.
If there are riots in Athens take the train and get down to Piraeus that day. Either visit the city or take a ferry to the nearest island in the Saronic Gulf.
There is a free phone service at “The Mall” shopping centre.
You can get there if you take the metro and get off at Nerantziotisa Station.
Free Promotional VoIP calls are offered from a telecoms company to most countries of the world.
Spot the red phone boxes by the entrance of the Mall but I recommend doing this on weekdays. It can be very difficult to call on Saturdays!
A large part of central Athens is covered by a public WiFi network. These areas are around Thissio metro station, Kotzia Square and Syntagma.
People gather at the nearby benches of these areas with their laptops and you can see lots of them especially in summer. If it is winter, then access is much faster
Kipseli district is crowded! The word "Kipseli" means beehive because of the style of the buildings one next to other when other districts that times had more space (in ourdays it's the same everywhere). I still remember my first school teacher telling us that is one of the most crowded districts in the world. I’m not sure about that but in Greece is the most densely populated area with more than 200.000 residents.
Kipseli is between Galatsi district(at the north) and Patision Av.(at the south). Pedion Areos park used to be one nice park in the past but for some strange reason it’s abandoned the last years although there are not a lot of parks in Athens. Try to avoid the park after the afternoon.
Some architectures say that the buildings of Kypseli were very modern when they made but that was back in the 1930's, with Bauhaus and art-deco elements. Amazing to believe that it was just an area where the Athenians were going for recreation! Later in the 60s it was an upscale area with modern clubs, cinemas and theatres so a lot of artists start to gather in the area. In the 80s the rich people moved to the north suburbs and the city centre (where Kypseli belongs) start to fail in just a residential area…
Unfortunatelly, in our days you can see dozens of apartments one next to the other making you looking for free space without hope of course. The rents are cheaper here so many foreign immigrants choose to stay here and that gives a multicolor feeling in the area. You can see many shops that belongs to Africans or Asians and their customers are from their countries also.
What you can do here is:
1.go down Fokionos Negri Street, a partly pedestrian long street with cafes and pubs so it’s great to visit the area during the afternoon in spring/summer when the young people give life till late in the area.
2.The municipal market of Kipseli built in the 1930s. It was closed the last 10 years and recently occupied by locals after the municipality announced plans to demolish it and build a parking lot! Some locals make announcements from time to time about art expressions and other cultural events in the old building. You can see the market on your left hand as you go down Fokionos Negri St.
3.Walk in the pedestrial street of Agias Zonias for some nice local cafes
4.Visit Pedion Tou Areos park. A nice but ind of isolated park that brings me back a lot of games we used to play as children.
5.Eat at the ethiopian restaurant Axum
6.Make your hair rasta in one of nigerian places
7.visit one of the numerous small theatres of the district, the perfomance is in greek of course
Metro hasn’t made till here yet (2 stations will be build in the future) but you can visit the area by buses N.022, N.035 or trolley buses N.2, N.4, N.9. All of them stop at Kispeli square and Fokionos Negri starts from there.
This is a place where culture and tecnology go on together. Inside you have a multimedial museum with several exibitions and some virtual reality theaters.
The area is really big, when I was there there were two exibitions: one about the development of mathematic and the other one about the born of democracy. Then there is a virtual reality theater with interactive exibitions. I watched the life in agora in the stereostophic projection and it was pretty funny. Then you also have a 3D glasses show which lasts 20 minuts and I chosed the life in Olimpia during the games.
The ticket that allows you to visit exibitions, the 3D show and the stereostophic projection costs 15 euro and it also include free internet access.
To go here take the metro untill Kalithea station, then get out on Pireus side exit on Thessalonikis street and go straight untill you find a big road (Pireos) then cross the road and go left. If like me you get lost, take a taxi at the metro station it was about 2 euro to take me to the theater.
About 40 km from the center of Athens in Spata, opened in 2000 Attica zoo is the only one in Athens host the 3rd larger bird collection in the world .A 32 acre zoo full of animal kingdom for everyone to discover
The War Museum is probably not on top of everyones list of things to see while in Athens. It was not on the top of mine either, in fact it was the last attraction that I visited while touring the city. Still I think anyone who is fascinated with Greek history might find this museum to be an interesting stop. It traces the military history of the region from antiquity to the Second World War. Like alot of such museums there is a great deal of propaganda being dished out here. Because of the role of military affairs in Ancient Greece's history, the exhibits from that periods work as an archeological display as well. Unbiased historians might be prone to bite their tongues while reading the commentary for some of the 20th century history exhibits especially while reading about the wars with Turkey.
Outside the museum there is a large display of military hardware, especially cannons from various eras. Overall I was surprised by the quality of the displays and thought that the museum was somewhat undervisited.
The War Museum is located at Vassilissis Sophias Av. and Rizari 2, 106 75.
This museum is situated at the historical center of the city and found in 1834. in the residence of the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. There are more than half a million coins from ancient Greece, Rome, Byzantium and other old civilizations. The residence of Schliemann is great to see, with compositions on the walls and ceilings painted by a slovenian painter, while the mosaic floors were the work of italian craftsmen.
Opening hours: tue-sun 8.30 - 15.00
Tickets: full 3 euro
reduced 2 euro
12, El. Venizelou st.
Overlooking the sea the temple of Nemessis in Ramnous is a unique place! The archaeological site of Ramnous includes the remains of two temples. The Great one was dedicated to Nemesis, the goddess of devine justice, while the Little one was dedicated to Themis, the goddess of human justice.
You can not Visit it this year becouse of renovated it.
Monasteries of Daphni, Hossios Luckas, and Nea Moni of Chios Although geographically distant from each other, these three monasteries (the first is in Attica, near Athens, the second in Phocida near Delphi, and the third on an island in the Aegean Sea, near Asia Minor) belong to the same typological series and share the same aesthetic characteristics. The churches are built on a cross-in-square plan with a large dome supported by squinches defining an octagonal space. In the 11th and 12th centuries they were decorated with superb marble works as well as mosaics on a gold background, all characteristic of the 'second golden age of Byzantine art'.
Daphne Separating the Athenian and Thriasian plains is Mt. Aigaleos, which the Sacred Way crosses by the same pass used by the main motor road. To the W of the watershed stands the famous Byzantine monastery. In the exonarthex can be seen a marble Ionic column and capital, probably of Hadrianic date, and in the cloister Doric capitals from Classical times. On the heights to the SW of the monastery, 10 minutes' walk away, is a cave in which Pan and the nymphs were worshiped from the 5th c. B.C. Almost 2 km W of the monastery, immediately N of the highway, is a Classical Sanctuary of Aphrodite, which Pausanias described as having before it a wall of rough stones worth seeing (1.37.7). Today the most prominent remain is a vertical scarp of rock pockmarked with niches for votive reliefs, part of a walled temenos that also included a shrine, stoa, and propylon. A priest's house lies to the N of the Sacred Way, at this point well preserved, while to the S is a rectangular foundation of unknown purpose, whose extremely heavy walls may fit Pausanias' description.C.W.J. Eliot, ed.This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites, Princeton University Press 1976.
The National Resistance from 1940 to 1944 is perhaps the most important event in the Modern Greek history and is dedicated to the Greek Resistance against the Axis occupation during World War II. The museum hosts all kind of material like typewriters uniforms photographs and all kinds of documents that existed at that time
It is located in Leoforos Marinou Antipa & Sofokli Venizelou in the area of Ilioupoli
Opened 10:00 – 14:00 (winter schedule)
The museum shows the history of Greek post office through time with collections of rare stamps, seals paintings, mailboxes, horns, telephones.The building is located right next to the Kalimarmaro Stadium
Open from 8:00 to 14:00 from Monday to Friday
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