The Acropolis Private City Tour
The Athens Acropolis sightseeing tour and city tour is a combination of a city tour through the Syntagma area and Plaka, the old town of Athens, and a detailed visit trip to the Acropolis of Athens.
It is inside the Syntagma Metro Station, next to the ticket validating machines, beneath the hanging clock. Please make sure that you get there at 09:15 a.m. because this tour starts at 09:30 a.m.
The cost is 36 euros for adults, and 29 euros for students.
Equipment: A good quality walking shoes, a hat, a bottle of cold water, and a cream to protect you from the sun, probably an umbrella.
Of course a video camera or a digital camera.
Duration is 3hrs. 10 minutes.
Walking time 45 minutes.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Football and basketball are favorites in Greece.
They sure know the Dallas Mavericks and are big fans for both basketball and football, although their football is different than American football.
Emmit Smith is not well known in Greece and Dallas Cowboys just lost him from the team. No more Superbowls for Dallas.
Here is a picture of Greeces number one football team. (picture and permission to use is from gmadmax) Thanks George!
Equipment: Great picture and team!
Athens is under feverous preparations for the 2004 Olympiad.Being the birthplace of the Olympics,Greece is determined to prove that it can also organise the best Games of modern times.Some ultra-modern facilities are being built and in 2004 Athens is going to have the most refined infrastructure,not only in sporting facilities but also in the field of transports.Facilities of premium quality combined with the authentic Olympic tradition that only Greece can offer are going to be the essential elements of this Olympiad...So,YOU SHOULD BE THERE!!!The Games come to their homeland once in a century!
The Olympic Sports complex. One of the main assets of Athens against the rest candidatures for winning the 2004 Olympics.It includes the Olympic Stadium "Spyridon Louis"( named after the winner of the Athens 1896 Games Marathon),the Olympic swimming center,the Velodrome,Basketball center...It is under renovation...
Tips to Help you avoid Unpleasant Surprises!
These are some tips which one should consider to avoid unpleasant surprises that have to do with beaches, the cost of travelling, snacks, etc.
• If you have your own private means of transport, then it is preferable to choose a more distant beach location.
• If you wish to enjoy your swim at a quiet beach, then do not favor those beaches in close proximity to Athens.
• Greeks do no visit the beaches early in the morning. Peak hours are at noon and after. If you want to avoid the crowds, venture out to the beach early on in the morning.
• Choose weekdays for your outings. The majority of people visit the beaches during the weekends.
• Wherever you choose to visit, calculate the travelling time required, the time of departure, and the traffic on the roads.
• At the organized beaches, charges for the services offered are considerable. Entrance fees range from 4-10 euro. Umbrella rental is approximately 5 euro, and 4 euro per sun chair. Parking fees may also apply.
• In close proximity to many free access public beaches, you will find snack bars and canteens.
• The canteens and refreshment stalls at organized beaches, and not only, have very often more expensive rates for their products. A bottle of water, for example, may sell for up to 2 euro. The same applies also for a coffee [3-4 euro], sandwiches [2.5 -3 euro] and for ice-cream.
• Bus and tram timetables are relatively frequent, now in summer. The ktel timetables are not as regular. Before you start out, be informed of the timetables for the routes required [ www.ktelattikis.gr , www.oasa.gr , www.tramsa.gr , www.ametro.gr ] The price for public transports costs one 1.60, while a ktel bus ticket varies according to the area.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
During my first week in Athens Andreas - fan of AEK - took me with him on the stadium to support one of the leading football teams in Greece.
Greeks love football and they prooved it in 2003 in Portugal!
Pretty strange after five days of visiting Athens. I´ve seen so many beautiful things: monuments that are thousands of years old, statues, gorgeous landscapes, and so on. But the thing I will definitely will never forget is the football match of AEK Athens.
Andreas (AndyRG) was so kind to take me with him to a match against PAOK Saloniki. I´ve never before in my whole life experienced such an amazing match. Fireworks, thousands of enthusiastic supporter shouting, screaming, dancing and clapping, together with a beautiful stadium and an exciting match, made me have the time of my life.
If you are a football fan and you are in Athens during the football season, you should definitely arrange some tickets. The atmosphere is that wonderful that the result don´t even count.
Going to a football game in Athens.
In Athen you have two big football clubs, AEK and Panathinaikos.
And then you have Olympiakos in Piraeus which is not far either.
These are all major european teams with many stars on and really worth watching if you are in Athens when they play at home.
Be a little careful when leaving the stadium, especially if they have lost the game as a few of their fans can be a little fanatic, but in general you should be ok as long as you are not looking for trouble.
Watching a game in Athens is really interesting as the fans make a great spectacle out of the games.
The old olympic stadium
I runned one round along the tracks at the olympic stadium and the sun was beaten on me pretty bad, so I'm glad I had some water with me to drink. This was one thing I just had to do... =)
Equipment: Your running shoes, and plenty of water to drink.
The Athens Marathon
Marathons can nowadays be run all over the world, but the annual Athens Marathon has a special appeal and significance to runners world wide because of its tradition: It commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from the Marathon battlefield to Athens in 490 B.C., to bring Athenians the news of the astounding victory of the Greeks over the Persians.
The 2010 Athens Marathon marked the 2500th (!) anniversary of that historic run, and lured 12,500 participants. Just 14 years before, in 1996, the 100th anniversary of the modern Athens Marathon, about 3,000 runners participated.
The central avenues of Athens are closed to traffic, and there is a carnival atmosphere all over the city. Runners, young and old, from all corners of the globe converge on the city. Whether you are a participant or just a spectator, this is quite a sight.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
Pana are one of the most popular sides in Athens, others are AEK or from just down the road in Pireaus, Olympiakos. Saw a game against one of the cities smaller teams, Panionios a 1-0 home win and very lucky too! Stadium is easy to find, just around the corner from the metro, and a great brewpub just over the road, almost heaven...footy and beer.....
Olympic Games... Welcome Home!
In case you visit don't delay to pay a visit to the new olympic complex which during the olympic games lives at the pulse of the thousands visitors and even more greeks who filled every single stadium enjoying the beautiful atmosphere.........
The Flame that unite us all ...
I decided to publish this picture depicting the olympic flame born in ancient olympia that unites the people and calls out the goverments of the so called powerful nations to work in peace............
This is the stadium for the 2004 summer Olympic games! photo taken inNov 2002, will it be ready in time? No sign of any work taking place, the gates were open we just walked in... access all over the stadium!
Athens - Football
As if Athens' cultural and architectural achievements are not enough, the city can also boast the modern Olympic Games and the marathon among its lasting legacies. Panhellenic athletic contests were held in Athens from the fourth century BC and reinstated as the modern Olympic Games in 1896. After the initial disappointment of seeing the millennium Olympic Games go to Sydney, Athens is ready to welcome the Games home again.
The marathon commemorates the Greek soldier Phidippides who ran 42km (26 miles) from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens to announce Greek victory over the Persians (490 BC). He delivered his one word message, 'Nenikikamen' (we have won), and then collapsed and died. The annual Athens Marathon retraces his footsteps from the battleground to the 1896 Olympic Stadium.
Although the Greek national team has not seen much success in recent years, football is by far the nation's favourite sport. In the domestic league, the local giants are Panathanaikos (www.pao.gr) and AEK (www.aek.com) in Athens and Olympiakos (www.olympiakos.gr) in Piraeus. The season runs from September to June and most major football matches are played at the Athens Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Maroussi.
Individual venue ticket offices sell tickets for national sporting events, while Segas, Syngrou 137 (tel: 21093 59346; www.segas.gr), sells tickets to international events. The Olympic Committee (tel: 21020 04000; (www.athens2004.com/athens2004/) can provide information on the forthcoming 2004 Olympic Games.
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