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Athens Things to Do

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  • Lycabettus Hill

    There are seven hills in Athens, the Acropolis is the most famous but Lycabettus is the tallest one. Oh, what sweet memories I have from this hill! I used to live in close distance so many times I went up there just for the sunset over the city. Don’t miss the chance and spend some hours to visit the hill. You can climp the stairs and follow the...

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  • Changing of the Guard

    It was a grey cold day at the Syntagma square, but still, as every day at 11AM, the changing guard of the Parliament building went on. This ceremony is 24 times daily but the main one takes place each Sunday at 11 am. If you go on Sunday, make sure to be there early , cause its gets crowdie . Even though I made some photos (as everybody else) I...

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  • Acropolis

    If there was something in Greece that everybody knew before arriving there, it was the Partenon. The sensation of being there, felling the sizes and distances, understanding the damage of the crowds stepping or even jumping in the stones, while remembering the old days in school, does worth the trip. But be prepared to be pushed, trodden,...

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Athens Hotels

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Athens Restaurants

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  • McDonald's

    3 out of 5 stars

    Mc Donalds nener had any chance in Greece, we have so many better fast food options (nothing can beat a good souvlaki) that it makes no sense to visit the famous Mc Donalds. There are even local similar places that offer the same food with McDonalds (burgers, salads, etc) but with much better quality (eg Goodys that use local products and have...

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  • Goody's

    4 out of 5 stars

    It just doesn’t get any better than seeing the gorgeous “Mrs. Anita Pelaez” over at her and her Famous Husband “Captain Kutchie’s”place..Some Folks Also Call Him..”The KutchMan others call him The KutchMon!”…Most Just Call Him “The Most Interesting Man In The World”….(Anita and Kutchie Pelaez’s Key West, Key Lime Pie Factory and Grill)…Just...

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  • Thanassis

    4 out of 5 stars

    There are a few tables outside and inside, of course. They're almost always crowded, especially at lunchtime, so you have to be patient to get your order. The dishes are great and affordable. anything grilled

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Athens Nightlife

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  • Cubanita Havana Club

    Cubanita is a great latin club in Psyrri which usually has a live band and very often incredible dancers who will take your breath away. It gets v v crowded and hot though so if you can't stand the heat . . . If on the other hand you want to dance like a wild thing and make new friends, this may be the place for you. Dress up. Girls shld remember...

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  • After dark

    Cafe Alavastron is a small bar, very cosy and great atmosphere. When I was there the artist Haig Yazdjian was playing. As soon as he heard we were arabs, he happily went into arabic music. He lived in Syria for a while and spoke arabic. He had an amazing voice!! The atmosphere was very joyful and very nice crowd :o) Check their website for the...

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  • Allou Fun Park

    ALLOU is the only amusement park in Athens opened in 2002 that attract more than 2 million people with many events that change 3 times every year. Next to allou fun park there is Kidom a classic luna park for little children for the ages 6-12 year old

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Athens Transportation

  • Metro

    If you arrive to Athens by plane, going to center of city only available by "blue line" metro or airport bus. I generally transported by metro. Firstly, you need to pay 4€ for metro from airport to city but other metro lines just 1.20€ for adults and 0.60€ for students. Surely you need to show your student ID card. When you buy this ticket, thats...

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  • Airport bus

    easy transportation from the airport to the bus stations(that goes to different parts of Greece),which is Liosion bus terminal(Liosion KTEL) for the buses going to Central Greece and Thessally, and Kifissia bus teraminal (Kifissos KTEL)are for the Peoponesse,Northern Greece, & Ephirus bound buses,until the Syntagma square,where many of the hotels...

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  • El. Venizelos Airport

    ok, there are 3 options: -taxi Since February 2011 there is a fix price from/to city center. It will cost you 35 euros (including tolls/luggage etc). After midnight(till 5.00am) it costs 50euros. The ride will be less than an hour but depending on the traffic it may be 2 hours! (during general strike it's like hell because everyone is using a...

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Athens Shopping

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  • Plaka

    Greek Fashion Designer Ioanna Kourbella has a unique modern style with obvious respect to greek culture and creates multi-functional clothes to embrace different feelings, expressions and moods and accompany our busy lives The most unique, top-seller, top-loved, multi-functional and ultimate greek-style piece is this...

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  • Ermou str

    Like all major metropolitan areas, the City of Athens has much to offer visitors in the way of shopping. The downtown area (around Ermou Street) hosts a few large shopping centers but mainly keeps visitors busy with its quaint shops in the tourist areas and boutiques in certain upper class sections. Go north for the most Malls and south for...

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  • Central market

    You cannot miss this tiny little corner 3X3 shop! It is in Athinas street and you can buy Greek herbs like origan, basil, cinamon, paprika, lavender, and Greek herb tea. I always buy things from here, and they are always fresh and very cheap. This little shop is found in Athinas Street. Watch out you will see the guy and I am sure you cannot...

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Athens Local Customs

  • Using the rooftops and terraces

    We were on the 7th floor our apartment building, so got good views of the terraces and tops of buildings. Many terraces are veritable gardens beautifully inhabited by lush plant life. Nice to look at but probably doubly nice for the residents. It seems that every roof had one of the tanks in my photo and I wondered exactly what they were. I finally...

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  • july 2011- taki strike

    18 July 2011 - the great taxi strike began- and we were caught in the middle of it. For weeks and weeks it meant roads blocked and no access to ports & airports, except on foot or by public transportation. For us it meant leaving the Pireus harbour on foot and walking to catch the train into the city... it was hot and we had a baby in a stroller....

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  • Traditional Eating and drinking

    Frape :(Cold coffee with Ice ) you can drink it black ( sketo) or sweet with milk (gliko mee gala ), nescafe(Hot coffee), Made with instant coffee mixed with milk, water, lots of sugar and ice depends when u buy it but price starts from €1,50Tsiporo and ouzo(Alcohol taste bit like ouzo, and ouzo you drink it with ice or water, and sip over a longer...

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Athens Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to avoid

    Please, avoid athens. I was robbery at metro, The exacltu the same happened to me "A group of men jumped on and crushed up making us feel extremely uncomfortable. It was so worrying we tried to leave at a station but they prevented us from getting off. When they did eventually leave we discovered that our bag had been opened and all cash and...

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  • People to avoid

    As a local all these dudes look very suspicious. Holiwood bar seems too low class I wouldnt (and nobody I know) visit a place like that. There are GREAT bars etc . https://www.google.gr/search?q=bar+%88%85%81%817&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=936&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=bEZGVK63Dem57gaZ5oDgAg&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ#tbm=isch&q=bar+187D1 You can even take metro...

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  • Taxis

    I was traveling alone in Athens in September of this year and when I came out of the airport, I decided to take a cab to avoid lugging my huge travel bag around. I ended up getting a cab driver who was not only courteous and friendly, but he was also exceedingly helpful! Not only did he give me tips regarding getting around in Athens, the best...

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Athens Tourist Traps

  • Taxis

    To put it bluntly they are ba#%$^%&'s Rude, over bearing, arrogant, and out to prise every cent out of you they can. I found it best by far to NOT ask a price or bargin, but just to get in and get the meter going. FAR CHEAPER

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  • Plaka

    This is a scam that I foud multiple times on Athens. If you are eating at a restaurant, the waiter will open a large bottle of water and put it on your table. Then will charge you for it, even if you dont ask for it. Also, he may walk up, after he sees you are a tourist and place some food on the table (it was Titziki for us). You think this is a...

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  • Overpriced restaurants

    Many restaurants pretend that they have made a mistake and they over charge your bill. They do it purposely because usually people don't check and pay what they have been asked. If you see that you cannot eat what you are brought because it is burnt don't just be disappointed with your bad luck, but demand to be brought another one. Deny to pay...

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Athens What to Pack

  • Acropolis and other sights Ticket

    Your Acropolis Ticket (12€) is also valid for:Ancient AgoraTheatre of DionysosRoman AgoraKerameikosTemple of Olympeon ZeusTake a pleasure of all these sights for one price, ha-ha!

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  • Essentials

    OK, make sure to bring sun tan lotion when travelling at any time of year, also make sure you have a map of the city, and a timetable of the underground. comfortable walking shoes are essential even if you hire a car (which i strongly advise you NOT to do, as the city streets are packed and we saw two car accidents in the two days we were there)....

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  • Bring your hat, a swimsuit and dancing...

    Athenians like to dress up on the nights out and even during the day. There are a lot of clothing/shoe stores around Syntagma Square. During the day Athenian girls like to wear leather sandals, you can buy them almost in any souvenire shop in Plaka. Tip for girls, in the summer wear a sundress or a skirt and a tank top as opposed to a T-shirt and...

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Athens Off The Beaten Path

  • Gazi Factory

    An old gas factory made by some industrial buildings, is now a live industrial museum. This factory, once closed was gradually transformed into a versatile cultural centre and now it hosts several events. When I was there people were preparing a stage for a concert(it was afternoon) and walking around you could meet some small modern art...

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  • Kifissia

    “Far from Airport 12.4 miles (19.96 Km)” Be forewarned that it is NOT close to the airport. I paid a cab driver 55 Euros one-way at night to go to this hotel. From what I could tell, there isn't public transportation near it either. Pines Hotel Chelidonous Artemidos 2 Nea Kifissia Athens. 14564 GR (210) 620-5011 On one side the hotel, faces the...

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  • Paiania

    Located on the east side of Ymittos in Peania and separated into two sections The first one is a museum of modern art which present works and arts by Greek artist during the second half of the 20th century.The second one is called Pyrgi (tower) which have many folk objects

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Athens Sports & Outdoors

  • Olympics 2004

    The huge Olympic Stadium is the heart of the Olympic Centre OAKA. It offers a place to over 70.000 people, and is used to keep the flame of the Olympic fire and was the place of the opening and closing ceremony. The final of the football (soccer) tournament was here and so were the athletics games. Because of the Olympics the stadium, that...

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  • Tips to Help you avoid Unpleasant...

    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...

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  • 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...

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Athens Favorites

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  • Athens Acropolis

    It’s on all those annoying lists of ‘places you must see before you die’ but the city’s centrepiece, the Parthenon, and the Acropolis, the rocky hill on which it stands, really do live up to the hype. It’s more impressive than ever now that most of the scaffolding has come down and a massive restoration project launched in 1983 is finally nearing...

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  • Plaka

    Starting at the foot of the Acropolis, the old area of Plaka is a maze of narrow, cobble-stoned, medieval streets that twist through ancient sites, tourist-packed squares and lovely Byzantine courtyards. The best way to explore it is simply to get lost among its enchanting passages. The most beautiful section of Plaka is Anafiotika, a cluster of...

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  • City Scenes

    Athens is wonderful to walk, even we, Athenians love to do it! The Rough Guide Map of Athens is the only thing you will need to get around It has not only the map of the whole city, but also of Piraeus, Kifissia market and an extra , more detailed picture of Plaka-Monastiraki. Also a metro map, sights/shops opening schedules a huge selection of...

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Athens

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Of all former host cities, no city is as synonymous with the Olympics as Athens, Greece. Not only did the city hold the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, but it's also the nation that birthed the concept in Ancient Olympia. Visitors to Athens can see the Panathenaic Stadium, built entirely of white marble, which housed the original Olympic Games in 1896. OAKA, the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, can be found in Maroussi, a northern suburb of Athens, and was the sight of the 2004 Olympic Games. Architect Santiago Calatrava added his signature flair to OAKA by adding a new roof structure and "Agora," the steel arch designed to shade spectators from the bright summer sun. No trip to Athens is complete without checking out some of its more traditional architectural gems – visit the Acropolis and see the ruins of the Parthenon and Erechtheion that symbolize the society that gave us the Olympic tradition!

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Comments (2)

  • brotherleelove's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    If you have travel plans for Greece on July 16 you need to re-assess
    your options. If the strike goes as planned there will be no ferry,
    metro, taxi, plane or train service on that day. Air Traffic Controllers
    are included in that strike so that means no planes landing at ATH,
    either domestic or international.

    TIME FOR PLAN "B"!

  • Tiagan's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    what is the tallest cliff in athens called? i have been searching for this awnser everywere!!!

 
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