Athens Travel Guide

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Athens Highlights

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    Pakistaniguy says…

     A very complete city ! It has got everything in proportions from history, culture, nightlife, delicious food to sunny sandy Beaches ! 

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     The traffic & demonstrations can get a little crazy 

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     Athens will answer questions you never knew you should ask. 

Athens Things to Do

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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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  • Lycabettus Hill

    This is one of the best viewing spots in Athens. As it is the highest point in Athens, you get a bird’s-eye view of the nearby Acropolis and the whole city of Athens. We went during the day, but I think the terrace of the restaurant on the top would be a very good place for a romantic dinner. There is also an open air theatre where performances are...

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  • Acropolis

    Finally some tourism after two days in our Athens' office. I had about 2 hours on the Acropolis before travelling onto the airport. The views were stunning and enjoyable. The work at the top does make it seem a little chaotic however! There are no hawkers or beggars on the summit; with a few at the bottom of the climb.

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Athens Hotels

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Athens Restaurants

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  • McDonald's

    I don't recommend it for the burgers for the quality of the meat. Twice me and my friends got sick a few minutes after we left the restaurant. Of course the burgers seem delicious, but the quality is the worst. I would come here just for some coffee or some salad but not to have anything else. There are seats both inside and outside but there are...

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  • Goody's

    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

    The food is not fresh and you can taste the low quality ingredients. I went inside to use their bathroom and they were disgustingly filthy. The cook barbecuing the souvlakia if that's what you want to call the meat they are serving you had sweat dripping off his forehead and onto the food on the grill. It was sickening watching that. The servers...

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Athens Nightlife

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  • Artists and concerts

    Vassilis Papakonstantinou is very famous greek singer loved by all generations (I saw people of different ages at his concert!). He is a real greek rock star and has a particular energy! Vassilis is a favourite singer of Andreas (AndyRG) who actually invited me at his concert. Thank You Andriko!

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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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  • 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

    On 29/1/2000 Athenians met for the first day their metro system, a big project which was finally true after enough years of patience... The reconstructions brought to light parts of the city that had been hidden, most of the stations are mini-museums! Two new lines were added to the old one, Piraeus-Kifisia: line 2 (Anthoupoli - Helliniko) and...

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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

    you can reach the city from the airport you can take the metro that will take you about one hour and it costs €6 or by bus costs €3,20 so it is cheaper to take the bus ,Athens is a busy city with the bus it is normally take you less then 3min but when there is traffic more than 50min.

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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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  • Monastiraki

    My favourite shop to buy dry fruit and nuts is the one in the corner of the central Public Market . I can always find fresh products, and I buy walnuts and raisins, danes, and all sorts of different other things depending on the season. The shop belongs to Mr. Athanasios Avgerinos

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  • Ermou str

    I use to walk Ermou when I want to go to Monastiraki from Sytntagma square. It is the basic commercial street of Athens for expensive clothes/shoes but also some low cost brands like Zara, Sprinter, Glue etc If you are at Syntagma square it’s nice to walk down Ermou though because it’s a pedestrian street (at least from the middle till Syntagma...

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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

    Athens is way less dangerous than it gets credit for. It sells to talk s--- about the city lately, so oh well. You can be on tourist mode for as long as you want, it's just not a very good idea if you're on one of the streets crossing Omonoia Square from 1-4 in the morning. These so-claimed dangerous pickpockets almost exclusively act on tourists...

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  • People to avoid

    I heard about scams involving an attractive girl trying to get men into bars, so I was unprepared for an old man. He was old, wears glasses, has hair on the sides and back, but bald up top, about 5 feet 5-6inches. He'll seem geniunely friendly, tell you about his Greek restaurant where he has live greek music, and ask all about you. He wanted me...

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  • Taxis

    We'll at least they were pro's. I think we were picked up by a spotter leaving the Airport via the Metro. A gang of up to 10 or more individuals skillfully isolated us from our travelling companions in the subway car then separated me and my wife. The car seemed incredibly crowded with people which was a screen they created. When we went to leave...

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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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  • Kerameikos

    Most people do not, and that means this site is not only green and pleasant but also uncrowded. The entrance is on Ermou, just down from the Thission Metro station and Platia Monastiriki. The area area was not only the site of ancient Athens' cemetery (part-excavated) but also housed the Pompeion, where preparations were carried out for the...

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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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  • Athens Acropolis (south slope)

    Unfortunately, for visitors like you, the ticket to the Acropolis is "one-entrance ticket"! Once you enter there, the ticket-collectors withdraw a part of the ticket, practically make it "invalid" for a next visit! That means that you can enter as nany times you wish to the Acropolis, provided that every time you pay a new entrance! Do not forget...

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Athens

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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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