Areas to avoid, Athens

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  • Not the best idea

    by janbeeu Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    As like in every place you visit, you have to act a little responsible. Don't put your wallet in your back pocket, don't leave your mobile phone or camera unattended. 90% op the people will be able to tell you are a tourist and some of those people may want to spoil your vacation. Being a little cautious always is healthy.

    There is one place in Athens where you do not want to go walking late in the evening or in the middle of the night. The unlit part of the National Gardens near the Zappion is an area you want to avoid. Quite a few illegal Albanians wonder around there during the night waiting to see what they can 'borrow' from you. The park is safe during the day but once it gets dark you better stay on the lit streets and avenues edging the gardens.

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    Shopping in the Plaka

    by Arial_27 Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    There are a few things to keep in mind when passing through the Plaka district. One of them is that the shop and restaurant owners there are very eager to get you to buy their inventory. If you seen a hand -painted sign pointing a pathway to get to the Acropolis, don't expect it to really bring you directly there. Where it will really bring you is through some more tiny streets of souvenir shops!

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  • Crime in Athens

    by grkboiler Written Dec 11, 2004

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    Violent crime in Athens is low but it is a big city and it still occurs. Take the normal precautions you would take anywhere. Pay attention to the area you are in at night, don't walk alone in a dark area, etc. Most crimes in Athens are petty crimes which occur everywhere, so look out for pickpockets and scam artists.

    Around the city center, an area to avoid is Omonia at night. Also don't get caught in the western areas at night.

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    night time omonia sq

    by ukcol Written Jun 24, 2004

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    i stayed around this region,
    not to far from Omonia sq,
    lots of refuges,gangs,
    i had no trouble,
    but i could sence tension,
    stay to well lit areas,
    dress more like a business man,
    than a tourist.....
    infact i had more trouble in
    from pests trying to con you to go to there
    bar/club to buy a drink...
    these are scams,
    you will pay hundreds of euro's
    for a drink in these places....

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    Areas around Omonia square after dark

    by Crift Written Oct 9, 2003

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    Omonia square

    Lots of junkies and shady types. If you are cool about it you won't be in any real danger, but I tend to believe that people who get paranoid about such things attract trouble so in their place I would try to stay away from this area late at night.

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    About safety...

    by AndyRG Updated May 28, 2003

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    Athens is generally safe and, according to the statistics, not so dangerous as other large european cities. As at any other place in the world, protect yourself by the normal safety rules.
    Avoid to be alone during the night at the places nearby Omonia square (directions to Agiou Konstantinou str., Pireos str., Athinas str.), Vathis (Anexartisias) square or the dark and narrow streets of Piraeus around the port.

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  • Outisde of the main squares,...

    by StretfordEnd Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Outisde of the main squares, the streets can be dark, so take care walking at night. Be careful too of the large number of stray dogs wandering around. I have now been corrected in that Rabies is not common in Greece, and i apologise for any offence or confusion caused by the earlier posting.

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    Omonia Square

    by BorneoGrrl Written Sep 4, 2007

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    Omonia Square area

    A Greek friend of mine told me to avoid going to Omonia Square at night because there are "shady people" hanging around that area.

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    Omonia Square at night

    by Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    Omonia Square is not a nice place, especially late evening and at night. At night please stay away of the place and neighboring streets unless you want to get robbed.

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Comments (4)

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    The Greek police have no badge to show you such other officers of other countries. They have a police identity card. I know this for sure because I'm Greek.

  • Dec 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    i was working on a yacht based in the marina flisvos trocadero, so i went to athens quit often. these bars are dangerous, i fell into a pub love, near this holliwood after a man on syntagma talked me into it. the waitresss was very pretty, from kenia, i payed a few glasses of sparkling wine and then the bill was too high, i said to him i will pay 7 euros per glass and he agreed and changed my bill, he was polite and not rude, but i avoided to go there again

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    Jul 18, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    interestingly someone who was in athens only 3 months and doesnt know how the crisis effected...these reviews mainly aimed at theft and omonia/monastraki....sure is helpful tho

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