Athens Warnings and Dangers

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  • 1. Areas to avoid

    The average crime rates of Athens may not be as good as those of many other cities in Europe. But this is very misleading. Around the Akropolis you will be safer than anywhere in Amsterdam or Berlin,...

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  • 2. People to avoid

    BEWARE of any man striking up a conversation with you near Syntagma Square. I met a man named Nikolas in one of the side streets near Syntagma Square who asked me for the time. It was a sunny day and...

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  • 3. 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...

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  • 4. Driving and walking

    The majority of road crashes are caused by human error. Data shows that Greece – despite the significant improvement recorded during the last decade – has the worst car accident statistics in the...

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  • 5. Weather

    I think that 2007 probably was the worst summer for Greece. Extreme heat and forest fires plague the country while I was there (I'm not jinxed, ok). When walking in Athens, there were many times I...

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  • 6. Demonstrations

    ..and you are near Syndagma (in particular) you can expect to see lots of police. You may not (hopefully) see anything much else. Whilst I was visiting the farmers (so I was told) were...

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  • 7. Restaurants to avoid

    The Berlin Music Bar on Syngrou Boulevard is a hangout for scam artists. A well-dressed old guy (Yanni he called himself) intercepts you and starts talking, then accompanies you to this bar. You buy...

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  • 8. Hotels to avoid

    I believe Cosmos hotel is one of the worst ones in Europe ;) Rooms are incredibly dirty, if you want to use hot water, you need to wait for 15 minutes with the tap on. Late at night my wife met a...

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  • 9. Traffic

    Athens is over run with motor scooters and many of them are driven by drivers who know one speed only - flat out! They will come up behind you in alleyways and in the very narrow sidestreets around...

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  • 10. Pollution

    Athens has air that is not quite up to breathing standards. Anyone with asthma or other respiratory problems should take care. The worst time for smog is in July and August when it is extremely...

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  • 11. Safety in busy areas

    From my own travel experience, I have a few safety tips for anyone traveling to ANY country. (Many suggestions below are based on common sense, but everyone has...

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  • 12. Safety in Athens, Greece

    I'm a British citizen, and I've been living in Athens for just over 2 years. During this time I've experienced some crime and unpleasantness, but over time I've...

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  • 13. nothing really to worry about

    HotelsIt’s better to book a hotel in advance and try to be in the city center, between Syntagma and Monastiraki if possible so to have the basic districts and...

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  • 14. Athens Safe As Most Cities

    Athens is as safe as any other city we have visited. We have been here a week and have seen no evidence of thieving or danger. On the contrary, the people here...

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  • 15. Beggars in Athens!

    You will often come across beggars in Athens.Some of them exercise this as a hobby because they are lazy to work.Of course they are not Greeks but all sorts of...

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  • 16. Last admittance!

    Please note entrance into the Acropolis is denied after 1500 hours during the winter months**!! Lots of people turn back disappointed; I guess no one expects a...

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  • 17. Dogs

    I'd read in my guide book about stray dogs being a potential problem, and how they can get together in packs. Apparently the solution is neutering them rather...

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  • 18. Metro pickpockets

    While the risk of being pick-pocketed in crowded places in any major city should be common knowledge even seasoned travellers can be caught. Last week, after...

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  • 19. Streetdogs.

    There are lots and lots of dogs on Athens streets.Most of them, I think, are not actually 'owned'. Those with collars (red and blue especially) are looked after...

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  • 20. If you have walking difficulties....

    .....you are going to find Athens difficult.Very few of the sites and places I visited were truly accessible for wheelchairs. You can see from the photo what...

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  • 21. Lycavitos funicular.

    You may well (and should) decide to go up Lycavitos hill to see the fantastic vity vieews from the top.You may also decide to take the funicular, because it's...

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  • 22. Watch your step 2

    Keramikos is a fascinating archeological site by the Thissio Metro stations.It contains part of the ancient cemetery, with superb tombs, as well as buildings...

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  • 23. Watch your step 1

    Marble is a beautiful stone.But when it is used for street surfaces, or for paving, it can be exceptionally slippery. This is the case when it is dry, but when...

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  • 24. Bar Scams!!!

    Being that I'm not exactly a frequent visitor of bar and taverns in Europe the following may not exactly be a scam but policy but I think its worth noting....

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  • 25. Don't Touch!

    At the base of the path leading up to the Acropolis, just after coming through the booth paying admission, is a "patio" area with sculpture type artwork on...

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