Prefecture of Attica Warnings and Dangers

  • "George" The Scammer
    by JB10
  • Hollywood Bar, Athens
    Hollywood Bar, Athens
    by DenMurphy
  • Old Man Hustler & unsuspecting tourist
    Old Man Hustler & unsuspecting tourist
    by DenMurphy

Prefecture of Attica Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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...

  • People to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    I was actually looking for a bar in Athens a couple of years ago when an old guy came up to me on the street and told me to check out the bar he was heading to, which just happened to be the Hollywood bar. I had 2 glasses of bourbon and coke and I got charged $150 Euro!! A huge bouncer appeared from out the back to block the exit ensuring I would...

  • Taxis

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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...

  • Driving and walking

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    Hello! I am an American English Teacher living and working and driving everyday in the traffic in Athens and have travelled all over Greece, the islands and Cyprus alone by car. My personal advise for anyone driving in Greece is: FIRST: PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE SECOND: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED THIRD: DRIVE DEFENSIVELY FOURTH: DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE...

  • Demonstrations

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    ..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 demonstrating. Riot police in full gear were in evidence for all the days of my visit, mostly standing around and smoking but on occasion closing or blocking...

  • Weather

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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 thought I couldn't take the low humidity & 45°C (over 120°F) temperatures. So, always be ready for the heat when in summer by wearing comfortable...

  • Restaurants to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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 each other a drink and then a third person, younger and attractive ("Marina"), asks you to buy her a drink. Depending on how many drinks she knocks...

  • Traffic

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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 the Plaka and you need to be quick to get out of the way. Keep as far as you can to the side of the road when walking in these areas if you value your...

  • Hotels to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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 fat cockroach in the toilet. The owner seems to have never changed furniture since early 60's - in a drawer we found 'ancient' inscription made in...

  • Earthquakes

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    Unfortunately, strong earthquakes do happen in Greece, Athens couldn't be the exclusion... On 24/2/1981 the earthquake in Alkionides (in the Corinth Gulf, 77 km west of Athens) had a magnitude of 6.7 Richter and many buildings had damages, even the Parthenon! On 7/9/1999, the 5.9 R earthquake struck more the northwestern suburbs, 125 people...

  • Pollution

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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 hot. If you are staying in Athens for an extended period of time, it might be a good idea to leave the city every few days or so to give your lungs a...

  • Dangerous Driving and Drivers

    Why Greece has the highest traffic fatalities in Europe, is an unanswerable phenomena! However educated the young are as to the dangers of the Greek road conditions and to the dangers of speed combined with alcohol, nothing seems to deter the Greek driver from risking his own life and those of other drivers on the roads. An especially dangerous...


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