Prefecture of Attica Warnings and Dangers

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Prefecture of Attica Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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, let alone New Orleans or many other American cities. I saw zero threatening characters even as late as midnight walking back from the new hip bar area...

  • People to avoid

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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 early on a Saturday afternoon. He was friendly and outgoing and he asked me where I was from, what I was doing in Athens and where I was staying....

  • Taxis

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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...

  • Driving and walking

    Athens Warnings and Dangers

    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 European Union and that car accidents are the first cause of death. The most important prohibiting factors concerning car accidents in Greece are: 1....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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