Athens Travel Guide

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Athens Things to Do

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  • Acropolis

    To understand why the Romans were so in awe of the Greeks, one only has to look at the Acropolis, built 400 years before the Romans achieved anything similar in scale. Like with the Pyramids of Egypt, you can't avoid asking yourself the question: How could they have done it? Just walking up the Acropolis, carrying little more than a bottle of...

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  • Ancient Agora

    The ancient Agora is a huge site, and its excavated remains can seem quite confusing at first glance. The Temple of Hephaistos is superbly-preserved (because it was used as a church and, later, a museum), the Odeon of Agrippa/'Palace of the Giants' still gives an impression of its enormous and imposing presence and the stoas (shopping parades)...

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  • Acropolis - Parthenon

    The Parthenon on the Acropolis. There's not an awful lot I can say about this temple that hasn't been said elsewhere. Crane and scaffolds on the western facade when we were there, in May 2015, but we took some nice pictures from other angles. Among the many monuments in Athens it stands at the top (pun intended) as a landmark of Western...

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Athens Hotels

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Athens Restaurants

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  • Thanasis Kebab

    4 out of 5 stars

    There are many souvlaki/kebab places around Monastiraki square and they are always packed with people, mostly tourists of course because of the location (4’ walk from Acropolis main entrance. The main problem is that these eateries focus on these customers and not locals that will return if they are satisfied with food and service. But a friend...

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  • Galaxy Bar Restaurant

    5 out of 5 stars

    The lift from the 10th floor brought us up to 13th, and we made our way to the Galaxy Bar first for a drink. The pleasing temperature of the night was so tempting that we decided to have our first drink by the beautiful terrace before we proceed to the restaurant. AMBIENCE: The atmosphere on the whole is cosmopolitan and the interior prides for...

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  • Vyzantino

    4 out of 5 stars

    A great lunch spot on a square in Plaka. I was able to sit outside with a jacket on, 2 days before Christmas. It was 16c and sunny that day... I just chose it because some locals were eating there - usually a reliable indicator! Could have been the owner’s family, I suppose... A wonderful aubergine salad to start with. Then saganaki - baked eggs,...

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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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  • 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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  • Vrettos

    This is another Athen's must stop, even if you're not going to drink the ouzo, just to see the place and the barrells storing the ouzo. We stopped on the way back to the hotel to sample the ouzo, and my wife had to pull me out before I sampled all the bottles on the wall. Casual

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Athens Transportation

  • Metro

    Athens underground system is fast, clean, efficient and relatively easy to navigate. Because of the ongoing economic crisis it is currently undergoing regular shutdowns due to strikes, but the website gives you advanced warnings of these so that you can plan around them. It's one of the oldest subways in the world, but it wasn't until the 21st...

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  • El. Venizelos Airport

    Athens International Airport has a bit of a reputation for bumpy landings, but the views are spectacular. Since the collapse of the national airline, Olympic Airlines, the airport took a nosedive in passengers, but the growth of Aegean Airlines and the improving economy have helped it back on its feet. Emirates even started scheduled flights with...

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  • Taxis

    I found this guys when looking for an airport transfer that would guarantee a child seat for my young son. It's a long drive from the airport and taxis don't always have a seat. The price was only a little more than an ordinary taxi, but we were met at arrivals, helped with our bags, were driven by a polite and knowledgeable young man, in a brand...

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Athens Shopping

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  • Plaka

    We enjoyed walking around in the Plaka area of Athens in the evenings. I did my souvenir shopping during this time. I always try to pick up something that my friends, family and coworkers would really like to have. So, I bought several bottle openers and Mati charms. Since, the owners of where I work are Greek, they appreciated getting the Mati...

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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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  • Central market Varvakeios Agora

    You cannot miss this tiny little corner 3X3 shop! It is in Athinas street and you can buy Greek herbs like origan, basil, cinamon, paprika, lavender, and Greek herb tea. I always buy things from here, and they are always fresh and very cheap. This little shop is found in Athinas Street. Watch out you will see the guy and I am sure you cannot...

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Athens Local Customs

  • Street Peddlers

    Street Peddlers selling designer knock-off purses (I believe). Common sense tells me so. If you think you're buying the real thing, it probably isn't. Lots of vendors in the early hours are selling fruit for the day!

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  • Pretzel Man and Corn Man

    All over Athens you can find someone peddling pretzels and some peddling roast corn on the cob. I found it interesting to see this one peddler trying to find a spot to "set up shop" as he carried the table top of pretzels on his head. I have to tell you, I never bought either item because....I saw one guy handle the corn with his bare hands after...

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  • Water

    I believe this to be the most characteristic example of Greek hospitality and respect to the traveller, wonderer, stranger, visitor.It is the simplest gesture but at the same time, in its simplicity, it is pure, honest, friendly and welcoming.It is traditional and deep in the Greek culture and met everywhere: at coffeeshops and restaurants, bars...

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Athens Warnings and Dangers

  • People to avoid

    I swear I'm going to start pretending I don't speak English. I just fell for this scam not an hour ago, and went Googling to see if anyone else had had the same experience at a bar calld Reina. My very first day in Athens and a friendly guy named Peter asks me the time... you can guess the rest. I don't drink, and I knew something was up, but I...

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  • Areas to avoid

    My wife and I just came back from Greece and spent four nights in Athens. It was fantastic. The people were super friendly, and we encountered zero crime. Never saw one demonstration nor any arrests for any reason and never felt threatened in the least. It's not to say that crime doesn't happen, but I think if you are visiting the tourist areas...

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  • Taxis

    We travelled to Athens Airport many times in the past but this was the first time we took a taxi for the transfer to city center. Having heard all the crazy stories about taxi drivers in Greece, we wanted to play safe so we pre-booked our transfer and got a fixed price (39euros). We chose Athens Taxi Quality (http://www.athenstaxiquality.com/)...

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Athens Tourist Traps

  • Taxis

    Around 1 pm, June 26, we hailed a yellow taxi, late model Mercedes C200 CDI, license number TAB 6180. We had just arrived in Piraeus about an hour late due to a delayed ferry. As I hailed the cab, I was holding my small dog in a satchel. My husband was by my side with our other small dog also in a pet carrier. We asked the taxi driver if he could...

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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

  • Pack Allergy Medicine!

    I thought I was prepared and packed Dramamine, Rolaids & Tylenol. I don't have allergies so I did pack any medicine for that. I had the sniffles from the cigarette smoke and automotive exhaust fumes and it progressed to severe allergies. I found a pharmacy that had one kind of medicine for allergies. I took it but it would work only slightly. I...

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  • 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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Athens Off The Beaten Path

  • Sounio

    I'm not sure how commercially known this is, but the Temple of Poseidon, located about 1.5hrs north of Athens, is definitely worth a half-day trip. My family and I just found a cab driver we really liked and asked him about it, and we got a great rate. We headed up around 6pm, took some photos, and watched as the sun set around the cliffs and...

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  • 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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  • Aegina, Poros, Hydra islands

    Daily Service 8.00 am: Transfer by bus from Athens to Flisvos Marina and embarkment on the cruise ship. 8.30 am: Sail for the island of Hydra. In Hydra you have time at leisure for a stroll, shopping or swimming. In the early afternoon sail for the island of Aegina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the...

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Athens Sports & Outdoors

  • Olympics 2004

    In 2004 the Olympic Games returned to their ancient birthplace and the city of their revival. Athletes from all nations united in Greece to engage in noble competition. The Athens Olympic Games combined history, culture and peace with sports and Olympism. The people of Greece hosted these unique Games on a human scale, inspiring the world to...

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  • Football

    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 Marathon

    Marathons can nowadays be run all over the world, but the annual Athens Marathon has a special appeal and significance to runners world wide because of its tradition: It commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from the Marathon battlefield to Athens in 490 B.C., to bring Athenians the news of the astounding victory of the Greeks over the...

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Athens General

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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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  • Athens Museums and Galleries

    This small museum is situated on the Acropolis, just next to the Parthenon. It contains finds from the Holy Rock. The exhibits are put chronologically. You'll see the characteristic Kouri and Kores, statues of the Archaic period (6th cent. BC) as well as pediments from the archaic temple of Athena. The statues were not actually white but painted...

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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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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Athens

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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 (3)

  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    a lot of visitors worry about the status of the ATM/cash situation.
    at the moment (june 30, 2015):
    -officially banks will be closed until monday 6 of july, but of course this could be extended
    -ATMs are fully fuctional, they work properly and when they get empty they refill them
    -greeks (actually those who have cards issued in greece) can withdraw 60e per card per day
    -visitors (those who have cards issued away from greece, hence every tourist) can withdraw with no limitations

    -we can still use our credit cards with no problem, all the stores that accepted cards in the past still do but obviously you'll need cash for smaller places (there was an issue with some gas stations yesterday that only cash was accepted) but have in mind credit cards are not so widespreaded in Greece (eg.you need cash for the acropolis) although most big hotels, many restaurants, super markets, car rental do accept like they always did

    -in some cases there are long lines at the ATMs, but I saw many others that didnt have more than 5-6 people waiting -transportation in athens is free this week

    -It's highly advisable to bring some cash with you to be on the safe side and/or avoid the long lines. You dont have to carry around the cash and be stressed, use the safety box in your hotel.
    -when I say cash I mean euros, this is the official currency so dont expect stores to get paid with dollars or anything else

  • 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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