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City Guide Athens, Greece

Visiting Athens

Surrounded by mountains and built on eight hills Athens is a unique city where extensive restoration and rejuvenation has been taking place for the last decade. And despite its size most areas of interest can be reached on foot.

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Gyros or souvlaki?

Eating a gyros or a souvlaki is a much a part of a trip to Athens as visiting the Acropolis. The only problem is that you may not know the difference between the two. Colm speaks to Dimitris Bairaktaris and Vicky Moutsiounas from Athens’ famous ‘Bairaktaris’ restaurant to find out the difference between the two.

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Around the World in 156 Seconds...

Watch our video where Colm passes through the world's most famous cities.

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Athens Pocket Guide

Athens Pocket Guide

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Athens City Reviews

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Nice city

    City is very nice beginning the summer. Found some things a little bit expensive, but is manageable. Just be careful of pickpockets and avoid getting stucked in the middle of people going in/out of the subway.

    Insider Tip:I liked it, if want to visit Greece, Athens is a must be ready for lots of tourists and great food.

  • 30%

    Anonymous

    Dirty in a bad way

    The people are not hospitable, and they try to trick you in any way possible. The city is very dirty and smells bad in every corner, even the people smells. the food and drinks are very expensive for the reputation that the city has.

    Insider Tip:If you need help with the museum tickets or finding the road, you should ask other tourists, not the people of the city because there is a big probability that they won't understand you or will misguide you.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Athens

    I enjoyed Athens as a city very much. There is a lot of history to take in and photo opportunities to be had. There are various bars and many places to eat. I would certainly come back. The only negative thing I have to say about this great city is that in my experience, the taxi drivers are generally useless (not all).

    Insider Tip:Unlike other major cities, Athens taxi drivers don't always know where they are going unless it's a major tourist hotspot. Be prepared for that.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    A multi-layered city

    I had the great opportunity to live in Athens for a number of months, as a I studied abroad there. It's a city with many layers and history. Do not come to Athens expecting "Ancient Greek Fantasy Land." Rather, come to Athens to find a charming city with thousands of years of history and culture. For every museum you go to, step into a taverna or cafe and witness modern Greek culture. Try to experience all sides of this very diverse place. And as always, keep your mind open.

    Insider Tip:-If your main attractions are the ancient sites, stay in Plaka. But do try to leave Plaka occasionally, as it is mostly tourists. If you want a less tourist-y experience, stay in Pangrati. It's about a 30 minute walk from the Acropolis, but there are buses and trolleys that go out there to bring you quickly to the city centers. - Go to tavernas and order mezedes (a variety of small dishes to eat with ouzo). It's an easy way to experience a lot of Greek food. -Never be in a rush to do anything.

  • 90%

    Columbia1111

    Athens hospitality

    Greek were very welcoming and respectfull to everyone wherever your are from I was never cheated, poeple were smiley and friendly. The weather was really good, lot of places to visit due to their history. A capital full of activites, very dynamic, tasty gastronomy Transport sometimes can be a bit difficult due to the lack of rigor and space missing in buses as they allow to take too many poeple inside.

Greece: Itinerary

Walking around the ancient city of Athens you can’t help but let your mind drift into a trance of what it might have been like to live there when the gods ruled the roost. It has some of the most fascinating ancient architecture you will find anywhere in the world but a lot more to offer such as breathtaking places to eat, and an amazing culture you will want to learn more and more about each day.

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