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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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Athens Podcasts

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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Athens Videos

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

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Not what i expected!

    For me all athens had to offer was the acropolis. Due to their economic situation it is relatively cheap for europe. On the flip side alot of athens is covered in grafiti, empty buildings, prostitutes, drug users using hard drugs on the streets and police are everywhere.

    Insider Tip:Spend 1 night max in athens, see the acropolis, syntagma sq etc then head somewhere else mainland or go to one of the islands, mykonos, santorini etc. Also, visit kostas for amazing souvlaki and its only €2.20 (But buy 2) i think the street name is pentelis street.

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    One day is enough

    You can see everything you want to see in one day. Athens is an expensive place and downtown has alot of foreign people so you're not even experiencing Greek culture. You need about 4 hours to see the acropolis and the museum (with a lunch break)

    Insider Tip:Don't use taxis if you can help it they're a complete rip off. Or agree to a price with them before you get in. Women should not walk around downtown at night unless in a group even during the day you'll feel extremely uncomfortable. There's a flea market by the acropolis that has some cute shops but lots of tourist stuff as well.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    A run down city with ample amount of character but not enough culture

    I really liked Athens, I had a lot of fun exploring the ancients sights and browsing through stores. It was one of the rare instances that no matter where I picked out to eat, I enjoyed the food and its freshness. But the city seems to be decaying, like if you're not close to a park or the area with restaurants, the city doesn't smell very nice (but that can be said with most cities). I didn't feel like it was very "Greek" besides the food and hospitality. It's very urbanized/globalized.

    Insider Tip:Make sure you wear sunblock and reapply it often. Carry around a water bottle (if you can freeze it over night, the better) because drinks near tourist attractions (i.e. Acropolis) are easy between 5 to 10 euros.

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    I like Athens!

    Awesome city, it has whole the historical stuffs and amazing to look around thousand years old building

  • 30%

    Anonymous

    The Acropolis is truly great and the area surrounding it. There are some great bars and restaurants in the Acropolis area. The rest of Athens is very run down.

    Insider Tip:Choose a hostel or hotel as close to the Acropolis as possible. Stay away from Omonia.

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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