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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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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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Anonymous

    amazing

    So many things to see - the multi ticket for the ruin sites is great. Acropolis museum is great. Archaeology museum is ok. Benzat museum is super interesting. Ancient Olympic stadium is impressive

    Insider Tip:Changing of the guard on the hour at the government building was interesting to watch.

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    Anonymous

    Athens

    • Discover Delphi, believed by the ancients to be the centre of the world. This fascinating pagan religious complex, set on a stunning hillside site, comprises classical temples, a theatre and a stadium. Numerous finds are displayed in the excellent Delphi Archaeological Museum.

    Insider Tip:• Explore Athens. Begin with the Acropolis rock, home to the fifth-century BC Parthenon, then stroll down to the Ancient Agora, once Athens' civic, political and commercial centre. Don't miss the world-class National Archaeological Museum, packed with ancient marble statues, jewellery and ceramics.

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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