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

  • 40%


    Don't overdo Athens

    Of course there's the archaeological sites and the museums, which are worth your visit, but the city itself is not worth staying for. Every street is so dirty and people in tourist business are often morally problematic. Taxi drivers lie in our face to cheat our money. Girls selling flowers in the street cheat you for money. Don't trust anyone. Watch out for theft! And when you're done with museums, go to the islands instead. They are much cheaper and prettier. You'd be surprised after Athens.

  • 90%


    Lively city with many attractions to see.

    Metro system is very easy to navigate. It does get a little crowded sometimes but is very efficient. Tickets are cheap so you can spend a whole day exploring the entire city from one end to the other for a decent price. Many places to eat and hang out. Streets are fairly clean. LOTS of graffiti everywhere. Homeless people sit on the streets but don't really beg you for money. If you love mythology, history and culture, there is so much to see and explore. Locals are very nice and easy to talk to

  • 100%


    Athens is a great place for culture and food. The restaurants serve delicious dishes, and the Acropolis is stunning. The National Archaeological Museum holds beautiful sculpture.

    Insider Tip:On the last weekend of September, entrance to th Acropolis, many museums and archaeological sites is free.

  • 80%


    Greece, Athens

    Very romantic and beautiful city. There is not much to see as in Rome but the monuments as well as ancient temples/ruins make enormous impression. Me and my 2 friends had wonderful 5 days in Athens. We were amazed by greek cuisine especially grilled vegetables with halloumi cheese and vegeterian moussaka. Athenians are so so friendly and very hostile. Little quiet alleys in the city are so cute and adorable and make me want to come back :).

    Insider Tip:you can take a bus from the airport X95 which will take you to central Athens for only 5 euros!.

  • 50%


    Archaeological Gem.

    The city is one big archaeological site - Greek and Roman but unfortunately no traces of Ottoman's era - there there for 400 years and Romans only for200 yrs?. There is not even one functioning mosque left from the ottoman's era! There is one old mosque still intact but is used for arts and crafts shows - can be easily converted back a functioning mosque.

    Insider Tip:Buy the combined 12 euro ticket which covers the major archaeological sites and is valid for 4 days - so you don't have to kill yourself to use the ticket in one day.

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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