Athens Pocket Guide

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For those who haven't been there before, it's hard not to envisage images of ancient sites and temples when thinking of Athens. But since a certain sporting event was held in the Greek capital in 2004, things have changed. This is a modern city. Cool, affordable restaurants abound, as do trendy bars that are buzzing at weekends. Find out what are the coolest ones and much more in our 3-page free pocket guide.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Discover what's the difference between a 'gyros' and a 'souvlaki'.
  • After Dark Find out what are the Greek capital's coolest bars and where.
  • Don't Miss What else should you not miss apart from the Acropolis? Find out in our guide.
  • Neighbourhood Watch A breakdown of the most interesting neighbourhoods in Athens.

Athens City Reviews

  • 70%


    Worth a visit, but 3-4 days are enough...

    Athens has a history that is difficult to beat and is definitely worth a few days of exploring. The nightlife is decent, but not amazing (at least in August), although there are a couple of clubs and tavernas worth checking out for sure. We found that a couple of days walking around the old town and visiting the major tourist attractions and two good late nights partying was enough for us. Don't skip Athens, but don't spend more than 3-4 days either. Two full days may be enough without museums.

    Insider Tip:Beaches near Athens are okay, but if you plan to spend the day at the beach, you're better off leaving a day earlier for the islands...

  • 50%


    Very easy to get around. 2 days is enough.

    The sights are a must !!! They are amazing but the city is dirty. Very easy to get around and nice place to eat!

    Insider Tip:Explore other part of the city. Don't stay in the touristic area

  • 60%


    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%


    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%


    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.

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