Athens Pocket Guide

Images Of Athens

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

  • 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.

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