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Plaka’s appeal lies in its village-like atmosphere. Its small lanes are lined with 19th-century houses, enticing cafés – and a fair few tourists. The Acropolis is the area’s showstopper, but spare some time for the smaller spots. The 4th-century Monument of Lysicrates is worth a stop, as is Hadrian's, and an amble through the National Gardens.
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7.3 miles from city centre
Welcome to glitzy Glyfada – home of the chic and distinctly international. The area’s shops and restaurants once catered for a now long-gone US military base, but the spoils are great – TGI Fridays and an array of swanky fashion outlets are in the vicinity, as are sizzling nightspots along the beach facing Posidonos Avenue. Get ready to splurge!
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0.6 miles from city centre
Psiri is a quiet inner-city suburb with little to do during the day. However, the volume goes from mute to full blast at night. Locals roll in and out of low-lit bars onto the expansive terraces, and live music fills the air. For a bite to eat, try the typically Greek mezes at Mavros Gatos – think octopus, tzatziki, eggplant, cheeses and more.
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0.9 miles from city centre
Below the Acropolis, Koukaki's Dionysiou Areopagitou promenade is a welcome escape from the city's rumbling automobile traffic. The area underwent a facelift with the arrival of the ultra-modern Acropolis Museum, but Koukaki retained its unpretentious feel. To this end, try the fresh grilled fish from taverna To Kati Allo right behind the museum.
Places to stay from £6 per night
1.1 miles from city centre
Metaxourgeio is getting Athens hot under the collar. This powerhouse of trendy bars and galleries attracts a young crowd, and is a hipster hang-out par excellence. Wander past its gardens, warehouses and tavernas to get a taste for the area's mish-mash of styles. Bohemian and industrial, it's a tight bundle of all things alternative.
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4.9 miles from city centre
Chalandri has developed quite the reputation among the northern suburbs. This modern area is a burgeoning leisure hub, with the new Golden Hall Mall and hip hang-outs, like Theory Bar or Ancho Mexican Grill. Head here for the cluster of shopping streets around Dourou Square, and enjoy the open-air concerts at the Theatro Rematias.
Places to stay from £26 per night
Greece's ancient capital is an open-air museum of history and stunning sights dating back over 2,500 years. Once home to Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation.
While the Acropolis towers above to serve as a reminder of Athens’ ancient origins, the modern-day city below offers a huge variety of contemporary comforts. You’ll find a wide range of trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs dotted throughout the centre, as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the unique Technopolis complex.
Other points of interest include the beaches of Attica and the scenic National Garden just behind the Greek Parliament Building. This combination of age-old monuments, enticing cultural landmarks and natural scenery make the city a major hotspot for holidays.
Greeks also take an immense amount of pride in their cuisine, and once you've had a taste of their delicious dishes, it's easy to see why. Take a seat in a traditional taverna and order up some grilled souvlaki and anise-flavoured aperitif Ouzo. The centre is easily reached from the airport by metro, railway or express bus, but you'll also find plenty of taxis outside the terminal.
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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.59|
|Average weekend price||£78 per night|
|Average weekday price||£86 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Well, Athens is the Acropolis and the Parthenon as well as the surrounding small city streets Areopagus hill... Truly unique in the world and the views of the never ending buildings of the surrounding metropolis are breathtaking too... The surrounding areas are a pleasure to walk through with the never ending restaurants and market shops. Getting around the centre is a breeze on the Metro trains and taxi's are plentiful and cheap too. Even in the most run down streets I never felt unsafe.
It is a very vibrant city, lots of restaurants and bars. The art gallery we wanted to see was closed. Two restaurants we had picked were closed. There was a strike demonstration which was very scarey and lots of armed police everywhere. The changing of the guards in Syntagma Square is amazing. We had been to The Acropolis before so didn’t go but could see it from our Hotel roof garden.
Athens are really lovely city, you can get around well even by public transport (it is possible to buy tickets for 5 days at quite nice price). For sure it is perfect for history lovers, full of nice museums and ladmarks. We have been also in the mountains and they are also very nice. Overall I recommend to be there 5-10 days max.
The center of Athens is not safe, only very few areas around Syntagma square and Plaka. The restaurants are very expensive, especially the "cheap" ones. That restaurant offers less according to their prices. It is more preferable to go to the "expensive" restaurants are more fair for what they offer. In general, Athens it is not an European city it is much lower level. But still is very unique the center with their antiquities. The rest of the city is absolutely unfriendly, huge and dirty.
Athens is a great city, lot of history, amazing views, nice beaches and awesome food. I was also impressed by the fact that people respected anti-covid measures, in public transport and in crowded areas almost everyone wore a protective mask (there were exceptions, of course, but very few). Public transportation is very good, we bought a 5 days card and used it every day on buses, trams and metro (even to Piraeus). The food was amazing, we have eaten traditional greek food and fish&seafood. We have drank greek wine and it was great. Excelent icecream at Davinci Gelato (they have many locations).
The Greek economics surely has an impact on Athens. The city is a bit of a mess but that is also the charm of it, i guess. I didnt expect a London Paris Barcelona, but the local government needs to improve its act to make the city more appealing. Traffic is an absolute mess, the kind you see in developing countries, not an eu member state which receives billions of eu infrastructural funds. It is a poor city having the charm of a poor city.
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