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About Athens

Greece's capital city is still clustered around the Acropolis at its ancient heart, but has plenty of modern attractions as well. It's home to one of the finest archaeological museums in the world and is full of ancient Greek sights, so anyone with a historical interest will find it hard to resist. Modern Athens offers fabulous food, trendy nightlife areas like Exarcheia and the markets of Monastiraki. If you want to party, dine or shop Athens has everything you need.

Quick Guide to Athens

  • Must Know: Athens is a big place, so using public transport is essential. If you're there for a week, buying a 5 day ticket is a great idea. It covers every form of transport and provides unlimited journeys.
  • Must See: Be sure to visit the Acropolis and climb Lycabettus Hill for stunning photo opportunities - and there's even a cute funicular railway to the top.
  • Must Do: Food is another major attraction in Athens. Don't stick to Greek salad. Try the stews like Kleftiko or Stifado. The Plaka is a great place to look for quaint, family run restaurants.
  • Did You Know: Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, it has been constantly inhabited for at least 3,000 years.

Arriving in Athens

When travelling to Athens most tourists touch down at Venizelos Airport, around 20 km from the city centre. You can either catch a bus, hail a taxi or take a suburban train to Larissis Station which is just to the north of the ancient city. Many people also arrive at the port of Piraeus if arriving by cruise. From there, a train runs straight into the city centre.

Traveling around Athens

Athens has a reliable Metro network and buying a weekly pack of tickets is the best way to get around cheaply. Walking around the ancient agora and Acropolis is easy enough. The Metro stays open until 12:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), and night buses take up the slack in the early morning. if you want nightlife, staying in Exarcheia is best, but to tour the sights, Plaka or Thissiou make more sense.

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