Ren’s cousin met Greek director and cookbook creator Christos Sourligas in Athens and he informed her an fascinating story in regards to the metropolis’s MRT.
According to him, it took town for much longer than anticipated to finish the metro system as a result of each time they’d dig, they’d uncover historic ruins. They’d cease digging, pack up, then transfer to a different location when growth, they’d discover extra ruins. This would occur many times, forcing town to delay the undertaking and redraw their plans in order to not harm the newly found relics.
I liked listening to that story as a result of for me, that was Athens. It’s one of many world’s oldest and most vital cities, remembered by historical past because the cradle of Western civilization and birthplace of democracy.
And the proof, is correct beneath your toes.
GUIDE TABLE OF CONTENTS
ATHENS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Because of the present international scenario, Athens journey pointers have been altering regularly. Our buddies at Booking.com and airheart created web sites that listing detailed data on journey restrictions across the globe.
Before planning a visit to Athens, make sure you test Booking.com or airheart for data on journey restrictions to Greece. If you do resolve to go to Athens, then you might wish to critically think about getting journey insurance coverage with COVID protection.
You might have a visa and different paperwork to go to Greece relying in your passport. Check out iVisa.com to be taught in regards to the necessities and to use for a visa (if obligatory).
ATHENS AT A GLANCE
Athens is the capital of Greece and its largest metropolis. It’s one of many world’s oldest cities with a recorded historical past spanning over 3,400 years. Home to Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it was a middle for philosophy and the humanities, and was a strong city-state whose rise to prominence was tied to the event of the Port of Piraeus.
Today, Athens stays the monetary, political, cultural, and financial capital of Greece. Piraeus Port remains to be one of many world’s busiest. It’s residence to the Acropolis and the famed Parthenon, and have become the primary metropolis to host the modern-day Olympics in 1896. It would host it once more in 2004, changing into one in all only a few cities on the earth to host it greater than as soon as.
BEST TIME TO VISIT ATHENS
The finest time to go to Athens is from March until May and September until November. The climate is gentle with clear skies and fewer vacationers.
MAR-MAY: This is springtime in Athens and top-of-the-line instances to go. We had been there in early April. The climate was beautiful however nonetheless a bit chilly. There had been loads of vacationers, particularly on the Parthenon, however not sufficient to make the expertise uncomfortable.
JUN-AUG: This is summer season in Athens and never one of the best time to go if you wish to keep away from the warmth and crowds. Hotel costs may additionally be at their highest throughout this time.
SEPT-NOV: The fall is one other nice time to go to Athens. It’s much like spring when it comes to the climate and vacationer density.
DEC-FEB: Athens experiences comparatively gentle winters although December is its rainiest month and might not be probably the most snug time to go.
Climate: Annual Monthly Weather in Athens
To aid you higher perceive the local weather in Athens, I’ve created the common temperature and annual rainfall graphs beneath. Suggested months to go to are highlighted in orange.
TRAVELING TO ATHENS
Most guests to Athens can be arriving through Athens International Airport (ATH). It’s about 32 km east and fewer than an hour from town heart.
BY SUBWAY: This is what we did. We by no means journey with loads of baggage so going by MRT is our most popular technique of transport. In Athens, the metro station is correct throughout the road and a one-way ticket prices round EUR 10. If you get roundtrip, then it prices EUR 18 however the return ticket has a validity interval of simply 48 hours.
BY BUS: At round EUR 6 every method, going by bus is the most affordable method of moving into town. The X95 bus will drop you off at Syntagma Square whereas the X96 will take you to Piraeus Port. Tickets could be bought from a small blue kiosk after exiting the terminal. Be positive to validate your ticket when you’ve boarded the bus.
BY PRE-BOOKED TRANSFER: This is costlier but it surely’s probably the most handy method of moving into town from the airport, particularly in the event you’re touring with massive baggage. Many individuals advocate Welcome Pickups which is a 24/7 taxi service that takes you into town for about EUR 38 (EUR 54 between 12MN-5AM). This could also be the best choice in the event you’re touring to Athens with sufficient individuals. You may also pre-book airport transfers by means of Get Your Guide. For individuals touring alone, they’ve shuttle bus transfers for round EUR 20.
BY TAXI: Taxis value the identical as Welcome Pickups, getting you into town heart at a set price of about EUR 38 (EUR 54 between 12MN-5AM).
We flew to Athens however there could also be different methods to get there relying on the place you’re. You can go to Bookaway to seek for route choices accessible to you.
WHERE TO EXCHANGE CURRENCY
The unit of forex in Greece is the Euro (EUR).
I withdrew EUR from an ATM so I didn’t must change forex in Athens. You can change forex at banks or forex change workplaces in fashionable vacationer areas like Plaka and Syntagma, however you might be higher off simply withdrawing EUR from an ATM. The charges are aggressive and also you gained’t must convey as a lot international forex with you.
NOTE: Some ATMs could provide the choice of continuing “with or without conversion”. Always proceed WITHOUT conversion. Proceeding with conversion authorizes the international financial institution working the ATM to do the conversion for you, usually at horrible change charges.
BEST AREAS TO STAY IN ATHENS
Based on our expertise, there are three handy areas to remain in Athens.
The first is within the metropolis heart near the Acropoolis. There are distinct neighborhoods inside this downtown space which I’ll describe in additional element beneath. The second is close to Piraeus Port, for vacationers taking a ferry to the Greek islands. And the third is close to Athens International Airport and Rafina Port.
I’ve created the color-coded map beneath that can assist you higher perceive the place every of those areas are. Click on the hyperlink for an interactive model of the map. (Please observe that marked areas are approximations solely)
LIGHT BLUE – KoukakiRED – PlakaPURPLE – SyntagmaGREEN – PsiriORANGE – KolonakiYELLOW – Near Athens Airport / Rafina PortDARK BLUE – Near Piraeus Port
I’ll present focused hyperlinks beneath every description however you possibly can ebook lodging in Athens by means of Booking.com or Agoda.
This is the place you’ll wish to keep if it’s your first time in Athens. It’ll put you near historic websites, metro stops, and loads of eating places, bars, and retailers.
All these sub-neighborhoods are inside strolling distance of one another so in my view, it doesn’t matter as a lot the place you keep so long as you’re on this normal downtown space.
This is the place we stayed. It’s a brief stroll from the Acropolis and surprisingly native in really feel contemplating how shut it’s to town’s most well-known vacationer attraction. We stayed at a beautiful one-bedroom AirBnB with a kitchen (USD 35/evening).
The space is residence to loads of non-touristy retailers and eating places, and the Akropoli MRT station is simply minutes away. If the Acropolis is a precedence, then that is about as nice a location as any.
Click on the hyperlink to ebook the identical AirBnB we did. If you don’t suppose it’s the correct place for you, then you possibly can seek for alternate listings in Koukaki on Booking.com or Agoda. Here are a number of top-rated motels in Koukaki:
The Plaka neighborhood is one in all Athens’ oldest and most charming, characterised by slender streets and historic buildings. It’s busier and extra touristy than Koukaki however we didn’t thoughts that in any respect. It actually is a beautiful place to remain and like Koukaki, very central. We in all probability spent most of our time in Athens right here. Check out these top-rated motels in Plaka:
You can seek for extra lodging in Plaka on Booking.com or Agoda.
Syntagma is the primary sq. in Athens and one of the vital areas within the metropolis. Located simply north of the Plaka neighborhood, it’s residence to the Parliament constructing and is taken into account the seat of modern-day Greek authorities.
There are loads of retailers, eating places, and bars within the space, together with metro and bus stops that take you to key factors within the metropolis like Athens Airport and Piraeus Port. Check out these top-rated motels in Syntagma:
Check out Booking.com or Agoda for extra listings in Syntagma.
Read more: How to get to Athens
This was one in all my favourite neighborhoods in downtown Athens. It’s off Monastiraki sq. and appears like an artsier, extra fashionable aspect to Athens. There are loads of cool-looking neighborhood bars and eating places right here.
I discovered plenty of nice road artwork in Psiri so I spent a superb period of time simply exploring its streets and photographing the murals. On our subsequent journey to Athens, I’d like to remain right here. Check out these top-rated motels in Psiri:
You can seek for extra listings in Psiri on Booking.com or Agoda.
We didn’t spend as a lot time right here however in the event you like high-end procuring, then Kolonaki might be the place you’ll wish to be. Located on the base of Lycabettus Hill, it’s residence to town’s most upscale boutiques and luxurious manufacturers like Gucci, Armani, Chanel, and Balenciaga. Check out these top-rated motels in Kolonaki:
Check out Booking.com or Agoda for extra listings in Kolonaki.
NEAR ATHENS AIRPORT / RAFINA PORT
If you’re solely staying one evening in Athens and catching an early flight out, then discovering lodging close to the airport could also be finest. Downtown Athens is no less than 45 minutes away so it’ll be extra handy to remain right here.
At the tip of our 5-week journey to Europe, we had been flying out of Athens Airport so we booked an AirBnB in close by Paiania (USD 39/evening).
Rafina Port is close to the airport as effectively so you might wish to keep right here in the event you’re catching an early ferry from Rafina. You can do a search on Booking.com or Agoda to seek out listings close to Athens Airport and Rafina Port. Here are a number of of the top-rated motels within the space:
NEAR PIRAEUS PORT
Piraeus Port is one in all Europe’s busiest passenger ports. Most vacationers taking a ferry to the Greek islands like Santorini will board right here.
It’s simple sufficient to get to through the Athens Metro (final cease on the inexperienced line), however in the event you’re catching an early ferry the subsequent day, then you might wish to keep right here. Check out these top-rated motels close to Piraeus Port:
Check out Booking.com or Agoda for extra listings close to Piraeus Port.
You may also ebook motels and homestays in Athens utilizing the useful map beneath.
PLACES TO VISIT IN ATHENS
The Acropolis is an historic citadel that sits on prime of a hill overlooking town. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and simply a very powerful attraction in Athens.
It’s comprised of a number of buildings constructed within the fifth century BC, none extra spectacular than the Parthenon (pictured beneath). It’s a former temple devoted to town’s patron, the goddess Athena.
If it’s your first time within the metropolis, then you definately’ll wish to dedicate a superb period of time to the Acropolis. We don’t usually get tour or audio guides however once we do, it’s often at traditionally vital locations like this. We did that in Ephesus and Aphrodisias in Turkey and got here away with a significantly better understanding and appreciation for each locations.
I didn’t see any audio guides on the Acropolis however you possibly can ebook guided excursions with skip-the-line tickets on Get Your Guide.
Pictured beneath is the Theater of Dionysus, extensively believed to be the world’s first theater and birthplace of Greek tragedy. It isn’t technically a part of the Acropolis however your primary entrance ticket offers you entry to it as effectively.
Other notable buildings on the Acropolis embrace Herodes Theater (featured picture), Athena Nike Temple, Propylaea, and Erechtheum. All of those are included within the EUR 20 Acropolis entrance ticket, however in the event you’re planning on visiting extra archaeological websites in Athens, together with lots of the locations listed on this information, then you might wish to get the particular ticket bundle.
Again, in the event you actually wish to be taught in regards to the Acropolis, then I strongly counsel getting a information. It’s exhausting to understand what we don’t perceive, particularly if what we’re taking a look at are previous columns and fragments of rocks. If you’d relatively not get a information, then another could be to go to the Acropolis Museum.
2. Ancient Agora of Athens
The Ancient Agora of Athens is likely one of the most well-known examples of an historic Greek agora, which is an open-air gathering place used for political and inventive occasions.
It’s positioned northwest of the Acropolis so it’s a superb place to go to after admiring the Parthenon. Get Your Guide presents guided excursions that embrace each.
I discovered the construction pictured beneath fascinating. Known because the Tower of the Winds, it’s thought-about the primary meteorological station on the earth and is positioned within the Roman Agora, which is to the east of the Ancient Agora. Entrance to each agoras is included within the particular ticket bundle.
3. Temple of Olympian Zeus
As its identify suggests, the Temple of Olympian Zeus was a powerful temple devoted to Zeus. He was known as “Olympian Zeus” due to his place as head of the Olympian gods.
Like the Ancient and Roman Agoras, entrance to this temple is included in a number of guided excursions and the particular ticket bundle.
The temple was closed once I obtained there so I took this image by means of the perimeter fence. Only a number of columns stand as we speak however the Temple of Olympian Zeus was as soon as the biggest temple in Greece.
4. Panathenaic Stadium
If you’re a fan of the Olympic Games, then you definately’ll in all probability wish to make a cease right here. The opening and shutting ceremonies of the very first trendy Olympics had been held at this stadium in 1896. It was once more used as an Olympic venue in 2004 and is the one stadium on the earth constructed totally of marble.
You can go to by yourself however in the event you’d prefer to go along with a information, then Get Your Guide presents many excursions that embrace stops on the Panathenaic Stadium.
5. Lycabettus Hill
In the gap there may be Lycabettus Hill, the very best level in central Athens. You can attain the highest by automotive or funicular for spectacular views of the Acropolis and Athens. There’s a chapel, open-air theater, and restaurant on the prime. I took this image from the Acropolis.
Get Your Guide presents many excursions that take you as much as Lycabettus Hill.
THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS
1. Visit the Acropolis Museum
If you’d relatively not go on a guided tour of the Acropolis, then another could be to go to the Acropolis Museum first. Located simply south of the Acropolis, it’s a contemporary constructing that’s residence to almost 4,000 relics from the archaeological website.
As described, we visited Ephesus in Turkey a number of years in the past however not with out going to the Ephesus Museum first. Some archaeological websites aren’t in one of the best situation so visiting the archaeological museum will aid you recognize the precise website.
If you could have a selected curiosity in historic Greek historical past, then you might wish to take a look at the National Archaeological Museum as effectively. The Acropolis Museum homes artifacts solely from the Acropolis archaeological website, however on show on the National Archaeological Museum are relics from totally different excavation websites all through Greece.
You should purchase entrance tickets to the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum on the gate or upfront by means of Get Your Guide. There are loads of guided excursions as effectively that embrace admission to the museums.
2. Explore the Neighborhoods
There’s a wealth of fascinating archaeological websites in Athens, round that are equally fascinating neighborhoods like Plaka, Monastiraki, and Psiri. I had enjoyable simply strolling round and having fun with the environment.
You can take the Athens metro to get from one website to the subsequent, however I feel happening foot is healthier. They aren’t that far aside and strolling will help you recognize town’s charming community of alleyways and fascinating structure.
It’s exhausting to know the place one neighborhood ends and the subsequent one begins, however I feel this was taken someplace in Plaka.
This was taken on Pitakki Street on my strategy to Psiri. This alley was a precursor to all the nice road artwork I’d discover ready for me in Psiri.
Psiri was one in all my favourite neighborhoods in Athens. There had been so many fascinating bars and eating places right here. This space felt far more native and genuine in comparison with the charming however touristy Plaka and Monastiraki.
3. Watch the Changing of the Guard on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
I didn’t get to see this however the altering of the guard is at all times an fascinating spectacle anyplace. It’s a choreographed ritual carried out with a lot precision and delight.
In Athens, you possibly can witness it on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square. It’s free to observe and takes place on a regular basis, each hour on the hour.
If you occur to be in Athens on a weekend, then you might wish to watch the far more elaborate Grand Change that occurs at 11AM each Sunday.
You can go to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to observe the altering of the guard by yourself, or you possibly can witness it as a part of a guided tour.
4. Enjoy a Drink at a Rooftop Bar in Monastiraki Square
Ren’s cousin informed us that when Christos has buddies visiting Athens, he likes to take them to one of many rooftop bars in Monastiraki. Why? Because they provide a few of the finest views of the Acropolis.
There are a number of to select from however we went to 360 Cocktail Bar in Monastiraki Square. We had been there at sundown and as you possibly can see beneath, Christos wasn’t mendacity.
The Parthenon regarded completely magical at that hour, like one thing out of an epic story.
5. Go on a Culinary Walk
We went on a meals tour in Barcelona with Culinary Backstreets and had been tremendous impressed with the expertise. They give terrific in-depth culinary walks in several cities all over the world, providing nice perception not simply on the native meals, however on the native tradition as effectively.
Culinary Backstreets presents a number of meals excursions in Athens. In reality, that’s how I discovered about To Kafeneio. A reviewer went on one in all their culinary walks and fell in love with each the tour and that restaurant.
Follow the hyperlink to take a look at Culinary Backstreet’s meals excursions in Athens. If you key within the FLY4FOOD promo code, then you definately’ll get a 5% low cost upon checkout. This applies to any of their culinary walks.
You may also test Get Your Guide for a protracted listing of Athens meals excursions.
6. Take a Cooking Class
We didn’t have time to do it in Europe however we get pleasure from taking lessons every time we journey. So far, we’ve completed it in Hoi An, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bali. The method I see it, there’s no higher strategy to study an unfamiliar delicacies than to take a cooking class. It’s like wanting beneath the delicacies’s hood.
If you prefer to prepare dinner and wish to be taught extra about Greek delicacies, then you might wish to take one in all these cooking lessons in Athens. They’re curated by Cookly which is a web-based aggregator for cooking lessons in several cities all over the world. They’re the only finest useful resource I’ve seen for reserving short-term cooking lessons whereas touring.
7. Go Graffiti Hunting
One of the issues that shocked me most about Europe was the graffiti. It’s all over the place. Some had been good, extra had been dangerous, however Athens had a few of the finest examples I noticed within the 5 nations we visited on our journey. The road artwork within the artsy Psiri neighborhood was wonderful.
I ran right into a photographer taking photos of all the road murals like I used to be, and he informed me that he’s writing a ebook documenting the road artwork in Athens.
If you want artwork and wish to take a breather from town’s myriad historic sights, then you might wish to discover Psiri and search out wonderful murals like this one. I didn’t find out about it on the time however I’d have liked to go on this Athens road artwork tour.
DAY TRIPS FROM ATHENS
1. Temple of Poseidon
If the sights in Athens aren’t sufficient to sate your urge for food for all issues archaeological, then you might wish to take a day journey to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion.
Located about an hour-and-a-half south of the capital, this temple devoted to the god of the ocean is acknowledged as one of many main monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. You can ebook a day tour to the Temple of Poseidon from Athens on Get Your Guide.
Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site positioned on Mt. Parnassus, about two-and-a-half hours northwest of Athens. It was an vital non secular sanctuary that was residence to the oracle of Apollo, who gave cryptic recommendation to people and metropolis states.
Delphi was so vital that it was as soon as thought-about the middle of the world by the traditional Greeks. You can ebook a day tour to Delphi from Athens on Get Your Guide.
3. Hydra, Poros, & Aegina
Cruising the islands is likely one of the finest issues you are able to do in Greece. If you don’t have time to go to any of the well-known Greek islands like Mykonos or Santorini, then you possibly can go on a day cruise of the Saronic Islands from Athens. Get Your Guide presents a number of scenic day cruises to the islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina.
I’ve been fascinated by the monasteries of Meteora ever since my sister despatched me a postcard from her go to many moons in the past. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go on this journey so we’ll have to depart it for the subsequent.
Located about 4 hours northwest of Athens, Meteora is thought for its monasteries constructed precariously on prime of towering rock formations in central Greece. It’s a mind-blowing sight and never one thing yow will discover simply anyplace on the earth.
Meteora deserves a number of days to do it justice however individuals pressed for time can do a day journey from Athens. Check out Get Your Guide for tour choices.
GREEK FOOD GUIDE
Like lots of the Mediterranean cuisines, Greek delicacies relies on the “Mediterranean triad” of wheat, olive oil, and wine. If you’re focused on native delicacies and questioning what to eat in Athens, then take a look at our Greek meals information for an inventory of twenty must-try dishes in Greece.
WHERE TO EAT IN ATHENS
We spent little multiple full day in Athens so we didn’t get to discover as many eating places as we wished to, however the few that we went to had been excellent.
1. To Kafeneio
As described, I discovered about this place from a reviewer who went on a meals tour with Culinary Backstreets. He mentioned it was his favourite restaurant from all of the locations they visited on the tour. In reality, he loved it a lot he need again on his personal the next day!
Located in Plaka, To Kafeneio is a family-run Greek restaurant identified for serving classis Mediterranean dishes, none extra well-known maybe than their keftedes me saltsa domata, or Greek meatballs in tomato sauce (EUR 8.40). It options the key sauce of the restaurant’s first chef, a sauce that’s turn into so well-known in these components that it’s referred to easily as “THE sauce”.
Behind it’s a Cretan salad they name “Koupa” (EUR 7.10). It’s a scrumptious salad of tomato, onions, feta cheese, kritamo (samphire), and herbs in a crunchy bread bowl fabricated from soaked barley rusk. I imagine it’s much like dakos which we had in Santorini.
To Kafeneio is positioned in an alley in Plaka. We sat inside however they’ve outside seating as effectively. They’re a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee with a near-perfect 4.5 star ranking. Follow the hyperlink for a map.
2. O Thanasis
I Googled “best souvlaki in athens” and one of many locations my search led me to was O Thanasis. Located in Monastiraki, they provide traditional Greek consolation meals like souvlaki, gyro, and moussaka.
Pictured beneath is a scrumptious dish referred to as saganaki (EUR 3.60) which is a sort of fried cheese made in a small frying pan.
Can a visit to Greece ever be full with out a style of souvlaki? A souvlaki (EUR 9.20) is a well-liked Greek meals made with grilled items of skewered meat.
It’s usually made with pork or rooster and served with greens, fried potatoes, pita bread, and tzatziki (yogurt dip). You can have it wrapped in pita as effectively, like a sandwich.
Like souvlaki, moussaka (EUR 8) is likely one of the hottest Greek dishes. It’s much like lasagna however as a substitute of pasta, it’s made with layers of sliced eggplant.
O Thanasis is positioned simply off Monastiraki Square. They’re a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee with a commendable 4-star ranking.
3. Yiaourtaki – CLOSED
Located in Monastiraki Square, Yiaourtaki is a dessert store specializing in crepes and Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt tastes much like common yogurt besides it’s been strained to take away most of its whey, leading to a thicker consistency. I like Greek yogurt and ate it nearly on a regular basis in Greece.
Have a cup at Yiaourtaki in the event you’ve by no means tried it earlier than. You can have it topped with a wide range of elements like these black cherries in syrup. Personally, I feel Greek yogurt is ideal by itself.
4. Mikas Grill House
This restaurant is positioned close to the airport so solely eat right here in the event you’re staying in Paiania. We requested our AirBnB host for suggestions and he or she directed us right here, to Mikas Grill House the place we had a few of the finest lamb chops we’ve ever tasted in our lives.
This platter of roast lamb chops was critically scrumptious. We loved it with pita, fries, tzatziki, and a carafe of white wine, all for about EUR 25.
Mikas Grill House is positioned in Paiania. If you’re trying to keep close to the airport, then Paiania is a handy alternative. Be positive to eat right here in the event you do.
POINTS OF INTEREST IN ATHENS
To aid you higher perceive the place every part is, I’ve pinned all of the locations advisable on this information on this map. Click on the hyperlink for an interactive model of the map.
HOW TO GET AROUND IN ATHENS
The Athens MRT is environment friendly and handy. As a vacationer, it’ll take you just about anyplace it is advisable go within the metropolis. We didn’t take the bus however I’m positive it’s environment friendly and simple to make use of as effectively.
There are three forms of “Ath.ena” tickets you will get which are legitimate to be used on all forms of public transportation. You can get a 90-minute ticket (EUR 1.40), a 24-hour ticket (EUR 4.50), or a 5-day ticket (EUR 9). You may also get a 3-day vacationer ticket (EUR 22) that features airport transfers. All are legitimate for limitless journey at some point of your ticket. Follow the hyperlink for extra data on Ath.ena tickets.
I’ll discuss it extra within the subsequent part however I feel a 3-day keep is good for first-time guests so the 3-day ticket might be finest. It’s legitimate to be used on the X80 bus as effectively which is able to take you from Syntagma Square to Piraeus Port.
As handy as Athens public transportation is, if all you’ll be visiting are the foremost sights throughout the downtown space, then I feel strolling is finest. Most of the locations advisable within the PLACES TO VISIT and THINGS TO DO sections of this information are close to three metro stations – Akropoli, Syntagma, and Monastiraki – all of that are about 1 km from one another.
It looks as if extra bother taking the subway than strolling. I walked all over the place in downtown Athens and by no means discovered anywhere too far. If you don’t have any mobility points, then I counsel strolling because it’ll provide you with a greater really feel and appreciation for town’s many fascinating neighborhoods.
Whether you resolve to stroll or use the general public transportation system, I extremely advocate utilizing the Google Maps app (iOS|Android). It’ll inform you precisely methods to get from level A to level B, both by strolling or public transportation. It’s correct and really dependable.
HOW MANY DAYS TO STAY / ATHENS ITINERARY
To be trustworthy, we didn’t plan on spending time in Athens. It was our entry level into Europe so we stayed only one full day earlier than flying south to Santorini.
To put it bluntly, if it’s your first time within the metropolis, then staying for simply in the future could be a mistake. To suppose that one full day is sufficient for Athens could be doing one of many world’s oldest and most traditionally vital cities a grave injustice.
How lengthy you keep will rely upon how you’re in archaeological websites, however I say three days is the minimal. It’ll provide you with sufficient time to go to the foremost vacationer sights in downtown Athens and maybe do a day journey as effectively.
Assuming you arrive early within the morning on the primary day, right here’s a pattern 3D/3N Santorini itinerary that can assist you plan your journey.
TRIP TO ATHENS BUDGET / SUMMARY OF EXPENSES
Athens isn’t low cost, but it surely doesn’t must be costly both. Assuming you’re touring to Athens with one different particular person and staying for 3 days, then a beginning finances of about EUR 70-75 per day must be good.
This takes into consideration your lodging, the 3-day Ath.ena ticket, the particular ticket bundle, meals, drinks, and pocket wifi rental. Here’s a fast breakdown of bills:
ATHENS TRAVEL TIPS
1. Plan your Trip with Sygic Travel
I plan all our journeys utilizing this free journey app. It allows me to pin all of the locations we wish to go to on a map – together with our lodge and subway stops – so I can see the place every part is in relation to at least one one other. That method I can simply group locations of curiosity by day and give you an environment friendly itinerary. Check out my put up on the Sygic Travel app for extra data.
DOWNLOAD: iOS / Android
You can view our Athens itinerary on Sygic Travel or obtain it as a Word doc from our EAT-ineraries web page. It covers Athens and Santorini.
2. Rent a Pocket Wifi Device
Having regular and dependable entry to the web is so vital today. It permits you to navigate, convert currencies, and seek for one of the best souvlaki in Monastiraki. Having entry to Google Maps alone makes it a necessity. It makes touring much less aggravating and a lot extra pleasing.
We personal Pokefi pocket wifi gadgets so we didn’t must hire one in Europe. But in the event you want a tool that works in Greece and Europe, then you possibly can hire one by means of Get Your Guide.
3. Get the Special Ticket Package
If all you’re focused on is the Acropolis, then you possibly can simply get the Acropolis primary ticket. It offers you entry to the Acropolis and the Theater of Dionysus for EUR 20.
But if you wish to go to extra archaeological websites, then the particular ticket bundle can be a superb funding. For simply EUR 30, it will provide you with entry to the next websites for a interval of 5 days:
- The Acropolis and Theater of Dionysus
- Ancient Agora of Athens
- Roman Agora
- Temple of Olympian Zeus
- Kerameikos Cemetery
- Hadrian’s Library
- Archaeological Site of Lykeion
If revealed admission charges are up-to-date, then paying individually for every of those locations will value you a complete of EUR 64.
4. Validate Your Transport Ticket
I noticed an indication on the subway that mentioned all riders should validate their ticket, lest they danger a fantastic of 60 instances its worth. This appears to be the case in lots of cities all through Europe, together with Budapest and Prague.
Regardless of which kind of Ath.ena ticket you get, at all times bear in mind to validate quickly as you board. This is self-explanatory for the metro as you’ll must undergo turnstiles to board the trains, but it surely’s simpler to overlook on buses and trams. Don’t overlook!
5. Beware of Pickpockets
Some European cities are identified for the prevalence of pickpockets. Unfortunately, Athens is one in all them.
My brother-in-law had his passport stolen on our very first day. He’s fairly positive it occurred whereas driving a crowded subway practice. The thief fished it out of his entrance pocket and he barely felt a factor. These guys know what they’re doing so it’s finest to come back ready.
I had heard all of the tales so I ordered pickpocket-safe journey pants earlier than our journey. By coincidence, SCOTTeVEST contacted me a number of weeks earlier than our flight to Europe and supplied to ship me free journey gear. I accepted their provide and canceled my order with the opposite firm.
They despatched me their bestselling Tropiformer jacket, a pair of journey pants, and journey boxers. All had been geared up with hidden pockets that stored our passports, bank cards, and emergency money secure throughout our 5-week keep in Europe. Thank you!
If you’re trying to purchase journey gear that maintain your valuables secure, then I extremely advocate SCOTTeVEST. Check out their vary of merchandise on Amazon to seek out journey clothes that work finest for you. If you stroll round with a backpack, then I counsel placing a lock on it as effectively.
6. Be Wary of Scams
There are scammers in massive cities all over the place and Athens is not any exception. We heard about individuals who’ll attempt to put undesirable bracelets in your wrists solely to cost an exorbitant value for them after, one thing like EUR 20 for a friendship bracelet. If you need to inform them off, then inform them off. You could be agency with out being impolite.
Multiple individuals tried to strategy us in Monastiraki Square providing issues like flowers or perhaps a easy fist bump. We had examine their m.o. so we didn’t enable them to get shut. You shouldn’t both. Always be on the alert and by no means entertain suspicious individuals.
7. Check for Tour Vouchers
I buy journey offers on issues like excursions and transfers from a number of websites, however for locations in Europe, I solely have a look at one website – Get Your Guide. They provide the most important choice and have probably the most user-friendly web site.
If you’re on the lookout for fascinating excursions and different travel-related actions in Athens, then I counsel looking out by means of Get Your Guide.
8. Rent a Car
This is one thing we wish to do on our subsequent journey to Europe. It’s simple to get round Greece and the EU by practice or aircraft however in the event you’ll be visiting a number of nations and need probably the most freedom, then you might wish to think about getting a rental automotive.
We didn’t hire one in Athens however we did in Santorini and Spain and it gave us the liberty to go wherever we wished, every time we wished.
It was particularly memorable in Spain because it allowed us to drive from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela at our personal tempo, making stops in cities and cities we fancied like Bilbao, Comillas, Oviedo, and Lugo.
If you’re considering of reserving a rental automotive in Greece or anyplace else in Europe, then you are able to do so by means of Rentalcars.com.
9. Get Travel Insurance
Whether or to not get journey insurance coverage is one thing we take into consideration earlier than each journey. For us, it is determined by what we’ll be doing. If we plan on doing something that might trigger us bodily hurt, issues like snowboarding and even driving a bicycle, then we’ll undoubtedly get it. If not, then we could not. It actually is determined by the journey.
When we do really feel the necessity for journey insurance coverage, then we’ll purchase it from World Nomads or SafetyWing. They’re each trusted journey medical insurance coverage suppliers utilized by many skilled vacationers.
Check out my article on why we purchase journey insurance coverage for extra data. You can comply with the hyperlinks to get a free quote from World Nomads or SafetyWing.
10. Bring the Right Power Adapter
You’ll discover Type C or Type F electrical shops in Greece so ensure you convey the correct energy adapters on your gadgets. Electrical voltage is 230V and the usual frequency is 50Hz.
I’m not an professional on Athens by any stretch of the creativeness however I do hope you discover this information helpful. I’m solely sharing the issues I discovered from our journey.
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