Athens

Of all Europe’s historical capitals, Athens is probably the one that has changed the most in recent years. But even though it has become a modern metropolis, it still retains a good deal of its old small town feel. Here antiquity meets the future, and the ancient monuments mix with a trendier Athens and it is precisely these great contrasts that make the city such a fascinating place to explore.The heart of its historical centre is the Plaka neighbourhood, with narrow streets mingling like a labyrinth where to discover ancient secrets.

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Dive in perhaps the most historically rich capital of Europe and discover its secrets. Athens’ past and its landmarks are worldly famous, but the city offers much more than the postcards show: it is a vivid city of culture and art, where the streets have as much to show for as the monuments and antique statues. The difficult years it has known with the economic crisis have only deepen the city’s artsy soul and not a day goes by that Athens does not amaze its visitors.

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Planning Your Athens Visit

Where to stay?

If sightseeing around the Acropolis is your main concern, Plaka is probably the best place to stay. Despite being a highly recommended tourist spot in itself, its streets are pleasantly quiet. The main attractions can also be reached easily from the Monastiraki area, which ought to appeal more to those attracted to Athens’ lively street life.

How many days?

How long to spend in Athens depends on how much of it you want to see, of course, but with most of its historic landmarks situated at the Acropolis, you could cover its archaeological sites, best restaurants, and most popular markets in 3 days.

How to get around?

The city is served by buses and electric trolleys that must be waved down at the blue (bus) and yellow (trolley) stops. Tickets are cheap, but then so are taxi fares. Athens also recently opened a sleek new Metro network. Construction was greatly delayed because they couldn’t dig for 5 minutes without hitting undiscovered antiquities!

What people are saying about Athens

★★★★★ V characteristic, informative and unusual

We enjoyed much the tour but it is yet v expensive and i thought it is written in inclusions entrance fees, yet our guide, who was v friendly and informative, insisted that entrance fees to Acropolis was not included and we had to pay extra for entrance fees so overall the tour is really over priced for only two hours

★★★★★ Informative tour with an excellent guide

An excellent tour with a knowledgable, informative guide with a sense of humour. She was able to answer questions well show great inderstanding of her subject

★★★★★ Great guide; knowledgeable and very helpful

Hermes was very knowledgable about the Acropolis - the walk around the site wouldn't have been anywhere near as interesting without the context he provided. He also went above and beyond, walking us back down, helping us work out our itinerary for the rest of the day, and giving detailed guidance on what we should see at the Acropolis museum. Highly recommended - excellent value for money given how much it added.

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