Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence. John Milton
- Athens is the capital of Greece.
- It is one of the worlds oldest cities with a history spanning over 3,400 years.
- It has hosted the Olympic games twice (1896 & 2004)
- My Life in Ruins starring Nia Vardarlos was the first film shot at the Acropolis.
Tip: Visit the Acropolis & other sites on a Sunday and its free. Otherwise purchase the Acropolis Pass for 12 euros*. It is a 3-day pass that entitles holders to free entry into Athens’ top attractions including the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Ancient Agora.
Festivals & Events
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- Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon for the best views in town.
2. Eat a Souvlaki Pita from Thanasis on Metropoleos street by Monastiraki. or Kostas on Agia Irini Square.
Check out the meat market (sometimes known as the Central market – or modern Agora on Athinas Street.
The Acropolis View Hotel
For something more substantial, there are loads of great restaurants and cafes in Athens. All the print and online travel guides (Lonely Planet, Fodors, Luxe , Frommers, DK and Rough Guides) can point you in the right direction or check out these links below:
How to get there:
- Line E94 connects the Ethniki Amina Metro Station with the Airport. Passengers can transfer from the Metro line to the Airport Bus at this departure point.
- Line E 95 Syntagma Square – Airport Express has its departure point at the center of Athens (Syntagma Square) and via Vas. Sofias Avenue, Mesogion Avenue and Attiki Odos terminates at the airport.
- Line E96 Pireaus – Airport Express starts from the center of Pireaus (Karaiskaki Square) and via Posidonos Avenue, Varis-Varkizas, and Varis-Koropiou Roads terminates at the airport.
There are two principal stations for KTEL, the national bus company. Terminal A, Odos Kifissou 100 (tel. 01/512-9233), off the road out of Athens toward Corinth, buses to and from the Peloponnese and Northern Greece. Take public bus no. 51 to & from terminal A. It leaves from the corner of Odos Zinonos and Odos Menandrou, 7 blocks off Omonia Square.
Terminal B, Odos Liossion 260 (tel. 01/831-7096), buses to and from Central Greece (including Delphi, Thebes, Evvia, and Meteora) and some destinations to the north and east of Athens. Bus no. 24, from Leoforos Amalias in front of the entrance to the National Garden (1 block south of Syntagma Square), will take you to and from the terminal
The Mavromateon terminal at Patission and Alexandras, buses for most destinations in Attica.
Piraeus, Athens’s main seaport is 11 kilometers southwest of central Athens. It is a 15-minute Metro (subway) ride from Monastiraki and Omonia squares. Bus no. 040 runs from Piraeus to central Athens every 15 minutes between 5am and 1am and hourly outside of this time.