All about Athens


Athens is a city-symbol. Probably no other European metropolis can boast with such a history and distinctive spirit of the past every step of the way. It is also a modern town with a rich street life.

Today, the capital of Greece is a vibrant metropolis full of contrasts. Grand, but cosy. Full of life, but with a look to its past. It is surely worth visiting and getting to know closer.

The best tourist attractions in Athens


Acropolis

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20€

Odeon of Herod Atticus

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20-100€

Athenian Agora

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8€

Panathenaic Stadium

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5€

National Archaeological Museum

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5€

Plaka

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FREE

What can you find in the city?


Athens is famous for their unique monuments and great museums. The capital of Greece is on the one hand the cradle of European culture, and a modern metropolis on the other. Technopolis (Gazi) deserves particular attention; it is an industry museum and a cultural centre. The unique architecture of buildings included in the complex, interesting exhibitions and educational programs show another, modern face of Athens.

It is also worth stopping by the Hellenic Motor museum, where a vast exhibition area shows off unique collections of cars, including the Ford ‘N’, Bugatti Type 44 DHC or Rolls Royce Doctor’s Coupe (admission: approx. 8 EUR).

Athens is a city full of life even at night. On a summer evening, you can enjoy the offer of the Open Air Cinema Thision. Open air cinema with a glass of wine and a view of the Acropolis will make our stay in the Greek capital all the more attractive.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Technopolis

COST: 1€

Hellenic Motor Museum

COST: 8€

Attractions in the region


Once you have surfed about on the Monastiraki Flea market, watched the change of guards before the Parliament at Syntagma Square and taken a picture of the ‘Athenian Trilogy’ (the building of the Academy, University and National Library of Athens), you can move on to exploring further corners of the region. To do this, it is worth heading for the town of Piraeus (M1 metro line) located approx. 10 km from the Athens. It is a picturesque port city with interesting walking routes and small beaches.

You can also visit beautiful sandy beaches in the seaside town of Vouliagmeni (about 20 km from Athens). One of its main attractions is the saltwater lake Vouliagmeni, which is part of the spa complex. You can reach Vouliagmeni from the Athens by bus E2 or E22.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Piraeus

DISTANCE: 10 km

Vouliagmeni

DISTANCE: 20 km

Cuisine


The Greek cuisine continues to be held in high regard among foreigners. Despite the long culinary tradition, the basic products once used in Mediterranean cuisine are still the basis for the dishes prepared today. It is difficult to image Greek cuisine without olive oil, bread or wine. The mild climate in Greece has played a huge role in shaping the eating habits of the local community. Fruits and vegetables, feta cheese, fish, meat, bread and aromatic spices, including thyme, basil and oregano reign on the tables.

Greeks are big coffee drinkers, hence the large number of cafes in Athens. Be sure to taste a chilled frappe or original Greek coffee prepared in a special pot. Restaurants and pubs offer locally produced wine, beer or a classic anise drink called ouzo.

What are the recommended specialities?


Moussaka with eggplant, potatoes, minced meat and béchamel sauce is one of the best-known Greek dishes, next to gyros. On a hot day, it is worth choosing the Greek salad with olives, tomatoes and feta cheese. Noteworthy are also delicious sides like the famous tzatziki or dolmades – grape leaves stuffed with rice. A popular dessert of this region is the baklava – a cake with nuts and honey.

MENU


Musaka

aubergine baked with tomatoes, potatoes and meat

Gyros

roasted pork, served in batter with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes and fries

Greek salad

tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, peppers, olive oil, feta cheese and oregano

Baklava

thin cake with nuts and honey or sugar covered with sweet syrup

What are the best places to visit?


You will have the unique opportunity to taste delicious dishes of Mediterranean cuisine in the inconspicuous restaurant Oineas at Aisopou 9. Dainty home-made Greek cuisine is also served in Oinomageireio H Epirus. The Matonella ice cream shop at Monastiraki squareserves probably the best ice cream in the city. Be sure to visit the atmospheric Baba Au Rum pub in the heart of Athens to taste an excellent cocktail with a touch of rum, honey and citrus.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Oineas

DINNER: 8-15€

Matonella

DESSERT: 2-5€

Weather


Athens are located in the subtropical Mediterranean climate zone. Summers are hot here and winters are mild. The hottest months are July and August, when the temperature usually goes up to 30-34°C. In the coldest month of the year – January –the average temperature is around 13.3°C. Precipitation in Athens is small, with the most abundant rainfalls in December (around 69 mm).

THE COLDEST MONTH

January

13°/ 7°

Average temperature day/night

THE WARMEST MONTH

August

34°/ 24°

Average temperature day/night

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE

in the year

23°/ 14°

Average temperature day/night

When is the best time to fly to Athens?


It is worth travelling to Athens in the spring or autumn. This will allow you to avoid crowds and very high temperatures which can even exceed 30°C in the summer.
Visiting Athens during the carnival is a great opportunity to experience interesting cultural events, balls and street parades. On the other hand, June to September is the time of the grand Hellenic feast in the Greek capital – the Helenian Festival.

Athens is around
7900 km from New York.
The flight is 9 hours and 10 minutes

Athens is around
2300 km from London.
The flight is 3 hours and 30 minutes

The Athens is around
1800 km from Berlin.
The flight is 2 hours and 30 minutes

How to get from the airport to the city centre?


The largest airport in Greece is located about 35 km from the centre of Athens – Athens Elefterios Wenizelos. In the airport, you can find duty free shops, restaurants, cafes, car rental outlets, parking lots, post office and children’s playground.
 

The Athens airport has a good connection to the centre of the Greek capital. Near the arrival hall, there is a bus stop with buses to Athens available around the clock (including X92, X94 and X95 lines). You can get to the city centre by metro (blue line) or by taxi. 

ATHENS

Elefterios Wenizelos

35 km

From the city centre

ATH

Bus

6€ (65 min)

Metro

10€ (40 min)

How to get around Athens?


You can benefit from convenient travel through the city with buses, trolleybuses, metro, trams or the Proastiakos suburban railway. The cost of a one-time ticket entitling to travel by public transport is about EUR 1.4. It is best to buy a round-trip ticket for around EUR 4.5 or a special 3-day tourist ticket for EUR 22 (the price includes transfer from and to the airport).

Athens is one of the most populated agglomerations in the European Union. Increased traffic, occupied parking spaces and traffic jams in the city centre are a feature of everyday life, so you should consider this when renting a car.

Prices in the city


Athens is not one of the most expensive cities. You can limit your expenses with a good plan. Interesting fact – upon presentation of an ID card, students can visit state museums for free.

Currency

euro

Coffee

2€

Gyros

4€

Lunch at the restaurant

10€

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