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Athens is the capital, as well as the largest city of Greece. With its history of about 7000 years, it is one of the world's oldest cities, and an amalgamation of historic and the modern world can be seen throughout. It is the birthplace of democracy, arts, science and western civilization and is known for its nightlife and shopping. 

The Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Athen’s most treasured and famous landmark. Within this citadel lies a cluster of still-standing regal structures, all displaying the classic ancient Greek style of architecture that tell stories of the city and its people at the peak of its glory. The numerous historical attractions like the Parthenon, Acropolis, and Ancient Agora make it a fascinating place to visit. Even today, Athens bursts with culture and colour, retaining its vibrance. Cafes are open from 3:00 AM to 4:00 AM with great food, especially some mouthwatering, exotic Mediterranean cuisine. There are diverse options for shopping ranging from colourful bazaars to suburban malls. Its importance on the global map makes it a prime destination for nightlife. Also, Athens is full of galleries and museums due to its history. 

The main centre of Athens is Syntagma Square, surrounded by the main neighbourhoods like Plaka, Monastiraki, Thissio and Kolonaki. These areas are home to many beautiful neoclassical buildings, trendy cafes, shops and quiet streets. Athens is where the main international airport of the country is located. It also connects the nearby Cycladic and other islands to the mainland by regular ferries. So, every tourist visiting Greece always lands in Athens. With an efficient transport system, exploring Athens is not a hassle at all. A journey through this city is like an unforgettable journey through time.

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Must Know Before You Visit Athens

Athens City Pass: It offers admission to main sights, museums, tours and public transport. It covers a free and fast-track entry to Acropolis along with the hop-on-hop-off bus tour of the city. Available in Mini, Classic and Complete with a different number of sights included in each.
Disabled Access: Most attractions in Athens have a free or discounted entry for disabled people from the European Union (badge or card required). Ask the staff for information.
Opening Hours: Most stores in Athens are open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday to Friday. Some small stores close at lunchtime from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Most shops are closed on Sunday.

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Currency in Athens

Euro is the currency accepted by almost all the countries in Europe.

Shopping in Athens

Most things tourists look for can be found in the central city bounded by Omonia, Syntagma, and Monastiraki squares. Monastiraki has a flea market, which is especially lively on Sundays. The Plaka has cornered the market on souvenir shops, with T-shirts, reproductions of the antiquities from Acropolis, fishermen's sweaters, owls with evil eyes and jewellery - enough souvenirs to encircle the globe. Kolonaki is boutique heaven. However, it's a better to window-shop here since much of what you see here is imported and heavily taxed. Ermou Street is the prime shopping district in the city.

Nightlife in Athens

It is often said that the nightlife in Greece wakes up when the rest of Europe has already gone to bed. From large clubs by the beach to Indie and intimate bars in the streets, the city has it all. Don't forget to have a drink at the top-floor Galaxy bar at the Hilton hotel for an amazing city view. Hera Hotel's Peacock Lounge gives the best view of Acropolis while you enjoy your drinks. For the most happening scene visit the Frame Bar-Lounge at St. George Lycabettus Hotel and Ochre & Brown lounge.

History of Athens

Athens is one of the oldest city in the world with its history dating back to 1400 B.C. when it was first mentioned. By that time, it was already a major cultural centre of the Mycenaean civilization. In early 900 B.C. it became a trade centre due to its central location, heavily fortified Acropolis and its quick access to the sea. By the beginning of 6th century B.C., foundations of democracy were being laid and hence, the city is also known as birthplace of democracy. Greece remained under the hands of Macedonian rulers until they were defeated by Romans in 197 B.C. Athens passed from Roman to Byzantine rule to Ottoman empire. The first modern Olympics were held in 1896. Today, it is a metropolis and a major world tourist attraction.

Language of Athens

Greek is the main language used in Athens. English, French and German are easily understood by Athenians. All the notices, menus and road signs are written in English and Greek.

Athens Customs

There is no strict dress code in Athens. However, while going to monasteries and churches, men are expected not to dress in shorts and women are advised to cover their arms and not wear skirts. The necessary wraps are sometimes provided on the spot. Nodding or shaking of the head for a yes or no are not the gestures understood here. A slight forward inclination of head is generally taken for YES while a more vigorous backward nod is taken for a NO.

Religion of Athens

Religion is dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church.

Daily Budget for Athens

Hotels can be little expensive but there are amazing Airbnb options available in the city especially if you are travelling in groups. You can find a lot of affordable food options once you leave the tourist zone. Average daily cost can be up to EUR 35 including the fee for entries, transportation and meals.

Exchanging Money in Athens

The only acceptable currency in Athens is Euro. So, no other currency will work there. There are plenty of ATM's, banks and money exchange offices in the city, as well as, islands so you don't have to worry about it. You can get the exchange at a pretty good rate.

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How to Reach Athens

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Athens being one of the most visited European destinations is well connected to all the major cities around the globe. Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport situated 27 km east to the city has excellent public transit connections to the city.¾

How to reach Athens by flight

Athens airport is a major hub for East Mediterranean regions. All major airlines including Air Canada, Eithad, Gulf Air, Emirates, Qatar Airways have flights for Athens.

How to reach Athens by road

Yellow taxis are common in Athens with a minimum charge of EUR 3.10. Tipping is not necessary but round the fare up to the nearest full euro. At popular tourist destinations, taxi drivers can con you so insist on going by the meter. Taxi services like uber are also available in the city.¾

How to reach Athens by train

The rail service is quite poor in Greece compared to other European countries. In effect, Greece has only two train lines which connect Athens to other cities. Metro service, however, in Athens is very efficient end effective. It covers most of the city. The tram system connects the centre of city to southern suburbs and has connections to metro lines.

How to reach Athens by bus

The bus system in Athens has recently been upgraded to make the journey pleasant and safe. At times, there is a collaboration between bus and train services of neighbouring countries like Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia for passengers to commute.¾

How to reach Athens by waterways

The ancient port of Pireas is still functional and also severs as an exit point for the city. It connects domestic destinations like Aegean islands except the Sporades and some smaller Cyclades and Dodecanese isles that require another connection. International destinations which connect Athens (apart from cruise ships) include Cyprus and the Middle East.

Local transport in Athens

All the prominent places in Athens are fairly connected via bus network, metro services, tram and waterways. Tourist cabs and Uber are also available easily to travel around Athens.

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What are the top hotels in Athens?

There are 5497 in Athens which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Athens are Vouliagmeni Villa, Villa Thissio-Acropolis, Marousi Boutique Apartment, Amazing Views 3, Aphrodite Downtown, SV Acropolis Residence. You can see all the hotels in Athens here

What are the places near Athens?

The top places near to Athens are Mykonos which is 153 km from Athens, Crete which is located 320 km from Athens, Santorini which is located 856 km from Athens, Izmir which is located 302 km from Athens, Istanbul which is located 562 km from Athens

What are the things to do in Athens?

The top things to do in Athens are Acropolis, Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Ancient Agora, Temple of Hephaestus. You can see all the places to visit in Athens here

How much does a package cost for Athens?

The packages for Athens start at INR 58485 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best way to reach Athens?

Athens being one of the most visited European destinations is well connected to all the major cities around the globe. Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport situated 27 km east to the city has excellent public transit connections to the city.¾
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What is the local food in Athens?

Local Athens food is not very spicy. Most of the spices used are found in our daily stuff that we eat. Olive oil is generally used to cook food. Some of the most famous local dishes in Athens are Keftedas - deep fried meatballs; melitzana salata - eggplant salad; mouzaka - similar to eggplant but without much tomato sauce; pastitsio - like lasagna and stifado - made up of lambs, octopus and rabbits. Restaurants like melilotos serve good Athenian food with amazing ambience. Kriti, another restaurant in Kanigos square serve delicious Cretan food.
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What is the best time to visit Athens?

Summers can be extremely hot with dry heatwaves, but that happens rarely. Winters are mild with occasional rains and snow. August is the peak season and the city is very crowded. Hotel and air prices drop in winters. The Athens and Epidaurus Festival, which runs from May to October, includes varieties of events and is a must-visit in Athens.
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Dhawal Pagay

4 years ago
An abundance of architectural history overwhelms the whole experience at Athens, one being constantly reminded of the great heights society had achieved under the Roman civilisation. The contrast of (Read More)the towering Acropolis with that of the adjoining areas is what gives the city its cultural and architectural identity.
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