Athens, Greece


Flight time is a little under 4 hours and Athens is 2 hours ahead of GMT. Transport into Athens is easy via the Metro underground train. 6EUR for single trip but be wary of the 10EUR return as it is only valid for 48 hours. Taxis are abundant and well priced and should only be 25-30EUR to central Athens. Bus services also available.


I was staying in Kolonaki at the Best Western Ilisia. It was easy to find because it was behind the Hilton (Metro stop is Evangilismos). Even though it was classed a 4* it was reasonably priced (68 per night B&B). The room was spacious with a decent en-suite, an LCD TV and air conditioning. The breakfast was adequate. My friend stayed at the Cecil hotel in Plaka which was a 3* place but came highly recommended and was cheap at 34EUR per night

Restaurants and bars

Plenty of street food, the most popular being a pitta gyros being pitta bread with kebab meat salad and tatsiki and delicious. Tavernas are the place to enjoy a typically Greek 10pm dinner and two that came recommended to me were Byzantino and Plaka both near Syndagmus station. I also ate in the Villa Mediteranea near the marina a little out of town with a delicious blend of Turkish and Greek food which is highly recommended. Do not forget to try the Baklava! Mythos and Atlas are the local beers - nice enough. Amstel and Heinekin are also popular. Most places are table service.



Enjoy a walk through the maze of the Plaka. There are eateries aplenty as well as the usual array of tourist shops. There is a flea market which starts near Monistaraki station and sells everything as the name would suggest (including the usual fake Rolex/Ray Bans/Louis Vitton).


Beautiful historical site walking distance from town centre. Takes at least 1 hour to get round and allow 1-2 hours for the newly built Acropolis museum nearby which houses the marbles that Lord Byron did not pinch! Costs 12EUR for the main site and 5EUR for the museum. Remember your camera!


Getting about in Athens is easy. The Metro system is the best way and it goes from the airport to Piraeus and the port. It costs 1EUR per journey and the ticket lasts 1.5 hours. Remember to validate it as you go through the barriers. The two central stations are called Syndagmus and Monistaraki. Most places are walking distance in the central City from these two stations

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