This is a blog post that offers a guide to three days in Athens. It includes information on where to stay, what you can do, and the best places for food.
Arrival in Athens
The best way to get into Athens is by ferry, as you can always do the city tour by coach in one day. However, if you are travelling from the UK, you can fly to Athens for around £60 return, or from Manchester about £90 return. And, if you are using the Fastjet flight, you can be in Athens for only £23.90. The ferry from Liverpool and Belfast departs around 6 am, and Southampton around 9:30 am. So, if you have your alarm set for the 5am ferry from Liverpool or Belfast, you can be in Athens by 11:30 am. Or, if you are flying, it’s just under an hour. You arrive at the port and they’ll help you off the ferry, put your bag on the truck, and hand you a map. From there, you can get a taxi (on you own for about €12) to the metro station and get off at the Acropolis.
What to Do
So many tourists flock to Athens in order to see the Acropolis. Some people even stay in a hotel overlooking it. I did not visit the Acropolis because of the difficulty of finding the entrance (it’s in the middle of Athens), and the crushing crowds. The Acropolis is on top of a hill in the middle of the city, surrounded by other ancient ruins. Walking there means a climb of around 300 steps, and people do it in groups of four or five (with cameras and backpacks). That means more of the tourist sees only the ground. The view of Athens is uninspiring. There is a wide selection of museums in Athens, but I’d recommend you visit the National Archaeological Museum. The entrance to the museum is only 10 Euros, and you don’t need to go through security to enter.
Where to Stay
Centropotami Hotel Athens A non-smoking hotel, this is an upscale hotel located in the center of Athens and near the Acropolis. Other hotels in Athens include: Athens Airport, a low-cost hotel in the Athens Airport is often a good choice. Byzantine Hotel Athens, the first hotel in the world designed exclusively for smoking guests. This is a very popular hotel, and you should book here in advance. Istinio Hotel Athens, is a luxurious 5 star hotel in the center of Athens. Doing a day trip to the Cyclades Islands A day trip to the Cyclades Islands is an essential part of your trip to Athens. The Cyclades Islands are part of Greece, and they lie off the southern coast of Greece. The best islands in the Cyclades are called Sporades.
Food and Drink in Athens
By Ralph Phillips You’ll find some of the best food in the world in Greece. Greek cuisine is heavily influenced by the Mediterranean’s great cities and they take their meals seriously. Visitors to Athens should know that good food is everywhere and at an inexpensive price. What you eat is as important as how you eat it. Athens is known as the capital of gastronomy because of the many different food options available and the innovative Greek chefs. For the best Greek food, head to the island of Santorini. The famous, red-roofed town, Oia, is in the center of the island. One of the top restaurants, Kanakaria, has become a legendary dining spot for Greeks and foreigners. The restaurant features regional cuisine with local ingredients and the cooking is at its best when fresh.
What Not To Miss
There are so many things to do in Athens, and you’re likely to spend a lot of time going around and trying to see all of the things that Athens has to offer. Here’s a great resource to help you know what to do, where to go, and how to spend your time here. 1. A Day in Ancient Athens – Ancient Athens is the oldest city in Europe, so take advantage of some time there. There is an extensive list of museums to visit, the Acropolis (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is there for your sightseeing pleasure, and the open air market in Omonia is full of great food and souvenirs. 2. Spice Markets – You’ll find several great markets to explore here. The student district of Exarchia is filled with great food and cheap clothes stores. The Syntagma neighborhood has a great mix of restaurants and stores.
The following information is from wikipedia.org. The name “Athens” may come from Ancient Greek αθεος, “Athena”, the ancient goddess of wisdom, or the Demiurge. In Classical Greece, it was called “Aigai” (“God’s City”). The capital city of Greece, Athens, consists of three islands: Oinousses, Spetses, and Rhodes. For many years, it was the sole Greek city on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Today, Athens is the most populous city in the country, and, for cultural reasons, a major tourist destination. Athens is a major center of Greek culture, political, and economic power, and the site of the Greek Parliament. Athens has a long history as a capital city. It was one of the Seven Sages of Greece, and the location of the birthplace of Alexander the Great.