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Areopagitou pedestrian street is one of the oldest streets of Athens. Before it becomes a pedestrian street, it was a roadway. Today it connects Thisseio metro station (via Apostolou Pavlou Str.) with

Acropolis metro and of course Plaka.

The project of uniting the ancient roads of Athens, was a vision of Melina Merkouri, a visionary Minister of Culture, few decades ago.

 

Do you wonder how Areopagitou was before?

And it was not only Areopagitou, but also the part of Apostolou Pavlou.

You can see many interesting points while walking it, go to Pnyx, Herodeion, for food, drink, and get really calm there…

In the middle of Areopagitou, remains of philosopher Proclus were found and today is the church of Agia Sophia. During ancient time there was an Athena temple.

Monastiraki streetfood

Monastiraki. Named after the church of 11th century that is still there, one of the hotspots of Athens. Today every newbie in Athens gets his first step there, at the paved square. Also, the view from A-for-Athens terrace is another famous spot of the city.

So, what else you can do there?

  1. Enjoy an A for Athens drink-view- experience
  2. Experience your bargains talent with local merchants. How good are you?
  3. Explore local street-fruit
  4. Explore Mosque- today a museum
  5. Get lost at Plaka following Pandrosou or Psirri area

Amazing Bargain Tips

Outside the station there is Athens Flea Market. It may seem a bit primitive as a western market, looks maybe even “arabic” style (like the coffee) but don’t forget: please don’t be rude with people there and dont show over-confident. Nobody likes to be behaved with arrogance, especially people who work all day…. Enjoy your bargain walk in Athens. 

Also take advantage of the fact that fruits there is fresh, so dont be hesitant to try.

Most important: Be careful of people who are too “warm” to help you….. There are many bad incidents that took place.

 

Well, which is the best period to visit Athens? Actually Athens is an all-year destination, the weather is fine always except rare occasions during the winter! Bad weather conditions for Athens and Greece of course cannot be compared with what happens in the rest of the world, it’s much more mild.

You can visit Athens in August, when most of the Athenians are in Greek islands for holidays, and is empty and you can really enjoy city’s choices. Also before Christmas in November you can arrange your company’s meeting in Athens, in one of the top city hotels. A big event only for Plaka is Orthodox Easter, which it maybe be combined with the Catholic Easter vacations. A special Plaka period is also during Apocrea celebrations in February. 

Athens photo options are limitless. There are so many places for a person that wants to keep in mind. But what are the best?

  1. Acropolis view. Everybody wants a photo of the Parthenon, even President Obama.
  2. All of Athens hills, known and also unknown.
  3. Ancient & Roman Agora
  4. Anafiotika, Plaka
  5. Authentic Marathon

 

Photography Travel Tips

Read a very nice article also here