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Coming to a new city bears questions regarding how much some products, tickets or services cost. Even if Athens is not such an expensive capital compared to other European ones, here are some prices as a guide.

 

Food & drink 

Water (half a litre) 0,5 -1 euro

Cafe: 3-4 euros

Souvlaki: 2-3 euros

Cigarettes (a packet): 4-5 euro

An average served  restaurant dish: 7-8 euros

An expensive  served restaurant dish: 14-16 euros

A glass of wine: 5 euros (served)

One beer 500 ml: 6 euros

A drink at a bar: 7-8 euros

A cocktail drink: 10-12 euros

A bottle of wine: 20 euros

A bottle of alcohol at a nightclub: 60-80 euros

 

Transport & transfer 

Metro- public bus ticket: 1,5 euros lasting for 90 minutes

Metro ticket to the airport: 10 euros

Taxi from Athens to the airport: (day) 38 euros, (night) 54 euros

Ferry ticket to Saronikos islands: 7-10 euros

Ferry ticket to Aegean islands: 20-30 euros (even higher sometimes)

A ferry ticket for a car: starting from 50 euros going up to 250 for Crete itinerary.

 

Experiences in Athens cost 

Acropolis museum: 10 euro

Acropolis hill (and all the visiting nearby area): 20 euros

A public archeological site without museum (not Acropolis): 2-6 euros

A museum ticket: depends, normally 8-12 euros

A cinema ticket: 7 euros

A theatre ticket: 15 euros

A festival ticket: depends, around 10-20 euros

A ticket for a hotel pool: 15-30 euros

Churches: free entrance

 

Gifts and Souvenirs Tips

Jewellery prices have to difference anywhere

Handmade items are definitely cheaper that rest of europe

Food products (olive oil, honey, etc) as Greece is an agricultural economy as well is much cheaper

Fashion and design items: Greece has many things to show to the world and offer them in competitive prices.

Greek souvenirs: made in china, so not highly recommended..

Art Galleries: Athens has many galleries, with many many options.

 

Of course all the above prices are indicative and you can find more expensive services around the city if you wish… But knowing the above makes you more sure you can navigate the city more safe! enjoy and you wish anything more drop us an email!

If you are in Athens when the Acropolis entrance or the museum are closed, here is a top-5 list with monuments you can visit anytime.

  1. Lysicrates monument at Plaka. One of top attractions, the monument of Lysicrates marking the most ancient street of Europe is located at the centre of Plaka, the monument is 24/7 accessible to the public, while there are many restaurants/bars where you can find open until 1-2 o’clock at night.
  2. Monument of the Unknown Soldier, at Syntagma. One of the top Athens attractions, located at the centre of the city, the monument was built for the relatives of the lost Greek soldiers during wars. It is 24/7 accessible and guarded, and if someone is lucky enough can watch Change of Guards.
  3. Monument of Philopappus hill. A roman-times structure, on the top of Philopappus hill.
  4. Statue of Lord Byron. The statue is located at the Zappeion square, a huge block where the Greek Parliament, the monument of the unknown soldier, National Garden and Zappeion are. Next to it, is a new statue of teenager Alexander the Great (without arms).
  5. Pnyx hill. The hill of Pnyx is where democracy was born, one of the seven hills of Athens. You have to walk there, and it is a bit difficult for someone without a guide at night since it is actually a small forest, with many trees and paved way. You have to pass Loumpardiaris church and turn right (from Acropolis) and after 100 meters walk you find the entrance at your right hand. After 100 more meters you reach the main site. There is a security person always there. If you want to continue walking, you can walk until NOA hill and get to Thisseio area and Petralona.

 

Here are some suggestions for those who really don’t want to miss anything from Athens, even at night!

 

Medea and other friends made in Athens poster

Looking for a theatrical play for children while in Athens?

“Medea and other friends I made in Athens” is the only theater show performed in English in Athens, specially written for visitors of the city who wish to complete their experience of Greece.

The play follows the adventures of a present day tourist who, while visiting the Acropolis, slips and gets knocked out. When he wakes up, he finds himself transported back to the 5th century B.C., Athens.

Michael Kalambokis and Alexandra Voutzouraki have directed a troupe of young, extremely talented actors who with the assistance of the KOILON production team, manage to entertain audiences, of every nationality, with the deep, timeless messages of the ancient Greek civilization in the most entertaining and uncomplicating way.

Performances will take place daily at the ‘Athenian Stage’ theatre, at 3pm until 15th June and at 6pm from the 16th June until the end of October.

Pricing: 

Ticket prices are 18€ for adults, 14€ for children (up to 12 years old) / students / disabled visitors

Dates: June 15th- end of October 2019

Where:

Hope we have the chance to meet you there, at Koilon theatre, Tzireon 13 Athens.

For info please call +3069779914706

Who hasn’t read about the battle of Salamis between the Greeks and the Persians, that gave Greece its independence and global glory? This ship that General Themistocles based his strategy was trireme.  Athenians built their global trade routes but also their defence on these ships. Do we know how they were? The answer is yes.

Olympias is a trireme constructed during 1985-1987, according to the research of historian J.S. Morrison and naval architect J.F. Coates, funded by Greek Navy. It will be open to the public during the “Sea Days” festival, organised by the municipality of Piraeus.

The ship was transported to Great Britain in 1993, to be a part of celebrations for the 2.500 years of democracy. In 2004 Athens Olympics she was used to transport the Olympic Flame, during the Athens Olympic Torch Relay. Today it is an exhibit in a dry dock at Faliron.

For five days this May Olympias will be accessible to people at Marina Zeas. Visitors are kindly asked not to wear heels, in order not to destroy the deck. Also no pets are allowed, so as food and drinks (during the visit).

Dates: May 3rd 2019- May 7th 2019

Hours: 10.00 -13.30 & 17.00-20.00

Place: Marina Zeas, Piraeus

Link in Greek from Sea Days festival hereAlso here is the official page of the trireme, but if you want more info regarding the Trireme Trust, click here

All those who visit Plaka, make a pass from Anafiotika, that are considered a must visit while in Athens.

Why there are so astonishing? it is a combination actually from characteristics

  1. They are built ON the rock. Seriously. Just like that. It is quite obvious and interesting observing such buildings today.
  2. They look like Aegean’s island houses, white and blue. Small & White houses in the Aegean, were made for two reasons:  They are whitewashed actually and this is a disinfectant material for rural areas, that islands are, or at least were before tourism prevails. They are small and built on rocks, because their inhabitants were trying to hide themselves from pirates.
  3. They were built illegally actually, so quite rapidly.
  4. They were mostly but around 1830-1850. Around them there are neoclassical buildings, a really interesting comparison for the eye..
  5. There are many churches, which are a miracle of architecture and respect to the natural environment.
  6. There are also many trees and plants around the area, that gives a very unique essence of nature. Nature is wise.
  7. People still live there. Really.
  8. When you walk around Anafiotika, you have a feeling of losing in time, or feeling like a kid playing in the streets, for anyone that has still the luxury to live that… You just forget who you are, where are you…
  9. You know that above your head is Acropolis and Parthenon, the top monument that human ever made, a natural combination of mathematics and aesthetics.
  10. These streets make you feel ancient Athenian, take you to Athens Agora, or the Olympian Zeus temple… you live real history in the oldest city of Europe and western civilisation.

 

Are you still home? Before booking your flight, maybe you have to contact us!

Modern Greek history starts with the War of Independence at 1821. Even if the Greek war of Independence started on March 17th at Areopoli, Mani area at Peloponnesus, it is officially celebrated on March 25th. So March the 25th is a unique day to be in Athens and Greece. Military parades and Orthodox celebration, with a special bakaliaros-skordalia dish served everywhere. Spring has sprung everywhere in Greece, including Athens and Plaka!

But as for Plaka, there is something more. Every March the 25t at the 11th century dated church of Agios Nikolaos #Ragkavas, (Prytaneiou 1), people ring the same bell that its sound marked Athens’ freedom from Ottoman occupation, back in 1833!!!!
Made in Italy, this bell was secretly kept in Athens for centuries. When the Ottoman occupation of Athens was over, the bell was uncovered and its sound was heard everywhere around Athens!!!! Nowadays, there is a special liturgy on March the 25th, and when it is over, around 10.30-11 o clock at the morning, people start to ring the bell and feel the same feeling of freedom and liberation!!!!

So before Easter, visiting Plaka includes one more event for you be there.

Christian Orthodox faith is more similar to Catholic and less to Protestant. This is why Balkan countries have so many differences from western Europe areas. But there is one more difference between Christian european countries and those which were occupied by Islam, especially Ottoman Turks.

The social oppression to non-muslim groups during Ottoman occupation was a fact. Christians were actually hiding their faith, unless they chose conversion to Islam. Greece generally kept their Orthodox faith during both the Latin and Ottoman occupation. Nowadays you can discover many Orthodox churches in Plaka and Athens, which you should visit them on their celebration date. Feeling Orthodox in Athens is definitely a must!!!

Athens is famous about its ancient history, Acropolis, theater and democracy.

But its byzantine and latin period are not well known. Inside the modern city of Athens, remains of its medieval past are the churches, like Monastiraki, Ragavas, Little Metropolis, who were built between 10-11th century and we renovated.

What is really worth discovering though, is the medieval remains of the Latin past of Athens. Two spots are of magnificent beauty, historic importance and architecture: The tower at Vravrona and the two Monasteries at Penteli.

 

Athens after Latin period had a period of Ottoman occupation, as the rest of Balkans. This is why Athens and Greece as well are a mixture of cultures, tastes and aromas.

 

Hadrian was a Roman emperor who respected Greek culture and focused on Athens in many ways. During his reign, the vast project of the Olympian Zeus temple was completed, a project that had initially started from Peisistratus times, and which last columns you can see today standing. Moreover, Hadrian funded the expansion of Athens’ Agora, which Library’s wall can also be seen outside Monastiraki metro.

But there is another project that is quite larger and maybe one of the biggest made in Athens- before Athens metro perhaps. That is Hadrian’s aqueduct. Construction began in 125 AD and was completed in 140 AD. The aqueduct provided water to Athens more more than 18 centuries, making use of Athens surrounding mountains’ resources, Penteli and Parnitha. It was a typical roman project of hydrogeological culture, showing exactly why the Romans ruled for so many centuries.

Recently, during the modern Athens history, the US company ULEN was responsible for the water supply of Athens (1924). The company started with the mapping and cleaning of the Hadrianic aqueduct, so 299 wells were numbered. Today there are about 130 exposed wells in public areas or private properties.

The tunnel’s route started from Parnitha, passed from Menidi, Kifissos river and Herakleion and Metamorfosis municipalities. Today in Nea Ionia you can clearly see a part of the infrastructure, to Halandri. Following Kifissias, the tunnel went to Ampelokipoi and Lycabettus Hill. The complete number of well is 465, 10-42 meters deep. Hope in the future to we have the chance to visit a part of this huge project!!!!

Like every destination everywhere around the planet, Athens has its dangers. Not many, but they exist. Here are some, thankfully not so important!

  1. Be careful of the so-called “pilots”. These are persons who get into conversation with you asking something neutral, like time or lighter and become your friend, offering to guide you around the city. Avoid them gently.
  2. Taxi drivers. Many drivers wait at certain points and charge for huge amount of money, especially routes to the sea, or airport. When you enter a taxi just ask them to turn on the counter. Be careful the tariff to be simple -during the day or inside city limits- or double- at night. Also please check your stuff before leaving the taxi.
  3. Food and coffee. They are obliged to offer you water for free. If they offer you a bottle, they have to ask you before that, because you have to pay for it. Offering free water is obligatory in Greece. Also if you don’t like anything, you can change it ONCE. You can ask the waiter and complain gently that this is not what you asked for, and they have to replace it, without further charges.
  4. Tourist traps. Generally ask for the menu and the pricelist before ordering anything. Also consider trip advisor, or google review before your visit at a place. Also when you shop anything, the shop owner is obliged to give you a receipt! Athens today is a really mature destination, loves to serve travellers, but just in case just let’s all be more careful!
  5. Most important: Shopping at public places, moving using metro and buses. Some people steal wallets and mobiles, by following tourists. Please be careful when you enter public means generally, especially if you are a tourist. Be more cautious while walking in crowded streets such as Ermou and near Monastiraki area. Plaka is far more safe (generally), but still you have to hide your precious belongings. Keep it in mind!!!!!

Still you can enjoy some information about Plaka here

Are you wondering why Plaka’s streets are considered so important?

They are still connecting Thisseio area (the metro station behind Theseus temple) to Olympian Zeus temple.

They are still there, all ancient walkways that existed thousand of years before.

Around them you can find churches, stones, hills, gates, columns, ruins, neoclassical buildings, galleries, shops, taverns!

You can live history everywhere. You can find anything you may ask in the most fascinating prices. You can bargain (not everywhere). You can find amazing handmade items, street food, drinks, tastes.

Only at the streets of Plaka!