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Athens Flying week at Tanagra airport 2019

Are you tired from classical Plaka routes? Are you looking for something really unique while in Athens?

Here is a proposal that will blow your mind, since between September 21-22, Athens Flying Week is happening in Tanagra Air base, just one hour drive from Athens! And you regret not getting there if you are in the city and see aircrafts flying above your head and wonder where did they come from!!!!

So, even if Athens is not famous for any extraordinary experience, if you are lucky enough and find yourself in Athens on September, Tanagra is the place: free parking, air show, photoshooting, a trade fair, modelling, restaurants, cafes, happenings and a playground for our little friends.

Here is a video for 2018 event:

Aviation Spotters for 2019

The event offers full packages for aviation spotters, offering a special area for better view. The event for them starts on September 18th, when aircrafts arrive, on the test day on 20th and finally on their departure day on 23rd of September. Also they are granted special access to all areas.

You can find tickets for the event here. They only place that someone who visits Athens cannot find here is a ….library!!! Hope you enjoy the show!

Saronikos is not that famous as Acropolis and Plaka in Athens, but it is a must if you want to spend more days in Greek capital. Besides mountains and  even lakes, Athens offers really many options for someone to explore cultural and historical places by the sea.

There are many options regarding the way you can explore Saronikos islands. Either by an one day cruise, or by sailing boat, or by daily excursions to each island. If you need more information on that, you can drop us an email.

So how you could do it.

Either by booking a ticket from any travel agency in Athens for that daily sea cruise (it is just one), leaving early each morning from a near to Piraeus Port, gets you to Hydra, then Poros, and then Aigina.

By sailing boat, you can book (quite early though) a boat with a skipper, and organise a tour around Saronikos islands, that could last for few days or maximum a week, you can arrange that according to your program. The best approach to that is if you are a group of friends.

By car, you can drive down to Peloponnesus and reach Porto- Heli or Ermioni, where you get a sea taxi to Spetses. Sea taxi are more expensive maybe, but you have the option to have a car with you, in case you feel sea sick. You can also get a sea taxi to Hydra as well.

Also you can get by car to Methana at Peloponnesus as well, and get to Poros easily or Aigina.

Another option is to get from Piraeus by car to Perama, after Piraeus port and get a ferry to Salamis– its just 15 minutes and the ticket is really cheap.

All the above ways are options that want to show to you how easy it is to combine an island to your visit at Athens!

August full moon in Athens

An experience for all of those who are in Greece during summer. For some, visiting Athens for the full moon is a must, but the lucky ones are also those who are everywhere around the country, since the Ministry of Culture celebrates with events. If you are near Acropolis, a place to be around is Pikionis Pathway around Filopappou hill.

If you want to combine a night at an open air cinema, check here. As for 2019, the hotspots of the celebrations besides Athens are:

Wednesday August 14th 2019 Crete

Archeological site of Aptera, open 20.00-24.00

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Full moon Thursday August 15th 2019- Northern Greece (Macedonia)

Komotini: Open archaeological museum from 20.00-24.00

Ancient Theatre of Maronia, open from 20.00-24.00.

Thessaloniki: Live concert from 20.00-23.00

Aiges Archeological site, concert starting at 21.00

Ancient Theatre of Mieza, live concert starting at 21.00

Pella museum, live concert at 21.00-23.00

Archeological sites of Logos Edessa, Pella and Dion, open 20.00-24.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- Northern Greece (Epirus)

Dodoni archeological site, live concert 20.00-24.00

Ioannina castle, live concert 20.00-24.00

Nikopoli Archaeological museum open from 20.00-24.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019-  Ionian islands

Lefkada- Agia Mavra Castle

Corfu old Fortress, music event

 

Thursday August 15th 2019-  central Greece 

Agrinio, Archeological museum, concert (21.00-23.00)

Nafpaktos, Cervantes Park, concert, 21.00-23.00

Delphi, archeological site, open until 24.00

Theba, archeological museum, free entrance from 08.00-20.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- Peloponnesus 

Archeological Museum of Patra, open 20.00-24.00

Olympia, Archaeological museum & Archeological site, open 21.00-24.00, plus concert

Archeological site of Epicurius Apollo, concert 21.00-24.00

Chlemoutsi medieval castle, open 20.00-24.00

Nafplio, Palamidi castle, concert, open 20.00-24.00

Ancient Corinth, open 20.00-24.00

Isthmia, open 20.00-24.00

Ancient Nemea, open 20.00-24.00

Ancient Sikyon, open 20.00-24.00

Kalamata Archaeological site castle open until 24.00

Mantinia ancient theatre, concert

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- North Aegean islands

Lemnos, Mythimna fortress, concert

Chios, archeological site of Emporio, open 19.00-01.00 (next day) with free guidance

Chios Castle, Ioustiniani Palace at Chios castle, 21.00-01.00 (next day)

Chios Byzantine museum, 21.00-01.00

Samos, archeological museum Vathy, 20.00-24.00

Samos, Ireon archeological site, open 20.00-24.00

Ikaria, Archeological museum of Agios Kirikos, open 20.00-24.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- South  Aegean islands

Rhodes, ancient acropolis, open 20.00-24.00 (maybe a concert will take place)

Mykonos, archeological museum, 21.00-24.00

Tinos, Kionia, Poseidon sanctuary, open 21.00-24.00

Naxos, Yria, open 21.00-24.00

Paros, Archeological museum, open 21.00-24.00

Sifnos, archeological site saint Andreas, open 21.00-24.00

Milos, archeological museum, open 21.00-24.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- Crete

Heraklio areological museum Garden, concert 20.00

Gortys archeological site, concert

Tylissos archeological site, Jazz concert 21.00

 

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Extra days and events

Friday August 16th 2019 

Ionian islands, Kefalonia, Castle of Saint George Peratata, open 20.00-23.00

Crete, Malia archaeological site, open 21.00 plus live concert

Peloponnesus, Ancient Sparta Acropolis, live concert 20.30-24.00

Macedonia, Dion archeological site, musical festival 20.00-24.00

 

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Saturday August 17th  2019

Peloponnesus, Gytheio, Mavrovounio castle (Goulades), live concert 20.30-24.00

 

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Sunday August 18th 2019 

Thessaly- Larissa Diahronico Museum: live concert

Crete: British school at Knossos, musical night, 20.30

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Monday August 19th  2019

Epirus- Arta Archeological museum, live concert, 20.00-24.00

Macedonia- Amfipolis Archeological site, live concert 20-23.00

 

 

Tickets for Acropolis

Plaka, Athens and prices

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 to use it while walking to Plaka’s streets.

 

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 is everywhere in Orthodox churches (donations are welcome, by lightning a candle).

 

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!

Need 24/7 monuments?

Ok, Athens is full of sites and monuments.Still, If you are in Athens when the Acropolis entrance or the museum are closed, here is a top-5 list with top-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. Panathenaic stadium. There is an entrance to it, but to enter the actual stadium. You can still admire it while passing from there.
  6. Pnyx & Areopagus hills. 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- use also Pikionis pathway. Areopagus hill is opposite Acropolis entrance and is also open. Be careful since there are some stairs carved on the rock- better to use the modern installation to climb the hill.

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

 

From Classic to Medieval Attica

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.

 

Athens Latin conquerors wanted to protect their investment in the Greek peninsula, but the Aegean islands as well. So they created a network of towers but also fortresses, sometimes combined in monasteries. So except East Attica, so Nafplio, Naxos, Chalkida at Evoia, Methoni, Chlemoutsi castle at Western Peloponnesus, all there areas where medieval centres of the Latin companies.

Unfortunately the Latins didn’t leave nice memories to the oocupied Orthodox christian population of Greece. They were considered to be barbaric and vicious, and even they were supported against the Ottomans, Greeks suffered a lot for this stance of them. Latins abandoned thme to the menace and terror of Turks not a few times, so there was no respect for them at all.

Today the castle network that exist in Greece does not have the local or public support to be promoted as it should.

Which are the top Athens’ dangers for a tourist?

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. You will meet them (hopefully not) either while walking at the street either outside a bar.
  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. Relaxing: Food and coffee. Restaurants, cafes and tavernas in Greece are obliged to offer you water for free. If they offer you bottled water, they have to ask you before doing so, since a bottled water is something you have to pay. 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. Here are some price tips for Athens.
  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. Crowded spaces- 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, especially Flea market. 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

Above from Plaka or Plaka from above?

In case you are not in Athens in September so you cannot get to Athens Flying Week, do you wonder which is the relation of Plaka and Athens? Acropolis and Plaka? Plaka and Anafiotika? Here are some videos that have the streets and hills of Athens!

Are you wondering why Plaka’s streets are considered so important? Take a look at Kydathineon!

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

In case you want to take a look at Tripodon and Anafiotika, take a look here!

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! At Plaka, 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.

 

Most of Plaka visitors are not able to understand the historical perspective of the area, unfortunately. The place is the same since Ottoman times, and after it was excavated from foreign archeological schools that are based in Athens, a new city -that it is old- has appeared. Plaka is an experience you have to live by yourself!

One of the greatest Athens brands

Plaka and gifts 

No matter where you are at Athens and Plaka, you can easily find a shop offering products  and souvenirs, that could be magnificent gifts. Things to wear, to eat, drink, to use. Greeks generally do not invest a lot in their brands internationally- due to the fact that Greek businesses are quite smaller if they are compared to global competition- but there are some brands that you need to find!

 

Some Plaka Brandnames 

Melissions Sandals at Psirri is one of the top selections someone can make while in Athens, is you want something related to leather. Melissinos name can be found in another shop in Athens, that of Olgianna, at Monastiraki.

Ceramic art, the business that created Athenian Hegemony, an art of thousand of centuries lives still in Athens. Tsolias gallery, Doathart and more can guarantee an extraordinary proposal for a gift.

Jewellery? Geoart and Alexis are some of the numerous proposals about that. Who knows? after visiting them you may get any custom idea or design! And of course Pigi and his shop near that of George’s!

There are also clothes, even not handmade, but of Greek design, these offered in Plaka, like Ancient Greek Clothing Store at Kydathineon.

While walking around the magnificent historical Plaka paths, the desire to get something unique as a gift for a friend souvenir from the destination is being born.

So, in case you are looking for special gifts around Plaka, Kydathineon is the safest place to find the most authentic gifts for you and your friends! Unique designs, materials, and shops around Plaka streets, run by business owners themselves offer a gift experience in the old town of Athens.

Unique items from Greece and the world at Articrafts, the best gallery of Plaka at Kydathineon and real handmade silver design by George are only some of the three top options in Kydathineon!

Plaka offers a huge variety in terms of galleries, decoration ideas, materials, concepts. After the Greek Revival concept was introduced in the city of Athens two centuries ago, now the after-crisis-Athens, new concepts are being born again. So either you are looking for special gifts, either for ideas and concepts, Athens is the classical pattern you would always visit in order to refresh your mind (and soul).

Of course there are more streets like Andrianou and Pandrosou that offer a variety of selections.. so more ideas will follow soon!!!!