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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!

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.

Having a place to Stay in Plaka is a must

Athens has a vast selection of hotels and other accomodation types, such as airbnb apartments, hostels. By checking online each particular website is the best option, so you can choose different options.

But when you want to choose an area, where is better? And are there any special places regarding Plaka? Don’t forget that Athens is a city of 5 million people, so it is quite big.

Downtown Athens 

Athens is separated in central Athens, where Acropolis, Plaka and Psirri are, where the tourist center is.

The center includes Gazi- Kerameikos, Lycabettus-Kolonaki, Exarcheia, Pagrati, Koukaki, even Petralona at the south of Philopappou Hill. All the above areas are a part of Athens centre. 

Northern Athens 

Then northern suberbs, where you can access city centre by Line one or 3. Northern suberbs, as the South ones  are considered better, which makes them more expensive. The south suberbs are located next to the sea, so they are far more prestigious. Northern suburbs are Filothei and Psychiko, Galatsi, Iraklio, Marousi, up to Kifisia.You can get there by metro line 1 (green). Northern suburbs are actually next to Parnitha and Penteli mountains, but you need some time to go up to these mountains. The locals move on these areas a lot, and there are some places for a visitor to stay as well.

Eastern Athens 

Eastern suburbs are closer to center, since Hymmetus mountain is closer to Acropolis. These are Byronas, Kaisariani, Cholargos, to the north and Ilioupoli, Argyroupoli, Glyfada to the south. Glyfada is actually considered a south suburb. “Far East” Attica is also where Athens airport is, and there is also access to nice beaches during summer of course, where you can also have lunch or dinner. Recommended experience.

Western Athens 

Western suburbs are maybe considered less prestigious than the rest of Athens suburbs, but they attract youth and offer  many alternatives for entertainment and nightlife, such as Mpournazi area at Peristeri. To the west of Athens there is also the national highway taking you to Elefsina, Megara, Corinth and Pelopponesus, via Iera Odos, that led to Panathinea street to Acropolis.

Southern Athens

The south could be separated in Faliro, Nea Smirni, and finding Piraeus -where you can pass to Saronikos bay islands. The other side, towards Glyfada that takes you all the coastline way down to Sounio, the southernmost of Attica.

Attica

Eastern Attica, the area behind Hymmetus mountain, where the athens airport is located, offers some choices of tours before your flight. Besides the Aegean sea you can experience one last time before you leave Greece or Athens, you can visit unkwown monuments or have some experiences. Athens means learning. Send us your request here.

Kerameikos archaeological area

A for Psirri

Athens was a small closed village that was expanded from modern streets (named today) Thrasyllou, Aishinou, Pittakou, Lekka, Praxitelous, Euripidou until Agioi Asomatoi church, Thisseio, Areopagus Hill and Sarri Street. Even not that famous as the Plaka streets, there areas include the modern evolution and progress of the new born city of Athens the last century.

So the area is located between Euripidou, Ermou and Piraeus street at Gazi, having in the middle Kerameikos achaeological area. Etymology of its name is not certain. Maybe it comes from a church named Saint Athanassios Psirri (from a family name), or a Psarian (from Psara island at Aegean sea, with a vast tradition in shipping). Nonetheless, the genitive “psirri” implies a family name. The neighborhood is quite central, since there are three railway stations, Monastiraki (Line 1 and 3, and Thisseio).

Psirri kept its initial character, as a free area on Haseki wall that surrounded Athens. At Psirri Monastiraki area was also included, something that changed after Cleanthis initial architectural plan about Athens in 1833.

Savapile, at Agias Eleousis, is a shop with handamade hats
Today a parking, at the past the place where Lord Byron met the Maid of Athens…

One of the famous early foreign residents was Lord Byron, who was hosted at a neoclassical building that now does not exist. Some people say that it was just demolished, others that it was burnt because of its residents… no-one can tell for sure!

At Psirri there are many neoclassical buildings, as in Plaka, and today someone can discover traditional shops with handmade items, such as Savapile, but also many tavernas.

After Plaka, Psirri is the next neighbourhood you should focus on in order to feel the city vibes. Not that classy as Syntagma and Kolonaki, but real life, hidden spots and gems, for food, entertainment and historic routes.

Athens and ceramics

Olive trees

How much are ceramics related to Athens wealth of classical antiquity? it’s global supremacy was founded on the basis of two factors: its olive oil production and exports, but also its stable monetary system. Kerameikos area was the ancient source of craftmanship, where athenian designers and workers created amazing objects, both in utility and aesthetics.

Moreover, the stability of the democratic political and financial system gave Athenians a solid goverment, with no ups and downs that the previous had.

Today in Athens there are some schools that still keep the tradition of this craft at Plaka e.g. Dotahart, or at the area of Keramikos. Keramikos is located at Gazi area, and is actually the continuation of Psirri. There are many neoclassical buildings and restaurants.

So, if you plan to stay in Athens for a few months, dont miss the chance of visiting and even taking some courses (why not) of this fantastic traditional workshop of Iridanos, with many years of experience, passion and love for ceramic art.

Who knows, you may be attracted to it.. here is the contact link to find out!

Lycabettus is one of the 7 hills of Athens, and so unique that you can see him from every part of the city. Mythology tells us that Lycabettus was a rock accidentally  left there from goddess Athena, so the connotation is about its importance for the ancient Athenians. You can walk up there, but you can use a car as well.

The hill is higher than Pnyx and Areopagus, and offers an astonishing view during the sunset.

Everyone wants to explore Parthenon, Acropolis, Olympian Zeus temple, and Greece’s archeological treasures. But Greece is quite known for its Orthodox religion and around the city there are around 40 churches (!!!).

Plaka is a basis of this byzantine legacy buildings, most of them being dated around 11th century, the last period of Byzantine (Roman actually) empire’s glory.