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Athens Travel Guide

Tips for travelers who do sightseeing in Athens, Greece



It is quite impossible to talk about Greece and not to think about Athens, which was already a "model city" in ancient Greece, as the main cultural and intellectual center of the West, and capital of the country since 1834. But here we are not going to talk about history, but of the tourism in Athens, where one of the most important archaeological sites of antiquity is located: the Acropolis of Athens, among other places and museums so interesting and immortal.


Those who visit Athens already know that they must go by obligation to one of the most important and impressive in the world: the Acropolis of Athens, which includes the Propylaea (majestic columns that form the structure of the entrance of the site) and the Temple of the Parthenon. What some people do not know, however, is that with the same entry ticket (which must be validated for the first time in the Acropolis) you will have the right to visit for the next two days, however, other archaeological sites in the center of the city: Theater of Dionysus (located at the foot of the Acropolis), the Temple of Zeus, the Agora and the old cemetery of Keramikos.


Often many people wonder how many days are needed to meet the main sights of Athens, but it depends on the interests of each one for the history of ancient Greece. For those who do not have much time or do not have much interest in the historical part, two days are enough. Your travel duration depends on your interest in history.


On the first day a guided tour of the city is suggested in the morning, where you should go up to the Acropolis and take a panoramic walk through the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, the Arch of Hadrian, the Greek Parliament, the National Library, the Academy of Athens and the first University. When the tour ends, it's time to explore the regions of Syntagma and the Acropolis, visit the Acropolis Museum, and follow the Amalias Avenue, through the National Garden and reach the Greek Parliament, where the changing of the guard is every time and it lasts 10 minutes. Anyway, it's worth a little walk down Ermou Street and get to know the main shopping street of the city (a paradise for women who like to shop).


On the second day you can visit the neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Plaka. In Monastiraki there is Agora, another very interesting archaeological site and the Temple of Ifestos (or Thissio), the best preserved temple of the classical period.


In Monastiraki and Plaka there are souvenir shops and tourist objects, as well as numerous restaurants and grills, where the real Greek barbecue is sold, which consists of pork, chicken or kebab, wrapped in Greek bread called "pita" with tomato, onion and tsatziki iorgurte sauce, cucumber and garlic... A delight! For those who have a greater interest in the historical part of the trip, my suggestion is to stay in the city for at least four days.


Beware of the list of hotels in online booking sites, do not warn about the current situation in the area of Omonia and Karaiskaki Square, which is not recommended because it is a region that in recent decades has been occupied by illegal immigrants, arriving almost "massively" to Greece, every day, and ended up creating a heavy and ugly environment in the area. Traveling in Greece may be a drain on your money and if you are short of money, finding guaranteed loans can be a great idea.






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