Fall In Love With Athens !
“It takes a lifetime for someone to discover Greece, but it only takes an instance to fall in love with her.” Oscar Wilde
Athens is the vibrant capital city of Greece. The tempting combination of ancient history, art, culture, food, and architecture has made this city one of the most visited destinations on the planet. Athens is so awe-inspiring that you will head home vowing to come back. Every time you go back to Athens, you will fall in love again and again.
WHEN TO GO TO ATHENS?
Summers can get very hot in Athens, it is sometimes unbearable to go sightseeing and visit the popular attractions in outdoor sites. However, if you are planning to do island-hopping from Athens and enjoy the Mediterranean weather, plan your trip for this season.
Winters are mild and a perfect time to avoid tourist crowds. Enjoy visiting all major attractions peacefully in the offseason and save money as well. Some entrance fees are all reduced by half in the winter, (November 1st to March 31st ) and entrance for major sites are free on the first Sunday of each month.
Experience Greek Easter in Athens to enjoy all the Greek Orthodox celebrations: candle-lit processions, fireworks at midnight, age-old fasting rituals, visit beautiful churches during the holy week.
During shoulder season, Fall and Spring, prices are lower, temperatures are mild, and the city is not packed with tourists. Especially, Fall you can still enjoy the warm weather just outside of Athens.
GOOD TO KNOW FOR ATHENS
Public Transport System is extensive in Athens. Metro is the most affordable way to get around the city. It is simple and very easy to navigate. Most of the historical sites are walking distance from the Acropolis.
Forget about your regular meal schedule! Greeks’ timing for meals is totally unique. Restaurants are usually empty before 9:30 p.m., Greeks have dinner around 10:00 p.m. and sip their afternoon coffee at 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. Let yourself carry away and do as locals. Tips are optional, not mandatory; however, they are always more than welcome!
Take a food tour to try a variety of Greek food. Greek cuisine offers for everyone from vegetarians to meat lovers. Try to find some offbeat places and restaurants for authentic Greek food. Don’t forget to enjoy coffee in Athens, the city has top-rated cafes and expertly roasted beans.
The currency is Euro. Major banks are located around Syntagma and ATMs are widely available around the city, especially in commercial districts.
Be aware of the dress code if you are planning to visit churches or monasteries in Athens. Remember to dress moderately. Stay away from high heels, stick to comfortable shoes while exploring the city, especially when visiting slippery marble ruins.
Shopping is a great experience in Athens, but remember stores close mid-day around 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. as it is the traditional “siesta” time. Take your time to bargain which is an acceptable practice.