Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Athens
ATHENS TRAVEL GUIDE
Here you will find comprehensive guides to discover the best of Athens and its attractions. I provide invaluable info and helpful tips so you can make the most out of your trip. Let me be your guide and make your vacation in Athens one to remember!
The Capital of Greece, the city of Athens, is a capital often put aside by tourists who prefer to visit only the islands of this beautiful country.
If you are planning a holiday in Greece, please, do a favour to yourself and book a couple of days to visit Athens. There are so many things to see in Athens, local cuisine to taste and friendly locals to meet, that you will love the time you will spend there.
Athens tourist attractions are ancient and beautiful, also very cheap and some of them free of charge.
Enjoy Athens as it deserves!
Let's Discover Athens together...
Many tourists decide to visit Athens before to explore some islands and that is precisely what I did when I went to Greece.
The city of Athens is very big, but most of the famous Athens tourist attractions are in the city centre.
The best way to explore it is by walking around.
Book accommodation near the city centre so you won't need to use public transport and reach all the most famous areas by walking.
This is what I did and I really enjoyed it.
Are you in?
Flights to Athens are much cheaper than to Santorini or Mykonos, so why not book a couple of nights in this full of history capital and see what it has to offer?
You won't regret it and you will thank me for the advice.
Athens has the Acropoli with its pantheon, fantastic city views, delicious Greek food, and stunning places to visit. It would be such a shame to miss it.
Athens is quite cheap, mostly from November to March when museums and attractions prices are discounted.
Eating out can be as cheap as 5 euros and the Greek food is absolutely fantastic and healthy.
NEED HELP PLANNING A TRIP TO ATHENS?
Read my "How to plan a trip to Athens" article for all the tips and information you need to make your holiday in Athens a great success, from how to reach Athens from the airport to how to reach Piraeus ferry port.
WHEN TO VISIT Athens?
I went to Athens in September and the temperature was still pretty high.
Summers are very hot and crowded with tourists that flight to Athens to visit it for a couple of days before heading to the islands.
Winters can be pretty cold and windy. Unless you like cold weather, I highly recommend you to visit Athens during Spring and Autumn.
If you plan to visit historic places, like the Acropolis and Greek museums, keep in mind that most museums' tickets cost 50% less during the winter season.
The Acropolis costs 20 euros, but from the 1 of November until the 31 of March, it costs only 10 euros.
If you don't care much to walk all day in colder weather, winter could be a good solution to save some money.
Also, flights tickets are crazy cheap during the winter season and all the hotels will be available to be booked, while during summer, they get fully booked pretty fast.
IMPORTANT BASICS KNOWLEDGE
What is the currency in Athens?
The currency in Greece is Euro
What is the language spoken in Athens?
the primary language spoken is Greek, but most hotels and restaurant staff speak English.
Is easy to use credit cards and find ATMs in Athens?
Atm and card payment are available in more expensive restaurants and biggest shops. In small shops, bars, tavernas and market stalls cash is required
Which Plugs and Voltage are used in Athens?
The plugs in Greece are Type C and F.
The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz.
I recommend buying a universal adapter.
Is Athens a safe city?
Athens, like every capital, is pretty safe in the city centre, but I highly recommend you to avoid the districts of Omonia, Exarcheia, Vathi and Kolokotroni Squares because they have a high crime rate so avoid them at night.
Also, like in every tourist area, I advise carrying an antitheft purse or an antitheft backpack.
Is Athens an expensive city?
there are plenty of tavernas where to enjoy a delicious meal as locals do at the cost of 5/10 euro with a drink.
Is easy to find Wifi in Athens?
is available in almost every bar and restaurant and of course in every hotel.
What is the Time Zone in Athens?
Greece lies in the Eastern European Time Zone, which is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2).