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    Athens: At the foot of the Acropolis

    Thanks to the around four million people living in Athens’ metropolitan area, the Greek capital is the largest city in the country in terms of population. The area has been inhabited since the Neolithic Period; its most spectacular structure and iconic symbol is the 2500-year-old Acropolis, which stands on a rocky outcrop above the city. Most of Athen’s ancient sights are grouped around it, including the agorá and Hadrian’s Library. In 2004, Athens hosted the Olympic Games, an occasion that radically changed the city. Its once notorious traffic chaos has been largely eliminated; traffic calming has been introduced in the old-town district of Pláka, new hotel capacities have been created and a fresh wind has livened up the events calendar as well as the restaurant scene.

    New cultural and architectural impulses followed, in the shape, for instance, of the new Acropolis Museum inaugurated in 2009, the cultural center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (2017) and the Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in October 2019. These days, Athens is an attractive, vibrant, crisis-defying destination for culture and entertainment seekers.

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    The Acropolis Museum at the bottom of the hill opened in 2009; it features treasures from the ancient site

    Acropolis

    Acropolis Hill
    Athens
    Greece
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    Opening times:
    Daily 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

    This citadel-topped hill and its ensemble of ancient structures dominates the skyline of Athens. More than 1.7 million visitors flock here every year to see the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Since 2004, the Acropolis has been encircled by a tree-lined “archaeological promenade” that forms a dividing line between ancient and modern Athens. The Acropolis Museum at the bottom of the hill opened in 2009; it features treasures from the ancient site.

    National Archaeological Museum

    Patission 44
    Athens
    Greece
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    Opening times:
    Wed – Mon: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Tue: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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    Tel: +30-21/08 21 35 73

    This museum is considered one of the most important in the world, as its collection includes valuable ancient, classical and Hellenistic works, as well as archaeological finds from throughout Greece. You can spend a whole day in this museum and still not see everything it has to offer. Consequently, most visitors restrict themselves to individual sections of the museum, such as the Mycenaean antiquities or classical art exhibits.

    Ancient Agora

    Adrianou 24
    Athens
    Greece
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    This market and gathering place at the north of the Acropolis was the heart of daily life in ancient Athens. This is where people traded goods and held political meetings. The Agora Museum provides information about the importance of the various archaeological finds and the sections of the buildings that remain standing.

    Benáki Museum

    Koumpari 1
    Athens
    Greece
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    Opening times:
    Thu – Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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    Tel: +30-21/03 67 10 00

    The neo-classical Benákis family mansion graces one of the magnificent boulevards of Athens. The villa houses the most important pieces in the art collection of Athens businessman Antonio Benákis. It includes more than 30,000 pieces from many different eras, from antiquity to modern Greek art.

    Panagía Gorgoepíkoos

    Plateía Mitropóleos
    Athens
    Greece

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    Opening times:
    Daily 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

    The cathedral of Athens, Platía Mitropóleos, is located on the northern edge of Pláka, and this little Byzantine church is right next to it. The 90 reliefs along the exterior of the church, which were added in many different eras, are definitely worth seeing. They give the viewer a quick overview of the art of sculpture from antiquity to the 12th century.

    Monastiráki

    Monastiráki
    Athens
    Greece
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    There used to be a bazaar at Monastiráki, and today, a bazaar-like flea market is still held here on Sundays. The Tzistarakis Mosque is an Ottoman-era mosque that housed parts of the exhibition of the Museum of Modern Greek Culture until 2015.

    Museum of Cycladic Art

    Neophytou Douka 4
    Athens
    Greece
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    Opening times:
    Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Thu: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Sun: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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    Tel: +30-21/072 28 32 13

    This extensive collection of Cycladic art belongs to the Goulandris Foundation. It was opened to the public in this purpose-built museum building in 1986. The collection includes figurines, vases, tools, weapons and pottery made in the Bronze Age and later. The Stathatos Mansion next door features rotating temporary exhibits.

    Temple of Olympian Zeus

    Leofóros Amalías
    Vasilíssis Ólgas
    Athens
    Greece
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    The largest temple in Greece, the Olympieion, once stood on this spot. The temple was under construction for decades under a succession of rulers; it was finally completed under Roman Emperor Hadrian in circa 131 A.D. Earthquakes almost completely destroyed the structure in the Middle Ages. Only 15 of its original 104 17-meter marble columns remain; a sixteenth is still intact, but is lying on the ground.

    Theater of Diónysus

    Mitseon 25
    Athens
    Greece
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    This first stone theater from the fourth century B.D. premiered the classical dramas of playwrights like Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles; there is room for an audience of around 15,000.

    Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)

    Syggrou Avenue 364
    Athens
    Greece
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    Tel: +30-21/68 09 10 00

    The foundation established by shipping tycoon and art collector Stavros Niarchos handed over this spectacular new building – constructed according to plans by Renzo Piano – to the Greek state in 2017. It now houses the national library, the national opera and a large event and exhibition center. The park surrounding the center offers a fantastic view of the Saronic Gulf and Piraeus.

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    Country overview

    The rich cultural heritage of Greece and its natural beauty make the country a popular travel destination. Every year, it welcomes around 25 million visitors to its archaeological sites and museums, its mountains and beaches. Throughout the country, visitors will find archaeological evidence of millennia-old civilization, such as the Acropolis in Athens, the early Christian and Byzantine buildings in Thessaloniki, the ancient city of Epidaurus or the ruins of Olympia. There are a total of 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece.

    Swimming and hiking, shopping and surfing – in Greece, you can do it all in one trip.

    Greece has been a member of the European Union since 1981, and the country has been using the euro as its currency since 2001.

    Geography

    Greece is located in southeastern Europe and shares borders with Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. The eastern part of the country is on the Aegean Sea, and the western part on the Ionian Sea.

    Greece consists of the mainland, the peninsula of Peloponnesus, and the Greek islands, which comprise approximately one fifth of the country’s territory.

    The islands include Rhodes and Crete, the northern Aegean islands like Limnos, Lesbos, Chios and Samos, as well as the Cyclades islands such as Mykonos, Naxos and Paros.

    Greece’s highest peaks are the Pindus Mountains (2,637 m) and Olympus (2917 m).

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    Population: 10.7 million (2018)

    Capital: Athens

    Language

    Modern Greek. English and German – and sometimes French and Italian – are also spoken in the regions frequented by tourists.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol: €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5. Coins are in denominations of €2, €1, €0.50, €0.20, €0.10, €0.05, €0.02 and €0.01.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50 Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.

    2020

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Epiphany: 6 January 2020
    Start of orthodox Lent: 2 March 2020
    Independence Day: 25 March 2020
    Orthodox Good Friday: 17 April 2020
    Orthodox Easter Sunday: 19 April 2020
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 20 April 2020
    Labour Day: 1 May 2020
    Orthodox Whit Sunday: 7 June 2020
    Orthodox Whit Monday: 8 June 2020
    Assumption: 15 August 2020
    Ochi Day: 28 October 2020
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2020

     

    2021

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
    Epiphany: 6 January 2021
    Start of orthodox Lent: 15 March 2021
    Independence Day: 25 March 2021
    Orthodox Good Friday: 30 April 2021
    Orthodox Easter Sunday: 2 May 2021
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 3 May 2021
    Labour Day: 1 May 2021
    Orthodox Whit Sunday: 20 June 2021
    Orthodox Whit Monday: 21 June 2021
    Assumption: 15 August 2021
    Ochi Day: 28 October 2021
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    24 hours in Athens

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    Concrete towers stand empty between ancient monuments and once splendid, now dilapidated, Neoclassical buildings as stark reminders of the financial crisis. More than ten years have passed since the onset of the crisis, but its consequences are still there for all to see. And yet there’s something you notice only at second glance, namely that the city is beginning to shine once more.

    Where entire shopping strips were still closed and shuttered five years ago, cafés and bars, museums and galleries are now opening up. Life has returned to the city that is truly no myth, but a must-visit on any traveler’s list of major European cities.

    The following tips and addresses can be downloaded as an iCalendar file (.ics) and imported into any of the usual calendar programs – experience Athens for yourself!

    8:30 a.m.: The Foundry Hotel Athens

    Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
    Athens
    Greece
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    The Foundry Hotel Athens is tucked away between low, flat-roofed buildings with brightly decorated street-art facades in a small side street that’s something of an oasis. This boutique eco-hotel places the emphasis on all things natural and has vines and fresh greenery climbing its facades and palms and cactuses growing on the roof. The urban design of the interior makes an interesting contrast to what you can see from its windows: Athen’s old town, the Pláka.

    9:00 a.m.: Breakfast at the Cherchez La Femme

    Mitropoleos 46
    Athens
    Greece
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    Athens can be an exhausting place to tour, so visitors appreciate an ample breakfast that will set them up for a day of sightseeing. The Cherchez la Femme in the Syntagma part of town is no stranger to its guests’ calorie requirements, which is why it serves up eggs in all variations – fried with pancetta, poached with yoghurt and tomato sauce, and also in omelet form with spinach and feta cheese.

    11 a.m.: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

    Syggrou Avenue 364
    Kallithea
    Greece
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    Athenian donors have presented the city with a cosmopolitan accessory, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. The architecture of this opera house with its library, park and observation platform was purposely designed to contrast with the splendor of the city’s ancient structures and relics, and instead celebrates a brilliant combination of simple elegance and clear contours. The best way to gain an insight into and overview of this modern complex is by joining one of the free tours on offer, which are also available in English (reservation required at snfcc.org).

    1 a.m.: Street-food lunch at the Feyrouz

    Agathonos 2
    Athens
    Greece
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    Strolling through the Monastiraki neighborhood at the heart of Athen’s old town, it’s impossible to miss the delicious smells of oriental bazaar that whet your appetite for a typically oriental lunchtime snack – Athens has more to offer than souvlaki and gyros, after all. At this corner bistro with its minimalist decor, the sons of Mrs. Feyrouz prepare the finest Lebanese lahmacun. These thin, crisply flatbreads are spread with fruity tomato sauce, juicy, fried ground meat, homemade hummus and fresh cilantro and then expertly rolled.

    3 p.m.: Acropolis Museum

    Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
    Athens
    Greece
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    Bernard Tschumi, architect of the Acropolis Museum, never intended his design to compete with the eponymous World Heritage Site. Instead, he created a visual counterpoint by designing a distinctive aesthetic for the emphatically practical building that opened in 2009. The museum is deliberately understated, leaving the ancient treasures, exhibited in five chronologically arranged galleries, the necessary space to shine.

    6 p.m.: Shopping at the Val Goutsi Workshop

    Odissea Androutsou 34
    Athens
    Greece
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    This shop showcases Val Goutsi’s modern interpretations of a culture thousands of years old. The design store located between Pláka and downtown Athens sells Goutsi’s small treasures that are simply too lovely and special to be called “souvenirs”. If you’re looking for a memento to take back home, whether it’s jewelry, ceramics or maybe a purse, you’re sure to find something you like here.

    8 p.m.: Dinner at the Strofi Rooftop Restaurant

    Rovertou Galli 25
    Athens
    Greece
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    When the sun has sunk below the horizon, the Acropolis, spotlit a gleaming golden, becomes the star shining high above the city. From the roof terrace of the Strofi, you have a clear view of Athen’s world-famous landmark. The day draws slowly to a close over classy takes on classic Greek food. With its traditional fare, chic decor and first-class service, this restaurant combines Greek lifestyle with a cosmopolitan feel.

    10 p.m.: The Clumsies

    Praxitelous 30
    Athens
    Greece
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    If you can still muster the energy to head for a bar, make it The Clumsies in Syntagma for a perfect end to your day. With its fine parquet flooring, stucco walls and pink neon lighting, it reflects the zeitgeist of the city. Critics celebrate The Clumsies for its combination of elegance and coolness – and that goes equally for the interior design and the selection of drinks available at the bar.

    These tips and addresses can be downloaded as an iCalendar file (.ics) and imported into any of the usual calendar programs – experience Athens for yourself!

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    A network of buses, trolleybuses, and metro trains keep Athenians on the move (oasa.gr). Metro Line 3 connects to Athens airport. Public buses are blue, yellow and white, with routes all over the city. Electric trolleybuses also operate around the centre. Tickets for buses and trolleybuses must be bought in advance from a metro station or street kiosk; the same ticket is valid for all three systems.

    Taxis

    Athens’ bright yellow taxis are plentiful day and night. Tipping is not typical but welcome. Radio taxis are a reliable alternative; one reputable company is Athina (tel: +30-21/09 21 28 00).

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    Restaurants in Athens

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    When you sit down to a meal in Greece, there are two things you need: a big appetite, and lots of time. Typically, people in Greece take their evening meal in large groups and eat set menus of multiple courses. People of all generations come together – and the noise levels are correspondingly high. Things tend to be more peaceful in upscale restaurants and restaurants that cater mainly to tourists.

    They generally serve Mediterranean cuisine, with lots of fish and grilled meat. Increasingly, however, young Greek chefs are taking a fancy to fusion cuisine, which combines various flavors and ingredients from around the world.

    Spondi

    Pirronos 5
    Athens
    Greece
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    Category: Luxury

    This elegant Michelin-starred restaurant serves modern French cuisine with a creative twist. The gorgeous interior of its cozy brick building perfectly suits the excellent meals. In the summer months, tables are available in the two quiet courtyards.

    Thalassinos

    Lysikratous 32
    Athens
    Greece
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    Category: Moderate

    This traditional fish restaurant is a meeting spot for locals. It serves unique, sophisticated fish dishes, such as smoked eel or tarama with wasabi.

    Strofi

    Rovertou Galli 25
    Athens
    Greece
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    Category: Moderate

    This restaurant serves classic Greek/Mediterranean cuisine, including imaginative vegetarian dishes. Its exclusive location is another feature worth mentioning: The rooftop terrace offers an unforgettable view of the Parthenon.

    43 Sarantatrio

    Amvrosiou Frantzi 43
    Athens
    Greece
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    Category: Moderate

    This centrally located restaurant serves modern interpretations of traditional Greek home cooking. The atmosphere is modern and welcoming.

    To Trikyklo

    Pitheou 34
    Athens
    Greece

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    Category: Moderate

    This little taverna is located off the beaten tourist track in Neos Kosmos. The interior is bright and cozy; tables are set up outdoors in the quiet front garden. In addition to the lovingly prepared dishes, the restaurant hosts concerts and theater performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. The owners have set up a small stage upstairs for these events.

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    Hotels in Athens

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    Athens offers plenty of hotel rooms year round, in all price categories and comfort levels. However, if you plan to visit in July or August, you should make sure to book your room well in advance, especially if you want to stay on a quieter side street.

    Large hotels are often booked up for conferences during the week; they are more affordable on weekends. Pláka and Kolonáki have especially beautiful hotels. The hotels in Psirrí and Gázi are more colorful and better suited to the needs of younger travelers.

    Grande Bretagne

    Vasileos Georgiou 1
    Athens
    Greece
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    Category: Luxury

    This grand hotel is one of the finest in Athens. Located on Syntagma Square next to the Old Royal Palace housing the Greek Parliament, the carefully restored building from 1872 offers a luxurious interior and all the modern comforts.

    InterContinental Athenaeum

    Syngrou Avenue 89-93
    Athens
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    Category: Luxury

    This hotel might not look like much from the outside, but it offers all the amenities you would expect from InterContinental. It also has a charming rooftop restaurant with a fantastic view of the historic district.

    Periscope

    Charitos 22
    Athens
    Greece
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    Category: Moderate

    This modern designer hotel is very close to Kolonáki Square. All rooms are soundproofed. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar and fitness center.

    Coco-Mat

    Patriarchou Iokakim 36
    Athens
    Greece
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    Category: Moderate

    This boutique hotel in the chic Kolonáki district has timeless, elegant decor. The hotel also features a rooftop terrace, a restaurant, an herb garden and bicycles that hotel guests can use for free.

    Nefeli

    Agelis Xatzimichali 2
    Athens
    Greece
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    Category: Budget

    The rooms at this hotel in the historic district of Pláka are modestly but comfortably furnished. It offers good value for money, and families with children are welcome here.

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    Nightlife in Athens

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    In the summer months, nightlife in Athens is mainly outdoors. Bars and tavernas have tables outside, and many locals don’t even take advantage of the city’s dining options – they just meet out on the streets and squares. The historic district of Pláka has many tavernas that feature folklore shows.

    Psirrí is considered a trendy district for young visitors, and there’s plenty of nighttime action all year round in the districts of Gázi and Thissío, as well. In winter, people gather in the city’s bouzoukías, tavernas and clubs.

    Cocktailbar 360

    Ifaistou 2
    Athens
    Greece
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    This chic cocktail bar is perched on the upper floors of the 360 Hotel, near the Monastiráki metro station. The terrace offers a fantastic view of the historic district and the Acropolis hill.

    Hoxton

    Voutadon 42
    Athens
    Greece
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    This popular bar in Psirrí is decorated with murals and furnished with comfortable couches, but the industrial chic of the building’s interior still shines through. During the balmy nights, the mostly younger guests also party on the square and in the park in front of the bar.

    Akrotiri Lounge

    Sellei 3
    Athens
    Greece
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    This chic beach club is about a 15-minute drive (10 kilometers) from downtown Athens. The illuminated pool, the restaurant and the first-rate sound system are worth the little jaunt outside the city center.

    Halfnote Jazz Club

    Trivoniavou 17
    Athens
    Greece
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    The Half Note is one of the most famous jazz clubs in Athens – and it’s a great place to visit on a winter evening. From October to April, concerts are held on the little club stage every evening. Advance bookings can be made on the club’s website (halfnote.gr).

    Mousikís Megarón Concert Hall

    Vassilissis Sofias
    Athens
    Greece
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    This modern event center downtown is a venue for dance performances, musicals and theater. Many events are in English. The schedule and booking options are available on the concert hall’s website (megaron.gr).

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    Apokries (Carnival)

    February 9 – March 2, 2020

    Location: Pláka, Philopáppos Hill and throughout Athens

    The fasting period before Easter also starts on Ash Wednesday in the Greek-Orthodox Church. Many Athenians dress up for Carnival and participate in the street parades. On “kathara deftera,” or Clean Monday, many families with children climb up Philopáppos Hill to fly kites – it’s a beautiful sight!

    Easter

    April 17 – 19, 2020

    Location: Church of Kapnikaréa and other churches throughout the city

    Easter is the most important celebration in the Greek Orthodox Church. Processions are held on Good Friday starting at 9:00 pm, and Easter Masses are celebrated starting at 11:00 pm on Holy Saturday. The resurrection of Christ is marked with an enormous fireworks display at midnight. Easter Sunday is generally celebrated with family.

    Rockwave Festival

    June 6, 2020

    Location: Terra Vibe Park

    Rockwave is Greece’s biggest open-air festival. Around 15,000 people flock to the festival every year to watch the line-up of international rock stars. There is also an exciting program of sports and cultural events surrounding the festival.

    Oxi Day Parade

    October 28, 2020

    Location: The main streets of Athens

    “Oxi” (No) is what Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas said in 1940 in response to an ultimatum from Mussolini, who wanted to station his troops at strategically important points throughout Greece. This marked the beginning of the Greco-Italian War. Oxi Day is one of Greece’s two national holidays. It is celebrated with parades and a wreath-laying ceremony at Syntagma Square.

    Athens Marathon

    November 2020

    Location: From Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens

    In 490 B.C., the Athenians defeated the Persians on a battlefield near Marathon. It’s said that a runner delivered the message to Athens, 42.195 kilometers away. In memory of this event, marathon races are held around the world; however, the classic race is this event along the original route from Marathon to Athens. The finishing line is in the Panathenaic Stadium.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +30

    Mobile telephony and Internet

    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages.

    For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Key areas

    Tourists tend to go shopping in Monastiráki and the historic district of Pláka, because the streets are lined with souvenir shops. Monastiráki also boasts a wide selection of flea market items and antiques. Kolonáki is a bit more exclusive: There are lots of little boutiques here that sell Greek and international designer fashion.

    Markets

    Kentriki Agorá, the central market in Athinás, sells fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and all sorts of other items from 7:00 am (Mon – Sat until 6:00 pm). Much of the market is reminiscent of a Middle Eastern bazaar – including the market criers, the haggling and the extensive selection of spices. Other farmers markets are held in Exárchia (Sat 6:00 am – 2:00 pm) and Kolonáki (Fri 7:00 am – 2:00 pm). The most famous flea market takes place on Sundays in Monastiráki.

    Shopping centers

    There are hardly any large shopping centers in Athens; instead, smaller retailers still dominate the cityscape. The exceptions are Attica (atticadps.gr), a large, high-end clothing store near Syntagma Square housed on eight floors of a magnificent building constructed in 1926, and The Mall (themallAthens.gr), a shopping and entertainment center full of stores, cinemas, and bowling alleys.

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    Climate and best time to visit Athens

    Thanks to its sunny Mediterranean climate, Athens attracts visitors all year round. The temperatures peak in July and August, when it can sometimes hit 40 degrees Celsius during the day. This is the high season for tourists, so the city is very crowded. In April/May and September/October, on the other hand, the weather is comfortably warm. But even in the off-seasons, from November to April, Athens is still worth a visit. Even then, the temperatures rarely drop below 10 degrees Celsius, and the shops and museums are open. Expect rainy weather between October and January.

    Climate and best time to visit Greece

    Mediterranean climate. The hot, dry summer weather is alleviated in the north and on the coast by the refreshing breeze. It can be oppressively hot in Athens in midsummer, and it might take visitors a few days to acclimate. Winter in southern Greece is mild; it’s much cooler in the north.

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute maxØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan22 °C-6 °C12 °C6 °C72 %45 mm64.5 h
    Feb25 °C-6 °C13 °C6 °C71 %48 mm65.1 h
    Mar28 °C-6 °C16 °C8 °C68 %43 mm66.0 h
    Apr32 °C0 °C20 °C11 °C62 %28 mm48.0 h
    May38 °C5 °C25 °C15 °C58 %17 mm39.8 h
    Jun42 °C11 °C29 °C20 °C52 %10 mm111.4 h
    Jul42 °C14 °C32 °C22 °C48 %4 mm< 112.1 h
    Aug42 °C15 °C32 °C22 °C49 %5 mm111.5 h
    Sep39 °C8 °C28 °C19 °C56 %12 mm29.4 h
    Oct36 °C5 °C23 °C14 °C66 %48 mm47.0 h
    Nov30 °C-1 °C18 °C11 °C73 %51 mm55.5 h
    Dec22 °C-4 °C14 °C8 °C73 %67 mm74.4 h
    year42 °C-6 °C22 °C14 °C62 %378 mm467.9 h

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    Traveler etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Greeks are proud, have a real sense of their own traditions, and are very hospitable. Children, in particular, are always welcomed with open arms. The Greek Orthodox church is quite influential, especially in rural areas. Casual clothing is acceptable almost everywhere, but even in the hot summer months, it is inappropriate to wear swimwear to a restaurant. Instead, visitors should at least wear a t-shirt and pants, or other light summer clothing. Clothing that fully covers the body is expected when visiting monasteries or churches.

    Smoking

    Smoking is prohibited on public transportation and in all public buildings, including cafés, bars and restaurants.

    Tipping

    A ten-percent tip is customary at restaurants, and it can generally be left on the table. Taxi bills should be rounded up. The cleaning staff at hotels always appreciate a small tip on the day guests check out.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    The tap water is generally chlorinated and relatively clean, but drinking it may still cause mild digestive issues as travelers acclimate. For this reason, bottled water is recommended for the first few days of your stay; it is available everywhere. When buying bottled water, ensure that the original packaging has not been opened.

    Other risks

    There is the risk of contracting Lyme disease from ticks from April to October throughout Crete, especially near grasses, shrubs and undergrowth. The risk can be minimized by wearing clothing that covers the skin and by using insect repellent.

    Warnings regarding tick-borne encephalitis are mainly issued for the region west of Thessaloniki. However, the risk of contracting this tick-borne disease is low. A preventative vaccine is recommended for people who will be working or participating in recreational activities in endemic regions where they would be exposed to ticks. If you are bitten by a tick and have concerns, seek medical attention.

    Cases of hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur on Crete. A vaccination to protect against hepatitis A is generally advisable. For longer visits or visits involving close contact with the local population, or with children and young people, the hepatitis B vaccine is recommended.

    Kala-azar, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, primarily occurs in the south and on the islands (including Crete). The risk can be minimized by wearing clothing that covers the skin and by using insect repellent.

    Isolated cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever occur in the northeast. The disease is usually transmitted by ticks; it can be transmitted from person to person when there is close contact or in a medical care situation. Tourists are at low risk. Due to the risk of other tick-borne diseases, however, it is strongly recommended that visitors wear the appropriate gear (repellent, sturdy shoes, long pants, etc.) to protect themselves from tick bites during outdoor activities. Additionally, ticks should be immediately removed with an appropriate tool (tick-removal tweezers).

    Isolated cases of leishmaniasis, a parasitic infection transmitted by the sand fly, occur on the Greek mainland, the Ionian Islands and Crete. The risk can be minimized by wearing clothing that covers the skin and by using insect repellent.

    There are occasional epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis. To protect themselves, visitors should be vaccinated and avoid large crowds. Children and young people, in particular, should be vaccinated. The meningitis vaccine is recommended for certain groups of people (children, young people, students) if they are planning a longer stay. Travelers should consult their doctor regarding which vaccines are necessary and recommended for their destination.

    West Nile fever occurs in northern Greece. Effective protection against mosquitoes is recommended.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Anastasakou, Kornilia
    Messinias 58
    Athens 11527
    Greece
    Tel. +30-210-779329 (office)

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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