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It's been years since I've been to Athens, but after helping my Dad plan a trip in 2007, I'm having the hankering to visit again.  Below are some helpful links.

The Official Tourism Board of Greece.

Other Places

From my blog:


Many places I used to know seem to have been renovated recently for the Olympics. Here's what I'm looking at now, but feel free to email me with your favorites!


  • O Platanos
    Diogenous 4, 011-30-210-322-0666. "mouthwatering giouvetsi."

  • Varoulko
    80 Piraios, 011-30-210-522-8400. Terrific seafood. Reservations required. Closed Sunday.

  • Filoistron
    23 Ap. Pavlou  Thisio

  • Galaxy Bar & Barbecue
    on the roof terrace of the Athens Hilton
    46 Vassilissis Sofias Ave.

Off the Beaten Path

Rick Steves (on Athens) often has excellent tips on unusual sights, as well as places to eat and sleep.

One thing that's cropped up since the Olympics is the new Pireos district, west of the Acropolis. It  includes many new museums and art spaces built for the Olympics and connects to the older part of the city via Ermou Street.

Since I was a small child, we've always visited the amazingly well preserved Temple of Hephaestus on the hill northwest of the Agora. Though you can no longer go inside, as you could when I was a kid, in some places you can still see the paint on the wooden roof of the porch.

Stavros Melissinos, the poet sandalmaker of Athens, is in new digs in the Monastiraki district at 2 Aghias Theklas. He now does much of the sandalmaking, together with his son.


Pick up a 10-euro transit pass on the Athens Metro for unlimited use on all public transportation for up to a week. Get it at the Syntagma metro station.

  • Acropolis
    Open Apr-Oct daily 8:00-19:00; Nov-Mar daily 8:00-16:30.

  • Acropolis Museum

  • Agora
    Open 8:00-19:00 daily, Oct-Mar 8:30-15:00 daily.

  • National Archaeological Museum
    44, Patission Str. , 011-30-210-8217717.
    Open Apr-Oct Tues-Sun 8:00-19:00 & Mon 12:30-19:00, Nov-Mar Tues-Sun 8:00-15:00 & Mon 10:30-17:00.

  • Benaki Museum
    1, Koumbari Str & Vas. Sofias Ave.,
    011-30-210 367 1000

  • Museum of Cycladic Art
    Neofytou Douka 4, metro: Evangelismos
    011-30-210-72.28.321-3. Open 10:00-16:00 Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, 10:00-15:00 Sat.

  • Syntagma Square & Changing of Guard
    Every hour on the hour, with a full ceremony, complete with marching band, at 11:00 on Sunday.

  • Stoa of Attalos & Museum of the Agora

  • Athinais
    Kastorias 34-36, Votanikos
    011-03-210 348 0000

  • Culture Guide

  • Fodor's Guide to Athens


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