About Athens

Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewellery and more from Ancient Greece.

Quick Facts

Size: 476 sq. km
Population: close to 5 000
Highest Mountain: Lycavitos
Airport: E.Venizelos Spata
Subway: Attiko Metro

Phone numbers
International code: 0030
Local code: 210
Ambulance First Aid: 199
Port Police: 4511311(Piraeus)
Police: 100
Tourist Police: 171 (urgent), 9239224
Hospitals Clinics Pharmacies: 1434
Tourist info: 3310561

Local weather

Although the weather in Athens in November continues to get cooler, it is much warmer than most of northern Europe, making it an enjoyable place to visit this time of the year. The average temperature in November is 15°C (59°F), while the average low is 12°C (54°F), and the average high is 18°C (64°F).

Things to do in Athens

Athens was built around the Acropolis, today the city’s most visited ancient attraction. On the Acropolis’ northeast slopes, pretty Plaka is Athens’ oldest residential quarter, extending down to grungy Monastiraki. From Monastiraki, Adrianou street leads west to Thissio and Kerameikos, while the pedestrian-only shopping street of Ermou runs east to Syntagma, home to the Greek Parliament. North of Monastiraki, Athinas street delineates the Psirri district and passes the Central Market to arrive at Omonia. South of the centre, ferries to the blissful Greek Islands depart from Piraeus port.

Restaurants

Just like the bars, the restaurants and taverns are everywhere in Athens. The Plaka area is probably the most picturesque, but also the most visited by tourists. Keep a lookout for the places with lots of Greeks in them – that applies all over Greece. In Syntagma and Kolonaki there are also many places, and in Glyfada and Vouliagmeni you are close to the sea, and the atmosphere is usually a little bit more sophisticated. The area Psiri not far from Acropolis is very expensive with lots of lovely places with live music day and night.

Please visit the Tripadvisor website for more information regarding the Athens Tours and activities.