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Visit Athens the heart of Greece! A hearty welcome to Athens, a lively capital city with blend of classic visitor sights, excellent social scene and its laidback old-town "Plaka". Athens and its heritage are an adventure. Athens the capital of Greece and his Culture is a magnet for artists from all over the world. Athens is not only the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. A city that is so young and yet so old! The Acropolis has been a World Heritage Site since 1987, and the Acropolis Museum shows the heritage exclusively from the Acropolis of Athens. In June 2009, after 5 years of construction, the Acropolis Museum reopened. The Archaeological National Museum of Athens is the most important and oldest museum in Greece, where you can see a collection of the most important antiquities from all over Greece from the Neolithic era to Classical periods (Patission Str. 44). Worth to see: “The Agora” built in the plain around the Acropolis. The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice. Price for Tickets: 8 reduced 4 € Expert advice what to do in Athens: Athens it’s easy to explore on foot. Athens is one of the most important cultural cities in Southern Europe and offers not only archaeological sites and Antiquity. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Athens. 2-Day Itinerary: First day 1. The peerless Parthenon never disappoints and you can save with a multi-site Acropolis ticket that includes six other archeological sites. 2.If you’re only going to fork out for one museum in Athens, make it the Acropolis Museum. The Parthenon Gallery on the top floor makes an unforgettable impact. At just €10 to enter (€5 off-season), it’s one of the best value museums of its calibre in the world. 3. Take a scenic, ten-minute stroll to Mnisikleous Street in Plaka and unwind on the café-lined stairs. 4. The lively "Athens Central Market“and rustle up a locavore’s picnic of cheap seasonal produce, olives and cured meats. At cheery Karamanlidika tou Fani, just by the central market, you can purchase delicious salami and cheese to go, or eat them in-house. 5. "Monastiraki flea market“ has bargains galore, especially on Sunday morning when many traders sell bric a brac on the streets around "Avissinia Square and Thissio station". Protogenous Street in hip "Psirri" is heaven for dedicated vintage shoppers.

Ready for a Evening walk? Beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou street has it all: neoclassical mansions, Art Deco architecture, street performers and ancient monuments.The picture-perfect lanes of Anafiotika, the hidden village underneath the Acropolis. Then catch an Athenian sunset up on the Areopagus, a rocky perch below the Parthenon. Set out for some extended night manoeuvres in Keramikos. This happening neighbourhood comes alive after dark and has many places to experience Athenian nightlife first-hand. 2. Day 1. Catch the free shuttle bus from Syntagma Square to explore the range of free activities and performances at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC). Picnic on your bakery goodies in the park, check out the petanque players (or ice skaters in winter; the rink is free with pre-booking) beside the vast canal, play in the sound garden, or use the free workstations in the National Library. Don’t miss taking in the splendid panoramas of city and sea from the Lighthouse. 2. Hop on an A2 bus from Syntagma Square to visit the Athens Riviera and its crown jewel VOULIAGMENI. Hit up Tylixto Greek Wrap or Zaxos on the main Vouliagmeni strip to , sample Greece’s two most famous street food staples: souvlaki and gyros. Take your food to go and cross the road to the free pier in front of En Plo cafe .3. Hungry for culture? Visit one of the leading museums, such as the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture. 4. Athens’ modern metro system is not only a super cheap way of getting around (as are buses, trams and trains for that matter), it’s also a free archaeological museum and art gallery rolled into one. Follow our art on the underground guide to see ancient artefacts unearthed during construction, along with works by modern Greek artists like Yiannis Moralis and Costas Varotsos. 5. Stroll through the downtown neighbourhoods of Psirri, Keramikos and Exarchia for a free viewing of Athens’ electric street art scene. For something more traditional, head to Syntagma Square to observe the evzones’ changing of the guard, in all their pomp (and pompoms). It takes place hourly outside the Greek Parliament. 6. Your new destination is Platia Mavili (Mavili Square) in Ambelokipi, the heart of the city’s after-hours bar scene. Tuck into a top-notch pizza at Flower, or jive to funk and soul sounds at classic neighbourhood bar Briki. All Mavili Square evenings end with a visit to the legendary all-night canteen that dishes out vromiko (“dirty”) sandwiches and hot dogs to Athenian revellers until dawn.

Some Clubs where Athanias go:

"Kyttaro" is almost half a century old. This legendary club is where Athenians first heard the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and The Velvet Underground. Since then, Kyttaro has become the mecca of Greek rock. But you’ll catch the occasional traditional music like rembetika (the Greek blues) here, too.Adress: 48 Ipirou & Aharnon, Patisia, 104 39 PHone: +30 210 822 4134

"Half Note Jazz Club" has been around for nearly 40 years, serving the Athenians with Jazz, swing, bossa nova and the blues rule this intimate live stage. Adress:17 Trivonianou, Mets, 116 36 Phone: +30 210 9213 310

"Underflow Record Store & Art Gallery" This atmospheric record store and gallery hosts live music most Friday nights, from gypsy jazz to Bengali folk music and everything in between. Marble floors and high ceilings, an incredible selection of avant-garde jazz, world and electronic vinyl, a laid-back bar and an acoustically-treated basement for live gigs—there is no place like it in Athens. Adress:39 Kallirois, Neos Kosmos, 117 4 Phone:+30 211 403 9926

"Afrikana Jazz Bar" Don't be fooled by the picturesque Greek island exterior. Inside, Afrikana is painted black, much like the musical culture it supports with live performances by local and foreign bands every night. Known for its friendly atmosphere, quality drinks and smoke-free environment, Afrikana is a must-visit for jazz, soul, and funk aficionados. Adress: 13 Ierofanton, Gazi, 118 54 Phone:+30 210 341 0445

"The Speakeasy Athens" Straight out of the prohibition era, Speakeasy offers strong cocktails served with loud, live jazz, funk, gospel, blues, and soul (and clouds of cigarette smoke). Adress: 12 Lekka, Historic Centre, 105 62 Greek Music Pubs:

"Stavros tou Notou" this legendary live Greek music venue has evolved to encompass three stages. The Central Stage mainly hosts with live shows by well-known entekno artists, while The Club and + focus on pop and ethnic music. Adress: 37 Tharipou & Frantzi, Neos Kosmos, 117 43 Phone:+30 210 922 6975

"Sfiga Music Theatre" Part piano bar, part performance space, Sfiga is where you’ll catch Greek folk and acoustic sets. As well as live music, this intimate venue also hosts poetry and literature events. Adress: 13 Kiafas & Zoodohou Pigis, Exarchia, 106 78 Phone:+30 211 409 6149

Classical Music & Musical Theatre "Gazarte". One of the best live stages in Athens, Gazarte provides a platform for musical and theatrical performances by Greek and international artists. There are three stages, including one on the roof with stunning city and Parthenon views. Adress: 32-34 Voutadon, Gazi, 118 54 Phone:+30 210 346 0347

The Athens Concert Hall "Megaron" the Athens Concert Hall stages operas, classical music, theatre, and dance performances throughout the year. And there’s live music in the lovely secret garden in the summer months.Adress: 115 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, 115 21 Phone+30 210 928 2900

"Faust Bar" This cabaret-like space is housed in a three-storey listed building. Red velvet drapes, baroque furniture and ornate chandeliers are the first things that catch your eye. Potent cocktails are served at the bar, while the live stage and the theatre stage on the second floor are occupied by singers, actors, and DJs almost every night. Adress: 11 Kalamiotou, Historic Centre, 105 60 Wheelchair Accessible Phone:+30 210 323 4095

Athens is one of the most important cultural cities in Southern Europe and offers not only archaeological sites and Antiquity. Kreta.com – Your Holiday – Advisor for Greece. Contact: info@kreta.com We wish you a nice time in Athens.

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Visit Athens the heart of Greece! A hearty welcome to Athens, a lively capital city with blend of classic visitor sights, excellent social scene and its laidback old-town "Plaka". Athens and its heritage are an adventure. Athens the capital of Greece and his Culture is a magnet for artists from all over the world. Athens is not only the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. A city that is so young and yet so old! The Acropolis has been a World Heritage Site since 1987, and the Acropolis Museum shows the heritage exclusively from the Acropolis of Athens. In June 2009, after 5 years of construction, the Acropolis Museum reopened. The Archaeological National Museum of Athens is the most important and oldest museum in Greece, where you can see a collection of the most important antiquities from all over Greece from the Neolithic era to Classical periods (Patission Str. 44). Worth to see: “The Agora” built in the plain around the Acropolis. The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice. Price for Tickets: 8 reduced 4 € Expert advice what to do in Athens: Athens it’s easy to explore on foot. Athens is one of the most important cultural cities in Southern Europe and offers not only archaeological sites and Antiquity. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Athens. 2-Day Itinerary: First day 1. The peerless Parthenon never disappoints and you can save with a multi-site Acropolis ticket that includes six other archeological sites. 2.If you’re only going to fork out for one museum in Athens, make it the Acropolis Museum. The Parthenon Gallery on the top floor makes an unforgettable impact. At just €10 to enter (€5 off-season), it’s one of the best value museums of its calibre in the world. 3. Take a scenic, ten-minute stroll to Mnisikleous Street in Plaka and unwind on the café-lined stairs. 4. The lively "Athens Central Market“and rustle up a locavore’s picnic of cheap seasonal produce, olives and cured meats. At cheery Karamanlidika tou Fani, just by the central market, you can purchase delicious salami and cheese to go, or eat them in-house. 5. "Monastiraki flea market“ has bargains galore, especially on Sunday morning when many traders sell bric a brac on the streets around "Avissinia Square and Thissio station". Protogenous Street in hip "Psirri" is heaven for dedicated vintage shoppers.

Ready for a Evening walk? Beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou street has it all: neoclassical mansions, Art Deco architecture, street performers and ancient monuments.The picture-perfect lanes of Anafiotika, the hidden village underneath the Acropolis. Then catch an Athenian sunset up on the Areopagus, a rocky perch below the Parthenon. Set out for some extended night manoeuvres in Keramikos. This happening neighbourhood comes alive after dark and has many places to experience Athenian nightlife first-hand. 2. Day 1. Catch the free shuttle bus from Syntagma Square to explore the range of free activities and performances at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC). Picnic on your bakery goodies in the park, check out the petanque players (or ice skaters in winter; the rink is free with pre-booking) beside the vast canal, play in the sound garden, or use the free workstations in the National Library. Don’t miss taking in the splendid panoramas of city and sea from the Lighthouse. 2. Hop on an A2 bus from Syntagma Square to visit the Athens Riviera and its crown jewel VOULIAGMENI. Hit up Tylixto Greek Wrap or Zaxos on the main Vouliagmeni strip to , sample Greece’s two most famous street food staples: souvlaki and gyros. Take your food to go and cross the road to the free pier in front of En Plo cafe .3. Hungry for culture? Visit one of the leading museums, such as the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture. 4. Athens’ modern metro system is not only a super cheap way of getting around (as are buses, trams and trains for that matter), it’s also a free archaeological museum and art gallery rolled into one. Follow our art on the underground guide to see ancient artefacts unearthed during construction, along with works by modern Greek artists like Yiannis Moralis and Costas Varotsos. 5. Stroll through the downtown neighbourhoods of Psirri, Keramikos and Exarchia for a free viewing of Athens’ electric street art scene. For something more traditional, head to Syntagma Square to observe the evzones’ changing of the guard, in all their pomp (and pompoms). It takes place hourly outside the Greek Parliament. 6. Your new destination is Platia Mavili (Mavili Square) in Ambelokipi, the heart of the city’s after-hours bar scene. Tuck into a top-notch pizza at Flower, or jive to funk and soul sounds at classic neighbourhood bar Briki. All Mavili Square evenings end with a visit to the legendary all-night canteen that dishes out vromiko (“dirty”) sandwiches and hot dogs to Athenian revellers until dawn.

Some Clubs where Athanias go:

"Kyttaro" is almost half a century old. This legendary club is where Athenians first heard the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and The Velvet Underground. Since then, Kyttaro has become the mecca of Greek rock. But you’ll catch the occasional traditional music like rembetika (the Greek blues) here, too.Adress: 48 Ipirou & Aharnon, Patisia, 104 39 PHone: +30 210 822 4134

"Half Note Jazz Club" has been around for nearly 40 years, serving the Athenians with Jazz, swing, bossa nova and the blues rule this intimate live stage. Adress:17 Trivonianou, Mets, 116 36 Phone: +30 210 9213 310

"Underflow Record Store & Art Gallery" This atmospheric record store and gallery hosts live music most Friday nights, from gypsy jazz to Bengali folk music and everything in between. Marble floors and high ceilings, an incredible selection of avant-garde jazz, world and electronic vinyl, a laid-back bar and an acoustically-treated basement for live gigs—there is no place like it in Athens. Adress:39 Kallirois, Neos Kosmos, 117 4 Phone:+30 211 403 9926

"Afrikana Jazz Bar" Don't be fooled by the picturesque Greek island exterior. Inside, Afrikana is painted black, much like the musical culture it supports with live performances by local and foreign bands every night. Known for its friendly atmosphere, quality drinks and smoke-free environment, Afrikana is a must-visit for jazz, soul, and funk aficionados. Adress: 13 Ierofanton, Gazi, 118 54 Phone:+30 210 341 0445

"The Speakeasy Athens" Straight out of the prohibition era, Speakeasy offers strong cocktails served with loud, live jazz, funk, gospel, blues, and soul (and clouds of cigarette smoke). Adress: 12 Lekka, Historic Centre, 105 62 Greek Music Pubs:

"Stavros tou Notou" this legendary live Greek music venue has evolved to encompass three stages. The Central Stage mainly hosts with live shows by well-known entekno artists, while The Club and + focus on pop and ethnic music. Adress: 37 Tharipou & Frantzi, Neos Kosmos, 117 43 Phone:+30 210 922 6975

"Sfiga Music Theatre" Part piano bar, part performance space, Sfiga is where you’ll catch Greek folk and acoustic sets. As well as live music, this intimate venue also hosts poetry and literature events. Adress: 13 Kiafas & Zoodohou Pigis, Exarchia, 106 78 Phone:+30 211 409 6149

Classical Music & Musical Theatre "Gazarte". One of the best live stages in Athens, Gazarte provides a platform for musical and theatrical performances by Greek and international artists. There are three stages, including one on the roof with stunning city and Parthenon views. Adress: 32-34 Voutadon, Gazi, 118 54 Phone:+30 210 346 0347

The Athens Concert Hall "Megaron" the Athens Concert Hall stages operas, classical music, theatre, and dance performances throughout the year. And there’s live music in the lovely secret garden in the summer months.Adress: 115 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, 115 21 Phone+30 210 928 2900

"Faust Bar" This cabaret-like space is housed in a three-storey listed building. Red velvet drapes, baroque furniture and ornate chandeliers are the first things that catch your eye. Potent cocktails are served at the bar, while the live stage and the theatre stage on the second floor are occupied by singers, actors, and DJs almost every night. Adress: 11 Kalamiotou, Historic Centre, 105 60 Wheelchair Accessible Phone:+30 210 323 4095

Athens is one of the most important cultural cities in Southern Europe and offers not only archaeological sites and Antiquity. Kreta.com – Your Holiday – Advisor for Greece. Contact: info@kreta.com We wish you a nice time in Athens.
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