Athens Travel Guide

Athens is an affable city enlivened by pedestrian streets, outdoor cafes, parks, urban eccentrics and gardens, redolent with mythology and smeared with grime. If you get into the Athenian mindset, you might not even notice the layer of nefos (smog) overhead.

Athens is a curious blend of east and west; its raucous street vendors and colourful markets are reminiscent of Turkish bazaars, while crumbling neoclassical mansions hark back to the city's brief heyday as the 'Paris of the Mediterranean'. The city may look like a concrete jungle, but beyond this off-putting veneer is a kind of dilapidated charm. Almost every house and apartment has a balcony bulging with geraniums, and many of the city's streets and squares are fringed with orange trees.

Facts in a glance

Area: 428 sq km
Population: 3.27 million
Country: Greece
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 (Eastern European Time)
Telephone Area Code: 21

See Also

Events in Athens

Hotels in Athens

Restaurants in Athens

Nightlife in Athens

Attractions in Athens

Maps of Athens

Weather in Athens

Art in Athens


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