nycflyer
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What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:11 pm

I'm going to ATH for the first time this Thursday to Sunday. Got a cheap ticket from CAI (going OA in both directions), and I've never been there, and it's a place I've always thought I'd like to see.

So, does anyone have advice as to:
1) where to stay, i.e. the location - and if anyone has a recommendation of a mid-range hotel, that's good too
2) what to see. I'll be there as a tourist, obviously I'll go to the Acropolis, would like to see the Olympic stadium, but what else?
3) how good is the subway? does it go everywhere on would need to go, and how long from the airport?

And anything else you might think of that would be useful to a first-time visitor. And any a.netter ATH residents free for a beer at some point?

Also, some of you who are drawn to this post may remember a similar thread I started a few weeks ago. Thanks for those who replied. Unfortunately now I won't be going through either ATH or IST, hence this trip to ATH for several days. Thanks. ATH Or IST For 6-Hour Layover? (by NYCFlyer Jun 23 2005 in Aviation Polls & Prefs)>
 
lewis
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:01 pm

1) I would stay downtown if I were you, although I have no idea about the hotels and their prices, never had to use one, apart from the big and expensive hotels like Hilton, Intercontinental, Ledra Marriott, Grande Bretagne etc. You might be able to find some online.

2)Apart from the Acropolis, you might want to spend a day in Plaka, the old district, and Monastiraki, both under the Acropolis so you should be able to do all that in a day. I am not sure that the Olympic stadium complex is accessible to tourists although it should be and it can be reached by the green train line. You should also go for a swim in the south suburbs. To go there you can take the tram from Syntagma square downtown, a bus or a cab. Popular beaches are those of Varkiza, Vouliagmeni, Voula and Glyfada (you can also do some shopping in Glyfada too, or have lunch and coffee). Try to avoid going to the beach on weekend since it will be packed. Keep your Saturday for the Acropolis and your Sunday for a short walk around since most Athenians will be on the beach and the city centre wont be annoyingly busy.

3) The subway's network is not as vast because it is fairly new and it doesn't cover all parts of Athens. But buses run frequently to all the places that you would like to go and the tram offers access to the coastal areas. The airport is connected to the subway and suburban railway and a trip from the airport to Athens with the subway would take you 40-45 minutes.


If I can think of anything else useful I will add to this post. I will probably be away for a long weekend Big grin so unfortunately I wont be able to join in for a beer  Sad
 
SXFAN
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:20 pm

Here is an interesting link. http://www.airliners.net/discussions...n_aviation/read.main/678830/4/When are you planning to visit Athens? I may be able to join you for a beer on Thursday or Friday and give you some info. contact me via e-mail if you think that we can meet!
Cheers
Vasilis.
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:42 pm

3 words.

Hydra
Aegina
Spetsis

All 3 lovely, and within easy reach of Piraeus. Definitely worth a day trip, if you have time.
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:45 pm

The Acropolis, for which you should have a guided tour, and Plaka can both be done in a day. Plaka is a tourist shop mecca with hundreds of small places designed to get you a nice little souvenir or a very expensive souvenir. Plenty of restaurants there as well.

Delphi. You can reach this with a rental car and it is well worth the visit. Terrific little mountainside restaurant on the way back, but the museum is first class, with more ancient statuary than you can shake a stick at. You can even see the "navel" of the world. This is pretty much a complete day.

There is a very old university and writers haven there, and spending the time to take a bus tour of the city would be worthwhile as well, getting off for lunch and seeing whatever interests you the most. The museums are numerous and you can see them at the Athens tourism website.
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:29 am

I on some occasions in Athens loved the STANLEY Hotel, from Omonia Square just a bit "downhill". A very nice medium class hotel really to be recommended.
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:31 am

Athens is such a fun city. Definitely try to stay downtown. The majority of what you'd want to see is there, and the metro system, while not extensive (since it is new, though the system is beautiful!), is good in that area.

I love Athens. I will actually be living there temporairily for four months next spring. I'm very excited.
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:23 am

Quoting NYCFlyer (Thread starter):
I'm going to ATH for the first time this Thursday to Sunday.

A pragmatic approach would be: "I intend to go to ATH..." or "according to schedule I should be in ATH...", unless you intend to swim over or rent a boat.  Smile

However, there is no planned strike in the Greek aviation world for this week yet, so there is a distinct possibility you will be able to enjoy the city on the planned dates.

A.net's ol' English buccaneer (though riding under French flag) mentioned what is IMO a must-be/see, spend a day (or part of) in a nearby island.
By far the most pittoresque and interesting is Hydra, though it is also the furthest down from Piraeus. The hydrofoil (Minoan-Flying dolphins lines) brings you there in 1.10-1.35 depending on boat type and stopovers.
http://www.dolphins.gr/HFDWeb/en/HFDHome.aspx

Plaka (tourist trap but trendy), Monastiraki, Acropolis, are all close to the Syntagma square area, which hosts several 1 and 2-stars (Cat C or B) reasonable hotels. Probably not to miss (especially if the atmosphere is clear, a little before sunset) is Lykavitos hill. Can be reached by cablecar or on foot.
 
nycflyer
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:15 pm

thanks everyone. this is very helpful. anyone know how much the hydrofoil to Hydra costs?

and is the Temple of Posiedon (sp?) worth going out of the way to visit? is it easy to get a bus there? and if so, how long is the ride?

Just booked a cheap hotel in Plaka.

regards.
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:37 pm

Poseidon temple and Cape Sounion is a must see esp during summer. Go there and enjoy the sunset and the antiquities.
How to get there:P G.O. Tours offers organised visits to Sounion on a daily basis. It will cost you approx 35 Euros and the bus departs from G.O.'s terminal (corner of Amalias str. & Souri str. opposite Zappeion) at 15.00.
The price includes transportation to and from Sounion and guide expences.
For any info contact G.O tours at: +30 210 9219555.
Cheers!
Vasilis.
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:45 pm

Jay,

Cape Sounion is enshrined in mythology.
Unless you were yourself born and bred in the Greek world, fed with goatmilk and teached to believe in the unbelievable, all you will see are a few piled up stones and a moderately nice seaview. Worth a picture, perhaps two.  Smile

Piraeus-Hydra and back
Depends on the type of boat, (single trip on) modern catamaran is 18.50E, on Nefeli 10.40E and probably about the same on Flying Dolphins (Russian made in the 70's), so it might range between 20 and just short of 40E round trip.
You can find the prices and book on line on the link I gave earlier.

Enjoy !
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:58 pm

i'd agree with a trip to Sounio, it's like a little piece of heaven on earth and a place i love going to whenever i go back to see family, i enjoy sitting at the little cafe in the evening with nobody around, just watching out over the ocean as the ships cruise past! magic to say the least!
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 06, 2005 9:05 pm

Qantas077 tell this to Iakobos  Wink
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Thu Jul 07, 2005 7:58 am

Phile, it won't work, I was not fed on goat milk and never had to go through the labyrinth of mythology  Smile

At best, I may understand that Sounio can be a place conducing to poetic thoughts under the right circumstances around sunset...if one tries really very hard.

Seriously, with only 3 days to spend, I think it would not be worthwhile for NYCFlyer to dedicate 6-7 hours to that site.
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:14 am

By the way Jay, how was ATH ?
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:06 pm

Quoting Iakobos (Reply 14):
By the way Jay, how was ATH ?

I had a great time, thanks for asking. SXFAN showed me around, drove me down to Cape Sounion (definitely worth it for the view) and around Piraeus. I did the usual tourist/historic sights in Athens. I met up with another friend there as well, and saw a bit of the nightlife there. Stayed in a small but functional place in Plaka. On my last day I did a day trip to Hydra. It was beautiful. Not much to do, and the harbor is nice but really just a tourist trap. So, I hiked 25 minutes east on the main road to the beach at Hotel Miramar, where it was free entry for non-guests and they had a DJ playing, and just lounged on the beach and had a few drinks. A blissful day. All in all, it was a great trip. Thanks for your input earlier.

OA, on the other hand, was less than impressive. We were 30 minutes late departing, and 90 minutes late on the return trip (waiting for connecting pax for another delayed flight). The staff seemed a little less organized than on other airlines. The check-in area in ATH had no real lines, people sort of pushing their way up to the counter. But ATH itself is a beautiful airport. And the subway is great as well.
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:56 pm

Quoting Iakobos (Reply 13):
At best, I may understand that Sounio can be a place conducing to poetic thoughts under the right circumstances around sunset...if one tries really very hard.

i don't think it has anything to do with the mythology or circumstances, i think it's just a lovely place to sit and think about lifes simple pleasures...like watching the water and the boats cruising by, the sunsetting and how glorious peace and quiet can be sometimes!

glad you went and enjoyed Athens and Greece, it's chosen by the Gods so you can't argue with that!  Wink
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:36 am

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 16):
glad you went and enjoyed Athens and Greece, it's chosen by the Gods so you can't argue with that!

Well Qantas now you are over-reacting!
 
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RE: What To Do In ATH For 3 Days?

Wed Jul 13, 2005 9:05 am

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 16):
it's chosen by the Gods so you can't argue with that!

An unbiased correction: it was once chosen by (local) Gods...they emigrated some long time ago.

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 15):
The staff seemed a little less organized than on other airlines.

I am sure your delicate choice of words will be unanimously appreciated by the Greek A.netters  duck 

Did Vassilis try to sell you some of his olives ?

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