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Athens at a Glance

Modern-day Athens sprawls out from the tight cluster of hillside ruins that made it famous. Come to Athens to gaze upon the remains of the Acropolis, which was the center of Athenian culture and politics. The white marble of once proud gates, a temple to Nike, statues and the grand Parthenon itself remains pure and bright, despite thousands of years. Let your imagination run wild here as well as at several excellent museums which explain the ruins and elaborate on ancient culture.

If you've come to see modern Athens, the new downtown has no car traffic and is perfect for wandering. Experience seafood fresh from the ocean, delicious local cheeses, rich feta, honey and milk. Shop at one of the many markets and find food, flowers, antiques, clothing, textiles and more. In the evening, catch a concert or head to the clubs. Athens's energy is contagious.

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Athens International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Greece if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. For more information, contact a Greek consulate's office. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Mavromateon Terminal
      • Railroad Athens-Larisis Train Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Athens has a warm, Mediterranean climate.

      Safety Concerns Some Athenian bars have tourist scams where solo men are encouraged to buy drinks for friendly local girls. The resulting drinks bill is astronomically high. Pick pocketing is a minor problem and most theft occurs from other travelers staying in hotels and hostels.

      Health Concerns Jelly fish and anemones can be painful nuisances on the beach. Watch out for them when you swim or walk in bare feet. During the summer, avoid snake bite by wearing shoes and long pants. Travelers may want mosquito repellent.