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About Athens

Athens’ heyday was around 400 years BC—that’s when most of the classical monuments were built. During the Byzantine and Turkish eras, the city decayed into just an insignificant little village, only to become the capital of newly-liberated Greece in 1833. Ahead of the 2004 Olympics, almost the entire infrastructure was transformed—the Metro, trams, new ring roads and viaducts have eased the pressure of the heavy traffic.

Athens is still a rather messy and chaotic place—it wouldn’t be Athens otherwise—and despite all the improvements, still retains a great deal of its oriental charm. The whole coastal stretch from Piraeus to the old Hellenikon airport has been improved with new plantings, viaducts and paths for walking. The Plaka quarter is becoming more popular and is on the way to catching up with Psyrri, Gazi and Rouf as regards restaurants. Discover the right places in the Anafiotika district, at the feet of the Acropolis, and you will find it still has a village feel in the midst of the city. In Exarchia, there is still a somewhat in-your-face anarchic atmosphere around the Technical University. Meanwhile, Kolonaki is becoming more and more chic.

The temple of the Ancient theater of Herodes under Acropolis of Athens Greece
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Currency

1 Euro, € = 100 cent

Emergency Numbers

Police 100 Fire 199 Ambulance 166

City connections

Birmingham

BHX United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland

Bucharest

OTP Romania

Catania

CTA Italy

Cluj

CLJ Romania

Heraklion

HER Greece

Lamezia Terrme

SUF Italy

Larnaca

LCA Cyprus

Liverpool

LPL United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland

London

LTN United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland

Naxos Island

JNX Greece

Tel Aviv

TLV Israel

Torino

TRN Italy

Zakynthos

ZTH Greece
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