|Destination Airport IATA Code||ATH|
|Destination City Name||Athens|
Athens, the capital of Greece, is often referred to as the cradle of civilisation. It is one of the oldest cities in the world with more than 3,400 years of recorded history.
The magnificent Acropolis, an ancient citadel on top of a rocky hill, dominates the city’s landscape, with many ancient buildings of architectural and historic significance on it, most famously the Parthenon.
Athens boasts some of the world’s finest museums in the world and has an impressive cultural heritage. It also has a lively nightlife.
The best times to visit Athens in spring or fall, as the heat between mid-June and late August can be too intense for sightseeing, averaging 93F. If you do visit in the summer, start the day early to avoid the strong afternoon sun. Beware that July and August are very busy months, so book well in advance to get the best cheap flight to Athens deal if you visit in the summer.
Winter temperatures in Athens average 57F, but have been known to hit highs of 73F, and it can be rainy.
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Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH)
Athens International Airport is named after Elefthérios Venizélos, former prime minister of Greece, who was famous for his contribution to the development of Greek aviation. It is the hub for Aegean Airlines and handles more than 20 million passengers a year. The main terminal handles all international flights, while the satellite terminal is reserved for European airlines only.
Getting into central Athens from the airport is easy as transport links are excellent. The railway station is accessed from the main terminal by an elevated walkway. Youi can take Athens Metro line 3 or a suburban train. There are also four bus services that connect directly to the Athens metropolitan area, including the intercity bus stations and the capital’s port, Piraeus.
Athens is a vast urban sprawl and permanently clogged with traffic. Driving is not recommended unless you can read Greek. Within the city, public transport is excellent and the easiest way to get around. The Athens Metro (Attiko Metro) has three lines servicing 61 metro stations. In the immediate city centre, there is also a network of trolley buses and trams. A pedestrian-only archaeological promenade links the Acropolis to all the city’s major archaeological sites.
If you plan to explore Greece beyond Athens, the country has an excellent network of modern intercity buses. The main railway station connects to all other major Greek cities. And of course ferries to many of the Greek islands can be caught from Piraeus.
The Acropolis is where to see the iconic monuments and ruins from between 510 and 400 BC, including the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. The Acropolis Museum houses various archaeological findings from the Acropolis and has glass floors through you can view the ruins on below layers.
Head to the Athens’ Museum Mile area to enjoy the Benaki Museum – it holds Greek art, both ancient and modern, in contemporary and historic buildings. Entry to the permanent exhibitions is free on Thursdays.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, on the southern slope of the Acropolis, is a restored outdoor stone auditorium constructed in 161 AD. It was originally a venue for music concerts with a capacity for 5,000. Today it is used as a site for theatre, music and art festivals including the Athens Festival, which runs from May through October.
It’s helpful to learn the Greek alphabet – once you’ve memorised it, many words are surprisingly easy to decipher and it’s useful for getting around as not all road or metro signs are in English. However, English is widely spoken in Greek metropolitan areas.
Do engage with the locals – Greek people are friendly and welcoming to all visitors. You are likely to be offered to share a glass of ouzo in the restaurants and bars! Eating is casual and choose restaurants where the locals dine as the food will be much better. The Greeks tend to eat late, often after 10pm. The water is drinkable.
Greece is in the EEST time zone, making it 7 hours ahead of Washington DC.
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