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A Brief Visit to Athens

A September 2004 trip to Athens by lslay78

Linnea in front of Acropolis Photo, Athens, Greece More Photos
Quote: Upon arrival in Greece, Athens is a bustling, crowded, sweaty city. You make your way through the obligatory sites while jet-lagged and hardly able to enjoy them properly. I returned to Athens weeks later to find it much more appealing, only after becoming acclimated to the Greek pace of life.

A Brief Visit to Athens


Linnea in front of Acropolis Photo, Athens, Greece
Of course, what's the first thing you need to do in Athens? See the Acropolis! Brave the crowds, the hill, and the heat for this amazing site. We especially enjoyed the restored Stoa of Attalos and well-preserved Temple of Hephaestus in the Agora. The Columns of Olympian Zeus offer great views of the Acropolis. Make sure you take a walk around the Acropolis at night on the wide pedestrian streets that were created for the Olympics. Enjoy the nightlife and people-watching before you settle down for a lovely dinner.Quick Tips: The ticket is a costly 12€, but it includes admission to the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Theatre of Dionysos, Roman Agora, Kerameikos, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. W...Read More
Zorba's Hotel Photo, Athens, Greece
The best thing about Zorba's was its close proximity to the Metro station. It was nice to not have to lug my bags for blocks to find the place. There are some good places for a quick bite in Viktorias Square, but that's about it. Hop on the Metro, and you'll be in Monastiraki in no time. The hostel itself has friendly staff manning the desk at all hours. Carrying your bags up the stairs is tough, as they get narrow at the top, so I was lucky to be on the first floor. We stayed for two nights in a six-bed dorm room with a bathroom and shower. The bathroom floor was suspect, but the bedsheets were clean. Ask for a top sheet at the desk -- the charge is supposed to be one euro, but if you are a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2004

Zorba's Hotel
10 Gkyilfordou Street
Athens, Greece 10434
+30 (1) 8234239

Student & Travellers Inn

Hotel | "Student & Travellers' Inn"

DO call ahead for reservations at this popular place. I didn't stay here when I first arrived in Athens, because they quoted me 100 euros for a dorm bed during the Para-lympics! I called ahead from Mykonos in October and got my dorm bed for a more respectable 20 euros. This place was packed, and I saw families being turned away after I had checked in. Student & Travellers' Inn is ideally located in Plaka, close to shopping, restaurants, bars, and views of the Acropolis lit up at night. It was really easy to meet new friends here -- just sit in the shady courtyard and strike up a conversation. Hang out until you find some people to go out with, and you'll have a great time. My new frien...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2004

Student & Travellers Inn
16 Kydathineon, Plaka
Athens, Greece 105 58
210 32 48 802

Tavern Erato


Erato is tucked back a little from this touristy street in Plaka. The host may try to get you to sit in view of the doorway, but keep going back into the courtyard garden for a better time. You won't be distracted by the noise and actions of the street in here.

I enjoyed an unrushed meal and decent house wine here with my new friends from the Student & Travellers' Inn. The fried cheese appetizer was especially good as was my simple fruit salad.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Tavern Erato
134 Adrianou Str. Plaka
Athens, Greece