We would like to provide you with some additional information, especially for those of you who plan to spend the weekend in Athens:
Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos
The Airport website provides useful information in terms of real time flight information, airport information, access information and details on the airport Shopping Centre and the Art & Culture exhibitions, available at the Eleftherios Venizelos premises.
Athens Urban Transportation Organization
Here is where you will find all information relevant to buses, trams, trolleys and metro lines 1, 2 and 3. Announcements’ and Trip Planer sections are expected to be extremely useful, especially if you plan a small getaway to the southern suburbs of the city (seaside suburbs).
The Official Tourism Website for Greece
Information such as Athens by bike (Cycling around the city), Athens by Culture (the Acropolis Museum), Athens by night (Open air cinemas) and True Athens (a true experience) are some of the articles which may come in handy, especially if you plan on getting an alternative taste of Athens than the one in a tourist guide.
Through "athenspotlighted" programme you are provided with a free discount city card, which can be used at various cultural sites, museums, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and a wide variety of selected stores all over Athens.
Benefits and discounts, as well as the involved spots and all relevant information can be found at programme's dedicated site.
Make sure that you collect and validate your free city card upon your arrival at the designated areas in the airport. The card can be collected at two dedicated "athenspotlighted" booths between 06:00 and 22:00 hrs inside the Baggage reclaim area, at info stands 5 & 6 at Arrivals level between 22:00 and 06:00 and at the Athens International Airport's Business Centre located at the arrivals level between 06:00 and 22:00.
Athens Spotlighted card is a promotional card for the city of Athens intended for the use of its international visitors. The card is valid for 10 days and provides you with special discounts and benefits at our city’s best spots.
Athens certainly has a lot of intriguing places that you will highly enjoy. By staying downtown, you are going to find yourself within walking distance from the majority of them. Alternatively, you can use any means of transportation to reach the suburbs of Athens or any other places of interest within the vicinity.
One of the places you should definitely visit while in Athens is the historical district. The picturesque paved streets, the lovely taverns with the delicious traditional cuisine dishes, the cozy bars, the galleries, the cultural centers, the museums, the old churches and the ancient monuments bedazzle the eye of the beholder. Especially during the winter, the heart of the Athenian night life beats in Psyrri, Thiseio, Kerameikos, Gazi and Monastiraki, where visitors will find numerous big and smaller bars and clubs. It is actually not recommended to drive in the historical district, since parking is limited, after the unification of all the archeological sites and their transformation into pedestrian alleys.
In the heart of Athens there are various places of special interest, like the National Gardens and Zappeio Hall. There are also many beautiful churches and museums (like the Byzantine, the Military – War a nd the Museum of Folk Art) that are definitely worth a visit. The National Gallery hosts exceptional permanent and temporary collections of prominent Greek and foreign artists.
The Lycabettus Hill is just across from the Acropolis. From there visitors will have the chance to enjoy the most scintillating, panoramic view of the Greek capital. The chapel of St. George is located atop the hill and was built on the 19th century. There is also a nice restaurant close by, where you can enjoy a gourmet candlelit dinner, under the stars. Access to the Lycabettus Hill is easy by car, bus and foot or even better by the funicular railway, which departs from Kolonaki district.
Megaron Mousikis (Athens Concert Hall) is just 2 metro stops from downtown Athens and it constitutes a major cultural center. Famous artists and renowned orchestras have performed in its amazing state-of-the-art halls, while numerous unforgettable concerts of dancing and theater have attracted thousands of visitors. Megaron Plus is located right next to the Athens Concert Hall and regularly hosts numerous lectures, workshops and conferences on behalf of prominent academic institutions, think tanks, medical associations, multinational corporations etc.
Look for (keywords):
Plaka, The Acropolis Hill, The Parthenon, The Acropolis Museum, Syntagma (Constitution Square) Metro station, Ancient Agora, National Garden, Monastiraki Flea Market, The Temple of Olympic Zeus, Roman Agora and Hadrian's Library, Lycabetus Hill, National Historic Museum, Benaki Museum, Cycladic Art Museum, Royal Palace, Theatre of Dionysos, Odeon of Herod Atticus, all within a 3 km range from the heart of Athens, The Constitution Square (Syntagma sq.).