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||Introduction to Athens, Greece
|Athens, Greece's capital and by far its largest city, is modern, noisy, polluted and chaotic. But it has its charms and attractions. During antiquity it grew to become the centre of a rich, powerful and influential city state (polis) famed for its philosophers, artists, architects and political leaders. Today, the fame of those glory days and the remains of buildings and treasures created by the ancient Athenians attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.
The My Favourite Planet guide to Athens will be expanding to include more detailed information about this fascinating city. We begin with our photo galleries, featuring photos of some of its main attractions. Each gallery page contains background information to the places, people and objects in the photos.
|Athens facts and figures|
||Athens (Modern Greek, Αθήνα, Athina;|
Ancient Greek, Ἀθῆναι, Athenai)
||37° 58′ N, 23° 43′ E|
||Athens municipality 38.964 square km|
metropolitan area 411.7 square km
||Athens municipality 745,514 (estimated)|
metropolitan area 3,761,810 (estimated)
||Eastern European Time (EET)
Daylight Saving Schedule:
Summer (from last Sunday in March)
GMT/UTC +3 hours
Winter (from last Sunday in October)
GMT/UTC +2 hours
Map showing the position of Athens and Attica
See also our interactive map of Greece.
Above, the Pnyx, the ancient meeting place of the Athenian democratic assembly.
Below, the Hephaistion, the temple of Hephaistos, in the Athenian Agora.
in Kavala's historic Panagia District
Olive Garden Restaurant
+30 22460 49 109
+30 22460 49 286
The tourist information office on the pedestrianized Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
(Οδός Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου), near the Acropolis metro station.
|For many years the main tourist information office in Athens was on Syntagma Square, considered the city's centre, through which most tourists had to pass, particularly to use services such as banks, currency exchange, the main post office and public telephone office for international calls. Improvements in the city's infrastructure and public transport, as well as the widespread use of ATMs and mobile phones, mean that Syntagma is no longer the most important urban hub. The office was moved to Amalias Street, but then closed, leaving central Athens with no tourist information office for a number of years. It seems to make sense to place the new office near the Acropolis, by far Greece's most popular tourist attraction.
Greece's once excellent national network of tourist information offices has been decimated since the start of the country's economic crisis, and even recently built bureaus in cities like Thessaloniki have closed. In many towns and tourist resorts there is now no tourist info service at all. Many of the useful free maps are no longer available, but some regions still produce expensive glossy brochures telling you how wonderful everything is but with little practical information.
||Tourist Information Offices in Athens
18-20 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens
Tel: +30 210 33 10 529, +30 210 33 10 392,
+30 210 33 10 716, +30 210 33 10 347
Fax: +30 210 33 10 640
Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 20:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00
Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"
Tel: +30 210 35 30 989
Fax: +30 210 35 32 307
Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00
Tourist information offices in Greece are operated
by the Greek National Tourist Organization (GNTO).
Website: www.visitgreece.gr (in Greek and English)
E-mail (general information): firstname.lastname@example.org
Local governments in some regions and cities around
Greece also run their own tourist information offices.
A Map of Athens during the Roman Imperial period around 200 AD,
superimposed on a plan of the modern city of the early 1920s.
From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd. Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1923.
At the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin.
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