(5-6 dicember 2015)
It is not easy to describe Athens, the capital of ancient Greece, the birthplace of modern democracy, the Olympics and Homer.
The city alternates archaeological remains of great importance like the Parthenon, World Heritage, and a creeping degradation not relegated only to the abandoned suburbs, like other European capitals, but it’s shared with luxury of the central area of the city.
In Plaka, which is the part most visited by mass tourism, in addition to large and luxury shops of the most important international brands alternate old shacks, abandoned, dirty, a real eyesore.
And then, just a few hundred meters away compared to traditional tourist paths to immerse themselves in decadent areas. For example, the National Archeological Museum, not particularly peripheral but that’s enough to want to come back in a big hurry within the tourist routes.
The same archaeological sites, real wealth of Athens, seem left to themselves. At the entrance of Acropolis there is nothing that can direct the tourist, not a library where to buy the guidebooks, not the audio guides, nothing at all, leaving the poor tourists do it yourself completely abandoned to himself.
Athens is also this, an immense city of a great past and present problems. A chaotic city, huge, messy and a little decadent. Returning from Athens is left with a little bitter taste for what may be and however unfortunately not.
To reach the city the fastest and most convenient is definitely the subway.
Exit the airport, following the signs, you will reach the ticket office where you can purchase the tickets. The cost is 8,00 EUR per way.
In about a half hour subway leads to Syntagma Square and from there anywhere in the city.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The National Archaeological Museum
The Church Kapnikarea
WITH A LITTLE MORE TIME
The Acropolis Museum
The “Flea Market”
The Temple of Jupiter
WHERE TO EAT
Tyliho – Aiolou Aiolou, 19 (lunch)
A “street food” room, great food and prices very, very affordable.
Ydria Restaurant Hadrian, 68 (dinner)
Local very nice in the heart of the quaint central Plaka, well attended, with great food.
WHERE TO STAY
Adams Hotel Chairefontos, 6 (Plaka).
Modest, insufficient breakfast facility. Posisizione very central, very affordable rates.