Historic Walking Areas in Athens

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Historic Walking Areas in Athens

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  • r t
    Bromsgrove, UK711 contributions
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    The track up here was really good and although it seemed a long jaunt the views from the top were incredible.
    The signposts are none existant but it's fairly self explanatory
    Written February 14, 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,631 contributions
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    The Panathenaic Way was the ancient road, built as a processional path that ran ll the way from Athens’ main gate, right up to the top of the Acropolis.
    Every 4 years, Athenians celebrated the Panathenaia festival and made their way along the road towards the Altar of Athena on the Acropolis.
    We walked along the short stretch that runs through the Ancient Agora. It’s a dry, dusty pathway but in ancient times, it was the scene of the grand Panathenaic procession. Men brought sacrificial animals, herding noisy goats, rams, bulls, cows, and sheep along the way while elderly men brought olive branches. Women carried water-jugs on their shoulders and baskets of offerings for the gods.
    Later when we were at the Acropolis Museum, we saw scenes of this Panathenaic Way procession on the Parthenon frieze.
    Written November 11, 2023
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  • Sonya I
    London, UK92 contributions
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    An always busy square but more so in the evenings. The road containing the flea market in one corner has a banner to tell you that the flea market is there., I went to a few shops at the beginning and went back as they were all selling the same tourist stuff including t shirts, evil eyes etc.
    The square is a good meeting point and there are lots of shops and cafes in the upper corner of the square. The square itself has a few stalls that were selling fresh fruit and musicians/ buskers were entertaining the crowds.
    One of the metro exits opens onto the square so you really can't get lost.
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • DuncanE145
    Halesowen29 contributions
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    Having completed 6 of the 7 sites on the €30 combined ticket we felt that we should visit this site to get a full house. The site is not too far out of the way and is tucked in the corner of a pleasant park. There isn't a lot to see and, apart from one other couple, we were the only ones there. The information panels have good content but you'll need a lot of imagination to envisage what the site would have looked like in its heyday.
    Written November 15, 2022
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  • Elizabeth R
    Farmington, CT2,273 contributions
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    This lovely little eatery was the setting for our very first vacation meal in Athens. It sits at the base of the Acropolis on a well stocked “Restaurant Row “, chosen for the warm greeting we received from Angelo, the head waiter. We were not disappointed.
    In spite of the enviable prime location, the prices were extremely reasonable. Staff were quick, attentive and polite, ensuring that we were well – watered on the bright and shiny 95° day. The fresh food was amply proportioned, well presented and tasty. At no time did we feel rushed despite throngs of people walking by looking for tables.
    The view of course was spectacular
    Written August 12, 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,631 contributions
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    If you have some spare time in Athens and want to explore beyond the main tourist sights, then Athens Street is an interesting kind of spot which reveal a grittier side of the city.
    It runs from the popular sight-seeing spot of Monastiraki Square, through the Psirri area, up to the Vervakios or Central Market and on to Omonia Square.
    It takes you through a less developed, seedier part of Athens. Old hardware shops sit alongside clothing shops and cafes. There’s graffiti and some street art, although mostly it’s just graffiti. Starting from Monastiraki Square, this first section is not that interesting.
    It gets much more interesting once you hit the Central Market area where there are food, spices and nuts stalls along the street front and a very small flea/antique market down one lane. At this point, it’s worth a quick detour down ‘Spice Street’ (Evripidou St). Keep an eye out of Elixir, a herb and spice shop that also sells lovely hand-made soaps.
    Overall, there are nicer streets than Athens St to walk along. If you plan to spend any time exploring the Psirri area, I’d recommend walking along Agios Theklas Street instead. We saw more street art along Agios Theklas and there were more points of interest along the way (like Psirri Square and the fantastical Little Kook cafe with its incredible Disneyland-like decorations).
    NOTE: If you are looking for Athens St on a map and can’t find it, look for Athinas Street as this spelling is more commonly used.
    Written November 13, 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,631 contributions
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    This is the square of the cathedrals. Not just one but two are located here.
    The large imposing church is the official Metropolitan Cathedral and beside it is the the tiny, ancient church which is known fondly as ‘Little Metropolitan’.
    Entry to both churches is free.
    Mitropoleos is one of Athens main, central squares but it is much quieter and less crowded than either Syntagma or Monastiraki.
    It lies between the two and is about 7 - 10 minutes walk from Syntagma and 4 - 5 minutes walk from Monastiraki.
    Apart from the churches, the other points of interests are the two statues.
    In the centre of the square, is Archbishop Damaskinos Papandreou. Remembered for his stand against the Nazis, he was responsible for organising fake baptism certificates for Jewish families which saved many lives. At the far end of the square the other statue is of Constantine XI (see separate reviews).
    Overall, this is an attractive square with several shady green trees and a few cafes along one side. It’s a good place to stop briefly on your way to other sights at Monastiraki Square.
    Written November 21, 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,631 contributions
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    I can’t believe that Iroon Square has only one review so far. The small but lively, fun square, in the heart of the Psirri area, is highly under-rated.
    If like us, you have several days in Athens and are keen to explore beyond the main tourist sights, then walking around Iroon Square and the wider Psirri area is a good way to see another side of Athens.
    The square is crammed with pubs, bars and restaurants and tables and chairs take up the centre. Even in the mid afternoon, when we were there, it has a lot of atmosphere. I imagine it becomes even livelier at night.
    A large-scale wall mural by local artist, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, is a little faded now but still looks down over the square, dominating the space.
    One of the highlights here was stopping at Bougatsadiko Thessaloniki and watching bougatsa pastry being stretched and pulled by hand, the traditional way. It’s like a free open kitchen show. Of course we bought some bougatsa and spanakopita which we ate on the spot - delicious.
    Iroon Square is easily combined with other sightseeing in the area. Central Market and Evripidou St, or ‘Spice Street’, are only a very short walk away.
    Written November 15, 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,631 contributions
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    For tourists, the highlights in this central part of Athens are the Hellenic Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guards ceremony, Syntagma Square and the National Garden.
    These are all completely free activities.
    They are also clustered close together so you can easily plan to see them all at the same time.
    We started by walked through the National Garden, wandering along the shady, meandering paths and checking out the statues and water features.
    This brought us right up to the Hellenic Parliament. Built in 1843, it was originally a royal palace for the first king of Greece, Otto I and his wife, Queen Amalia. It is a grand and imposing building which overlooks Syntagma Square.
    We timed our visit with the Changing of the Guards ceremony (see separate review). It’s easy to do because it takes place every hour of every day. This is a real spectacle and worth including in your itinerary.
    Syntagma Square is directly opposite the Parliament and although there are no standout sights here, it’s a nice open space with a couple of fountains and statues, and a small, shady garden area.
    It’s also a public transport hub. The central metro station is located here and it’s a drop-off/pick-up point for the airport buses.
    The square is within walking distance of most major sights. From here, we walked down Ermou Street, the main shopping area in Athens, which links the Syntagma and Monastiraki Squares. It was an easy, nice walk between the two squares.
    Written December 4, 2023
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
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    Tripodon Street is a longish street in the Plaka District ,roughly stretching from the Lysikratous Monument to Flessa ,it's a beautiful street to walk down ,lots of pretty pastel coloured houses along the street ,some great taverns which we enjoyed and some retail outlets ,mostly souvenir shops ,it's a busy street and historically important ,starting at the Lysikratous Monument which dates from 334 BC this street was the connecting point of the Ancient Agora with the Sanctuary and The Theatre of Dionysus ,the name of the street derives from the facts tripods were the prizes awarded by the city for their victory in the Dithyrambic contests of the Great Dionysia.
    This street is most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the Plaka District.
    Written July 12, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
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    My twin brother Stephen and I were inching our way through Ermou Street ,one of the busiest shopping area's of Athens ,a bit frustrating as you're walking at the rate of a snail with arthritis when we walked out onto Kapnikareas Square .
    This square is quite small but it's cute ,surrounded by really interesting looking buildings ,the square is dominated by Kapnikareas Church ,a beautiful stone church ,in the square there's some nice taverns ,fast food outlets ,it's busy but not as busy as the shopping streets ,in the square artists display their work and there's some fun street performers here ,all in all it's a nice square to check out.
    Written July 12, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
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    Love Athens ,the history ,the sites, but I also love to get away from the tourist area's ,one district we visited was the Koukaki District of Athens.
    Roughly bordering the Makrigianni neighbourhood and the vibrant Plaka neighbourhood ,the Koukaki District is a bit more gritty ,architecture more residential but that said there are amazing and an amazing amount of great local pubs,cafés,bars and restaurants plus some beautiful church buildings,one we passed was St Johns Church ( Agios Ioannis ) ,we had a wonderful day out in the Koukaki District ,it's most definitely a district of Athens to check out if you're planning a trip to this vibrant city.
    Written July 20, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
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    As much as I loved wandering around the historic and touristic area's of Athens I also love exploring the less touristic areas of this city so my twin brother Stephen and I jumped the metro down to the Elliniko neighbourhood ,an up and coming district of the city.
    Loved it here ,we enjoyed a great full afternoon / evening in this district ,visited the beautiful park with the great water feature and statue plus the beautiful church dominating the square ,we went to some amazing pubs,bars and restaurants here ,no tourist prices here ,local prices and quality of meals and drinks superior than in say the Plaka District ,when I'm back in Athens hopefully very soon I will definitely revisit this great area of Athens and if you're planning on visiting Athens it's a place I highly recommend you check out,it's a short metro ride from the Acropolis area.
    Written July 22, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,631 contributions
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    This is not a large or popular square like Monastiraki or Syntagma. It’s just a small square in the heart of the Plaka area, under the shadow of the Parthenon.
    There are several shops and restaurants surrounding it but the main attraction here is the ancient Monument of Lysikrates.
    Erected in 334BC, by Lysikrates, a wealthy patron of theatre and the arts, it is located at the corner of Shelley and Epimenidou Streets and can be easily seen from the roadside.
    The monument has a separate TA listing where you’ll find many reviews describing it in more detail. It is essentially a commemorative monument, celebrating a prize-winning theatrical performance that Lysikrates had sponsored.
    From here you are only a few minutes walk away from the Acropolis Museum and the southeast entrance to the Acropolis. We found this to be an excellent entrance for avoiding the main Acropolis crowds.
    Written November 3, 2023
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
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    There are many pretty little square's throughout Athens ,one of the most popular is Pl.Dimopratirou.
    This square is built around a garden area ,on all sides of the square are really good looking buildings and on the square are some amazing taverns ,one of the best taverns we visited on the square was Oyzepi were we sat on their upstairs outside terrace and took in the sheer beauty of this square while sipping some local beers,all in all it's a great square to check out if you're planning on visiting Athens.
    Written July 15, 2022
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