Athens Walk.

Plenty of information and useful tips for visitors of Athens . Interesting routes with detailed map, photos, videos , fully described. Mobile friendly website.

 

The Athens Walk is separated into four hued routes for easiness and simplicity. Each route has its own color. Nearby the main routes, interesting streets are connected which you may choose to deviate. The comments and photos off all deviations are in italics. At the beginning, the middle and the end of the Athens Walk’s routes there are three metro stations, something really helpful. They are a rescue exit in case you feel tired, lost or in danger.


Google had sent Google street view cars in Athens and let them operate for a long period, until the use of street view in Athens was blocked by the greek authorities. I believe this is a shame because google street view is a great tool for first time visitors and helps their orientation into a new city. Some years before google offered the service citytours.googlelabs.com . However it was soon abandoned. So I decided to help with that issue since I live in Athens and I have spare time to spent.


The total distance of the main four routes is 7350 feet  =  2.24 Km. All streets are flat or with a very small declination. Persons with leg problems won’t find them hard to follow. Check the Google map for details. Duration at a slow pace is about 45 minutes. Though walking the extra deviated routes can be much longer. Similar webpages don’t offer a cornucopia of photos , videos and explanations. The most parts of the four routes is pedestrianized and paved with cobble stones or general slab-stones. So proper shoes and socks are more than necessary. Also during summer do not miss your hat and sunblock cream. Summer heat waves in Athens are more than frequent. Do not worry about water every hundred meters little shops or newspaper kiosks sell water bottles. Water bottles are cheap in relation to other big european cities. You don’t need to carry bottles from your hotel.

The part of Athens , you see in this walk is immensely different from the rest of the city. It includes a huge part of the historical center. A center lost in time. I don’t include the typical sight-signs that can be found in every tourist guide. In every city they suggest the important buildings , the museums and historical places.   Athens has five to ten sightseeings  that you can spent two to three days. I don’t say that it doesn’t worth visiting them, but I hate the tour operators and the official greek tourist office methodically planing what a tourist should visit and spent money. The true is that If you haven’t study beforehand what you are supposed to see, is more than sure that the visit will be pointless. I see tourists everyday being treated like robots by guides. They follow a strict timetable and they are in constant motion. This is pure exploitation of the tourist industry. Fake smiles, dull recurring guided tours , commission from the memorabilia shops and restaurants they advise as best. You will end with hundreds ordinary photos and nothing special to tell your peers.

This route is about  picturesque roads full of life that athenians and well informed tourists are strolling.   Needless to say,  what you see is a remnant of where old athenians used to live. Around there are great historical and archeological sites. I will not being boring explain each one in depth. Just hang around, relax drink something, eat, see locals and tourists passing by, chat with your friend and don’t bother about time.  If you try to see the most of Athens in three to five days you will be deeply disappointed. You need weeks to see everything properly.

If you wonder what to see in Athens , where to go in Athens , where to eat in Athens or what not to miss in Athens . This is the website for you !




1st Route

Makrigianni street-Acropolis Museum-Metro Acoropolis-Vironos street.


The metro station is called Acropolis.It is a little far from the entrance to Acropolis and Parthenon and more close to the modern nearby  acropolis museum. With the recent building of acropolis museum the area around it has become very touristic. The new museum is a tourists magnet. Many believe is a must see for every visitor of Athens. My opinion is that is over appreciated. Its design is very modern and spoils the historic architecture of the area. I wonder why the did not realized that. It’s too huge for the number of exhibits it offers. It has a banal restaurant and cafeteria with excellent view. I’d suggest to prefer  a more idyllic place with the same view than drinking your coffee surrounded by cement and glass. New cafeterias and small restaurants suddenly appeared in Makrygiani street. Most of them are very small and serve customers mainly on the pedestrianized street. Makrygiani street was pedestrianized just before the inauguration of the Acropolis museum. Video


1st Route 1st Deviation.


You  can deviate if you like to the right at Donisiou Areopagitou street. The street is named after Dionysius the Areopagite, the first bishop of Athens. The street is full of trees which are making a wonderful shadow during summers.  Not the best area having a meal or a coffee. You will find later atmospheric coffee-shops.  Unless you are tired from your visit to Parthenon and new Acropolis museum and you need urgently a rest. At Donisiou Aeorapagitou street you’ll find a Post Office. Several newsstands there sells everything from memory cards for your camera to ice-cream or sunblock cream. Greek newsstands are unique in the world. They are department stores in a tiny scale.  Nearby you can rent a chariot and reach romantically the entrance of Acropolis, if you can afford it. Or jump in one of the many tourist trains that make short trips. If your legs are in good condition don’t try them. You can make the same trips in three hours on foot and enjoy the scenery without the noise and the smell of trains  exhaust. Choose morning or evening hours. Midday sun is very hot even during spring or autumn. Avoid the taxi drivers who tend to park illegally at the end of Donisiou Aeropagitou. They only accept tourists and some of them overcharge and prolongate the route . Also be aware of deceivingly kind and helpful touts. They take commission from the shops, restaurants and bars , they propose as best. Do not be naive. Just think in the back of your mind that some people are not so helpful for free. Trust nobody, unless you ask for help. Newsstands owners are usually a decent source of informations. Video


Vironos is a small no pedestrianized street which at peak times is so overcrowded that drivers avoid it. It has many little shops of memorabilia. At the end of Vyronos take a closer view at  Monument of Lysicrates and the leafy square.  The monument of Lysicrates is stained by the exhaust of the incredible Athen’s traffic. It hasn’t be restored for decades. The view of the Acropolis walls is spectacular. It is worth to have a coffee around the square. It is peaceful and not very noisy. During nights many Athenias gather there . Video


1st Route 2nd Deviation.


Deviate if you like to Shelley street and afterwards to Tripodon street. You will find some nice restaurants which are not totally touristic and serve athenians too. The street is too narrow and the pavement impossible to walk on. So be aware of cars. This area has many joyfully cats. Many old houses have gardens which are cats heaven.  If you like cats, leave them some food. Meow........ Video


Continue reading to 2nd Route. Vironos street - Lisikratous street -Adrianou street -Navarchou Nikodimou street - Agias Filotheis street.




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1st Route Makrigiani street Athens  The begging of Athens Walk. The beginning  of the the first Athens walk route.

Makrygianni street Athens. Makrygiannis was a hero who was fighting at this place during the greek revolution for independence from ottomans.

1st Route Makrigiani street Athens. The usual parked motorbikes on the athenian pavements.

1st Route Makrigiani street Athens Left the Acropolis Museum. A look fro a side from Acropolis museum. Doesn’t it look like a retro cartoon spaceship?

1st Route Makrigiani street Athens. Left elevator of the Acropolis metro station.

1st Route Makrigiani street Athens Metro Akropolis  At the righ plenty of coffe shops and little restaurants.

1st Route Makrigiani street Athens Left metro station Acropolis.

1st Route Makrigiani street Athens. Left is the Agios Georgios church.

1st Route Makrigiani street Athens Right Donisiou Areopagitou Watch the chariot. The chariot makes trip from the start of Aeropagitou street to the entrance of Acropolis. It isn’t cheap but it is romantic, especially the afternoon hours.

1st Route 1st Deviation Dionisiou Areopagitou Watch the newspaper kiosk  These kiosks sell nearly everything at all times. No need to carry water bottles. In comparison to other popular european capital cities, water bottles are cheap here.

1st Route 1st Deviation Dionisiou Areopagitou street. The newspaper kiosks in tourist areas sell nearly everything a tourist needs. Like sun creams, Camera memory cards, foreign newspapers, magazines, ice creams, snacks, telephone cards, postcards, tourist guides, handkerchiefs, chewing gums, water bottles.

Dionysiou Areopagitou street Athens.

Dionysius the Areopagite was the the first bishop of Athens.

1st Route 1st Deviation Dionisiou Areopagitou street. Right is a Post office. Ideal for sending letters and postcards abroad. Stamps are sold overpriced outside post offices. Hellenic Post offices offer money transactions with Western Union.

Back to 1st Route Vironos street.

Vyronos street Athens.

Lord Byron helped a lot in the greek war of independence. In this area there was a french capuchin monastery were Lord Byron stayed.

1st Route Vironos street Athens  many shops with memorabilia.

1st Route Vironos street Athens  In front Lisikratous monument.

The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates was inside a capuchin monastery. The monastery burned in 1821. The first tomato in Greece was cultivated in this monastery. The brought it from abroad capuchin monks.

1st Route Vironos street Athens in front Acropolis walls They look spectacular with the lights at night.

1st Route Vironos street Athens  Right Lisikratous street.

1st Route Vironos street Athens  The Choragic monument of Lysicrates. Lysicrates was a wealthy person who sponsored perfomances during the ancient greek theatrical competitions. He built this monument to commemorate his win.

1st Route Vironos street Athens  Nice well preserved old building.

1st Route 2nd Deviation Shelley street Athens  The street is far too narrow

Percy Bysshe Shelley was a romantic poet and close friend of Lord Byron. His wife Mary Shelley is better known as the author of Frankenstein. Many of his works were inspired by ancient Greece.

1st Route 2nd Deviation Shelley street Athens  Right on the sign the Shelley is misspeled but who cares. The pavement is so narrow that pedestrians are obliged to share the road with car and motorbike drivers.

1st Route 2nd Deviation Shelley street Athens  Right Kidathinaion street  Left Tripodon street.

During the during the ancient greek theatrical competitions, a tripod was awarded to the sponsor of the best playwright. These tripods were placed in this road which led to the theater of Dionysus.

1st Route 2nd Deviation Tripodon street Athens nice old houses.

1st Route 2nd Deviation Tripodon street Athens The taxi cab does not really fit.

1st Route 2nd Deviation Tripodon street Athens  Some nice little taverns not only for tourists  the reason to visit Tripodon street.

1st Route 2nd Deviation Tripodon street Athens. Neat restaurant.

1st Route 2nd Deviation Tripodon street Athens  In front epiharmou street.

1st Route 2nd Deviation Tripodon street Athens  Saint Nicolaos Ragavas church.

In front Lysicratous street.

Lysicrates was a wealthy person who sponsored performances during the ancient greek theatrical competitions. The sign is placed in a tourist shop with ceramics. Nice ancient greek drama masks.