Athens is the capital of Greece and the largest of all cities in Greece with a population of about 4,5 millions. Athens is busy with tourists all year round and from the three ports of Attica (Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrion) ferries to all Aegean islands depart. Due to the long history and rich culture, this is also an interesting place for sightseeing. The Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, the Hellenic Parliament and the Neoclassical trilogy is among the top ancient sites to visit in the Greek capital.

There are several other important ancient sites and monuments that can be found mainly around the lovely neighborhoods of Plaka, Monastiraki, Thissio and in the vicinity of the Acropolis. They include ancient temples, ancient theaters and stadiums, public buildings and interesting museums



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What you need to know about travelling with a ferry

We will help you find all the information you need to travel to the Greek islands by ferry. From ferry companies to routes and ports everything is presented thoroughly in order to help you plan your trip in the most effective and low cost way.


Check our complete guide about travelling with a ferry to Santorini.

When to visit

Athens enjoys all four seasons of the year with relatively moderate temperatures, except some rare extremes during mid-summer (July and August) and mid-winter (February and March).

Food & Specialties

Souvlaki: Grilled meat or veggies on a skewer or pita

Mousaka: Layered eggplant, minced meat, tomato and onion topped with bechamel sauce

Currency and tipping

Greece is a European Union member country, and therefore its currency is the euro. The current exchange rate is EUR$0.85 per 1 USD

Special Phrases

Ya sou — “Hello”

Ti kanis — “How are you?”

Kalimera — “Good morning”

Kalinihta — “Good night”

Se parakalo — “Please”