Rough Guide Directions Athens by John Fisher

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By John Fisher

Up-beat and opinionated, this advisor has all you want to get the main from your journey this historical urban. From ‘Roman Athens’ and ‘Hills and perspectives’ to ‘Island Escapes’ and ‘Ouzeris and Bars’, the 28 themed sections spotlight the entire must-see sights with every one caption cross-referenced to its situation later within the advisor. the sensible ‘Places’ part may help you to discover the town district via district, with each sight, eating place, bar and store situated on straight forward maps. the basic ‘Basics’ part covers every little thing from arrival and town delivery to financial institution commencing instances and public vacations, whereas the language part has an invaluable menu reader to have you ever conversing a bit Greek by the point you arrive.

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The gay scene in Athens is mostly very discreet, but there is an increasing number of clubs and bars; Gázi is the hottest new area, while more established places are mostly in Kolonáki or off Syngroú Avenue. indd 37 37  Balthazar  Gázi The glamorous setting in an old mansion and its garden attracts a more mature, wellheeled crowd of late-night clubbers. Up-and-coming Gázi has some of the best clubs downtown – its old industrial buildings offering great warehouse-style space. The rooftop bar at 45º Mires is a great place to start your night.

The Acropolis can be entered only from the west, where there’s a big coach-park at the bottom of the hill. On foot, the most common approach to the ruins is from the northwest corner of Pláka, on a path that extends above Odhós Dhioskoúron where it joins Theorías. You can also approach from the south, where pedestrianized Dhionysíou Areopayítou (Metro Akrópoli) offers access to the South Slope; from the north via the Ancient Agora (entrance on Adhrianoú; Metro Monastiráki); or, slightly further but repaid with excellent views of both Agora and Acropolis, from Thissío along traffic-free Apostólou Pávlou (Metro Thissío).

Indd 41 41 Easter Icon shops Easter is by far the most important festival of the Orthodox year – much bigger than Christmas – and is fervently celebrated throughout the city. The midnight service on Easter Saturday is the highlight. Icons, from cheap reproductions aimed at the tourist market to expensive and exquisite copies are sold everywhere. Some of the best are found in the religious-artefact shops around Platía Mitropóleos. 81  MONASTIRÁKI AND PSYRRÍ 9/29/06 2:40:37 PM Athens on foot 42 Central Athens is compact enough to be able to walk almost anywhere.

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