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Acropolis, Athens, GreeceThis is the index page for my Athens Survival Guide. It will give you the tools to survive and thrive in Athens, Greece and enable you to have as much fun as I do and feel as comfortable as if you have been here before. You can read about hotels, restaurants, archaeological sites, nightlife, beaches and day-trips to nearby islands and beaches and towns on the mainland. My Athens Guide may not be as high tech as some of the other travel sites but I think you will find it to be the most fun to use and probably find it to be at least as helpful as the popular guide books, except this is free. You can print out the pages you need and when you are done with them leave them for others to find. It also looks pretty good on hand held devices. I created this website in 1995 and I update it continuously. Use the menu below that will lead you to the various sub-menus on this page.  This site is entirely hand-made and contains no cookies or sneaky pop-ups or tricks that make you click on something you don't want. I have put ads at the bottom of the pages to not be a distraction and only ads for my own pages or businesses I know and trust. By supporting them you not only support me, but you will probably have a safer and happier trip to Greece.

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Guide to Athens, Greece for 2016

Basic Athens Info

Where to Play and  Stay

Travel Agents, Hotels etc

Getting Out of Athens:

Helpful Athens Info

Athens Photos & Articles

Other Greece Websites

Basic Athens Information

This section will get you started. It includes practical information like arriving at Venizelos Airport and getting into the city, to finding hotels in the best areas of Athens where you can walk to all the sites. It also includes recommended travel agents, using the metro and finding a good restaurant as well as the major reasons you are in Athens, which include the Acropolis, the museums and the most important archaeological sites as well as nightlife. Some of the important pages are duplicated in other sections as well.

Athens, Plaka
When To Go

Flying to Athens, Greece
Getting to Athens

Athens Venizelos Airport
Arrival in Athens

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens
Hotels in Athens

 Fantasy Travel, Athens, Greece
Travel Agents in Athens

  Athens restaurant
Athens Restaurants

Athens Photo Tours
Athens Photo Tours

The Acropolis
Top 10 Things to See

National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Museums of Athens:

Acropolis, Athens
The Acropolis

Athens walking tour
A Walk Around Athens with Matt

Jazz in Psiri, Athens
Nightlife in Athens

Athens Metro
The Athens Metro

Athens Tram
The Athens Tram

Athens Bus
Athens Buses

George the Famous Taxi Driver
George the Famous Taxi Driver

Athens Beaches
Beaches of Athens

Athens beer
Beer in Athens

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Where to Play and Stay in Athens

This section will tell you where to stay, where not to stay and why, and how to make your way through the various neighborhoods and districts of downtown Athens. It also includes important archaeological sites and parks, shopping areas and more.

Plaka, Athens
The Plaka Guide

Athens Syntagma Square
Syntagma Square:

Makrianni and Koukaki

Monastiraki, Athens
Monastiraki Flea Market

Psiri, Athens

Athinas Street
Athinas Street

Ermou Street
Ermou Street

Aeolou Street, Athens
Aeolou Street


Athens Meat, Fish and Vegetable Market
The Athens Market

The Gazi

Lykavettos and Kolonaki
Kolonaki and Lykavitos

Platia Agia irini
Agia Irini

Ancient Agora, Athens
The Ancient and Roman Agoras

Kerameikos, Ancient Cemetery of Athens
Ancient Cemetery

National Gardens of Athens
The National Gardens

Acropolis, Athens
The Acropolis


Omonia Square
Omonia Square and Beyond

Exarchia, Athens

Metaxourgeio, Athens

Faliron, Athens coast
Coastal Athens

Kifissia: Cool Northern Suburbs


Athens shops
Shopping in Athens

Athens parks
The Great Outdoors

Athens Beaches
Beaches of Athens

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Services in Athens

This section includes recommended hotels and travel agents, taxi drivers and other businesses in Athens. The hotel section tells which areas to stay at and which to avoid. I included a few interesting tours as well. These are the people who have supported my work for the last 20 years so please consider booking with them. You won't find better.

Fantasy Travel, Athens, Greece
Travel Agents in Athens

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens
Hotels in Athens

Hotel Attalos
Athens Hotel

George the Famous Taxi Driver
George the Famous Taxi Driver

Dennis Limo Service
Limousine Service

Billy's Bus tours
Billy's Bus Tours

Gold jewelry
Gold and Jewelery

Melissinos: Poet Sandalmaker of Athens

Swift Car rentals, Athens
Swift Car Rentals

Athens Synogogue
Jewish Walking Tours

Athens Walking Tour 

Athens Sightseeing Tour

Athens By Night
Athens By Night

Matt's Create-an-itinerary Form

Sailboat charters, Greece
Yachts and Sailboat Charters

Bringing A Group? Helpful work-page for Churches, schools, cultural organizations coming to Greece

Banner Athens walks

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Getting Out of Athens

Most people come to Athens because they are going to the Greek Islands and this section will tell you about the islands near Athens and how to get to them and those further away. It also has sections on mainland day-trips and overnight trips, and various services who can get you out of Athens. For those of you who are going to the Greek Islands I suggest you visit my Greek Island Guide too.

Rafina & Other Day-Trips

Island of Poros
Near Athens

How to Go to Greek Island

Beach st Nafplion
Nafplion and the Argolis

  Pireaus ferry
Ferry Boats in Pireaus

Athens Beaches
Beaches of Athens

Santorini, Greece
The Greek Islands

George the Famous Taxi Driver
George the Famous Taxi Driver

Kea, Greece
Island of Kea
: 1 Hour from Athens

Port of Lavrion

Saronic cruise
One-Day Saronic Islands Cruise

Fantasy Travel, Athens, Greece
Travel Agents in Athens

Evia, Greece

Toucan, Athens Zoo
Attika Zoological Park

Greek Mainland

A Walking Trip in Pireaus

Pireaus Hotels
Pireaus Hotels

Faliron, Athens coast
Coastal Athens

Temple of Poseidon, Sounion
Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

Greek driver
Driving in Greece

Exploring Attika by Car

Santorini, Greece
Fantasy's Greek Island

 Fantasy Travel, Athens Greece
Fantasy Travel

  Athens Taxi
Leaving Athens

Greek ferry
Weekly Ferry Schedules

Nafplion, Greece
The Argolis with George

Greek Cruise Page

Delphi, Greece
Tour to Delphi

Epidavros, Greece
Tour to Myceneae/Epidavros

Meteora, Greece
Delphi/Meteora Tour

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Other Helpful Athens Info

This section has a lot of important stuff, some articles written in a fun and whimsical fashion and other articles quite dry and boring but nonetheless useful. I have also included some of the articles that are featured in the sections above but are just as suited to this section. In fact the stuff I want you to read because I think it is important to you (or to me) I may have listed two or three times in this index.

Stroller in Athens
Strollering Through Athens

View from Acropolis
Maps of Athens

Matt Barrett Travel Tips
Cure for Jetlag and Insomnia

Athens bakery
Breakfast in Athens

Cafe Foibos, Kypseli
The Best Coffee in Athens

Greek wine barrels
Retsina and Greek Wine

Komboloi-worry beads
Gift Shopping

Greek music Babis Tsertos
Favorite Greek CDs

Ouzo King

Kapni Karea church
Weekend in Athens

The Evzone
Bookstores and Books

Greek painting
Art Galleries in Athens

Barbounia-red mullet
Eating Seafood in Pireaus

Athens walking tour
A Walk Around Athens with Matt

Greek food
Guide to Greek Food

University of Athens
Practical & Practically Useless Info

Matt's Top 10 Things to do in Athens

Learn Greek
Learn Greek

Greek statue
The Curse of Eleusis

KTEL Athens Bus
Bus Schedules and Fares

Lake Vouliagmeni
Lake Vouliagmeni
Healing Springs

Greek Salad
Greek Food Pronunciation

Athens in the rain
Rain in Athens?

Demonstration in Syntagma 2008
Demonstrations and Riots

Elixer of the Working Class

Parthenon Marbles
The Parthenon (Elgin) Marbles

Athens Santas
Christmas in

Amvrazi & Vrettos
Amvrazi & Vrettos: Journalists

Athens News
Newspapers in Athens

Athens police
Crime and Scams

Athens Stray Dog
Stray Dogs: An Athenian problem

Athens Classic Marathon
The Athens Marathon

  Athens Souvlaki shop
Souvlaki: Greece's Gift to Fast Food

Staying in Contact

Matt's Greece Travel Tips

Tank wheelchair for Greece
Information for Wheelchair Users

Socrates: Greek Rock Group
Socrates Drank The Conium

Athens Grocery
Cost of Food

Agia Irini Church, Athens
Churches &
AA Meetings

Athens, clean Monday
Winter in Greece

Easter in Athens
Easter in Greece

Apokreas in Athens
Apokreas: Carnival Season

If you have an idea of what you want to do in Greece use my Create-an-itinerary Form It's fun.

Athens Food Tour: A Four hour tour visiting the central market and interesting food shops and restaurants in central Athens.

Questions? e-mail me

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Photo Tours of Athens and Other Stuff

These are photos I have taken over the years and several articles that I could not decide where else to put them. Many of these pages are linked to from other pages above but some are not. There are also links to photo albums on some of my other websites. In fact you can see most of my best photos by going to

On The Acropolis

Parthenon Interior
Inside the Parthenon

Matt Barrett
Matt's Greece Travel Blog

Omonia Square, Athens 1960
Greece in the Sixties Photos

Athens Graffiti
Graffiti of Athens

Athens Fish market
Athens Market Photos

Panathiniako Stadium, Athens
Panathinaiko Marble Stadium

Psiri, Athens
Psiri 2013 Photo Album

Monastiraki, Athens
24 Hours in Monastiraki

Plaka Photo Album

Kerameikos, Athens
Kerameikos Photo Album

Everyday Athens

Temple of Zeus
Temple of Olympian Zeus

Greece Comics
Matt's Greece Cartoons

Athinas Street
Old Athens Postcards

Bank of Greece
In Search of Old Buildings

Zorba the Greek
Filmed in Greece

Matt Barrett
Matt Barrett for Athens Mayor?

Psiri, Athens
Old Psiri Photo Tour

Monastiraki, Athens
Old Flea Market Photo Journey

Shopping in Athens
Old Shopping Photo Journey

 athens restaurant
Matt's Best of Athens Page

Mask of Agamemnon
National Museum Photo Tour

Greek Independence Day
Greek Independence Day Photos

Nov 17 Athens, Greece
History of Greece

Nea Peramos

Laiki Agora
Laiki Farmers Markets

Athens Market
Old Market Photo Journey

The Lyceum of Aristotle

Rembetika Music
Rembetika Music

Byzart Greek Jewelry
Ancient Greek Jewelry

Olympico Greek Jewelry
Olympico Greek Jewelry

Byzantino Jewelry
Byzantino Jewelry

Kypseli, Athens
Life in Kypseli Photo Tour

Kaisariani Monastery
Kaisariani Monastery

Naxos Cheese Shop
Naxos Cheese Shop

Street People of Athens
Street People of Athens

Cheese market in Psiri
Naxos Cheese Market in Psiri

Snow on the Acropolis
Great Snowstorm of 2002

Mount Lykavettos, Athens
The View from

  Greece 4 Kids
Greece 4 Kidz

Traveling with Children

Grave in Athens cemetery
The 1st Cemetery

Karagiozis Puppet Theater

Art and Artists

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