The Greek Capital
Athens’ claim to be the birthplace of democracy and a cradle of civilisation isn’t made lightly – and there’s history at every turn. No wonder nearly 30 cities worldwide have nicknames comparing them to the Greek capital. Look beyond the tourist traps and dig a little deeper to find a modern, cosmopolitan city with more than its fair share of decent bars, restaurants, open air clubs... and public transport that, finally, really works.
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|Flight Time:||3 hours 50|
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Take the Metro to Monastiraki for a quick shop in the flea market and a ground-level view of the Acropolis – then scale its peak for an encounter with the gods.
Must eat at:
If you want to go the extra mile – in several senses of the word – head to Vardi’s in the upmarket northern suburb of Kifissia (you can take the original Green tube line). It’s one of only a few restaurants in Greece to have held a Michelin star for approaching a decade.
Must be there for:
Whether you’re religious or not, Orthodox Easter in Athens is to be savoured (and not just for the roast lamb). Traditionally falling later than in the Western calendar, it’s an opportunity for huge family get-togethers, and copious eating and drinking.
∑ The funicular railway deep in the bowels of Lycabbetus Hill in the centre of Athens is a civilised way to get to the top. It beats the stairs any day of the week...
∑ The new Athens metro system, is quick, clean and efficient – and although it won’t be complete until 2018, it’s the best way to get around the centre in air conditioned comfort.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Greece.
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