Is Athens a safe place for tourists?

DoroWalz By DoroWalz, 21st Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/qpa-9jjt/
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Lately, many say that Athens and Greece are not a safe destination for tourists. The reality couldn't be further from the truth...

Is Athens and Greece a safe place for tourists?

The issue of safety has always been a question among travelers before choosing a destination. How many times have your friends asked you if it was safe, after your visit to a foreign country? This question has never been more truer for Athens (and Greece in general), especially after the recent economic situation with the greek economic struggle after June (2015). But is really Greece a safe place to travel? Will you face any issues? Will you be able to use your cards? There are a lot of urban legends going around but as you'd expect, they are just that... urban legends.

Greece has and will always be safe

Greece has always been a safe destination for tourists and visitors. Afterall, Greeks are famous for their hospitality. Despite the difficult times that Greeks are going through due to the economic situation, they haven’t lost their friendly smile and are always willing to help and serve anyone. Greece is the place where democracy was born and has been a EU member since 1981. Since 2001, Greece is a member of the economic union as well and is using the euro.

Communication is easy

For travelers, Greece has been a friendly destination because most of the people are proficient in English and thus communication is easy everywhere, even in old forgotten villages. Not only people do speak many different languages because of their will to learn, but you can even buy english books, magazines and newspapers in most central kiosks.

Athens: Some tips for an enjoyable stay

Athens, the capital of Greece is a safe place. Near the cultural center you will find a peaceful area that will pleasantly surprise you. Of course as a big city you always have to be careful with your personal belongings and especially your wallet and documents, mostly when traveling by bus, metro or tram, as well when walking to very crowded streets. Traveling around Athens is in general cheap with a ticket cost of 1.20 euro. This ticket allows you to use all public transportations for 1.5 hours while a taxi fare from the airport to the center of Athens costs around 35 euro.

The price from the marina of Athens (Alimos) to city center with a taxi is 15 euro, same as the fare from Alimos marina to Pireaus port, the main commercial port in Athens. It's always better to ask the price first, before embarking to a taxi or when seeking other kind of services.

During the night, there are a few areas in Athens near Omonia square that are not so friendly and it is best to be avoided after 23:00 or so, unless you want to see a "darker" and more risky side of the city. But other than that Athens is a friendly city during the day and the night. As in all places, when there is a demonstration (that rarely takes places in the summer because of the heat), it is better to avoid that certain area during the time that the demonstration is scheduled.

Sometimes traffic confusion can delay your schedule. However, this is easily avoidable if you use the metro.

The closest beach from the center of Athens is only a 10 minutes drive away. A walking by the sea walking between Alimos marina and Palaio Faliro, or at Glyfada area, is a summer- must.

Finally, a common misconception for tourists is that they cannot withdraw money from ATM, thus they need to come with a lot of cash. This is simply not true. Tourists can withdraw as much money as they want from any ATM in the country!

Athens - Top 10 Places to visit

In short, here's a top - 10 of places to visit:
1) Parthenon, Acropolis
2) Plaka, near acropolis, great place for traditional food
3) Ancient agora, if you want to look at the cultural beginnings of Athens
4) Erechtheum, beautiful temple made from the famous Pentelic marble
5)Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest ancient temple in Greece
6) Syntagma Square, near the greek Parliament
7) National Archaeological Museum of Athens, multiple collectionscontemporary artists all the way back to antiquity
8) Mount Lycabettus, a must visit to see a gorgeous sunset and an amazing panoramic view of the city
9) New Acropolis Museum, residing next to the base of the hill overlooking the city, this museum has the largest collection of Greek architecture and ancient sculptures
10) National Garden, Athens, a green oasis perfect for any time of the year

You can click here if you want more info on other famous and less famous places to visit in Athens.

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author avatar Retired
21st Nov 2015 (#)

I would have thought that reality and truth were the same thing!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article. I found it to be very interesting. I have never been out of the U.S. except to Canada but I would like to visit different countries.

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