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The elongated Panathenaic Stadium, built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, acts as grand gateway to the otherwise purely Athenian neighborhood of Pangrati. This area of typical small squares, busy main roads and residential streets will give you a clear sense of what living in this metropolis is like. A walk up quiet Markou Mousourou Street on the west side of the stadium will bring you past the First National Cemetery to Mets, home to many expats. Turn right to reach the charming Platia Varnava. East of the stadium, commercial Eratosthenous Street leads to rather nondescript Platia Plastira, from where Effranoros Street continues uphill to Platia Profiti Ilia, crowned by a huge church. Among the standard four- to six-story apartment blocks that typify Athens, Pangrati also boasts some genuinely authentic tavernas and the odd trendy bar.
The first cemetery of Athens might not be top of your sightseeing list, but it certainly worth a visit, especially if you want a peaceful break from the frantic traffic of the city, and want to learn about Greek customs regarding death (cremation has only just become legal in Greece).
The variety of tombs and graves are amazing, with many...
Found the tomb of Schliemann to the left of the entrance, raised above other tombs, after wandering aimlessly around the cemetery.
It is certainly impressive, a sort of mini Parthenon, complete with scenes of antiquity.
Worth a look!
"Good selection of art from the full collection on show here"
reviewed 23 April 2018 by JayH005
The paintings on show give a good overview of the development of Greek art. They are (temporarily, while the main gallery in central Athens is closed) housed in one of the buildings while the permanent sculpture collection is in the other building with some of the very large works placed outside. The paintings are well curated, with information in Greek...
Michelin 2 star restaurants are rare so if there is one in a city we visit we usually treat ourselves to dinner there. Spondi doesn’t disappoint. We went for a 4 course alc, sharing the dishes to make it a more intimate experience. All exquisite and beautifully presented. Charming amuse bouche and avant dessert. V experienced sommelier let us try...
"Modern taverna with excellent greek food in relaxed atmosphere"
reviewed 3 days ago by Euroswede
An absolute favourite in Athens!!! Small, tasty dishes with innovative Greek specialities. Service is ok for what this is; a taverna on the pavement in modern version. Never not been happy with the food in The Back Sheep and really good value for money on top of that!! Booking is suggested since it is usually full. Lunch on Sunday is...
We were a group of U.S. students and faculty, celebrating our first night in Athens. The dinner at Katsourbos was wonderful - great food, friendly atmosphere, a wide selection of family style dishes from Crete, so that members of the group could choose what they wanted. Great experience!
I was happy with our choice of the Zappion Hotel. It was clean and pleasant, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a quiet room at the back of the hotel with a balcony, though it was really too tiny to sit on.
We paid the extra €6 for breakfast which was plentiful though simple. We thought...
"Decent place if not for wifi trouble and the need to pay for a hot shower"
reviewed 3 October 2017 by Syed S
- keep in mind you need to pay .50cc each time u want to take a 'hot' shower .. the water was super cold so it's not possible to take one otherwise. The shower lasts for 7mins and u need to put a 50cc coin in the box again for another 7mins, The box is outside so u need to...
"by the hour hot sheets edifice - exemplary but overdecorated thematically"
reviewed 23 January 2018 by Bardangas
Snugly located- excemplary if you have no friends in the vicinity- discreet, prompt, courteous- chance to meet others that you know not positively excluded since there are no separate through-puts- airconditioningfine in the hot months- bathroom facilities modern and hygienic- noise surround not pronounced- differential pricing on the basis of room character available- ask for quiet and secluded