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Athens international airport “Eleftherios Venizelos’ is approximately 36 km (22 miles) from the hotel. Easy private or public transportation is available.
Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the city center costs a flat rate of €35 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
Metro: Take Metro Line 3 (Blue line / Airport – Douk. Plakentias – Aghia Marina), which connects the Athens airport with the city center. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
The trip from the Airport to Syntagma station (Athens center) lasts 40 minutes, where you change from the blue line to the red line (Anthoupoli – Elliniko) and get off at the first stop (Acropolis metro station).The ticket costs 10 euros and is valid for 70 minutes after it’s validation.
Note that at the airport train station, two types of trains – metro trains and suburban trains – arrive at the same platform. If you are travelling into the city center, you should take the metro trains.
GREECE The cradle of European civilization In Greece, you find yourself at a crossroad of cultures, experience the strenght of history and the warmth of the southern-most land and people of Europe. A country that, despite the richness of its history, continuously evolves. A country that, despite being statistically small, offers great diversity. A landscape, which after thousands of postcard image, still remains incredibly vibrant and impossible to capture. Greece is a country of beautiful contradictions, a constant journey in time, from the present to the past and back again. Athens after its classical Golden Age in the 5th c. B.C., never stopped evolving through Roman, Byzantine and Modern times. Today, with up to date modern infrastructures in transport and venues, and a population of 3.5 million, it is confident of its past, but equally proud of its mod- ern, multi cultural present!
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on an extremely rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The Acropolis is located on a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares (7.4 acres). The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess of wisdom Athena,dominates the centre of the modern city from the rocky crag known as the Acropolis. The entrance to the Acropo- lisbegins at the Propylaia, a single building with two wings that was used as the official entrance to the Parthenon. Nearby Acropolis discover one of the most important museums in the world, the Acropolis Museum with priceless works of art.
Syntagma Square is located in central Athens, Greece. Around Syntagma, there are many tourist shops, air- line offices, banks, restaurants and first class hotels. Plaka is the oldest section of Athens and the most popular and picturesque area, expanded to the North and East of the Acropolis. Plaka district is almost completely pedestrianised and contains the famous flea market around Monastiraki Square. Psirri, Theseion and Kerameikos are three of the most hip and artsy parts of town where Athenians and visitors choose to hang out. Centred around Technopolis, (the original gas works plant in Athens) Gazi, which means gas in Greek, fuels artists’ inspiration as is apparent by the area’s many galleries, lofts, ethnic and contemporaryrestaurants, cafes and bars.