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dpappas87

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I know many of us love renting cars during our summer vacations, because it's just so comfortable and convenient. But Athens is not the place to drive! There is so much traffic, and the parking situation is just horrific. Skip the car rental while visiting Athens and just stick to walking, subways, and taxis!
 

dubai_suzie

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I know many of us love renting cars during our summer vacations, because it's just so comfortable and convenient. But Athens is not the place to drive! There is so much traffic, and the parking situation is just horrific. Skip the car rental while visiting Athens and just stick to walking, subways, and taxis!
This is so true, driving will waste a bunch of your time and money! I really suggest that you walk around the city anyways so you can explore
 

Worldwide Greeks Editor

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I think it depends on why type of trip/vacation you are having in Greece.

Going to an island or two for a few weeks and staying in a hotel that is near the busy areas, beach, etc then you will be fine without a car. If you are staying in or around the Athens or Thessaloniki areas and want to explore it is much more cost effective to rent a car and drive.

And if you have lots of family in Greece (if you are Greek) just ask family to take you around LOL. Remember all the times when relatives from Greece visit you and you drive them around everywhere, hahaha...
 

daniel

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We have a car on the outskirts of Athens and we don't drive in Athens. Drive to the nearest Metro and use it to downtown. Very convenient as long as they're not on strike. Watch out for pickpockets though.
 
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cf_fraiser

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That sounds like a much more feasible option. I tend to get lost on metros so I usually take taxis when I'm in the city
 

k_tsoukalas

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It definitely depends on what you want to do. If you are staying within the city limits, you can get by with taxis, walking, and public transportation. If you want to take extended road trips it's best to rent a car, otherwise you can book a tour that can take you on the excursions.
 

Where can I watch live bouzouki music in Athens?

What are some great spots to listen to traditional Greek music in downtown Athens? I love bouzouki especially, and would love to see some talented musicians performing it live. Have any of you been to any rebetathika or restaurants with live music that would have some performances to listen to? Thanks everyone!

May Day in 2022?

Hi! I will be in Athens for a few days soon, including May Day (Sunday) and May 2nd (observed). I've read about and seen videos of the strikes that happen, including trains and ferries not operating. I'm planning to visit Hydra one of those two days. Since May Day is on a Sunday this year, is it more likely that transportation via ferry will be stopped on May 1st or the observed day May 2nd?

Thank you kindly for any thoughts you can give!

Best Ice cream in Athens!❤️❤️😋😋

You should visit the Port town of Lavrio near Athens

Lavrio is one of the best beachside places to visit near Athens. It's a bit of a drive so you'll need to rent a car or take a bus. There are excellent beaches and tavernas there and you can also visit the neighbouring town of Sounio where the famous Grecotel hotel is located. Since it is a tourist location, Lavrio has a bunch of water sport activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, boat rentals and many more. it's a great two day trip if you're wanting to get away from the city life.

The Stavros Niarchos center is a great place to take the kids

The Stavros Niarchos cultural center is a great place to bring kids and the family. The architecture is amazing and there is a beautiful area to walk outside and enjoy the nature and views. The center is known for sustainability and innovation, and even has its own sustainability hub. There are multiple exhibitions going on throughout the year that showcase Greek Culture and modern and historical art. Here is the link to the foundation https://www.snfcc.org/en
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