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Athens


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Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. As of 2001, Athens had a population of 745,514, and is located within a larger metropolitan area with a population of around 3.8 million.

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, have been occupied for at least 3,000 years, and is sometimes known as the "cradle of western civilization" or the "birthplace of democracy". The most visible, and famous, sign of this classical heritage is the Parthenon (a temple to the ancient goddess Athena) which stands on the Acropolis (a flat-topped rock which rises 512 feet (150 meters) above sea level). There are of course many other historic sites and monuments, including buildings from Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods, as well more modern landmarks constructed since Greece achieved independence in 1830.

In more recent years, Athens successfully hosted the 2004 Summer Olympic Games (the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad), having previously hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

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Lonely Planet Pocket Athens (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Released: 2019-02-19
Paperback (192 pages)

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Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

Lonely Planet’s Pocket Athens is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Marvel at the Acropolis raised spectacularly over Athens, follow in the footsteps of Socrates at the Agora and step into the Temple of Olympian Zeus – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Athens and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Pocket Athens:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out map (included in print version), plus over 21 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Greek Parliament, Syntagma, Plaka, Keramikos, Gazi, Filopappou Hill, Thisio, Monastiraki, Psyrri, Exarhia, Kolonaki, Benaki Museum, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Pocket Athens is our colourful, easy to use, handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, providing on-the-go assistance for those seeking the best sights and experiences on a short visit or weekend away.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet’s Greece guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Greece, Athens and the Mainland

By DK Eyewitness

EYEWITNESS
Released: 2017-06-20
Paperback (348 pages)

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Your in-depth guide to the very best of Greece, Athens, and the Mainland. Make the most of your trip to this beautiful region with our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.

Packed with insider tips to make your trip a success, you'll find a guide to Greece's stunning historic architecture and its scenic drives that let you experience the best hotels, bars, and shops that the city and coast have to offer. Try local delicacies at fantastic restaurants, bars, and clubs, and enjoy the great views in spots that will take your breath away. We have the best hotels for every budget, plus fun activities for the solitary traveler or for families and children visiting Greece.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greece, Athens & the Mainland:

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) marked with sights from the guide, a selected sight and street index, public transit information, practical information on getting around, and a chart for measuring walking distances.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder indexes for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greece, Athens & the Mainland truly shows you this destination as no one else can.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide. Visit TravelDK.com to learn more.

Top 10 Athens (Pocket Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2019-07-16
Paperback (160 pages)

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An unbeatable, pocket-sized guide to Athens, packed with insider tips and ideas, colour maps, top 10 lists, and a laminated pull-out map - all designed to help you see the very best of Athens.

Wander through the ruins of the ancient Agora, admire the cultural carvings at the Museum of Cycladic Art, marvel at the Roman Forum and Tower of the Winds, or take a stroll in the city's markets. From the Top 10 churches to the Top 10 restaurants - discover the best of Athens with this easy-to-use travel guide.

Inside Top 10 Athens:
- Ten easy-to-follow itineraries, perfect for a day trip, a weekend, or a four-day trip
- Top 10 lists showcase the best attractions in Athens, covering the Acropolis, the National Archaeological Museum, the Filopappos Hill, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and more
- Free laminated pull-out map of Athens, plus eight full-color area maps
- In-depth area guides explore Athens' most interesting neighborhoods, with the best places for shopping, going out, and sightseeing 
- Color-coded chapters divided by area make it easy to find information quickly and plan your day Essential travel tips including our expert choices of where to stay, eat, shop and sightsee, plus useful transport, visa and health information
- Color maps help you navigate with ease
- Covers Plaka, Makrigianni and Koukaki; Monastiraki, Psiri, Gazi and Thissio; Ominia and Exarcheia; Syntagma and Kolonaki; Piraeus; North to Delphi; the Peloponnese; and around the Attica Coast

Staying for longer as part of a bigger trip around Greece? Try our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Greece, Athens and the Mainland.

About DK Eyewitness Travel: DK's Top 10 guides take the work out of planning a short trip, with easy-to-read maps, tips and tours to inform and enrich your weekend trip or cultural break. DK is the world's leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in over 120 countries.

Fodor's Essential Greece: with the Best Islands (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-04-24
Paperback (736 pages)

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Written by local experts, Fodor's travel guides have been offering advice and professionally vetted recommendations for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Greece is the ultimate Mediterranean getaway. Impossibly blue seas, gorgeous beaches, whitewashed alleyways draped in pink bougainvillea, blue-domed Greek Orthodox churches, picturesque villages, and famous historical sites have lured visitors to this ancient civilization on the Aegean for thousands of years. Bursting with beautiful full-color photos, Fodor's Essential Greece provides expert insider advice on everything from the best beaches in Crete to the best archaeological sites on Corfu. Also included is full coverage of the big-city wonders of Athens, the primary gateway for travelers to Greece.

This travel guide includes:

    ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE contains a brief introduction and spectacular color photos that capture the ultimate experiences and attractions throughout Greece
    UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Fodor's writers have scoured the mainland and islands to find the best new hotels, resorts, restaurants, shops, and sights
    SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Full-color features on such topics as The Acropolis, specialty crafts made in Greece, Greek cuisine, Greek gods and heroes, Greek history, and Greece's long wine-making tradition illuminate the most distinctive aspects of the country
    INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: A "Need to Know" feature offers travelers top-line planning information about the country as a whole. "Top Attractions," "Great Itineraries,” and useful travel tips make planning simple. Helpful features on what's new in Greece and the best beaches all make a trip to the islands as simple as possible
    DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Essential Greece offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife
    COVERS: Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Thessaloniki, the Peloponnese, Corfu, Olympia, Crete, Rhodes, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Paros, and more

Rick Steves Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-06-19
Paperback (540 pages)

Rick Steves Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese
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Walk in the steps of Socrates, test the acoustics of the amphitheater of Epidavros, and set sail for Santorini: with Rick Steves on your side, Greece can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Greece: Athens & The Peloponnese you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Greece
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the Parthenon and the Agora to the small towns and beaches of the Peloponnesian Peninsula
  • How to connect with culture: Go back in time at the National Archaeological Museum, sample olives and feta in the Mediterranean sunshine, or sip ouzo at a local taverna
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
  • Detailed maps for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, a Greek phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 500 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on Athens, Nafplio, Epidavros, Mycenae, Olympia, Patra, Kardamyli, the Mani Peninsula, Sparta, Mystras, Delphi, Hydra, Mykonos, Delos, Santorini, and more
Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese.

Spending a week or less in the city? Check out Rick Steves Pocket Athens!

Frommer's Athens and the Greek Islands (Complete Guide)

By Stephen Brewer

Frommermedia
Paperback (336 pages)

Frommer s Athens and the Greek Islands (Complete Guide)
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The recent economic crisis in Greece has, paradoxically enough, created better conditions for tourism. The Greeks are painfully aware that tourism is their best-functioning remaining industry. They value the visitor as never before, treat them with a warmth and courtesy that exceeds what you’ll find in other parts of Europe. And more people are therefore coming here in unprecedented numbers.

To bring the current message of Greek tourism to a reading public, we've called upon the research and writing talents of one of America's foremost travel journalists. Stephen Brewer has been writing travel guides for almost three decades. As an editor and writer, he has focused not just on the Frommer guides but on European coverage for such magazines as Esquire, Connoisseur and Geo.

In Frommer's Athens and the Greek Islands, he brings tremendous insight into how to best approach and understand both the famed and lesser-known (but still fascinating) historic sights of Athens and the adjoining Peloponnese, as well as the recreational resorts and life of the enchanting Greek islands.

The book contains:
-Helpful maps, including a handy pull-out map
-A 16-page photo guide
-Exact pricing so there’s never any ugly surprises
-Opinionated reviews of historic sights and other attractions, hotels, restaurants,

Top 10 Athens (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

EYEWITNESS
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Top 10 Athens (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
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True to its name, this travel guide covers all of Athens's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use top 10 lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for Athens will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer, from the Acropolis to the Parthenon. Travel back to ancient times and visit the Temple of Zeus, the ruler of the mythological Greek gods.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Athens.

   • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to Athens.
   • Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
   • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of history and culture. A free pull-out map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Athens.

Recommended: For an in-depth guidebook to Greece, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greece, Athens & the Mainland, which offers a complete overview of this country; thousands of photographs, illustrations, and maps; and more.

Series Overview: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Top 10 are handy travel guides that take the work out of planning a trip. Packed with amazing ideas, informative maps, insider tips, and useful advice, DK's Top 10 guides lead you to the very best your destination has to offer. The pocket size make these the perfect guide to take on vacation. Discover the history, art, architecture, and culture of your destination through Top 10 lists, from the best museums, bars, and sights to the places to avoid. Visit TravelDK.com to learn more.

Streetwise Athens & The Greek Islands Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Athens, Greece (Michelin Streetwise Maps)

By Michelin

Michelin
Released: 2018-02-15
Map

Streetwise Athens & The Greek Islands Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Athens, Greece (Michelin Streetwise Maps)
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REVISED 2018

Streetwise Athens Map is a laminated city center map of Athens, Greece in an accordion-fold pocket size format.

Coverage includes:
Main Athens Map 1:9,000
Piraeus Inset Map 1:21,000
Greece & the Aegean Map 1:3,300,000

Dimensions: 4" x 8.5" folded, 8.5" x 32" unfolded

Anyone who visits Greece is drawn to visit the Acropolis of Athens. It houses the Parthenon, sitting majestically on the hill, and offers terrific views of the bustling capital below. Go early or late in the day to avoid the afternoon heat. Mid-day, visit some museums or relax in a cafe with an ouzo. Athens is loaded with museums, and the National Archaeological Museum ranks among the top ten in the world. The Plaka, located downhill from the Acropolis, is one of the oldest parts of modern Athens. The old market, where philosophers Socrates and Plato once walked and talked, is known as the Ancient Agora. The Psiri, working class neighborhood by day, is the hip nightlife district.

All these sites, places, hotels and metro stations are easy to locate with the STREETWISE® Athens Map. For those venturing outside Athens, there is a detailed map of the port town of Piraeus, where all ferries and cruise ships make their departure for the Greek Islands. And because no trip is complete without visiting at least one Greek Island, a map of the Greek Islands with major ferry routes is also included. Our pocket size Athens map is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. To enhance your visit to Athens, check out the Michelin Green Guide Greece, which details the star-rated sights and attractions so you can prioritize your trip based on time and interest. In addition, for the best hotel and restaurants, buy the MICHELIN Guide Main Cities of Europe. For driving or planning your trip to and from Athens, use Michelin Greece Map No. 737.

The Monocle Travel Guide to Athens: The Monocle Travel Guide Series

By Monocle

Gestalten
Released: 2019-01-03
Hardcover (148 pages)

The Monocle Travel Guide to Athens: The Monocle Travel Guide Series
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Get to know the most atmospheric open-air cinemas and drawn up walks around Athen's neighborhoods – one a leafy suburb, another by the sea.
Think of Athens and the first things that spring to mind are ancient ruins and camera-toting crowds (before they hotfoot it to the island-bound ferries at the port of Piraeus, that is). It’s true, the Acropolis is ever present and during summer the city thrums with schools of holidaymakers. But there’s much more to the Greek capital than temples and tourists.
We’ve looked beyond the admittedly awe-inspiring Parthenon and explored the city’s modernist marvels, from circular school to colonnaded embassy. We’ve combed the cobbled streets for independent boutiques offering straw hats, hand-thrown ceramics and golden jewellery – all proudly “Made in Greece”. When you’re feeling peckish, choose between traditional family-run tavernas and contemporary restaurants spicing up classic Greek dishes.
Attica is a region of riches and, of course, some of the nearby islands are simply too good to miss – so we’ve included a short and sharp list of our top stopovers. For now, though, strap up your sandals and allow us to introduce you to this chaotic but ever-so-charismatic city.


 
 
 

 
 
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