Athens Area Map
Athens sprawls across the Attica Basin, a valley surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and on the fourth by the Saronic Gulf. Constant expansion has introduced a sense of modernism to this ancient city. You will most likely spend the majority of your stay within central Athens near all of the city's well-known attractions.
Accessible via metro lines 1 and 2 at Monastiraki and Acropoli stations.
As the most famous part of the city, the Acropolis refers to the hill in the center of the city upon which Athens' most renowned ancient monuments – including the Herod Atticus Odeon, Erechtheion and, of course, the Parthenon – are found. Once the political hub of ancient Athens, the Acropolis ruins tower over modern Athens from their perch in the center of the city.
Accessible via metro Line 2 at Acropoli and Sygrou - Fix stations.
Perched on the southern slopes of the Acropolis, the Makrigianni district is home to several luxury hotels and top-notch restaurants, as well as the Acropolis Museum, which houses artifacts from the Parthenon and other nearby temples.
Southwest of Makrigianni is Koukaki, one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods. Sitting at the base of Filopappos Hill, the Koukaki district is popular among active travelers. The area boasts several tree-lined paths that lead up the hill to the Dora Stratou Theater or to the summit of Filopappos Hill, which offers the best views of southern Athens and the Acropolis.
Accessible via metro lines 2 and 3 at Acropoli and Syntagma stations.
Sitting on the eastern slopes of the Acropolis, Plaka is the most tourist-heavy neighborhood in Athens. Its streets – which have been inhabited for more than 5,000 years – are speckled with ancient monuments, Victorian-era homes, Byzantine churches and mosques, as well as numerous cafes, restaurants and shops selling everything from antique treasures to souvenirs. Also tucked away along Plaka's winding streets are popular sites like the 4th-century Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, Ancient Agora and the Museum of Greek Folk Art.
Accessible via metro lines 1 and 3 at Monastiraki and Thissio stations.
Northwest of Plaka along the base of the Acropolis is Monastiraki, a neighborhood made famous by its flea market. Described by writers as a neighborhood with a Middle Eastern vibe and street vendors galore, Monastiraki is also a great place to grab a drink and people-watch at a sidewalk cafe. Plus, this district is conveniently located by Ancient Agora's sights.
Accessible via all metro lines at Monastiraki, Thissio and Omonia stations.
Walk a few minutes north of Monastiraki and you'll find yourself in Psiri. Formerly run-down and forgotten, Psiri has become one of Athens' most popular neighborhoods for younger travelers. Many of the area's abandoned warehouses and neglected homes have been transformed into trendy bars, bustling restaurants and jiving clubs.
Accessible via metro lines 1 and 3 at Thissio, Monastiraki and Kerameikos stations.
West of Monastiraki and along Adrianou Street is the neoclassical neighborhood of Thissio, where views of the Acropolis are outstanding. Thissio is one of the best examples of the mesh between the old and the new. After spending some time at the adjacent Temple of Hephaestus, kick back and enjoy the many trendy cafes and bars.
Accessible via metro lines 1 and 3 at Kerameikos and Thissio stations.
Follow the Archaeological Promenade from Adrianou Street past the Kerameikos Cemetery and you'll find yourself in Gazi, commonly referred to as "Art City." Gazi is believed to have been named for the black gas fumes (or "gazi" in Greek) that once flowed from its factories' smokestacks, but today, the neighborhood has been transformed into the Technopolis, an art and exhibition center. The area is home to many trendy bars, art galleries, clubs and restaurants and is also the center of Athens' gay culture.
Accessible via all metro lines at Syntagma, Panepistimio and Monastiraki stations.
Move onto Syntagma Square, Athens' political hub, to see the modernity of the city. This district houses the Parliament Building, and visitors can witness the famous Changing of the Guards, who are dressed in colorful costumes, here. This is also where the National Garden, most major banks, the central post office and several high-end hotels and restaurants reside.
Accessible via tram at Aghia Fotini station and metro Line 3 at Evangelismos station.
Mets and Pangrati are the only central neighborhoods outside the Acropolis' immediate vicinity that have a historical atmosphere. Sitting east and southeast of the National Garden near the Panathenaic Stadium, both Mets and Pangrati are primarily residential but are home to several traditional restaurants.
Accessible via metro lines 2 and 3 at Syntagma, Evangelismos and Panepistimio stations.
Vassilissis Sofias Avenue – which branches off at Syntagma Square's northeastern corner – is known as Museum Mile because of its abundance of world-class museums. The Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Athens War Museum and the Benaki Museum are just some of the museums you'll find here. You may also hear this neighborhood referred to as the Embassy District due to its plethora of embassies.
Accessible via all metro lines at Evangelismos, Syntagma, Megaro Moussikis, Panepistimio, Omonia and Victoria stations.
A few blocks north of Museum Mile is the Kolonaki district, which is known for housing many of the city's upscale restaurants and boutiques, as well as several open-air markets. Perched on the slopes of Lycabettus Hill with incredible views of central Athens, Kolonaki is often a great place for star sightings.
The Exarchia neighborhood, located northwest of Lycabettus Hill, offers a livelier atmosphere with numerous bars and live music venues. Meander this district's pedestrian streets or climb Strefi Hill for a panoramic view that extends to the coast. Exarchia is also home to the National Archaeological Museum.
Accessible via all metro lines at Omonia, Panepistimio, Metaxourghio, Victoria, Monastiraki and Thissio stations.
Omonia, located north of the Acropolis and just west of Exarchia, is dissected by the city's major streets – including Panepistimiou and Konstantinou – and features Athens' oldest square, Omonia Square. This area has become one of the busiest in the city simply because it can't be avoided. Over the past few decades, Omonia has seen the growth of Athens' international population and is now home to an Asian quarter and multiple Bangladeshi shops.
Athens' northern suburbs – specifically Kifisia – mostly feature pricey houses and sophisticated restaurants, but there are also a few 5-star hotels and multiple designer boutiques. Sitting along the Apollo Coast in the south, the Glyfada and Vouliagmeni areas have several beautiful beaches, high-end hotels, upscale shopping and a golf course. However, the Apollo Coast is several miles from central Athens and is not generally convenient for tourists. If you're set on reaching the Apollo Coast, plan on taking a tram. And to get to Kifisia, use Line 1 of the metro.
Accessible via metro Line 1 at Piraeus and Faliro stations.
Piraeus is Athens' main port, connecting the city with nearby islands like Aegina and Crete. Located approximately 6 miles southwest of central Athens, Piraeus features a popular flea market, as well as numerous seafood restaurants that overlook the Mikrolimano fishing harbor.
Pickpockets regularly target tourists on public transportation and in high-traffic areas, so it's best to leave valuables in your hotel safe and to stay alert at all times. Racially motivated harassment is common as well, especially at night in Omonia and Exarchia, so consider bypassing these neighborhoods once the sun goes down. Also, several domestic terrorist incidents have taken place in Athens in the last few years outside area embassies and by Syntagma Square. These areas are generally safe during the day, but exercise caution when visiting and be sure to avoid political protests, which are prone to violence. Public demonstrations occur annually on May 1, November 17 and December 6. For more details about security concerns in Greece, visit the U.S. State Department's website.
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