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Thucydides, Epitaph to Pericles
Welcome to The Athens Key!
The Athens Key is a travel companion for Athens and all things Greek, in English. It is designed for the potential visitor to our hometown, or for the curious mind. From the research to the text to most photographs, we strive to highlight the most interesting landmarks of this historic city worth seeing, but also some of the lesser known, quaint, yet ever so intriguing, attractions of our city. We tirelessly look for, and suggest, places, events, services, shops, museum shows, curiosities in Athens, as if a friend from abroad was about to visit for a short stay and was asking for our advise on how to best plan their visit.
For decades now and up until recently, during the official ceremony of welcoming a foreign dignitary, the Mayor of Athens would hand them the Golden Key of Athens in a well-staged photo opportunity. It used to be a somewhat exaggerated gesture in recognition of a goodwill visit and signified that the guest would always be welcome back to the city as a friend. Well, we ran out of gold, and our city is now in need, and the Mayor is busy trying to secure his political legacy. But, as citizens of Athens who love our hometown and have nothing to gain from sharing this love, to you who dropped by, we decided to offer you The Athens Key, without the hoopla and the decorum, but from the bottom of our heart!
We should note here that we are not endorsed by, supported from, or financially aided by any official or unofficial state or local government, we have no ties or affiliations with any enterprise that could possibly influence our opinion or alter our objectivity. At the same time, we can not and do not claim to have included all that is worth seeing in Athens, nor that our coverage of the subjects is complete. Thus, we strive to improve, to keep an open mind, to be informed, and to constantly add material to The Athens Key. Enjoy!
© 2018 Ion Frantzeskakis, Athens, Greece. All rights reserved in all media.
Athens is 7th Best European Destination for 2018, in online polls conducted by the European Best Destinations organization, whose purpose is the promotion of culture and tourism in Europe, and works alongside with the biggest tour operators in Europe covering 355 destinations. Ever since its participation in this competition, Athens has ranked among the top most favorite destinations of travelers worldwide. With a recorded history of 3,500 years, the Greek capital is constantly undergoing urban renewals to keep up with the evolution of time. Athens lives up to all the hype!
The Greek islands topped the list of the 20 “Best Islands in the World”, as voted by the readers of prestigious Condé Nast Traveller, due to their “extraordinary scenery and people.” To top it off, Greece was voted as the second “Best Country in the World” by the readers of CNT after Italy. The readers of the luxury travel magazine voted for what they love most about travelling, including favorite countries, cities, islands, ski resorts; top hotels and spas; best airlines, airports, cruise lines, villa rentals and tour operators.
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|Half-Day Tour of the Hidden Views and Gems of Athens|
Explore the hip, artsy neighborhoods of Athens with a 4-hour private tour of the city. Your local host will guide your small group to the best hidden gems and views of Athens so you will feel like a real local by the end of the tour.
Travel, Cruises, Sailing & Yachting, Car Rentals, Tours & excursions
You can always plan your travel or vacations in Greece on your own, relying on your experience and the advice of friends or trusted sources, including The Athens Key. This way, you will enjoy the absolute independence, and utilize every single day according to your interests and needs.
Check Hotels in Athens and all over Greece through Booking.com or look around and see the accommodation suggestions we offer close to most places of attraction.
Instead, you may rely on the expertise and resources of an experienced company and find complete travel packages with one visit by opting for the concept of All-Inclusive-Holidays, offered by a reliable company such as TUI, and relax during the precious time of your vacations having nothing to worry about. Meals, drinks and entertainment are paid for upfront. So, not only is it a lot easier to budget before you go, but when you get there, you can relax and get on with the important bit – enjoying yourself. Visit TUI and explore the numerous options there are to enjoy Greece!
Can one charter a motor-sailer, a motor yacht or a sailing boat, barefoot or with a skipper, to cruise the magnificent Aegean Archipelago or the green islands of the Ionian sea? Need we say yes? Visit our page Sailing & Yachting in Greece!
For ferries to the islands of the Greek Archipelago, book through our Affiliate Let's Ferry, an award winning company connecting over 80 destinations in the Mediterranean. Let's Ferry mainly operates in Greece, offering a simple way of booking ferry tickets online to make your way to Greek dream islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu, or Hydra, but also to other Mediterranean popular destinations such as Barcelona, Catania, Malta, Tunis, Salerno or Venice.
Please note our tab Destinations which includes select places you'd visit on an short or a longer excursion from Athens, accessible by land or sea and popular with most cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean or accessible by the sailing boat or yacht you may charter!
Choose one of the large, luxurious and reliable cruises to leisurely explore the Eastern Mediterranean Sea? Look for several schedules but also for special deals! We are directly affiliated with P&O Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Marella Cruises, by TUI, formerly Thomson.
Greece is the birthplace of Mediterranean Diet, the balanced diet to keep you healthy and give you a long life. At the same time, Greece offers a delicious cuisine, which comes as a combination of indigenous, ancient practices and recipes, along with hundreds of Middle Eastern, Southern European and other influences resulting in a tasty, hearty and healthy menu of choices. Please check our FOOD section, and the several pages under it, such as Bakeries, Farmers Markets, Juice Bars, Lunch or Dinner, etc., etc., and enjoy! Bon appetit!
Are there excursions, for a few hours or a couple of days, organized or not, that one can take using Athens as a base of operations? Take, for example, the Athens Shore Excursion. This Hop on - Hop off tour, taking around 2.5 hours from Piraeus, the main port of Greece and the biggest in Mediterranean, to timeless Athens, the tour is a mix of ancient history and modern development. There are also Classical Tours available that include Corinth, Epidavros, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, and Delphi from Athens. Or maybe you want to try the Acropolis Walking Tour or a Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Trip! For Tours and Activities in Athens and all over Greece, hand-picked by the insiders of Viator, visit them now for an unforgettable trip! Make sure to check Viator's Athens Super-Saver: An Athens Sightseeing Tour plus a Delphi Day Trip! And, of course, you may decide to get married in Greece, and take advantage of the rich experience of TUI !
For a large selection of bags, suitcases and travel accessories, check Travel Luggage & Cabin Bags, who are passionate about bringing the finest quality, stylish yet lightweight luggage products from the world's largest manufacturers to their customers. in an unrivaled range, at the best prices. Last, but not least, visit our Travel Insurance page. Select one of the major insurance companies we are affiliated with, and you'll find the coverage you need!
In our constant quest to improve and enhance the effectiveness of the Athens Key we keep making additions and navigational changes here, within the technical limitations of the platform, and our own abilities. We hope you'll find the changes practical and effective, but, if not so, we would love to hear your input and suggestions!