A few tips for your journey to an ancient city...
Out of the many places I have traveled, I have to say that Greece has been one of my absolute favorites. The combination of people, food and the general feeling of being in a place that has existed for millennia creates an awesome and mind-blowing experience that any traveler would be delighted to experience. If you're budget conscience but still want to experience all that Athens has to offer, then you're in for a good read. I was in and around Athens for about a week and the following are a few tips to help you on your way through the city.
General travel - If you have a good set of legs, use them. Nothing is too far in Athens and you'll end up finding hidden gems all over the place that you'd miss otherwise. Some people I know rented scooters as a way of exploring and it only cost them 20 euro for a few hours and is another great way to explore the city.
Accommodation - I booked my trip last minute so I had to book a hotel the first night but I'd suggest getting AirBnB. The price was right and it had everything I needed for my stay including a better view than the hotel I stayed in. Try looking for a place in Plaka or west of the Acropolis Museum along Parthenenos. Both are nice neighborhoods and close to everything.
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Watching the sunset/sunrise - Mars hill or Areopagus Hill as it's known is a bit closer and less of a hike than Philopappos Hill but still a splendid view of the city and horizon, you'll have to share the view with other tourists but there's enough space to sit comfortably on a rock without anyone stepping into your bubble. Another note on that hill, there are numerous pottery shards and pieces of marble. A little searching could yield some cool finds.
Trip to Delphi - There are numerous bus tours advertised on the street from 81 euro and up. I saved at least 30 euro taking public transit and still had a blast. No, I didn't have a semi-personal guide to tell me the history of Delphi but in my experience those people are really hit or miss in their story-telling abilities. Instead I took the bus, read all the signs and tagged along with a group that arrived about the same time I did. That being said Delphi is definitely worth the trip. The beautiful Greek landscape and amazing cliff-side ruins were a sight to behold.
If you decide to travel to Delphi by car remember the two tolls you'll encounter on the way that total about 5 euro (10 round trip). Also when eating at Delphi, watch out for stray cats...
Enjoy your trip and report back with comments. Thanks for reading!
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