of Athens has a rich and long history. It holds a prominent place
in Greek mythology. In the 5th century BC, the
golden age of Athens, the
Parthenon on the Acropolis was
built. Architectural examples of the city's rich history can be
visited throughout the Historic Centre
of Athens, the Ancient Marble
Stadium, the ancient marketplace known as the
Agora, and the
the capital city of Greece. It is situated at the southeastern tip
of Greece's mainland.
Basic Facts and Figures
Athens population: 3,192,606 (according to 2001 census)
Language: Greek - usage of the Greek language spans three and a half
millennia. The Greek language and alphabet has been essential for
the development of many western languages. The first writing sample
was found on Crete and is called Linear B
Currency: up to December 2001 Drachma was the currency of Greece and
has changed into Euro starting January 2002
Telephone: area code 210, country code 30 210
Weather: weather up-dates are available at
Government & Politics: Greece is a parliamentary democracy,
established in 1974, head of state is the president elected by the
parliament, more info at
Useful Phone Numbers & Contact Info
Greek National Tourist Organisation (EOT): provides tourist
Information desk telephone number: +30 210 3310565
Tourist Police: Head office, 77 Dimitrakopoulou Str. Veikou
24-hour information service line: 171
Sites of Interest
Athens has a number of museums and sites of cultural interest from
its landmark, the Acropolis, to the ancient marketplace, the Agora
in central Athens, the ancient marble Panathenaic Stadium, and so
on. An extensive list of these and further information can be found
at the Map of Athens cultural sites available at
Getting to Athens and moving around
Getting to Athens is easy. Athens has a new international airport.
There are also regular ferry services to national and international
destinations. The central rail hub linking the capital to the rest
of Greece and Europe is also situated in Athens. Information on
national and international train services is updated daily.
When in Athens, the quickest way to move around central locations is
the Athens metro. Connected to the Metro is an underground train
linking the port of Piraeus to the northern suburb of Kifissia.
Buses and trolleys also cover most of Athens. Taxi companies operate
in the greater Athens area.
Drivers can check the Athens traffic conditions with the traffic
maps (updated every 15 minutes), before hitting the road.