Prepaid Mobile Telephony
If you intend to use intensively your mobile device during your stay in Greece, there are a multitude of prepaid mobile packages that you might be tempted to use.
In Greece, the mobile market is shared by three companies: Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind. Each of these companies offer a vast number of prepaid mobile packages. Finding the right package that suites you better, might seem a quite difficult task at the first glance, due to the big number of packages. Before starting, you need to define the use you are going to make most of your mobile device: Mobile internet, local telephony or international telephony.
By law, every user of a prepaid mobile package must register his/her personal data at one of the mobile operator shops or representatives. You need to have with you your ID card or passport and the SIM card of the package.
Below we provide links to the packages offered by each provider.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The Monument is guarded round the clock by two Evzone soldiers dressed in unique traditional uniforms. Every hour, the ceremony of changing the guard at the monument to the unknown soldier takes place.It is one of the 'must sees' on a trip to Athens. The "Grand Change" occurs once a week, every Sunday at 11:00 am, with the participation of a platoon of Evzones, this is a major touristic attraction that is worth attending.
The monument central sculpture represents a dying hoplite. On both sides of the sculpture the walls are inscribed with the names of battles and wars fought by the Greek army throughout the history and two quotations by Thucydides
Artist Kostantinnos Dimitiradis is the creator of the hoplite sculpture. The monument was inaugurated on 25th of March, 1932.
After visiting the monument of the unknown soldier you might continue with a visit of the National Garden or go shopping on Ermou Street and Voukourestiou Street.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located at
Syntagma Square,Athens,at the foot of the Greek Parliament. [ locate on map ]
Thucydides QuotationsOn both sides of the dying hoplite sculpture there are two inscriptions which are quotations by Thucydides, from Pericles' Funeral Oration. On the left is written: "Μία κλίνη κενή φέρεται έστρωμένη των άφανων", (... and one bed is carried empty, made for the unknown ones) and on the right "Άνδρων έπιφανων πασα γη τάφος", (For eminent men, every place is (worthy) burial ground).
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
If you crave beaches and windsurfing experiences then there are a number of perfect destination outside Athens, namely: Anavisos, Loutsa and Shinia [map].
Anavisos is a sea bay located at 50km from Athens. The conditions for windsurfing in the bay are ideal all over the year specially for southern winds. Surfers gather at the Kouros club on the beach which offers facilities for windsurfers such as equipment storage, outdoor showers, a beach bar and a cafe lounge bar restaurant.
When northern winds dominate, then Loutsa and Shinia in the northern of Attica is the preferred destination. Surf clubs like Nisakia Club and the Karavi Club are ideal to practice the windsurfing sport.
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Monday, July 23, 2012
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Although Athens is not a city renowned for its green spaces, there is at the center of Athens a large park of 15.5 hectares known as the National Garden. Originally, the garden was part of the old palace (current Parliament building) during the rule of the monarchy. It was known then as the Royal Garden. The name of the park changed after a plebiscite to abolish the monarchy in 1974.
The park today is very well maintained with a small lake in the middle, a space for ducks and birds and a children playground. In summer, green parrots fly freely near the lake area. Their sounds combined with those of the frogs give a small sense of a tropical forest.
The National Garden is a very attractive destination for tourists and locals especially in the hot summer season. There are also a lot of joggers in the area taking advantage of the multiple tracks in the park. Within the park there is a coffee shop where you can sit in the shadow of big trees. For children, apart the playground there is a children's library.
Nearby the garden there are the following attractions:
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Athens viewed from space is a sea of concrete with no or little green areas. This picture was taken in 12 June 2004 from the International Space Station (IIS). One can notice the city limits squeezed between Mount Imitos (lower half) and Mount Egaleo (upper half).
A 3D image of Athens from space.
Greece by night from space. Athens is the highly illuminated area on the left half. Thessaloniki is at the near center of the picture.
Greece and Southern Italy seen from Space with the International Space Station (ISS) in the foreground.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Location: Limni Vouliagmeni
Bus Lines: #114 #115 #149 #E22
This is a small lake located in the Southern suburbs of Athens in Voulaigmeni. It is a brakish water lake with an average temperature of 24 °Celsius (75.2 °F) all over year. The water is well known by Athenians for its therapeutic virtues. Indeed, it is very rich in minerals, making it ideal to treat conditions such as arthritis and backache. The environment is very calm and appealing with a well maintained infrastructure. The coffee shop on the site has a nice view of the lake. In the evening, during the summer, after the lake is closed for swimmers, the coffee shop tables extends to the swimmers area.
The source of water that supplies the lake come from the underground through a complex labyrinth that has never been fully explored till our days. It is also considered very dangerous among cave divers for the strong currents that reside inside. The following article [in Greek], describes the divers attempts to explore the underground caves of the lake and the location of what is believed to be the entrance of the labyrinth from the sea side.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Cape Sounion, Lavrio [37° 39' 1.040" N - 24° 1' 28.474" E ]
Temple of Poseidon opening hours: 10 am till sunset.
Cap sounion is located about 70 km (43 mi) from Athens in the southernmost tip of the Attika peninsula. There lies on the top of the hill the twenty-four hundred years old temple of Poseidon. Legend says that it is at Cap Sounion, the tragic story of Theseus took place. Coming back from Crete, victorious Theseus over the Minotaur, forgets to switch the black sail of his ship to a white one. King of Athens, Aegeus, seeing the black sail believes his son Thesus dead and leaps over the hill into the sea, named Aegean after him.
To reach Sounion, the seaside route is recommended. On your way, you'll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf and its offshore islands, passing through Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Lagonisi, Saronida and Anavisos towns.
Cap Sounion is very well known for its beautiful sunset, sunrise and moonrise. Making it an inspiration place for photographers and astronomers. Below are links to pictures taken by astronomer Anthony Ayiomamitis with the temple in the foreground:
December Sunrise, Cape Sounion (nasa.org)
Near the temple there is a restaurant where you can eat or drink a coffee with a view of the sea and the temple. An alternative, is the Cape Sounio Resort for those who want a more luxurious environment.
In summer, you can combine your visit of the temple of Poseidon with a swim at the nearby beaches.
Bus Lines to Sounion
Two KTEL (ΚΤΕΛ) bus lines are available to Sounion, these are:
Buses Timetable from Athens to Sounion (seaside route):
Buses Timetable from Sounion to Athens (seaside route):
(*) The above timetable is subject to changes, further information is available at Sounion Bus Information phone number: +30 210 880 8081 (extension 1)
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