Thursday, May 24, 2012



Bookstores at Athens International Airport

If you are looking for something to do to help pass time at Athens International Airport, then what better way while away the hours than by reading a good book? The available bookstores are:

Papasotiriou Books
This store has a limited number of titles. It is most oriented in international press, local press and magazines. It is located at different points in the arrival and departure terminals.

Alternatively, if you are more interested in press and magasines, then you might visit one of the numerous Presspoint Papasotiriou stores.


Stadiou 24, 105 64 Athens, Greece
metro Transit: Panepestimiou

The Bookstore is more specialized in Greek literature books. At Ianos I'm always impressed by the quality of service; all employees are highly qualified and know exactly how to find the right book for you. The bookstore at Stadiou Street in Athens has also a coffee shop that hosts cultural events.

Ianos Bookstore Ianos Bookstore


After almost one hundred years in operation, Eleftheroudakis bookstore has closed its doors leaving behind its book online site.

Eleftheroudaki Bookstore


Eleftheriou Venizelou 37, 10564 Athens, Greece
metro Transit: Panepistimiou
The Mall Athens, Marousimetro Transit: Neratziotisa
PressPoint - Athens International Airport
Complete list of stores

Papasotiriou is best known for its technical books collection. It also has Greek and English literature books. Worth mentioning, is the 'Artpoint Papasotiriou' at the Athens International Airport, where you can find replicas of the ancient Greek civilization. An excellent choice for a gift or a souvenir of your vacations in Greece.


Servias Karagiorgi 1, 10563 Athens, Greece
metro Transit: Syntagma
The Mall Athens, Marousimetro Transit: Neratziotisa
Complete List of Stores

This is a consumer electronics store that has a dedicated section for Greek and English books. Very big choice of books here as well.

The Public Cafe on the fifth level of the building offers a great view of Syntagma square. It is the ideal place to rest and enjoy your new books.

Public Store

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Athens Traffic

Athens traffic reports by the Greek Police provide real-time updates on traffic road conditions. The same information on a map can be found at or (Greek only).

National Road Athens-Lamia

Athens Traffic

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Strikes are quite common these days in Greece. The following sites give a detailed snapshot of the scheduled strikes:


Friday, May 11, 2012

Athens Free WiFi Hotspots

There are many free WiFi hot-spots in Athens. Most of these are located in coffee shops or bars. The municipality of Athens also provides free access to the internet in three main areas in Athens. These are:

For more information please visit Athenswifi site.

Starbucks Coffee shops can be found all around Athens. They offer 2 hours of free WiFi access. the username and password for access are printed on a ticket at the cashier upon a purchace.

Related Links
A detailed list of free hotspots in Greece

Athens: Places with free Wifi  source: Tripadvisor

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Greek Elections and Street Art

Today are election days in Athens, Greece. Greek street Artist "Bleeps" once expressed his opinion with this stencil that stood at "Iera Odos" street, Athens. "Vote for Nobody" is the slogan held by the ancient Greek statue.

Greek Elections - ΨΗΦΟΣ ΣΕ ΚΑΝΕΝΑ

George Papandreou: "everything Good..."
Everything Good... Is it???

Kostas Karamalis in Darth Vader costume...



Credit: Γκάελ Flickr photo stream.

Related Links:

Athens Street Art on Flickr.

server pics - View Athens Street Art most interesting photos on Flickriver

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Athens International Airport

Location: map
Real Time Flight Information
Listen to LGAV Approach - Athens, Greece

Athens International Airport


Metro metro - You can access the airport via Metro line 3 - Egalio/Airport (blue line). Currently, journeys are scheduled every 30 minutes to/from the airport with the following timetable. The Metro is the best way to reach the center of Athens area including Syntagma and Monastiraki.

Suburban Rail - "Proastiakos"

Airport -> Ano Liosia, Magoula, Kiato
Kiato, Magoula, Ano Liosia -> Airport
Currently the section rail Piraeus-Ano Liosia is closed.

Suburban rail map [pdf]
Suburban rail timetable (Greek only)
First train from Airport to Ano Liosia is at 05.26 with the following frequency -- xx:11 -- xx:26 -- xx:44
Last train form Airport to Ano Liosia is at 20:26.

The Metro & Suburban Rail train station at the airport is accessed from the departure terminal (level 1) outside the gate 2. There you can buy tickets before accessing the railway platforms. Do not forget to validate your ticket before boarding. Ticket fares to/from the airport are detailed in the following link.

Airport EXPRESS Bus Lines
The bus stop is outside gate 5 at the arrival terminal (level 0), before boarding you need to get a ticket from the kiosk at the bus stop. The following line buses are available on 24 hours basis:

X93 : Kifissos Coach Station - Airport   - X93 bus route map
X95 : Syntagma - Airport                    X95 bus route map
X96 : Piraeus - Airport                        X96 bus roue map
X97 : Dafni Metro Station - Airport      X97 bus route map

Aegean Airlines Aegean Airlines


The Shopping Center and the Duty Free Shops at Athens International Airport has a big number of stores for your last minute shopping before travel. Among the luxury and perfume stores, there is a selection of stores that specialize in Greek products, these are:

  • Hellenic Gourmet Store
    This store has a big choice of Greek food products. There you will find olive oil, olives, honey, Greek spirits like ouzo, Metaxa, wine. You can check the full range of products at their official web site.

  • Mastiha Shop
    Mastiha (mastic gum) is a natural product produced in the island of Xios. It can be used as a natural chewing gum. Also, it is used for cooking and deserts.

  • Korres Natural Products
    Korres is now a well known Greek brand that is sold worldwide. You will find there a big selection of natural cosmetic and bath products.

Worth mentioning, is the 'Artpoint Papasotiriou', where you can find replicas of the ancient Greek civilization. An excellent place for a gift or a souvenir of your vacations in Greece.

Luggage Storage

Care4bag is a luggage storage facility at the airport. It is located at the arrival level in the free access area near the Exit Door 1. It will also wrap luggage, boxes and sporting goods according to airline requirements.

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