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Getting to Naxos

Getting to Naxos, transfer and ferries

All information about your transfer in Athens, ferry connections from Piraeus to Naxos and the arrival via Santorini. Additional we offer an accommodation on Santorini in case you plan to stay some days on Santorini.
Depending on the location, there are possibilities of arrival via Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. Flights to Athens are in most cases the cheapest. However transfer costs in Athens, from the airport in the north of Athens to the port in Piraeus, and of course the costs for the ferry have to be considered. Many of our Naxos guests combine their holiday on Naxos with a stopover in Athens.

A more expensive alternative is a direct flight with Olympic Air from Athens to Naxos. The flight time is only 25 minutes. However the ticket price of almost 100 euro is relatively expensive. Flight to Naxos can be booked either with Olympic or with Aegean. Prices are the same.

In case you plan a stopover in Athens, you can find some information further down on this site.
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A stay in Athens
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Athens is worth it

Sightseeing, gastronomy and hotels in Athens

In Athens you will not only find Acropolis and Parthenon, but also many more attractions. It is really worth it to spend one or more days in the city to discover the numerous attractions and events taking place. In case you have questions regarding a stay in Athens, we are pleased to help you.

1. Sightseeing

Acropolis

Of course the first stop on our tour is the Acropolis. High above the city you will find the Parthenon.In summer (April to October) the Acropolis opens daily from 08.00 until 20.00. The rest of the year the opening hours are 08.30 until 15.00. The ticket costs 20 euros, and is valid for many other archaeological sites. Location: In the center, direct over the area of Plaka. To reach by metro, line 2 (red) station Acropolis.

New Acropolis Museum

Directly across Acropolis, about 100 meters from the metro station, is located the new Acropolis museum. The museum is in terms of architecture a very impressive building, and the exhibits it houses are masterpieces of the ancient Greek civilization. The sculptures are standing “free” in the galleries and you have the opportunity to view them from all sides. Very impressive! The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 08.00 until 20.00 and on Fridays until 22.00. Tickets cost 5 euros and you can buy them online.
Information you can find on the museums website.

Monastiraki & Plaka

At the foot of the Acropolis lies the oldest part of Athens, Plaka. Most of the Plaka area is a pedestrian zone and feels like you are in a small village. There are many tavernas and restaurants, gift and jewellery shops and cafés. Obviously, Plaka is very touristic and the food is not always the best you can find in Athens. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth it to walk through Plaka and Monastiraki, right next to various monuments and excavations. Not far away, on foot on the way to Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) you will get to Ermou street, the main shopping street downtown.

Lycabettus

The Lycabettus hill is at 277 meters the highest point of the city offering a breathtaking view of Athens, especially in the evening. On top of the hill there is a small chapel, a café, a restaurant and an open air theatre. If you are in a good physical condition, you can walk to the top. Or as an alternative you can take the funicular, located in Aristippou Str. During the high season or the weekends expect long queues. The funicular runs every half hour and costs 7 euros up the hill and back, which is rather expensive for a ride of 5 minutes.

Museum of Cycladic Art

The museum of Cycladic art exhibits ancient art mainly from the Cyclades islands. The museum is not far away from Syntagma square, housed in an impressive neoclassic mansion. The museum is open Monday - Saturday (except Tuesday) from 10.00 until 17.00, and on Thursday until 20.00. On Sunday it is open 11.00 - 17.00. Tickets cost 7 euros. The museum is located near Syntagma square, in Neophytou Douka Str. 4.

Kolonaki

If you visit the Museum of Cycladic Art, you are already in the most famous shopping area of Athens, Kolonaki. It is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods of the city, full of trendy designers’ shops and one of the beloved spots of the locals for a cup of coffee. The best spot to see and to be seen around town. In the evening Kolonaki is a meeting point. There are many nice small bars in the streets around the square, however bear in mind that a beer or an alcoholic drink costs anything between 6 and 8 euros.

Panathenaic stadium

The Panathenaic stadium is the olympic stadium of the first modern Olympic games in 1896. The stadium was located originally 1 km east of the Acropolis, where the Panathenaic Games in honor to the goddess Athena took place. Today the stadium is located at Leoforos Vasileos Konstantinou 116.

Marina Flisvos

If you just want to relax sipping a coffee or a cocktail, Marina Flisvos (or Marina Alimos for that matter) is the place to go. Both marinas are accessible by tram. Ride the tram from Syntagma square, direction Stadio Irinis and get off at Flisvos station. One way tickets cost 1,20 euros per person. You can use the same ticket both ways for up to 70 minutes.

2. Hotels

Amazon Hotel

The Amazon Hotel is located central at Syntagma square in the center of Athens. All well known sites like the Acropolis, Plaka and Monastiraki can be reached on foot . All rooms were recently renovated and are equiped with bathroom, air conditioning, Sat TV, fridge with mini bar, safe and internet. hotel website.

Fresh Hotel

Hotel Fresh is located central, close to the Metro station Omonia. From the hotel sightseeing is quite easy because all well known sites in Athens, like the Acropolis, Plaka and Monastiraki can be reached on foot. The hotel offers modern rooms, during high season from 90 euros and during off-season from 65 euros. hotel website

3. Taverns and restaurants

Tavern Ammos

The tavern Ammos is located in the small port (Mikrolimanos) of Piraeus. On the street there are many bars and taverns. But the best one is Ammos. If you are lucky and get a table at the waterfront,you have a wonderful sea view.The quality of the classic Greek meze, fish and meat dishes is amazingly good and the staff very friendly and attentive. A reservation is required in most cases because the tavern is very popular among Greeks.

Restaurant Orizontes

The restaurant is located at the highest point in Athens, the Lycabettus hill. The restaurant is not cheap but it is a unique experience to enjoy the evening on the terrace overlooking the entire city. To get to the restaurant you can use the funicular or a taxi. Of course you can also walk the whole distance up to the top of the hill.

Tavern Sholarhio

The tavern Sholarhio is located below the Acropolis in the ancient district of Plaka. It is known that Plaka is one of the most touristic parts of Athens, still this traditional tavern provides very good classic Greek dishes in a friendly atmosphere. We can recommend all "mezedes" (appetizers) and main dishes. Please do not hesitate to ask us for more information or recommendations in case you plan to stay some days in Athens.