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Wed, 10 May 2017

Holidays In Psiri

Psiri Holidays at a Glance

Psiri presents a paradox in its daytime disguise of conscientious industry: boutiques, leather goods shops and flower stalls trade quietly in subdued streets and dusky doorways, giving no hint of the vivaciousness which will swell the streets after dark. Trendy youths and sophisticated diners come in numbers for the music, light and the buzz of conversation which greet you on every corner.

Who goes to Athens?


Athens holidays are ideal for those seeking a variety of attractions such as nightlife, fantastic beaches and places of historical interest, there is something to entice everyone.



Key Facts - Psiri

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration4 hours (Approx)
  • Distance From Airport30 km
  • Airport Transfer (Taxi)60 mins

Once considered a dangerous place, Psiri, is the new place to be. An area of work and industry during the day, its streets - many of them cut off to cars - are filled with enticing shops and stalls selling flowers, leather goods and many other items. At close of business, a metamorphosis takes place as the alleyways become alive with people seeking out good food and conversation in what is now one of the most fashionable and trendy areas of Athens. Bright lights and live music burst forth from unlikely interiors, dark and gloomy during the day, pulling people in like moths to a flame. Inexpensive cafes and bars serving beer and ouzo keep going into the small hours and attract a young, bohemian clientele, while stylish clubs draw in the trendy and upwardly mobile youth. In amongst them, more expensive restaurants with live music cater to the older demographic. All fill out the ancient, narrow pavements of Psiri with tables, chairs and lighting suddenly appearing from nowhere. It is simultaneously authentically Greek while somehow carrying off a thoroughly international air. Go there during Apokreas, Greece's Carnival Season, when people parade the streets in costume and the evening never ends.

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During your visit to the magical city of Athens you'll have no shortage of things to see. For those interested in history, a holiday to Athens is a must where you'll be inundated with historic sites to visit.

The Acropolis of Athens: A flat topped rock measuring 490ft above sea level with a surface area of 3 hectares. The Acropolis is a place surrounded by Myths and known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent man - the first Athenian king.

New Acropolis Museum: Opened on 21st June 2009 after 30 years of planning, construction and controversy. This ultra modern gallery sits in the shadow shadow of the Parthenon, for a small fee you can marvel at the unique treasures of ancient Greece. The state of the art museum building is itself a sight worth seeing, it was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bernard Tschumi.

The Parthenon: This unique temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, built of white marble, is one of the most magnificent masterpieces of the ancient world. It will leave a lasting impression on any of its visitors.

National Archaeological Museum: Renowned as being one of the world's best museums with a wonderful collection of sculptures, jewellery, pottery and the 2000 year old computer found in the shipwreck off the island of Antikythera.

Temple Of Poseidon at Sounion: The site was once used to worship the God of Sea, Poseidon. The idyllic spot overlooks the sea at the tip of the Attiki Peninsula offering amazing sunset views of Santorini.

During your visit to the magical city of Athens you'll have no shortage of things to see. For those interested in history, a holiday to Athens is a must where you'll be inundated with historic sites to visit.

The Acropolis of Athens: A flat topped rock measuring 490ft above sea level with a surface area of 3 hectares. The Acropolis is a place surrounded by Myths and known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent man - the first Athenian king.

New Acropolis Museum: Opened on 21st June 2009 after 30 years of planning, construction and controversy. This ultra modern gallery sits in the shadow shadow of the Parthenon, for a small fee you can marvel at the unique treasures of ancient Greece. The state of the art museum building is itself a sight worth seeing, it was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bernard Tschumi.

The Parthenon: This unique temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, built of white marble, is one of the most magnificent masterpieces of the ancient world. It will leave a lasting impression on any of its visitors.

National Archaeological Museum: Renowned as being one of the world's best museums with a wonderful collection of sculptures, jewellery, pottery and the 2000 year old computer found in the shipwreck off the island of Antikythera.

Temple Of Poseidon at Sounion: The site was once used to worship the God of Sea, Poseidon. The idyllic spot overlooks the sea at the tip of the Attiki Peninsula offering amazing sunset views of Santorini.

Athens is a large city with a multitude of things to see and do, the activities available are varied catering for both adults and children. Below are just a few activities that you may want to discover whilst on holiday on Athens:-

Attica Zoological Park: The park is situated in the suburb of Spata and is a modern Zoo and the only of its kind in Greece. The park is home to to a range of wonderful creatures including lions, tigers, black pumas, monkeys and reptiles. A visit to the zoo is a great day out for the entire family with daily show featuring birds of prey and sea lions.

The National Gardens: The gardens are absolutely beautiful and even has a small zoo. The gardens are very child friendly wit its own playground.

Mount Likavitos: Ride to the top of Mount Likavitos on a cable car, once you reach the top there is a cafe selling refreshments.

Sports: The Olympic city of Athens offers a huge range of sports to tempt the outdoor types. Many of the sports in Athens are very much water based and many beaches provide the opportunity to participate in a huge range of activities including water-skiing, windsurfing and jet-skiing. The Astir Beach Club us a lovely area of beach and has great facilities including showers, changing rooms with lockers, sun loungers and a volleyball court.

Eating/Drinking During Psiri Holidays

Athens is a city that seems to never sleeps, giving a new meaning to the word nightlife. Start with a late dinner and hit the clubs, the city will undoubtedly keep you entertained. Live music is on offer at the clubs in Syngrou and Poseidonos Avenues and are a great place to let your hair down.

Eating out in Athens is a wonderful blend of traditional Greek cuisine in relaxing surroundings. If you fancy a change from Greek cuisine there are huge range of restaurants catering for every possible cuisine.

Getting Around on Psiri Holidays

The public transport system around Athens consists of buses, trolleys (trams), metros (tube) and taxis. Bus and trolley tickets are interchangeable and operated from 05:30am to midnight. Travelling around Athens by taxi is very cheap and convenient.

Psiri Holidays Shopping

Athens holidays are hard to beat for those who enjoy shopping, the areas of Plaka and Monastiraki are a popular jaunt for visitors on holidays in Athens with a huge choice of tourist shops. Athen's busiest shopping street is the pedestrianised Ermou off Syntagma Square, here you'll find souvenirs, clothing and accessories. The upmarket shopping area in Athens is Konlonaki where you'll be tempted by the designer boutiques selling Versace and other well known brands. Strolling around the shops during your Athens holidays is wonderfully atmospheric, Athens has not adopted the culture of large shopping centres so you can still see and feel some of traditional Greece.

Holidays in Psiri - Beaches

The best beaches in Athens are situated on the south-east coast, in Glyfada. Many of the beaches are private so you would have to pay to swim there. However, there are secluded rocky creeks which are less crowded that the main beaches.

The sandy beach at Varkiza is the furthest away from the town centre, so is one of the least crowded of the south-east coast. The beach also offers many activities such as volleyball, tennis etc.

Vouliagmeni Beach offers everything needed to enjoy a day out at the coast, with tennis and volleyball courts, water slide and children's play area.

Weather and climate information

Athens has a pleasant and sunny climate. Between March and May the weather is pleasant and mild, rising between June and August, and resulting in a very hot August. September can sometimes be as hot as the summer months but with occasional light rain. Most rain in the city falls between November and February, when Athens can be cold, windy and dull. The winter can offer sunny days though and any rain is often followed by sunshine.

Max Temp C Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Athens 13 14 16 20 25 30 33 33 29 24 19 15
London 6 7 10 13 17 20 22 21 19 14 10 7

Sunshine Hours Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Athens 4 5 6 8 9 11 12 12 9 7 5 4
London 1 2 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 3 2 1


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