"Day out in Athens." Athens Favorite Tip by michellebaker
Athens General: 350 reviews and 364 photos
Favorite thing: We stopped at Athens from a cruise ship - which meant we docked at Piraeus and got a taxi into Athens itself (which is about 40 minutes).
We were unfortunate enough to get a dodge taxi driver who took us the long way around the side streets and charged us 40 Euros (it only cost 20 Euros to come back). He then refused to take us to the Plaka (the main shopping area) and instead took us to his family's jewellery store and refused to tell us where the shopping area was!
We nearly gave us on Athens at that point, but some kind person pointed us in the right direct and we walked the 20 minutes to the Plaka area that we had asked to be taken to in the first place!
The Plaka was a nicely set out shopping area in some places, and in others it was more difficult to find your way around. Athens was not as expensive as some places in Europe, but I didn't see anything really unusual to purchase.
It is also kind of difficult to get a taxi. They don't stop if you try to flag them down and it is not that easy to find a taxi rank. Luckily for us, we found one of the cruise ships 'recommended stores' who called us a taxi to take us back to the ship.
More accessable for disabled than other places in Europe.
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