Despite Cash Crisis Greece Is Still the Word ; Destination: Athens, Greece
ALTHOUGH the economic woes which beset Greece have sent shockwaves through Europe, there's good news for tourists.
Although the heady days when you could dine like a king for a handful of drachma are long gone, holiday prices have fallen. And if you're heading for Athens, traditionally an expensive city in which to stay, there could be no better time to visit.
Once known for its smog, traffic and tacky tourist traps, the Greek capital these days boasts spotless parks and streets, a modern metro system, new motorways, an accessible airport and signs in perfect Engs lish.
But the big attraction is history and heritage with attractions ranging from the iconic Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as treasures in the National Archaeological Museum.
FACTFILE LANGUAGE: Greek.
CURRENCY: Euro. TIME ZONE: GMT + 3. FLIGHTS: British Airways, Thomson, flybe, Thomas Cook and easyjet are among the main carriers.
BEST MONTHS: The best time to visit Athens is in the autumn and spring when the weather is agreeable and sunshine is pretty much a guarantee. Not to mention crowds are thinner and hotel rates cheaper. Because of its Mediterranean location, Greece experiences warm weather throughout the year. Summer brings stifling heat and hordes of tourists. VISAS ETC: UK passport holders do not require a Visa. No vaccinations required.
HOTELS POSH Hotel Grande Bretagne, Vas. Georgiou A' 1, Constitution Square A 19th century palace facing the main Syntagma Square and adjacent to the Parliament Building. The Acropolis and the labyrinthine Plaka are within a kilometre.
Expect to pay around Pounds 230 a night for a luxurious double room this June.
BUDGET Athens House Hostel, Aristotelous 4 THE hostel is located in the centre of the city, within 800 metres of the Acropolis district. Facilities include a lounge area as well as wireless internet access. …