Athens in November

Old Oct 26th, 2021, 05:06 AM
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Athens in November

We're going to Athens for 5 days at the beginning of November (very excited - first trip abroad since Covid.....). We're staying at a hotel in Plaka. I have several practical questions:
  1. We're arriving on Sunday - are most of the restaurants open?
  2. Do restaurants need reservations or can we just walk in?
  3. What is tipping like in Greece/Athens?
  4. Since it's the off season, will there still be long lines to visit the Acropolis?
  5. My husband has a disability (It will be hard for him to walk up.) and will need to use the elevator at the Acropolis. Has anybody had any experience with it?
  6. We'll probably walk to most places but we need transportation backup if my husband gets tired. Do the metro stations in the central area (Plaka etc...) have a lot of stairs or are there escalators/ elevators?
I'll probably think of more questions but these are the ones that come to mind.
Thanks!
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Old Oct 26th, 2021, 07:03 AM
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Let's try to answer:
1. Yes
2. Most restaurants don't request reservations. Just show the green pass and walk in.
3, not more than 10 per cent, up to a round figure.
4. No
5. No idea
6. Metro stations: You may have a look at https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopi...ns_Attica.html Most roads within Plaka go either upwards or downwards.









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Old Oct 26th, 2021, 07:05 AM
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Old Oct 26th, 2021, 07:18 AM
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Thanks for the information. Is Plaka very hilly? I am looking at a hotel (which I prefer) a little west of Symtagma square. I'm also considering at hotel near the Ancient Agora of Athens. Is that area flatter?
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Old Oct 26th, 2021, 08:40 AM
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The Kolonaki neighborhood above Symtagma Square is up a hill but Symtagma itself is flat. Plaka is hilly.
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Old Oct 26th, 2021, 08:43 AM
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Symtagma Square is flat but Plaka has hills. Ancient Agora is down the hill.
Pack rain gear as November days often get rain.
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Old Oct 27th, 2021, 04:15 AM
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Yes, I know that it can rain in November. I don't know why I thought Athens was flat. I checked public transportation and it's always a good option. I checked about the Metro stations and they all have elevators/escalators.
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Old Oct 27th, 2021, 11:30 AM
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In response to question 5 -
In 2019 my friend had fallen (while we were there), hurt her knee and wanted to use the elevator. We were told that it was old and available on a very limited basis. We could not go up that afternoon but could return in the morning to use the elevator. We were leaving the next day.

Here's the link to current information -
https://bestravelinfo.com/acropolis-...olis-elevator/

A new elevator has been constructed but it appears the use of it is still very limited.

"Please note that the elevator is strictly available to disabled visitors only. Also, we strongly recommend that you call one day before your arrival to make sure that you will be able to make use of the elevator.

For any questions, you can always call: +30 210 3214172 or +30 210 9238470


Entrance to the Acropolis is free for people with disabilities, but if you need extra tickets you can book them now from here"

If I were you, I'd take a car service or taxi up to the entry point, if possible. Not sure about the "if possible" part for disabled persons.



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Old Oct 28th, 2021, 01:41 AM
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Thanks for the update! I'll contact the site.
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Old Oct 30th, 2021, 02:36 AM
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The Northern end of Plaka (around Mitropoleos street, between the metro stations Syntagma and Monastiraki) is rather flat. You find there many hotels, like Elektra Athens, Arethusa, Eelektra Mitropolis, Metropolis, Plaka.....
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Old Nov 2nd, 2021, 05:45 AM
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I'm sure we'll manage. Thanks.
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