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Information about ATHENS Redolent with mythology, smeared with grime, Athens is an affable city enlivened by outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks, gardens and urban eccentrics. The city may look like a concrete jungle, but beyond this off-putting veneer is a kind of dilapidated charm. Athens is a curious blend of east and west; its raucous street vendors and colourful markets are reminiscent of Turkish bazaars, while crumbling neoclassical mansions hark back to the city's brief heyday as the 'Paris of the Mediterranean'. The city is bounded on three sides by Mt Parnitha, Mt Pendeli and Mt Hymettos. Within Athens there are no less than eight hills, of which the Acropolis and Lykavittos are the most prominent. The hills provide a peaceful respite from the clamour of the city, and offer stunning views to the glistening waters of the Saronic Gulf, the city's boundary on the south side. Just about everything of interest to the traveller is within a small area surrounding Plateia Syntagmatos (Syntagma Square). This area is bounded by the districts of Plaka to the south, Monastiraki to the west, Kolonaki to the east and Omonia to the north. Plateia Syntagmatos is dominated by the old Royal Palace and is the beating heart of the business district, with luxury hotels, banks and airline offices. Plaka, nestled below the Acropolis, is the old Turkish quarter and virtually all that existed when Athens was declared the capital of independent Greece. Though Plaka is packed with tourists in high season, it's also one of the prettiest and most atmospheric areas of the city. Monastiraki is the market district and a fascinating part of town to wander. Psiri, nearby, is brimming with stylish cafes and bars and makes a great place to stop for a spot of lunch. Kolonaki, a classy residential area tucked in under Lykavittos Hill, is full of trendy boutiques, art galleries and cafes. Omonia, a grimy zone known for its pickpockets and prostitutes, is an important transport hub, especially for buses.
 
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GREECE

General Information
Capital: Athens
Area: 131,990 km2
Population: 11,257,285 (January 1, 2009).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used
IDD: +30
Emergency number: 100
Timezone: GMT +2 Hrs (+3 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Greek

Government
Government: Parliamentary Republic

Religion
Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox, other religious denominations.

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 CHF = 66.1543

Alcohol Limit
Alcohol Limit: 0,5

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside cities: 110 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right .The minimum age for driving is 18.

Driving License
Driving License: A national driving licence is acceptable for EU nationals. Nationals of non-EU countries may need an International Driving Permit and should contact ELPA.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany; Shrove Monday (variable), Mar 25 Feast of the Annunciation/Independence Day, May 1 Labor Day; Orthodox Good Friday (variable), Aug 15 Assumption Day, Oct 28 National Day, Dec 25 Christmas Day, Dec 26 St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A91011152025282724191511
P6237372323146715515671
S456891112129754
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800 & 3G 2100

GPS
GPS: 38 00 N, 23 43 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon, Wed, Sat: 8.00-14.00/Tue, Thu, Fri: 8.00-14.00 and
17.30-20.30. Most holiday resort shops stay open late in the evening.


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