Photo: Thomas Gravanis

From ancient citadel to buzzy modern metropolis—experience the evolution of Athens on this landmark-packed exploration.

Itinerary Overview

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

These pedestrian streets are some of the best for shopping.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

General Accessibility

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Points of Interests

Syntagma Metro Station

Lines 2 & 3

The Syntagma metro station has many exits, but the only one you can access via an elevator is the Syntagma Square exit.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Syntagma Square

Tourist Info Point

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Pedestrian crossing:

  • Approaching the crossing, on our right hand we will detect and hear the traffic light with the auditory signal.
  • This traffic light features additional colour contrast for people with partial loss of vision.
  • It also features embossed marking at the top of the auditory signal device, with an arrow that indicates the direction of the course you are on.
  • At the bottom of the auditory signal device, there is a circular button for a voice confirmation regarding our current location and the direction towards which we are about to cross the road.
  • The auditory signal device is on the pole of the traffic light, approximately one metre above the ground.
  • For as long as we hear the slow sound of the traffic light, we are not allowed to cross the road. As soon as the sound becomes fast, this means a green light for the pedestrians and we can safely cross.


Passing to the opposite side, at the same spot and height respectively, we will locate another traffic light with an auditory signal. Using the exact same method of confirmation, it will announce the opposite course, meaning that we are now at the junction of Ermou and Filellinon Streets, having left Syntagma square behind us.

Ermou Pedestrian Area

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Church of Panagia Kapnikarea

Panagia Kapnikarea sits in pole position on Ermou in Syntagma.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou

People socializing in Platia Agias Irinis.

Photo: Thalia Galanopoulou

Agia Irini Square

There:

  • If you follow Athinas Street on the right, in 800 metres you will end up at Omonia Square, where the Omonia metro station is (line 2).
  • If you turn left, you will get to Monastiraki Square via a pedestrian crossing. This is where to find Monastiraki metro station  (lines 1&3).

Monastiraki Square

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Going straight ahead, remaining on Ermou Street, we meet Miaouli Street in front of us, which we vertically cross. Continuing on Ermou Street, the tactile paving is now on the exterior side of the right pavement that we are on. We meet the Agias Theklas pedestrian street in front of us, which we vertically cross. We continue straight and we meet the Pittaki pedestrian street in front of us, which we vertically cross.

Psirri

Outdoor seating at a neighbourhood cafe.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

A look inside one of the many affordable shops around Monastiraki and Psirri.

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Thissio Metro Station

The Thissio metro station has only one elevator. In order to access it, you have to cross a steep incline (over 140 metres of distance you “rise” 3 metres of altitude). This uphill slope is located to the left of the main entrance.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

The Holocaust Memorial in Athens

Archaeological Site of Keramikos

Courtesy: Athens Awesome Experiences

We keep straight on the tactile paving of Ermou Street, having the archaeological site of Keramikos on our right, without paying attention to the junctions to the left of the tactile paving that we will meet along the road. Just before we meet Piraeus Street vertically in front of us, we have the venue of the Old Depot on our right.

The Old Depot

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Courtesy: Technopolis

Technopolis

When we pass this entrance, we reach again for the tactile paving on the pavement and as we go straight, we locate Iakchou Street, vertically in front of us.

We vertically cross Iakchou Street and continue straight ahead, on the right pavement of Persefonis Street, finding the tactile pavement once again. The central square of Keramikos, called Persefonis Square, extends on our right.

At some point, the tactile paving will branch onto a pedestrian crossing, creating a right and a straight junction. We turn right and follow the tactile paving, being now in the square.

Keramikos Metro Station

Line 3

The Keramikos metro station has one accessible exit, Technopolis, with an elevator which leads to Keramikos Square.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Technopolis dominates the Gazi skyline.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

Gazi

Head to Gazi to taste Athens’ post-industrial urban culture and some of the city’s best nights out. Gritty Gazi is known for its LGBTQΙ+ friendly scene (although most venues have no accessibility standards), hip bars, edgy galleries and outdoor dining, especially on and around the Keramikos metro and main square.