Details: Finding your way to and around the real Greece

Sunday, April 11, 2010

With Greece struggling in the economic recession, visitors in 2010 can expect fewer tourists and better-than-normal deals at hotels and destinations, according to the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, which projects an 8 percent drop in tourism for the year, after a similar drop last year.

GETTING THERE

Lufthansa, KLM and British Airways have one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Athens, with fares starting at $928.

WHERE TO STAY

Tempi Hotel

29 Eolou St., Athens; 011-30-210-321-3175

http://www.tempihotel.gr/index.php

Clean, modern rooms with private bathrooms start at about $60 a night for two in the low season, about $86 from April until November.

Villa Dimitris

Perissa, Santorini; 011-30-22860-82843

Nice, clean but modest double rooms with private baths start at about $32 a night.

WHERE TO EAT

Orea Penteli

Psiri Square, Athens; 011-30-210-3218627

Live music and a rustic ambiance alongside traditional Greek dishes made with local ingredients. Entrees start at about $13.

Grill House Stavros

A small, wonderful-smelling restaurant on the north side of the main road between Emporio and Perissa on Santorini. Usually full of locals getting food to go. Dishes start at about $7.

WHAT TO DO

In Athens:

Get up and out early to hit the Acropolis and other important tourist sites. Explore neighborhoods farther from the Acropolis, which contain lesser-known sites as well as lively bars, interesting streets and music venues.

The Acropolis Museum

15 Dionysiou Areopagitou St., Athens; 011-30-210-900-0900

http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr

Offers more than 4,000 artifacts found on and around the Acropolis. Plan on spending at least several hours here. Admission about $7.

National Archaeological Museum

44 Patission St., Athens 011-30-210-821-7724

http://www.namuseum.gr

Contains more than 11,000 pieces from all over Greece. Admission about $9.

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

A half-day trip from Athens, at the southernmost point of the Attic peninsula.

In Santorini:

The Red and Black beaches are among the most popular places to get a tan, but there are several lesser-known beaches all over the island; ask around.

Spend time in Fira and Oia, but make sure to explore on your own. For those looking for more adventure, take a short cruise at sunset or hit the water at one of the island's five scuba diving spots.

INFORMATION

Greek National Tourism Organization

http://www.gnto.gr

-- T.G.


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