About this listing
Located in a very quiet neighbourhood and yet very close to the cosmopolitan side of the Pagrati region, as well as downtown Athens and the major attractions, this apartment is a great place to begin your exploration of the city life and monuments.
A cozy apartment located on the border of Virona and Pagrati (Athens centre) that has been fully renovated in 2010. The place comfortably sleeps 3 people, in an optimal 'best of both worlds' location (read on about the neighborhood).
You have full access to the whole apartment and it's amenities. A well equipped kitchen is available for you as well as a beautiful bathroom with a washer and a small (private) back yard. The place has a big double sized bed (queen size) with a new comfortable mattress and a couch in the bedroom. In the living room there is another couch that opens up into a single bed. There is also a cot (pliable bed) available in the closet. A baby crib is available upon request as well. A high speed ADSL internet (LAN and wifi) connection is included of course.
Our street is a small one with very little traffic which promises quiet sleep not characteristic of the Athens center. At the same time, within only 1 block there is a 24/hr snack/coffee shop, a major super market, a late hour mini market, 4 souvlaki/fast food restaurants, and in general, a street corner that never 'sleeps' (Filolaou and Arrivou).
This is truly a 'best of both worlds' deal!
The place is also very near the Pagrati Mall (Village Cinemas), the Ymittou cafe-bars, the Pagrati Alsos Park, the Panathinaic stadium and abundant local transit options , as you will see in the next section. The public transit available features a 24/7 trolley linking you to the heart of Athens (Syntagma, Omonoia, Exarcheia, etc). which can save you a lot of cab fare if you want to go to bars in these other notable areas.
About the areas, from wikipedia:
- Pangrati or Pagkrati (Greek: Παγκράτι) is a neighborhood in the Municipality of Athens, Greece. It is bordered by the Kolonaki (Κολωνάκι) neighborhood to the north, the Kaisariani (Καισαριανή) Municipality to the east, the Vyronas (Βύρωνας) Municipality to the south, and the Mets (Μετς) neighborhood to the west. It is not to be confused as a separate suburb, as it is part of the Athens city proper. However, it is frequently mistaken as such, possibly because of it bordering the actual suburbs of Vyronas and Kaisariani.
One of the most important landmarks of Pangrati is the Panathinaiko Stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The First Cemetery of Athens, the official cemetery for the city of Athens, lies within Pangrati.
- Vyronas (Greek, Modern: Βύρωνας, Ancient/Katharevousa: Βύρων - Vyron ) is a suburb in the northeastern part of Athens, Greece. Vyronas started as a commune and later became a municipality. The city is named after George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, the famous English poet and writer, who is a national hero of Greece.
It is located south of Attiki Odos (number 65), also known as the Hymettus Ring in the Katechaki interchange and east and northeast of Vouliagmenis Avenue. The forest of Hymettus lies to the east.
--Theatro Vrachon, host to the Vyronas Festival takes place every summer and the Vyronas Cultural Centre
Buses: There is the 2O3, the 2O4, the 2O9, the 14O and O54 (5 buses in total)
Trolleys: #2, 4 and 11
Metro: 15-20 minute walk to Evangelismos metro station (1.5 km).
Note that the trolley no 11 works 24/7 and links you to heart of Athens (Syntagma, Exarcheia, Omonoia).
From Syntagma there are 24/7 transit to the Athens airport and to Pireaus (the port of Athens).
Finally, with the 140 bus you can get to the Glyfada/Voula beaches in 20-25 minutes.
Also from the house, it is an enjoyable 25-30 minute walk to the Acropolis area, Syntagma or Plaka. During this walk, you will pass by..
- Panathinaic stadium, the site of the first modern Olympics 1896 (10 minute walk) (en.wikipedia*org*/wiki/Panathenaic_Stadium)
- Zappeion-Syntagma, the Modern Parliament garden (15 minute walk)
- Acropolis (Parthenon) - Plaka areas (25-30 minute walk)
I have made a detailed online map documenting the above plus other sites of interest for my guests.
We will provide you with city maps and site information brochures as well as towels, sheets, etc. Feel free to request anything else that we may be able to help you with to make your stay an unforgettable and safe adventure!
--Please do not smoke in the house. There is a small terrace/yard you can smoke in.
--Please DO NOT dispose of toilet paper or any other garbage down the toilet bowl. There is a garbage disposal in the bathroom for this. This is something which is often practised in Greece, as pipe systems are relatively small and tend to clog up and create a mess.
--Please DO NOT leave the hot water switch turned on for more than 25 minutes.
Unlike many countries, hot water in Greece is often not instantly available 24/7. This means you have to open the switch on the electric board that heats the water. There is a small 20 litre tank which needs no more than 20 minutes to reach maximum heat temperature. For a one person quick shower 5-10 minutes will be enough.