Athens’ growing appeal as a global destination didn’t shudder a bit despite Greece’s prolonged economic crises. Gone are days when the only way to explore the city involved a hop-and-hop bus ride, certified guides to show you around or many that follows the order. In a world where change is the only constant, Athens’ tourism too showed up radical change year after year. It is no more a secret, activity tourism is in vogue and much driven by travellers demand. Today young entrepreneurs and old enterprises are coming up with a wide range of alternate ways to explore Athens. Its time to take in the new, fresh grecian air, gaze at the city’s classical ruins and gear up for a whole new way to explore Athens.
Here’s how to make the most of Athens.
Street Art Tour
There is no denying a tour to Athens top sites is a one of a kind experience taking you through the ages while discovering treasures of Greek history and art. Aside from historical sites one cannot help but stand and stare at the graffiti walls of the city. The street art opens a window mostly to the first timers to gauge the current sentiment of the city, not leaving a single corner untouched by a spray can. In not just walls, shops front or quaint alleys takes a form of a canvas flashing a social satire, at time artistic optimism while some implore a demanding attention to the economic crises. Many intriguing and elaborate graffiti walls can be found within the Exarchia, Monastiraki and Psirri neighbourhoods. Athens street art has shaped new age artists taking a center stage educating travellers through a well conducted street art tours. Most of the tours takes you to the city’s artistic hotpots including cafes, studios and a cool spray paint shop, at the same sharing the city’s history in the street art movement. Even if you ‘re not a history buff you’ll never be able to turn away deciphering series of strong messages lying hidden the street arts.