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Is it dangerous to travel to Athens?

No. First, riots and demonstrations look much scarier on the TV screen than in reality. Second and most important, citizens and travelers are not targeted by the very little minority sometimes resorting to violence on the fringes of the peaceful demonstrations. Our advice, in case of a demonstration, is to keep away from the specific area and enjoy other parts of Athens. 

When is the best time to travel?

Athens is a great destination all year round, as it has over 300 days of sunshine per year. The months of July and August are usually more hot and crowded. The best time is April until June and September until November.

How long should we stay in Athens?

You can visit the main attractions of Athens in about 3 days. If you are fond of history and archeology and want to visit more extensively the sites and museums, plan 4-5 days. You can also use Athens as a base for various day excursions. Here is a program for a long weekend. Here is a program for 5 weekdays.

I have a stopover in Athens, what should I do? 

There are no Kosher facilities in or near the airport, only in the city center. If your stopover is less than 4-5 hours, it's not worth it to come into town as it takes 45 mn to an hour each direction. If you have more time, see how to get from the airport to the city center and what not to miss in Athens.  A great option is to take one of the Athens Jewish City tours to see as much as possible from the city. If you stay in the airport, you can visit on the 1st floor the small archeological museum and changing exhibits, and the children can play at the children's area of Hamogelo tou Paidiou.

Where do prayer services take place in Athens? In Saloniki?

Services in Athens take place at the Beth Shalom synagogue, 5 Melidoni St. For a list of synagogues in the rest of Greece, click here.

Is there a Kosher restaurant in Athens?

Yes! There is a Kosher restaurant since August 2011. More information here.

Can we have Kosher meals delivered to the Greek islands, Rhodes/Crete/Mykonos etc.? 

Yes, please see the information about our catering service here

Are there Shabbat meals we can attend?

In Athens, you are welcome to join us for the Shabbat meals at the Chabad House, please reserve. Alternatively, you can order a Shabbat package though our catering service. You can also order this Shabbat package if you are staying over Shabbat in the islands.

Can we stay at the Chabad House?

Unfortunately, there are no sleeping accommodations in the Chabad House, but there are many hotels in all price ranges, close to us and to the synagogue. Some suggestions here.

What to buy in Athens? 

See our shopping section.

Is there a Mikva in Athens?

Yes, there is. It is located in the Jewish school in the suburb of Psychiko. Please note that a Mikva visit must be pre-arranged. Contact the offices of the local Jewish community (+30) 210 325 2875 for further information.

Is there an Eiruv in Athens?

No. There is no Eiruv in Athens.

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