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Athens by bike tour...

April 2005


The Bike Tour

From our starting point, get to Makrigiani Street and then to the Dionissiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway, which will be the key point in your tour. To your right, at the end of the road, the remains of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which used to be the largest of the ancient Greek temples. It is situated in front of Hadrian\'s Arch, the gateway to the city in Roman times. Straight ahead from Makrigiani Street you reach Vironos street and find yourself right in the heart of Plaka, the old town section of Athens at the foot of the Acropolis, where ancient monuments and Byzantine churches enhance the atmosphere.

Plaka has two main streets: Kydatheneon street and Adrianou street. Once you keep these two streets in mind, you can wander around and you will always find your way back. Start your tour from the Lysikrates Monument, and continue to Aerides, the eight-sided monument dedicated to the Winds, just a block up from Adrianou on Eolou Street. Wander around the slopes of the Acropolis and get in the maze of small Cycladic houses that make up the Anafiotika neighbourhood. Finally try to find Pandrossou Street and the Cathedral. In the shadow of the cathedral, there is a small Byzantine church called Agios Eleftherios. Nearby at Agia Filothei Street and on your way back from Plaka, you will find the church of Agios Andreas and the seat of the Archbishop of Greece.

Back to Dionissiou Areopagitou Street, straight ahead, you reach the Roman Theater of Herod Atticus and the rock of Arios Pagos with its magnificent panoramic views of Athens. From this spot, St. Paul preached to the people of Athens in AD 51 and the tablet embedded in the stone commemorates this event together with his message. Afterwards, continue back around the Acropolis and down the hill, through Apostolou Pavlou. You can reach the Ancient Agora from the dirt road to your right or if you continue your way, you are going to end up at the Thission. This temple was built in 449 BC and is almost intact. At the end of Apostolou Pavlou follow Ermou Street at the Kerameikos, the ancient cemetery of Athens.

For further information, please address your requests to Mr. Byron Argiri at greece@euromic.com

Bicyles - Athens

Bicyles - under the Acropolis