As a continuous visitor of Athens I had to learn couple of websites to get service, information or good online. This is absolutely easy in Greece; although I must say, Turks use internet, expecially for shopping in more detail. But, it looks like Greeks prefer to see/touch products before they buy. Here, I started a list of websites that I use for different reasons. We may call them “Best of Greek Websites for Beginners”. I will update this list now and than…
Papaki is one of the best domain name and hosting services I have ever seen in my life. It is extremely weird why they do not take over whole Europe in this business topics. I moved ALL my domains and ALL my hostings to Papaki.gr. I love you PaPaKi….
Athinorama (if I am not mistaken) is also a magazine. This website is the perfect entertainment guide for Athens city. It covers the topics CINEMA, THEATRE, CONCERTS, CLUBS & BARS, RESTAURANTS, NIGHT LIVE, ART and TELEVISION. It is all in Greek but Google translate makes a great work on it.
This is a Cypriot website to learn Greek online. I could not find any better than this in Greece so one that MUST be bookmarked. Open an account start Greek 101.
Well, it is always sunny in Greece (when I am there) but let’s think that you need an accurade continues weather information in nation wide. The Hellenic National Meteorological Service is for you.
Athens News has the slogan “Greece in English since 1952”. It is a great source in English for non-Greek speakers and visiting Greece. It is alive and updated frequently, but you can also read the “Print Edition”. Actually, it includes any kind of information you need. Ferry schedules, touristic guides etc.
One of my funs in Athens in Christmas time is the National Lottery. If you visited Greece and never called them “crazy” till now, National Lottery system is one of the things that you have chance to call them crazy (the other one is National Election System). The lottery system is so confusing for me, I never understand what is going on. I have been given information how to by them (lists or groups) many times but every time I just silently node my head up and down and change the subject. This website is for to learn the results of the latest lottery online. So, at least I can print out and get a dictionary in my hand and find a silent corner in the house and see if I am rich. Try it !
E-Shop.gr is a online only electronic store. Great prices, easy to deal with website which works with Google Translate very good. Moreover, E-shop.gr has some “spot” products sales offices in Athens. This means you can buy “display” products at a second hand price from one of these offices. Do not expect a fancy customer care or salesman but expect a great price list. (To see the Stock House prices visit here and translate with Google Translate. Do not BUY anything before you check e-shop.gr.
If you want to shop for electronic devices PLAISIO is a good alternative, but I want you to be careful with the prices. For example you can buy many PC peripherals with a good price in PLAISIO but when it comes to for example iPhone charger or PS3/XBox games there is a big possibility that you can find things cheaper online. Nevertheless, the PLAISIO website has also great discounts time to time only for online customers and if you follow good; you can benefit from that.
Athens Metro has a nice website. From the website you can learn maintenance and delays or you can simply learn how to use it. You may find information about ticket prices, monthly cards etc. Athens and suburbs has an older train-rail transportation system which still works great and reach many points in the city. Most of the time it goes where metro does not but additional to this it also covers information about the Urban rail system which goes far distances. It is good to learn all if you do not just stay in central Athens but would like to use public transport 60km radius around the center.
ISAP is the GREEN train line working between Piraeus and Kifissia. (Use it combined with AMEL).
I use this website basically for one reason; to learn where the buses go. People are right the busses are not very good on their schedules in the city center but if you get out of the city center and want to reach somewhere, your only choice is not to take a taxi. Suburb buses WORKS great. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you want to go to Rafina (30km East of Athens). In this case, your problem is actually getting out of the Athens traffic. If you get on your car and try to go to Rafina, it will take maybe 1 hour to come to PALLINI area by car. BUT, if you take metro which goes to airport or Urban trains and come to PALLINI tran station and get out of it; you will find a bus station in front of you. The buses are not very frequent so you need to plan things in advance. If you check the OASA websites and search for the buses stops at RAFINA you can easily see that 4 different buses passes from Pallini going to Rafina. If you use public transport you can reach Rafina in 35 minutes and spend 3-5 € per person. (Taxi would cost 35-45 € and you will be still stuck in the traffic).
I really like Athens Airport. Close to the city, 20 minutes by metro and easy to survive airport envoriment. I use this website to follow what is happening; like Arrivals and Departures. By the way, did you know that you have 45 minutes free internet in Athens airport for EVERYONE? What a great service. So, I go there to take a flight or wait a flight and first thing I do is to connect my self to internet and follow this website.
Ploigos which means navigation in Greek is surely the best looking navigation website I have seen so far. It is based on Google maps and very detailed navigation menu. Start from here…
DriveMe.gr (under FORTHNET)
OK, maybe I could not convince you to use public transport so here is a website to make plan for your route trip. DriveMe gets the two point as START and END and gives you the driving instructional in between. Great one but I usually do not use.
OK this is not a Greek website but it is very useful for a Turk. If you need an embassy in Athens try this website. If you are closure to one of others I listed them below. Also do not forget you can do many things on e-konsolosluk.gov.tr if you have a Turkish passport.
Atina Pire Başkonsolosluğu 30 210 671 4828 / 672 1153 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gümülcine Başkonsolosluğu +30 25310-83420 email@example.com
Rodos Başkonsolosluğu 30 22410 firstname.lastname@example.org
Selanik Başkonsolosluğu 0030 2310 965 070-73 email@example.com