I was delighted to be sent a new guidebook to review just before my first trip to Athens. The guide to the Greek capital is published by Marco Polo and I’ve enjoyed reading it and finding out about the city in preparation for my trip.
Marco Polo guidebooks
Marco Polo have more than 100 guidebooks covering everywhere from the Algarve to Zakynthos. Each Marco Polo guidebook is written by a local who knows the destination intimately. They all include specially highlighted ‘insider tips’ which are are personal tips from the author.
The book is a good size, just right to fit into a handbag. The cover is plasticised so that it’s waterproof and hard-wearing. There’s a handy pull-out map of the city in a plastic wallet inside the back cover as well as a street atlas within the guide. The guide was published in 2013 and so is pretty much up to date.
Marco Polo Athens
I find the book easy to navigate. I like the fact that the photos in the guide aren’t just of the tourist sites but also of different aspects of the city such as the flea markets and kids skateboarding. The book is divided into clear sections such as Sightseeing, Food & Drink and Where to Stay. The Travel with Kids section covers the attitude to kids in Athens (apparently they’re given a lot of freedom and are allowed to go out with their parents in the evening) and suggests some attractions which kids will particularly enjoy such as the planetarium and the zoo. There’s a helpful section called Great Places for Free which gives tips such as which museum is free on Thursdays and where to catch the free buses which serve the harbour area. If you’re in a rush then head to The Perfect Day section which shows you how to see the city’s highlights in just 24 hours. I like the list of Do’s & Don’ts which is placed prominently inside the back cover next to the pull-out map. It offers local advice such as places to avoid and how to get the best deal on a hire car. The Travel Tips section gives useful, practical information such as how to get from the airport to the city centre.
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