It’s not that Athens is out to scare you away but workers all over the spectrum are fed up and have chosen February 23 to air their grievances. Expect flights to be interrupted, boats to stay in port, shops and banks to be dark, trains to stand still, and if all goes to plan, everyone who isn’t working will be in the streets with signs. In other words, it’s a good day to plan something that doesn’t involve Syntagma Square (Parliament, National Gardens, Temple of Zeus) Exarcheia where the Archaeological Museum is, or Omonia Square. The lower streets of Kolonaki are also susceptible to damage from rioters due to the density of high profile shops and banks. If your hotel is in those areas you might even consider changing to one farther into Plaka, along Syngrou Avenue or along the coast.
The strike is set for 24 hours but the actual demonstration is from 11am until the afternoon. The center will be closed off completely so if you wish to get out of the city during the episode, plan on leaving by 9am. The ISAP electric railway- line 1 from Piraeus to Kifissia will be the only mode of transportation running from 9am-5pm; there will be a similar universal work stoppage on February 28th from 11-4:30. Check NileGuide’s page on Athens transfers for tour providers and private cars should you feel it’s a more sound option for you; click on Athens News and Keep Talking Greece for more information and local opinions.
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