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12 July 2007

Acropolis closed due to Strike

6 days in July

The news site in.gr reports (in Greek) that due to a strike of the archaeological guards the Acropolis will be closed on 6 days: July 14th and 15th, and then again from the 21st to the 24th of July. in.gr doesn't list up what the demands of the workers are. There should be a chance that the differences get sorted out and the strike canceled or postponed, but if you are planning a visit, you might want to investigate in alternative schedules.


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10 August 2007

Bringing in the Flag

Here's to the patriots
Soldiers bringing in the Greek flag on Mount Lycabettos

Yesterday evening we went with our guests to the top of mount Lycabettos. Walked, that is. It's a nice ascent, and in the late afternoon, early evening it isn't so hot, while a bit of a breeze also helped. After we enjoyed the view (the sea of concrete from horizon to horizon) and tried to make out familiar features ("hey, that's the big OTE building near Victoria, we used to live near that!"), we watched the sunset. Always nice to see from up there. After the sunset we waited a bit around to see the city's lights come on, while the sky gets darker. I always enjoy that bit. And after that, we were witnesses to two soldiers officially bringing down the Greek flag for the night.


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18 October 2007

Thursday Night at the Benaki Museum

A tipp for a Thursday evening out in Athens

This evening we went to the Benaki Museum in Kolonaki, Thursday being the ideal moment for an expedition to this historical museum, since the doors are open till midnight and entrance is free [1] on that day. So for everybody who works, it's the chance to visit with the artifacts of ancient and modern Greek history. This time I enjoyed especially some of the paintings from the 19th century, the heroes of the Greek revolution and their ships.

Some of the highlights of the museum: The manuscript of the Greek national hymn, the traditional dresses from many areas, the reconstructions of two visiting rooms with rich wood carvings and that special relaxed atmosphere (which many "oriental cafes" try to reproduce). It's also especially nice that you can get a survey of Greek history in one place, no need to visit 5 museums.

[1]Except for the special exhibitions, fair enough.

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23 November 2007

Hofbräuhaus... und Käse

"... die Herren sind ja grösstenteils Akademiker"

Was tut man als Tourist in München? Man geht ins Hofbräuhaus. Ich auch, und zwar am Mittwoch abend. Unten drin gibts die "Schwemme", da ist der Bär los und es wird jeden Abend "die Wiesn" gegeben für meine japanischen und amerikanischen Mit-Touristen. Blasmusik, lange Tische, Bier in Massen. Wir begaben uns nach oben ins Bräustüberl. Dort ist es auch bayrisch, gemütlich, aber eher ruhig. Es spielt ein Akkordeon und man isst sehr gut, zu moderaten Preisen. Wenn man die Lage (beste Innenstadt) einrechnet, sogar günstig.

Heut abend gibts dann Fondue. "Man hat ja nicht jeden Tag einen Schweizer im Haus." Ich habs ja schon einige Male gemacht, aber etwas Nervenkitzel ist immer dabei: Gelingts oder nicht?

Aus irgendeinem Grund hat sich dann die Frage gestellt, "bei welcher Temperatur schmilzt so ein Käse eigentlich?" Das Gesuche geht los... gar nicht so einfach zu finden. Laut Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft, Pflichtenheft für Vacherin Fribourgeous (.pdf) weiss ich nun, "muss [Vacherin] durch Zusatz von Wasser bei einer Temperatur von unter 48° C schmelzen". Wir haben zwar Emmentaler und Greyerzer, aber als Anhaltspunkt solls reichen. Solche Fragen sind sowieso gefährlich, siehe Tucholsky's berühmten Text Wo kommen die Löcher im Käse her?. Die Antwort darauf gibt's bei emmentaler.ch.


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06 July 2008

What to do in Athens when it's hot

... and it get's really hot here
Metal Ventilator Blades

It gets hot in Athens. The sky is blue, the water is wet, the Pope is catholic, you can't really doubt it. With many Athens summers under my belt, I've assembled a few tips. They go from the interesting to the banal, obvious and boring. Let's see what you can and should do when it's hot in Athens.

Stuff that goes without saying:

Drink a lot of water, carry water at all times with you. You can buy 1/2 liter bottles of water at regulated prices at kiosks if you run out of what you have with you. Regulated prices means 50cents per bottle.

Continuing with the obvious stuff (maybe I can bore you away): If you really have a medical problem with the heat, stay away or stay in a place with a/c - listen to your body, when you collapse it's too late to react. In general even if you're tough and healthy, take it slowly, avoid too much movement, stop to rest in the shade. The heat won't kill you, but it will try. Don't walk in the sun, see how the locals try to always walk in the shade. Wear a hat.

OK, that did it for the obvious category, you can find that kind of tips everywhere. Let's go for something more interesting. Except avoiding bad stuff, is there anything you can actually do?


In the morning:

Hey, you might be a tourist here, so if you want to see some of the antiquities, plan on waking up very early and get there while it's still cool (especially important for the Acropolis). If mornings won't do, plan on getting there late in the afternoon, but that won't work in the real heat (above 40ºC / 104ºF I'd say) and some archaeological places close early. Morning is the time. It's nice and cool in the morning, so it's the time to walk around and see things.

At noon:

Eat something light only, leave the big feast for the evening. The single biggest trick: Like the locals stay inside in the hottest hours of the day, take a siesta nap.

If noon caught you unprepared in the center of Athens, try the shade of the big trees in the national garden (near Syntagma square / Amalias street). Besides being a real nice place, it's also cooler (due to the trees), and quieter.

Cafeterias are expensive in Greece (not only in tourist places), but they usually have a/c. In a real Greek cafeteria, you can sit with one coffee for as long as you like - no need to throw it down in 5 Minutes like in Italy or even to rush it in 1/2 hour like in Switzerland. Try the greek coffee "frappe", which is cold and explicitly made to last for a long time. When ordering frappe, you have to tell the waiter how much sugar you want (glyko / metrio / sketo - sweet / medium / without) and if you want it with or without milk (me gala / horis gala - with mild / without milk).

In the evening:

Evening is good too, temperatures start to go down slowly. There are some nice things you can do.

Walk around the Acropolis, from Thision to Monastiraki (or vice versa). It's almost completely pedestrian territory (if you go all around there is a small part where you go through small streets that have cars). Also very nice and in the same area: Take a stroll up Filopappou, the green hill next to the Acropolis, you can sit there in the evening when the sun goes down and the lights on the Acropolis get turned on.

Total alternative: Take the bus to Falliron, walk to Kalamaki (or vice versa), stop for a swim even. There are a lot of people at the beaches there, but in the evening it's acceptable and the sun won't burn you so much any more. Did I mention that it's not a good idea to be at noon on the beach, no matter if you're in Athens or somewhere else?

There are lots of open air concerts, open air cinemas, open air bars, open air restaurants... They're all cool in the evening.

In general:

If it really gets too hot, leave the city, there are nice excursions even for one or two days: Aigina, Hydra, (... we have lots more islands), Delfi (but take care, it's hot between the ruins too), or even go up to some mountainous area like to Karpenisi (nice area, ugly town).

For a short swimming trip, go to direction of Glyfada, Voula, Sounion, (I already mentioned Falliron, in the same direction) or on the "other side" of Attika to Porto Rafti (and the coast around there).

Sleeping at night:

If you're a tourist, your hotel room likely has a/c. I don't really like the stuff and don't have any in my home, but when it got really, really hot last year, I would have even turned it on. If you don't have a/c and it's really hot, the trick is not to go to sleep before you're so tired that you will fall over in mid-sentence. If you lay down before you're absolutely going to drop to sleep in 5 seconds, you will just roll around in your sweat. That means if you don't work and can party all night long, clearly you win. Partying all night long also makes it easier to talk all the time (which you have to do in order to notice when you fall over asleep in mid-sentence). Besides that, a ventilator helps, but keep in mind that they believe in South Korea that sleeping in a closed room with an electric ventilator can kill you. Make your choices!

Spot the sleeping pattern here: Sleep few hours from late, late at night till early in the morning, then sleep some more in the afternoon siesta.

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29 October 2008

Limnos Panoramas

Those were the summer days...
Limnos island's capital Myrina seen from above

On this summer's vacation on Limnos, I took some pictures to be stitched together to panorama pictures. Finally here they are. Damn memories, where did the summer days go, I had a wonderful time there again. Limnos really is a special place.

The kastro of Myrina

The first few are of Myrina (the capital "city" of the island) and it's "kastro". As usual, click on the thumbs to see the bigger panorama pictures.


The gate of the castle of Myrina

This is the gate of the castle, as seen from above. It was really nice and green. There were also some clouds and we even had a bit of rain. Otherwise it was nice summer weather.

The old cinema in Myrina

Myrina is a nice, easy place. Sure it's one of the tourist spots on the island, but as the island all together doesn't have much of tourism to speak of, it's pretty calm. I like the atmosphere of this old cinema (out of action) and I like the 3d-feeling I get when looking at this pic.

The kavoiria on Limnos

There isn't much left in the pre-ancient (dunno how that's properly said" site of the Kavoiria. But one can feel that the site was built on a really special location. I like going there and I hope the picture catched some of the site's spirit. The guard explained that the temple was "stolen", people carried the stuff of for building material. That stopped only in the 1970s, when the archeological service finally showed some interest, he said.

Hephaestia theatre on Limnos

Hephaestia used to be the "second" city on Lemnos. Now it doesn't exist any more, except for the archeological site, tended to by the Italian archeological school in Athens. The theater is a mix of different periods and apparently a lot is reconstructed.

Prehistoric site of Poliohni on Limnos

Poliohni is something like the oldest city in Europe. It's a prehistoric site, going back to the bronze age... something like 5000 years old. It's also very impressive to see today. I like the place and its surroundings. (I cut the panorama for the thumbnail... click on it, it's much bigger.)

Agia Triada beach on Limnos, near Poliohni

After visiting Poliohni, we asked another guard there for a nice beach to go for a swim nearby. He recommended the "Agia Triada" beach, which is this jewel you see in the picture. Wonderful.

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21 February 2009

Métro - Public Transport on Smartphone

Nice, but limited usefulness for Athens
Exit of the Metro station Megaro Mousikis in Athens

There is a clever "little" program for PDAs and smartphones that lets you orientate yourself in the public transport networks of many cities. It's called Métro and is available for free. You install the program and then install the databases for the cities you need it for. I've installed it on my phone (Nokia e71) and played around with it. Basically it tells you how to get from point A to point B in the maze of an unknown city's public transport net.

The program itself works fine, even though some of the user interface is a bit counter intuitive to what I got used to on this Symbian phone. The Athens Public Transport information is limited to the Metro/Treno lines, the tram, the "suburban railway" (προαστιακός) and the trolley lines. Missing are all the bus lines - which constitute probably 80-90% of the public transport network in Athens.

This limitation is probably due to the stated limitation of the Métro software, which on their site is given as "when a database contains more than 80 to 120 lines, trouble is looming". This is quite understandable, since many variations of the software have to run on limited hardware.

So, is the software still useful for visitors to Athens? If you're a tourist, probably yes. Most tourists are overwhelmed with the Athenian bus system anyway (ok, the "Métro" software could well change that with bus line info) and stick to the Metro and tram lines. In that case Métro might save you some studying of line diagrams and help you plan your tours to visit the tourist spots. Or it might help you reschedule your excursions on the spot when you feel like it. If on the other hand you want to explore Athens in depth, the ΟΑΣΑ site and pdf transport maps will be a better, but much more tiresome resource.


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22 February 2009

Up and Down

Another Lycabettus hill visit
The church on Lycabettus hill

The last few weeks I have a tendency to go to places with wide views, preferably up. One such place is the Λυκαβηττός (Lycavitos, also transliterated as Lycabettus sometimes), a steep hill, where one has a wide view all around Athens.


View from Lycabettus

So every time I'm up there somewhere and look at the rows and rows of streets and houses, I imagine someone standing there in the streets down there. Sometimes they will be looking up and spotting the white church on the hill. But most of the times they are probably busy with whatever they are doing down there.

Athens has much more "places to look down from", compared to Paris, for example. Must be why they built the Eiffel tower in Paris, they needed a spot for a wider view.

Typical street scene in Athens

Certainly there is enough to busy oneself with in the streets. Apart from whatever task one has at hand, there is also the job to look out for the traffic (ultimate goals: survival and getting there).

Being up there and enjoying the fresh air myself, I took some pictures to stitch together for a panorama (click on image for slightly bigger view). Instead of the usual "panorama of the city from above", I looked at the backside of the church. You can see a bit of the bell tower and the Greek flag, and on the sides you still get a hint of the city from above. That church on the other hand could be anywhere in Greece, up or down.

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07 April 2009

No Metro Service from Athens Airport till September

Stranger, when you come to Athens
out of order info display at Athens International Airport

On the (blue) metro line that is running from and to the Athens International Airport there are currently 3 new stations being built. Due to these works, Metro service to and from the Airport is not going to be there until September 2009. You can take the airport buses instead, they're easy to find and even cheaper than the special Metro ticket from the Airport.

I had heard about this many times, the information is all over the Athens Metro system. On Sunday, when I was at the airport I noticed something different though: While there are indeed enough bus schedules to move the people (at least now, I guess in summer they will have to upgrade the bus schedules a bit), the line on the ticket booth was quite long. Not "really, really annoying long", but quite long.

As an illustration there was also a dysfunctional information monitor above the line of waiting people, showing a typical Windows desktop.

Update September 2009: Everything is back in service!


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24 May 2009

Mobile Internet for Visitors in Greece 2009

An update to "Internet for Visitors" - prepaid mobile phone Internet access

Things have changed a lot since my often read post Internet for Visitors in Greece. That post was from February 2005. In the meantime we have mobile Internet solutions from all three Greek mobile phone providers. Only two of them have solutions for prepaid customers though. Also much more available are wifi connections, both in the form of accidentally left open wireless networks (use according to your own ethical standards), and in the form of "free wifi" in cafes and hotels. Read on for some more information especially about the prepaid mobile solutions.


Free wifi is great to have. If you stay in a hotel that offers the service and presuming that it's really free, it's the best you can get. If you want or have to be more independent, it might be because you're staying in a rented house, you move from hotel to hotel, or you're staying with friends or family who are not Internet aware. In my experience using a USB modem for a 3G / UMTS or even a GPRS connection allows you to do your important stuff on the net, without having to depend on others.

For those mobile connections, there are only a few options. For one thing, subscription plans are not really an option for you as a tourist, as in Greece to sign up for a subscription mobile plan you still need to provide official papers showing that you pay taxes here. You might get a friend sign up on their name with their papers, but it would have to be a really, really good friend for you to jump through these bureaucratic hoops and take the risk.

Prepaid Mobile phone Internet access

The next option is a prepaid phone card, together with something like a Huawei USB 3G modem.

First there is this 30MB a month plan offer from Vodafone. Vodafone shows an option here that works for prepaid cards, but it's only 30MB a month, with charges of almost 1 Euro per megabyte after that.

I've used a similar setup for quite a while in the past for keeping in touch by mail, but I worked on a really reduced to the minimum setup. It's not really for everybody or a "nice choice". Keep in mind that 30 MegaByte is really, really little stuff on todays web.

... a bit bigger?

There is also this thing, which one reader mentioned: The Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G Prepaid Plans (scroll down on the linked page to find that plan). If you have a modem already (or a mobile phone that could serve as a modem), you'd probably need only the "Connection pack 3G Broadband Prepay" for 43 Euro. I didn't quite grasp what (or how much) you get with those 43 Euros, i.e. how much download bandwidth it buys you. I guess one would have a difficult time finding out what this means, as the people at the Vodafone shops are almost guaranteed to be totally clueless.

The other 2 mobile providers (CosmOTE and Wind) have probably similar programs. CosmOTE is going to be more complicated to find out, it's a government owned outfit. Excuse me if I won't bother with their website.

All you can eat... err, download

Wind seems to have those Prepaid ADSM tariff plans: It probably results to the same price range (~60 Euros per month), but at least you have an idea what you pay for. You get "unlimited" downloads (actually 7GB, but you can't download that much in that time over this type of connection anyway). You pay 15 Euros for 7 days, which sounds like a lot, but factor in the convenience of the prepaid connection and compare with prices in an Internet cafe... and it might just be the ticket if you use the net more or less regularly.

Personally I'd be something for someone like me, who want to really use the net (myself I have mobile Internet through Vodafone on the phone provided by my employer, so I'm not "endorsing" this plan really). What's mising is a plan that is somewhere in between the "all you can eat" and the "30MB a month ascetic diet", something for the casual mail checker + online news reader. Maybe the Vodafone offer (which lacks some information) is it, maybe it's just missing from the market.

The more or less state owned CosmOTE provider does not seem to have a prepaid data plan. They have something called "i-mode" access, over which presumably you can read your mails. Please excuse me if I won't bother to try to simmer that information out of their website.

Coverage, hardware: no problems really

As for the coverage: All three Greek mobile phone providers are bound to have about the same coverage area. Mobile telephony in Greece is extremely popular, with the number of mobile phone subscriptions surpassing the number of people living in Greece. You might not have 3G coverage everywhere, but slower GPRS for fallback will quite likely work. I've actually been chatting on irc from my phone on the boat back from Mykonos :-).

About the hardware: The Huawei USB 3G modems seem to be common. There is software support. Our company's thing was supplied by Vodafone and had the driver for Macs on the built in thumb drive. The Vodafone software is a bit stupid interface wise in my humble oppinion. Wind seems to supply Mac software too, but according to graffic it's easier and nicer to download the Mac driver from Huawei's site.

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27 February 2010

Bus und GPS in Athen

Eine ungewohnte Kombination

Touristen in Athen meiden meiner Erfahrung nach die Athener Busse und bewegen sich im öffentlichen Verkehr lieber mit der Metro. Der Grund ist klar, das Bus-System wird als chaotisch und undurchschaubar empfunden, nur was für Insider. Ist es auch - fast!

Tatsächlich gibt es Karten mit allen Buslinien (Link z.B. hier auf dem blog) und an den Haltestellen ist die Linienführung ausgeschildert, zumindest auf griechisch. Ist eine Exkursion ins grosse Athen geplant, abseits der 3 Metro-Linien, bleibt so neben dem Blick auf die Karte häufig die Frage an Freunde und Bekannte: "Welchen Bus kann ich denn da nehmen und wo steig ich aus?" Die Buslinie(n) schreibt man sich auf einen Zettel und schon kanns losgehen.

Nur eben: Wo steig ich aus? In den Athener Bussen gibt es keine Ansage oder Anzeige der Stationen (in Metro und Tram gibt's das). Möglichkeit 1: mit der Nummer der Buslinie bekommt man eine Beschreibung: "dann kommst du an eine grosse Kreuzung mit einer Kirche und an der nächsten Station ist eine Tankstelle und dann steigst du aus." Was natürlich bedeutet, dass man ewig am rausspähen ist, um die Kreuzung mit der Kirche nicht zu verpassen. Die meisten Athener sind so unterwegs.

Manchmal fragt man den Busfahrer oder die anderen Fahrgäste: "wo muss ich aussteigen, für den xy Platz?" Das funktioniert nur, wenn man eine sprachliche Verständigungsbasis findet und auch dann ist es ein Glücksspiel - oft wissen die anderen es auch nicht und selbst der hilfreichste Busfahrer hat ja auch anderes zu tun.

Auf längeren Strecken in mir unbekannte Gegenden habe ich inzwischen eine andere Lösung: Ich zücke ganz einfach mein GPS-Gerät (in meinem Fall in Form meines Telefons). Dort kann ich verfolgen wo der Bus grad ist und ich habe eine Markierung gesetzt, wo ich hin muss. Das reduziert den Stress einer solchen Expedition erheblich.


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10 June 2010

Bus Line 400 at Final Stop

Public Sightseeing Bus line stopped due to "lack of demand"

Saw this in the newsletter of the German newspaper for Athens, verified it according to a press release on the site of OASA. Apparently the public bus system "sightseeing bus line 400" was stopped on the first of June 2010, due to "not enough demand". I took this bus for a test-ride in 2006 and liked the concept. Back then, the bus was running in 30 minute intervals.

Last years change to 1 hour intervals probably didn't make the service more interesting. The bus concept really was made for an almost spontaneous concept of a sightseeing tour: get on the bus and visit all the major scenes in your own rhythm. With 1 hour intervals, you'd have to time things much more careful. But anyway, that's the past now.


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08 May 2011

St.Gallen Camera Style

Not much, but still...
Mamiya C220 in shop window

In the true spirit of Tokyo Camera Style, I was going out for walks today with the Canon F-1N (with film, for those who don't know that camera) in the city of St.Gallen. That's where I'm right now. In difference to Tokyo Camera Style, mine was the only analog camera around, in fact it was the only camera of any kind I've seen. There weren't many tourists in town.

The weather was wonderful, nice and warm, totally not typical for the season. After strolling around a lot, I came across this poster in a shop window. Looks like those Mamiya TLRs are the total fashion accessory nowadays. This one is a C220 even. Less "professional", but a bit rarer than the C330. Maybe the C220 is considered more "fashionable" or maybe it was simply the one they had at hand?


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12 June 2012

Eating Out in the Labyrinth

Restaurant Labyrinth on Naxos
Scenery at the restaurant "lavyrinthos" or Labyrinth on Naxos

Whenever I'm on Naxos, I try to eat at this place at least once. This is not typical, traditional Greek cuisine. They do their own recipes mostly, using topical ingredients and with some topical inspiration. What comes out is often amusing and surprising, like the combination of chicken fillet and shrimps (yummy, if you believe me).

I like the salad with green apples and yogurt sauce a lot. What I also tend to order is the risotto (actually more of a rice dish) with mussels, shrimps and ouzo in the sauce. There is a selection of other surprising and creative dishes, and from time to time I have to convince myself to not just order what I know and like, but to try the other stuff too.

The Λαβίρηνθος (lavirinthos) is not on the cheap side. We calculate about 15 - 18 Euros per person, but it's worth it for the food and the atmosphere. In summer you sit outside in the patio of the restaurant. There's no sea view, as the place is in the middle of the small streets of the old town (that's the labyrinth the place is named after). The style of the place makes up for the lack of view though.


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29 April 2013

Athens - Patra by Train (and some Bus)

The main train line is interrupted

To go from Athens to Patras, there used to be a great little train line. It was a bit old and slow, but it worked just fine. Then they started to dismantle it and building a new one. The old one is gone from Kiato to Patra, but the new one isn't finished yet (and due to the crisis, building it continues at a snails pace).

But it's still possible to go part of the way by train and have a continuation bus service by the train company. Advantages: - No need to go to the horrible KTEL bus terminal where the Patra busses leaves (it's horrible when you're there and it's complicated to get from there to the city center, and horrible especially at night). The central train station is connected to the Metro system. - You can enjoy a fast train ride till Kiato. - I found the bus for the continuation service to be more modern than most KTEL busses.

What we did is to go to the central train station (Stathmos Larissis, Larrisa Station) and buy our tickets and get our reservation there. The timetables can be found at the Trainose page for the Proastiakos . Scroll down to the bottom and open the last PDF link. Yes, the PDF is in Greek, but I guess it should be possible to figure it out. At the time of writing, I see 6 connections per day.

In Patras we got the tickets and reservation to go back to Athens right at the train station. The reservation cost nothing, the ticket was 17 Euro.


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03 May 2013

Bicycle on Ferry Boat to Naxos

It's as easy as that

When you want to go cycling on Naxos, there are basically 2 options: Either you bring your own bike, or you rent a bike. I have no experience with flying to Naxos (neither with or without bike), but I just got my bicycle to Naxos by boat. Going with the Blue Star Ferries boats, we asked what it would cost to bring the bicycle and were informed that bicycles are considered "luggage" and as such you don't pay extra for them. In fact it was as easy as that.

I just showed up with my bicycle at the entrance of the ship. I showed my ticket and after stating my destination to the "loaders" got directed to the car parking deck. I lashed my bike to some pipes (using bungee cords I brought) and locked it to another bike. My U-Lock (needed for survival in Athens) didn't fit on the pipes, so lucky me, the other bike owner went to Naxos too and offered to tie our bikes together. For the next time I'll get a cheap and long cable lock.

If you don't want to bring your own bike there is the 2nd option: You can rent one. The first choice here is Giannis from naxosbikes.com. I went and had a look at his offerings. He has Hybrid bikes for easier rides, Mountain Bikes and Road bikes (Ideal OnRoad). The bikes look to be in great shape. I bought some bits and pieces I was missing, and had a nice chat. Giannis gave me some good tips where to ride and also invited me for a group ride (on a date where I unfortunately can't make it). He also has a repair shop, so even if you bring your own bicycle it's good to know him. Other motorcycle rentals sometimes have a few "mountains" for hire, but personally I'd go to the specialist.


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