Despite riots, Greece still safe for most travelers

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    A lot of the riots since the problems began have been around Constitution Square, where some of the luxury hotels are located, close to some tourist attractions, and also a subway station that tourists would typically use. I think the Finance Ministry building, where IIRC some official was targeted and killed, is located there.
     
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    Of course, Greece has many places worth visiting that are outside Athens.
     
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    I also worry about strikes in response to the austerity measures that lead to transport being shut down.
     
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    Absolutely - but if air traffic controllers/airport staff(s) go on strike, I'm not sure if it's only in ATH or affects all of the country's airports.
     
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    Even in good times, Greece was always relatively strike prone. I remember the summer that Olympic Airways went on strike for one random day every week.
     
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    Niiiiice...um, maybe not. ;)
     
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    Love Greece, visited incl. Athens, Crete and Mykonos! Would go in a heartbeat!
     
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    Like many other tourist destinations, shoulder season is much better than the long hot summer.
     
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    Went to Athens last summer during the taxi strike. Stayed at the Grande Bretagne right at Constitution Square. Talked to some of the employees about the riots and they said they were really scared when it happened. The taxi strike was bad enough but would not want to be anywhere near there when there were riots.
     
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    It's a lovely historic hotel, normally in a good location....
     
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    Another option for those thinking about visiting Greece- from Spring through late Fall, there are nonstop flights from many European cities to the islands. Reduces the chance of travel disruption since i believe any transportation strikes are more-often on the mainland, vs. the islands.

    Looking to free-up my work schedule to head there myself when it gets warmer.
     

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