Planning a trip to Greece. Has anyone experienced problems with all the turmoil in Athens or other areas.
Did you read the postings under, Protests in Athens ?
Bob, There was "turmoil" when I was in Greece in 2010, but this seemed to have been a bit "overblown" by the media reports. Except for one small and somewhat "comical" march in Nafplion, I didn't see any demonstrations or turmoil at all - it was pretty much "business as usual". The demonstrations usually take place in Syntagma Square in Athens, so if you're not in the area when an event is taking place, I doubt you'd notice anything. There's likely not much danger to tourists, but I'd be more concerned about impromptu strikes or work stoppages which could disrupt transportation plans. Happy travels!
As you were advised, if you avoid Syntagma Square when there is a protest going on you probably won't even know it's happening. What can create problems is if there's a transportation strike going on. That's something you need to think about and figure out some alternatives just in case. This website will keep you up to date with strike information. Clik on "Strikes" in the red circle. http://livingingreece.gr
It seems to me there is always unrest or turmoil in Greese. when I was in Athens in 1965 there were protests.. we hung out the window of our very cheap hotel on Omomoia Square for several evenings and watched the activities, police with clubs chasing the protesters ....unfortunately in those days we couldn't find out exactly what was going on and we decided not to go to the islands....BIG MISTAKE...a decision I still regret...found out much later it was
" much ado about nothing'.....and although I've been to Europe many times I have never been to the Greek Islands...
Lest we forget, there's a good reason that there's almost always something like that going on in the streets of Athens: It's the birthplace of democracy and the Greeks aren't shy about exercising their right to protest.
We've been in Greece for a week, Athens since tues. No problems. Have had a wonderful time.