Ilisia

On the outskirts of Central Athens, this densely populated neighborhood takes its name from the river Ilisos, which once flowed here (between the streets Michalakopoulou and Kalirrois) before it was drained in the 1960s to create space for the construction of apartment blocks and the expansion of the city’s road network. It is also known for its many hospitals built early in the 20th century. It is still within easy reach of the main sights (via Megaron Mousikis metro station) and a bit closer to the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport than more central neighborhoods like Monastiraki and Plaka, and offers some excellent accommodation and dining options.

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