The Municipality of Athens recently announced a new online guide that shows the Greek capital’s most accessible routes for people with disabilities.
Launched on December 3 to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the municipality’s initiative aims to facilitate persons with mobility issues and the visually impaired, as well as give the public the opportunity to discover Athens and its neighborhoods through routes of cultural and tourism interest.
The guide can be found on the This is Athens website and includes a total of eight routes – four for people with mobility problems and four for the visually challenged.
The routes are available on an interactive map featuring information on possible obstacles and ways to avoid them as well as an audio guide (via widget).
They were designed based on four sightseeing routes:
1. From the historic center to Keramikos square
Syntagma Square – Ermou Street- Kapnikarea – Monastiraki – Thisio – Gazi – Technopolis – Kerameikos Square
2. The Acropolis – Ancient Athens Revealed
Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian area – the Acropolis Museum – Odeon Herodes Atticus – the Acropolis
3. Omonia square – Discovering modern Athens
Athens Academy – National University of Athens – National Library – Polytechnic University
4. National Gardens and surrounding highlights
National Garden – Zappeion Mansion – Olympieion – Panathenaic Stadium – Hellenic Parliament – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The routes can be found here and are available to residents as well as to domestic and foreign travelers in English and Greek.
The website also provides detailed information on Athens’ transport system and its accessibility options.
The initiative has been launched as a pilot scheme, developed by This is Athens – the city’s official tourism guide – and the social enterprise Me Alla Matia.