THE HISTORY BEHIND THE PROGRAM
We know Athens.
“This is My Athens” is a community of savvy local volunteers who enjoy showing their city and sharing their insights with passionate travellers who care for a personalized walk.
Thanks to this diverse community of passionate volunteers, of savvy Athenians, travellers are able to experience the city authentically, as not seen in any travel guides and always according to their type travel.
Please, kindly take into consideration that our community is not comprised of professional tour guides but of savvy people of diverse professions, ages and interests, who love sharing their knowledge and experiences of the city. Let’s say, “This is My Athens” is a community of the ambassadors of Athens. For a thorough tour of the Acropolis, please visit the association of licensed tour guides!
“This is My Athens” operates on a voluntary basis, we do not accept any payment or tipping. It’s all about sharing all we know of Athens, with you.
Looking forward to welcoming you in our city!
This is My Athens team
History of “This is My Athens” Project
It all started in 2010, in a period of turbulence in Athens, as a way to show the real “face” of the city. The most thorough photostream of famous landmarks, everyday icons and corners of the city by locals, has been created in less than a month.
In 2011, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau moved forward establishing a community of volunteers who would provide free services in order to enrich the travellers’ experience in the city.
In 2014, the first version of the booking platform came to life and visitors all around the world became capable of planning in advance their free walks with the local of their preference, based on common interests, such as gastronomy, urban life, outdoor and nature, history and culture, nightlife, LGBT, etc.
In 2016, the new version of the official City of Athens guide “This is Athens” has been re-launched, including an optimised version of “This is My Athens” booking platform.