Athens is where the age of antiquity meets the best of the modern world. All this against the backdrop of mountain and the crystal blue Aegean Sea, dotted with islands. There’s plenty to do, whether you’re a history buff, an art aficionado, or simply enjoy Greek mythology and the fantastic views.
Be forewarned that the days here can get hot after noon, especially during the height of the tourism season in summer. So, plan on taking your walking tours during the morning. After a strong cup of Greek coffee, head out to explore the many archeological sites in and around the city center. Visit Pnyx Hill, where great orators such as Aristides and Pericles impassioned their countrymen to take part in the world’s first true democracy. Stroll through the Ancient Agora, where Socrates and Plato walked in flowing togas, debating philosophy. Marvel at the remains of ancient temples dedicated to the gods of Mt. Olympus, as well as stellar views, atop The Acropolis.
There are plenty of museums and galleries to cool off in during the afternoons. The affluent downtown neighborhood of Kolonaki is home to high-end shops and restaurants as well as The Benaki Museum. Housed in a beautifully restored family mansion, this is a great place to get an understanding of the history and culture of Greece. The New Acropolis Museum, located in the historic area of Makrygianni, explores the art, culture and customs of the inhabitants of the Acropolis from pre-historic times through late Antiquity.
While the city can easily keep you busy, don’t miss taking a car or bus trip out to the countryside. The Temple of Poseidon is set on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea, on the picturesque Saronic Gulf in Cape Sounion. Delphi and some of the other islands are also close enough for a day trip. If you’re not too tired upon your return, check out the nightlife in and around Omonia Square.
Museum, Café and Historical Building
This modern museum is labor of love that has taken decades to complete and accommodates millions of visitors each year.
Step back in time and explore the ancient myths etched into the walls of the largest Doric temple in Greece, originally dedicated to the warrior goddess Athena.
Walk along the covered promenades where affluent Athenians exchanged gossip, political news, and wares.
Imagine shopping where the ancient Greeks did, as you stroll through the remains of the former meeting center of Athens, composed of colonnades with marble columns.
Stand at the foot of towering columns which honor the father of all Olympic gods at this 1st Century temple.
From souvenirs and oddities to artisan craft and Greek pastries, this buzzing flea market is a great place to experience the local culture.
Greek mythology comes to life as you walk the roads of Delphi, considered by the ancients to be the center of the world. Admire Apollo’s temple as you hear tales of the city's famous oracle, visit a fascinating archaeological museum, and take in the magnificent terrain surrounding Arahova—a picturesque village on the slopes of Mt.
Explore the ancient wonders of Athens on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 hour or 3 day pass, you can discover the Greek capital at your own pace.
Skip the lines and visit 2 of the most famous sites in Athens: the striking Acropolis reigning from the hill and the renowned Acropolis Museum. Meander through glorious monuments like the Parthenon, Nike Temple, and Ancient Agora.
Leave the mainland behind as you set sail across the Aegean to lose yourself in the ancient beauty of the Saronic Islands. Enjoy free time on the islands of Poros, Hydra, and Aegina, relax over a delicious buffet lunch, and be entertained by Greek music and dancing onboard the boat as you cruise between stops.
Listen to stories from your expert guide, which bring the city to life as you visit some must-see attractions in the comfort of a luxury coach. Skip the lines and wander through the site of the first-ever Olympic Games and the world-famous Acropolis.
Go beyond Athens to the spectacular Cape Sounion, and see the ruins of the Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. Admire the views of the Aegean Sea, marvel at the carvings left by Lord Byron, an English Romantic poet from the 1800s, and hear about the legend of Aegeus.
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It may be the cradle of Democracy, but with its hip nightlife and lively restaurants, Athens’ present is as intriguing as its past.