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Syntagma Square
Vacation Travel Guide

This square was built in ancient times and remains at the center of political and social activity in modern Athens. 

There’s always plenty going on at Syntagma (Constitution) Square, in the center of Athens. Walk up the marble steps and take a seat at one of the cafes to people watch, or go see the changing of the guard in front of the Greek Parliament. Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and experience the pride that the locals have in their heritage.

This isn’t necessarily a prime tourism spot, but you’ll inevitably wind up here, since it’s close to the Acropolis and other tourist attractions. The square is a popular meeting place for locals, and a great place to spend a few hours during a hot afternoon. Relax on one of shady lawns located at the north and south ends of the square. Or, find a seat at the center near the water fountain. The locals enjoy feeding the pigeons which congregate here during the warmer months.

The highlight of your visit here may be the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building, which takes place hourly every day. The full ceremony with official costumes takes place each Sunday at 11 a.m. Be sure to arrive a bit early to get a good viewing spot. Children in particular will enjoy watching the synchronized movements. The guards wear tunics and kilts, white tights and eye-catching footwear decorated with pom-poms. The same type of kilts, or fustanellas, were worn during ancient Minoan times, four thousand years ago.

Syntagma Square is bordered by Vassileos Georgiou A’ Street to the north and Othonos Street to the south. The Syntagma metro station will take you right there. In fact, it’s the hub of public transportation in the city: buses, trolleys, trams, and the metro all stop here.

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Niche Hotel Athens
Niche Hotel Athens
4 out of 5
21 Syngrou Avenue & 2 Vourvachi, Athens
The price is CA $139 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3

Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Acropolis Museum, Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Parthenon and Syntagma Square ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (270 reviews)

"Great rooftop bar! And the staff were very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 9, 2020

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The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
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Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Athens Central Market and Ermou Street. Syntagma Square and Monastiraki Flea Market ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (128 reviews)

"Great stay ! Really nice five star hotel . Luxury with spacious and comfortable suites and extraordinary Acropolis view"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 8, 2020

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Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $177 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Maria Callas Museum, Syntagma Square and Ermou Street. Hellenic Parliament and Roman Agora ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,138 reviews)

"Great location within walking distance of everything. Comfortable clean rooms. Food and drink was expensive but this is to be expected. Service could’ve been better - reception staff were not overly welcoming."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Electra Metropolis Athens
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Niche Hotel Athens
Niche Hotel Athens
4 out of 5
21 Syngrou Avenue & 2 Vourvachi, Athens
The price is CA $139 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3
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The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
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Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $177 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
4 out of 5
15-17 Ermou, Athens, Atikki
The price is CA $123 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $137 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Home & Poetry
Home & Poetry
4 out of 5
Lusikratous 10, Athens
The price is CA $89 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
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Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
5 out of 5
1 Vasileos Georgiou A' str., Syntagma Square, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $360 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
Electra Hotel Athens
Electra Hotel Athens
4 out of 5
5 Ermou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $109 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $136 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
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