Are you planning your next vacation in Athens?
We have prepared the ultimate travel guide, which will become your personal advisor for holidays in Athens.
Athens is the capital but also the largest and most populous city of Greece (over 3 million inhabitants) and spreads in the Attica basin, in Eastern Central Greece.
Presenting a huge history, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, with its recorded history reaching up to 3200 BC.
Since ancient times, Athens has been a powerful city and the home of arts and letters, the birthplace of Democracy and many intellectuals such as Aristotle, Socrates (philosophers), Thucydides (historian) and many others.
Inevitably, we refer to the history of Athens in order to arrive at modern Athens, which even today has a unique vibe, combining ancient history and the modern elements of our time, the vibe of an authentic capital!
With visitors from all over the world, Athens promises to enchant every visitor with a plethora of cultural attractions, interesting museums, lively neighborhoods and alleys, unique culinary experiences and impulsive nightlife. In short Athens has it all!
Below we will highlight the most emblematic sights, restaurants, activities and everything else you should not miss from your visit to Athens, for an unforgettable experience in this unique city:
Top Attractions (ancient ruins, museums, historical sites, ancient theaters, monuments and statues)
It goes without saying that the number one attraction in Athens is the Acropolis!
Including the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike, Acropolis is one of the most exciting sights in the world.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, the sacred rock of the acropolis, is a symbol of Athens, dominates the center of the modern city and is visible from every point of Athens.
THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
Being one of the most important museums in the world, it presents some unique masterpieces. Original works of archaic and classical Greek art, exhibits that are inextricably linked to the sacred rock of the acropolis.
THE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The largest museum in Greece and one of the most important in the world, includes more than 20,000 masterpieces, which compose a complete picture of the ancient Greek civilization, from the beginnings of prehistory to late antiquity.
Some other very important sights are the following: The Temple of Olympian Zeus, The Temple of Poseidon, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the theatre of Dionysus, the Ancient Agora of Athens, the Roman Agora of Athens, the rock of Lycabettus, the Benaki Museum and many other great sights.
We could talk for hours about the unique and precious sights of Athens, analyzing and describing. The above is only a small sample of the heritage of Athens.
Restaurants, Cafes & Bars
Apart from the great monuments, museums and theaters, Athens also presents an amazing collection of unique restaurants, bars and cafes.
Of the 21 restaurants in the city with a Michelin star, some of them are noted in the list, such as “the Spondi” restaurant, the only one in Athens that holds 2 stars, followed by“Hytra”,”Botrini’s” and “Varoulko Seaside”.
Some more exquisite restaurants are:
GB Roof Garden
Undoubtedly, after eating order have the cocktails!
Let’s take a look at the most cosmopolitan cafes and bars in Athens:
Athens presents, among other things, unique locations, extraordinary buildings and even … beaches!
Some of the must visit places you should not overlook to visit when in Athens are:
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
A unique contemporary architecture with numerous distinctions, is a public space with free access that hosts the Greek national library and the National Opera, as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park, one of the largest green spaces in Greece. With a multitude of cultural, educational, sports, environmental and recreational events and activities, the foundation is one of the must see in Athens!
It is located in the center of Athens next to the Hellenic Parliament, a garden of 285 acres, full of green, rare species of plants, birds, lakes, statues, various buildings and archaeological remains. The walk in the National Garden is unique. A large cradle of green in the center of a metropolis where the heart of Greek and Athenian history beats, is waiting for you to explore it.
The central Syntagma Square with the emblematic Greek Parliament, the historic area of Monastiraki with the huge flea market and one of the most beautiful areas of Athens, the straits of Psirri with the unique buildings, shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, one of the most vibrant areas of Athens. Of course Plaka with Anafiotika, a district with Cycladic style, with neoclassical buildings and unique facilities promises to travel you with the rhythms of the Aegean.
Less than 10 miles south of the city center lies this picturesque area with mineral lakes, and sandy beaches with blue-flag certified clean waters. It is one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan parts of Athens, where the big palm trees give an island vibe. The entire south side of Attica is endowed with wonderful sandy beaches, rocky bays, and rich nature that in combination with the ideal climate makes you feel like you are on vacation. Also this part is built with some of the most luxurious properties in Athens.
The Best Places to Stay in Athens
In conclusion Athens has it all, meeting every expectation, even the most demanding ones.
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