10 things to do when visiting Athens
A must visit at least once in your lifetime is one of the oldest cities in the world and this not other than Athens, which is the capital and largest city in Greece. It offers its visitors many unique visiting options due to its history and ancient culture such as exploring ancient buildings, theaters, arts, philosophy, science, architecture and enjoying traditional food and wine. In the evening, you can enjoy the view of the illuminated Acropolis and Lycabettus by drinking your cocktail on a roof garden.
- Syntagma Square and Greek Parliament
In the center of Athens is Syntagma Square, just across from the Greek Parliament and the historic Grande Bretagne Hotel. Around the central square you can enjoy a Greek coffee in the beautiful café. The change of the Presidential guard in front of the monument of the unknown soldier will impress you every hour. Below the square is Ermou Street, the most commercial shopping street with many large clothing and footwear stores. Continuing to Monastiraki you will admire the Byzantine church of Kapnikarea.
- National Garden
The National Garden is located next to the Parliament and has an area of 285 acres. It has over 500 species of trees and plants. Enjoying nature as you walk you will see ponds with ducks, various sculptures and scattered antiquities, the botanical museum, and a playground. You can also have your coffee in the picturesque traditional cafe. Also, if you walk through the National Garden you have the opportunity to visit the neoclassical Zappeion Palace.
- The Panathenaic Stadium
Just 10 minutes’ walk from the Parliament is the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro. Built in 1890 by Athenian white marble, it hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and since then every four years we send the flame and the spirit of Olympic games to the whole world. At night, the view is unique due to its illumination. Just opposite Kallimarmaro you will admire the famous sculpture Diskovolos, which is about two meters, made by Konstantinos Dimitriadis in 1972. It shows an athlete holding the disk over his head while he is about to launch it.
Monastiraki part of the Historic Triangle of Athens gives you the opportunity to visit the ancient Roman Market and walk the cobbled streets with the shops of clothes, tourist items and antiques. The history of Athens through the rare objects gathered in the antiquity stores of the neighborhood.If you continue to Plaka you will stroll in the small picturesque streets and you can stop for lunch in one of the traditional taverns and enjoy wonderful meals and views under Acropolis.
There is almost none on this planet that he hasn’t heard about the Greek ancient history and the emblem of it , the sacred rock of the Acropolis, the symbol of Athens and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was inhabited by prehistoric and is the most important and majestic sanctuary of the ancient city, dedicated to its patron goddess, Athena. At its top stands the Parthenon, the leading creation of classical architecture, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike, while on the slopes of the rock are the caves, sanctuaries and monuments of various eras. Then you will admire the ancient theater of Dionysus and the Roman Conservatory of Herodes Atticus. Under the ‘IEROS VRACHOS’ is located the Acropolis Museum where you can see about 4000 ancient exhibits relating with the acropolis and the life of the period. The ground floor room is covered with a glass floor that shows the archeological excavations that took place just below the museum.
One of the most spectacular views of Athens and the whole Attika is on the Hill of Lycabettus. If you are an athletic type you can walk through Kolonaki the posh area of Athens and then you will take small indicated by signs paths till the tip of the Hill. There is also an easier way to go on top and this no other than the traditional tunneled cable car. The station in the bottom is reachable by taxi. At the top of Lycabettus Hill is the small church of Agios Georgios and some of the most well-located café and restaurants of the city, offering great views and beautiful sunsets like the one in Santorini. The myth says that the hill was created by the goddess of wisdom, Athena, when she dropped a limestone that was for the Acropolis construction when she heard some bad news from a raven.
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Renzo Piano one of the most famous architects of the world has designed one of the most beautiful and awarded landmarks of our country, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in an area of 210 acres. The center is beloved by many of the city’s locals and, whilst largely unknown by tourists, it is absolutely worth the time taken to visit. By day or night, it is a truly breath-taking experience.
Guided tours will take you to the National Library of Greece and the National Opera, visit the rehearsal room, the Stavros Niarchos Hall and the Alternative Stage of ELS, and browse the Public Sector of EBE, the research reading rooms and the bookcases.
The center of the Park is dominated by the Xefoto, the Labyrinth, the water jets and the Canal located next to the building.
It is an ideal place to host music events, film screenings, exhibitions, and other outdoor festivals. The Labyrinth is located near the southern paths of the PSN and has a circular shape. On the ground one can see the stone pattern of a maze that symbolizes unity and pays tribute to Greek Mythology. The Labyrinth is an ideal place for team building events, exhibitions, music events and parties. The Canal is an ideal place for road racing, sailing, kayaking and other events.
Cape Sounion, is located at the southern tip of Attica and is known for the sanctuary of Poseidon, one of the most important, imposing, beautiful sights and archeological sites in Attica. The temple of Poseidon, the mythical god of the sea, with its incomparable beauty is a pole of attraction for many visitors, especially at sunset. It is located on a rock 60 meters above sea level, just 69km away from the capital on scenic ocean route passing by various seaside towns of Glyfada, Voula, Lagonisi, Saronida, Anavyssos and Legrena which impresses every visitor.
- Marina Floisvou
It is just 6 km from the center of Athens, in Paleo Faliro and is the first exclusive marina in Greece that offers high level mooring opportunities for mega-yacht owners from Greece and abroad. It has been awarded 5 Golden Anchor as well as other awards.
Its commercial complex consists of an imposing Mediterranean-style coastal street with high-end restaurants and high-end shops. Also, throughout the year, special events are held for yacht owners and visitors.
- Lake Vouliagmeni
The enchanting lake Vouliagmeni is one of the thermal springs of Greece and is located 20 km from Athens, just across the street from the very popular Vouliagmeni beach, one of the best in the vicinity of Athens. If you want to experience the ultimate in relaxation and treat almost everything in its healing waters that have a constant temperature of 22-29 degrees Celsius throughout the year, you should visit it. The lake is recognized as a wonder of nature because of its unique appearance and the surroundings. Scientific research and studies have discovered that millions of years ago, where the lake is now, there was once a large cave with a large number of hot springs. Its waters are constantly renewed by the underground thermal springs and the sea.
In this unique environment you can relax listening to jazz music in the bar or taste one of the Mediterranean recipes in the restaurant. The surroundings are available for wedding or other special events.