City break in Athens

The multifaceted Athens, the "Cradle of Western Civilization", is a city welcoming, lively and full of Mediterranean light! Priceless historical and archaeological monuments, pedestrian areas full of life, picturesque old markets, countless gastronomic and numerous nightlife options make Athens an ideal "city break" destination. Four days exploring the Greek capital are enough to discover some of its most fascinating secrets!

 

1st day

If you want to start getting familiar with this historic town begin by visiting the famous New Acropolis Museum. There, you will have the opportunity to admire important exhibits which will travel you back in time! On the roof of the museum, you will find a cozy café/restaurant where you can enjoy your coffee, overlooking the Acropolis as well as Plaka area. Continue your day with a walk in Monastiraki and Thissio. Do not forget to cross the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Aeropagitou and admire the imposing mansions on one side and views of the Acropolis on the other. When it's dinner time, choose one of the restaurants you will find either in the popular Andrianou Street or in the surrounding area. One of the taverns near Plaka, at the picturesque Anafiotika area is also a great idea. After enjoying your meal, walk the narrow, full of bougainvillea flowers, alleys in Anafiotika, among the whitewashed houses with blue shutters and the flower gardens. Your tour can only be completed with a visit to the Acropolis. There, beyond the famous Parthenon, you will have the opportunity to admire other monuments of incomparable beauty such as the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea. Apart from the great archaeological monuments, the site of the Acropolis is famous for its stunning views offered over the city. Those who fancy romance will fell in love with this point during sunset or at nights with full moon! Close to the Acropolis, you will find the Roman Forum and the Theater of Herodes Atticus (Herodion). At night, have a drink at the trendy bars in Gazi and Karytsi square, the stylish wine bars which are scattered at the city center, the sophisticated raki bars at Psiri, or the bar/restaurants on the roofs of luxury hotels in the wider area.

 

2nd day

Your second day in Athens can start from the historic Syntagma Square, in front of the imposing building of the Greek Parliament. It is worth watching the impressive ritual of the guard changing, which takes place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament building. The guards change positions every hour, while, on Sundays at 11:00 am, the ritual is performed in the presence of the entire Evzones’ battalion. You can also take the tourist train, which begins its journey from Syntagma Square and runs through the historic center of Athens, passing through old neighborhoods and archaeological sites. Continue your day with a walk in the National Gardens, which is ideal for relaxing walks or jogging. There, children will find a playground and a children's library. Further down, there is Zappeion area; a green area in the center of which the Zappeion Hall stands out. Spend some time walking this area and enjoy a coffee in a relaxing environment. From there, visit the magnificent Kallimarmaro - Panathenaic Stadium and the famous Temple of Olympian Zeus. For food or drink, visit Lycabettus Hill and enjoy the stunning views of the illuminated Athens.

 

3rd day

On your third day, visit the National Archaeological Museum which is housed in a historic building in Patission Street. Continue getting familiar with the city, with a walk on Panepistimiou Street (Eleftheriou Venizelou Street), where you will have the opportunity to admire imposing buildings, such as the Bank of Greece, the Numismatic Museum, the Propylaea, the Academy, the University of Athens and the Library. In the afternoon, you can go shopping in Ermou, Stadiou and in Patission shopping streets. In classy Kolonaki, you will find elegant boutiques and fashion stores. In the evening, visit one of the popular bar/restaurants in Kolonaki, for food or drink.

 

4th day

On the fourth day, you can head to the southern suburbs. Enjoy your coffee in one of the lovely beach café/bars which unfold along Poseidonos Avenue. For dining, you can choose Vouliagmeni Lake, which is perched on a heavenly landscape, like it has sprung from a painting! At sunset time, head to Cape Sounion where the ancient temple of Poseidon, God of the sea, stands out. From this point, you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most idyllic sunsets in Greece! There, the magical journey to the "Birthplace of Democracy" ends! That’s the most beautiful way, to close your acquaintance with this historic city; the image of the ancient temple and the sea, bathed in different shades of red...

 

In Athens, various cultural events are held throughout the year, among which the Concert Hall, Technopolis - City of Athens and the Onassis Cultural Centre events, as well as the digital representations of the Planetarium of the Evgenides Foundation stand out. Take some time to get informed about current events and performances and choose whichever best suits you. Another proposal is a one-day cruise to the picturesque islands of the Saronic Gulf, as well as a trip to Epidaurus in order to attend a theatrical performance at the homonymous ancient theater during the world famous festival, held every summer.

 

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