4/5 - Good
Verified travelerJan 24, 2020
Great history and culture. Food is amazing also.
East meets West and classic meets contemporary in this iconic European capital. Athens is the crown jewel of Greece and a fascinating city for any visitor.
The history of Athens is world-renowned. Ancient attractions such as the Acropolis, Parthenon, Agora and Dionysus Theatre, created during the Greek Golden Age, have influenced architecture throughout the Western world.
The Athenian Acropolis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is instantly recognisable. Sitting high above Athens on the Acropolis Rock, this 5th-century site and its majestic temples were created to pay tribute to the gods and demonstrate the supremacy of Ancient Greece. It continues to impress today, but make sure you visit early in the day to avoid the burn of the scorching summer sun.
Entering the Acropolis via the towering columns of the Poplyaia, you won’t fail to be impressed. On your way, you’ll see the unmissable Parthenon or ‘Temple of the Virgin,’ a famous national symbol, dominating the Athens skyline. This was once the most elaborate temple in Greece, framed by classic Doric style columns, with ornate friezes and sculptures. Inside, sat a precious statute of the city’s protector-goddess Athena made of ivory and gold.
Below the Parthenon sits the notable Dionysus Theatre. This grand mosaic-tiled, open-air theatre was the set of many Greek tragedies and plays and is one of the world’s first theatres. See the marbled seats of the elite and dignitaries, including Roman emperor Hadrian’s exclusive seat.
Another noteworthy site, the modern Acropolis Museum, houses many ancient sculptures and artefacts for even more insight into early Greek civilisation. The museum’s star attraction is the beautifully displayed Parthenon Marbles depicting scenes of ancient Athens. If you are lucky, you might even see live restorations and excavations at this impressive living museum.
If you love museums, Athens has all sorts. The National Archaeological Museum is one of the most prestigious in the world. Founded in the 19th-century, it contains the most comprehensive reference of Ancient Greek culture with more than 11,000 exhibits.
At the heart of civic life in Athens was the must-visit Roman Agora. Although difficult to imagine from its ruined remains, it contained the city’s busiest marketplace, libraries, courts and baths. It is purported as the birthplace of democracy, where public meetings took place and where Socrates once addressed his public. A guided tour of this popular site is recommended to fully appreciate its history.
Of course, there’s more to Athens than its monuments. The cosmopolitan capital has a real mix of traditional and modern. You can enjoy upmarket shopping, drinking and dining in luxurious surroundings, or traditional hospitality in Greek tavernas that have also stood the test of time. Athens is full of restaurants, and Greek cuisine is notoriously rich and moreish. Make sure you wind down after a day’s adventuring and enjoy some fresh fish, salty feta and juicy olives.
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Known for its fascinating museums, charming cafes and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Athens City Centre. Top attractions like Syntagma Square and Benaki Museum are major draws. Catch the metro at Panepistimio Station or Syntagma Station to see more of the city.
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Enjoy this historical Athens hub that offers extensive shopping and dining, intermingled with ancient attractions such as the library of Adrianos.
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You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Kolonaki. Spend some time visiting top spots like Mount Lycabettus, and catch the metro at Megaro Moussikis Station or Evangelismos Station to see more of the area.
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Visitors to Monastiraki love its fantastic nightlife, and you can check out Monastiraki Flea Market and Hadrian's Library. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Monastiraki Station.
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The ample dining options and fascinating museums are just a few popular features of the neighbourhood. Make a stop by Omonia Square or National Theatre of Greece while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Omonoia Station to get around town.
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Visitors to Koukaki love its fascinating museums, and you can check out Acropolis Museum and Emotions Museum of Childhood. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Akropoli Station.
Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020
Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020
The ancient Greek city rises like a phoenix from the city center of modern Athens, lighting up at night in splendid glory.
This square was built in ancient times and remains at the center of political and social activity in modern Athens.
Explore the waterfront in Piraeus with a trip to Port of Piraeus. Discover the lively bars and fascinating museums in this walkable area.
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.
Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Glyfada Beach, a popular beach in Glyfada. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.
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.
Explore the ancient wonders of Athens on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 hour or 3 day ticket, discover the Greek capital at your own pace.
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.
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.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Marathon Lake, Marathon Greece Marathon Dam was constructed between 1926 and 1929 and it was the only water supplier to Athens until 1959. It is 54m tall and 285m long and the reservoir has a maximum depth of 54m.
Verified travelerJan 4, 2020
The main museum and the Parthenon are stunning.
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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.