Athens

Legendary for its long, rich history and unforgettable attractions like the iconic Parthenon that rises above the city, Athens is a city that should be on every travel bucket list. While its famous sites where Plato and Socrates once walked are what draw many here, the Greek capital also offers plenty of modern delights, from world-class museums and art galleries to endless restaurants offering mouthwatering Greek and international fare.

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Athens At A Glance

 

Population of Athens 665,000

What to See in Athens 
The Parthenon, the Acropolis, Monasteries with incredible mosaics, world class museums, art galleries, endless shopping & entertainment possibilities.

Towns or islands to visit near Athens Saronic Islands,  Evia, Peloponnese, Delphi, Corinth, Cape Sounion, Temple of Poseidon, Mycenae & Epidaurus

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Trips to Athens

Things to do in Athens

Acropolis in rays of sunsets

Visit the Acropolis

Climb the steps of the Acropolis, one of the wonders of the ancient world, as there are few sights that compare to this, a place that many people only read about in history books and see on television or in films. The Parthenon temple sits high atop a rocky crag, keeping watch over the city as it has for centuries. This was the center of the ancient city, and the Parthenon is the largest temple of the classical period. Pass through the Propylaia gateway to witness the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon.

agora

Explore the Agora

Located just below the Acropolis, the Agora is a testament to the city’s status as the birthplace of western civilization. It includes long, colonnaded arcades, a concert hall and temples. This was the very spot where people gathered to talk about the nature of the universe, politics and other current events, and to conduct business, as an important trading and meeting place. In Plato’s and Socrate’s day, it was the heart of public life. The Royal Stoa is believed to be the site of Socrates’ trial in the late 4th century BC.

acropolis Museum

View the Treasures at the Acropolis Museum

This museum lies at the foot of the Acropolis and showcases surviving treasures with a focus on the 5th-century BC, although the collection includes everything from the Archaic period to the Roman period. View layers of history with ruins that can be seen through the floor and floor-to-ceiling windows, while the Acropolis stands visible above.

National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Spend an Afternoon or Longer at the National Archaeological Museum

The largest museum of its kind in the country, and one of the greatest antiquity institutions in the world, the National Archaeological Museum sits within a majestic Neoclassical building and hosts an incredible collection of ancient Greek jewelry, pottery and sculptures in more than 11,000 exhibits providing a comprehensive overview of Greek civilization from prehistoric times to late antiquity. The Vase and Decorative Objects collection includes pottery from the 11th century BC through the Roman period, while the Sculpture collection features ancient Greek sculptures from the 6th-century to 5th-century BC, including some rare masterpieces. Visitors can also view a 2,000-year-old computer called the Antikythira Device. It was uncovered in a shipwreck off Antikithira Island and leaves many in disbelief, wanting to know more about just how advanced ancient Greek civilization really was.

Plaka street - Athens

Stroll through the Plaka

The Plaka has a history that goes back at least 3,500 years as one of Europe’s most ancient settlements. Located under the Acropolis, it includes ancient ruins, renovated Neoclassical buildings and Byzantine temples. Nestled in peaceful corners are historic churches like the Church of Kapnikarea and the Metamorfosis Church while pastel-hued, bougainvillea-trimmed homes line the streets. There are some outstanding eateries here for enjoying a meal outdoors on a warm evening, along with ouzeries to duck into when a chill sets in. It’s also home to hundreds of shops for browsing or buying, with everything from kitschy souvenir items to handcrafted products.

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Our Favourite Restaurants & Bars

Ithaki restaurant Athens

Ithaki

Ithaki enjoys a magnificent seaside location in an exclusive area at Laimos Vouliagmeni along Athens south coast that’s ideal for a romantic meal. It’s been around for over two decades, serving fine Mediterranean meets Asian fusion fare with lots of fresh fish dishes like black cod marinated in miso, paired with an impressive collection of wines and spirits. Attracting many VIPs over the years from Athena Onassis to Bill Clinton and Leonardo di Caprio, look forward to magical ambiance and a stunning view in an especially relaxing atmosphere.

Funky Gourmet Restaurant Athens

Funky Gourmet

Frequently named among the top 50 restaurants in the world, and occasionally even breaking the top 10, Funky Gourmet is aptly named, offering creative funky gourmet cuisine made using cutting-edge techniques. The two Michelin-starred eatery is tucked into a neoclassical building in the heart of Athens, aiming to fully engage guests in an unconventional way, with delectable dishes like Greek bottarga tartlet with white chocolate. Its trio of tasting menus also includes a snow-white granita encapsulating all the flavors of a Greek salad: olives, Feta, cucumber and tomatoes.

Dinner in the sky Athens

Dinner in the Sky

For a very unique Athens dining experience, visitors can literally dine in the sky, enjoy award-winning meals over 130 feet above the city, gazing at the sunset under the eye of the Acropolis above the sparkling city lights. Dine at the slowly rotating table for a truly panoramic view, ranging from the sea and the surrounding mountains to the cityscape and the illuminated Acropolis. Dishes feature modern flavors inspired by Greek tradition and complemented with fine Greek wine. It’s the ultimate way to celebrate any occasion, including a honeymoon.

Sin Athina rstaurant Athens

Sin Athina

Serving delicious meals for nearly 20 years at the foot of the Acropolis hill with spectacular views of the Pantheon, Sin Athina is housed on the rooftop of a three-story neoclassical building and offers something for everyone when it comes to fine Mediterranean and Greek dining. Tables are located both inside and out for taking in the vista while watching the world go by. Enjoy everything from casual fare like wraps, sandwiches and to-die-for crepes as well as pastas and salads. The cocktail menu features a long list of refreshing, exotic options for sipping with a sunset view.

Scala Vinoteca Athens

Scale Vinoteca

This casual wine bar and restaurant in Kolonaki features 90 wine labels, primarily from Greece, but also with a good list of options from across the globe. Designed to bring out the best food and wine flavors, the menu is focused on Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian twist, with dishes featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. In the summer months, dine on the trendy veranda. In or out it’s popular with the hip crowd as well as with foodies and drink connoisseurs. Added extras make for an especially memorable experience, like the welcome glass of Prosecco, an appetizer, complimentary port and dessert.