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Did you know that 650,000 people reside in this part of Attica? You're bound to have met a fair few of them by the time you finish your trip!
In a sparkling destination overflowing with things to see and do, the Parthenon and Acropolis are the ones that visitors keep coming back for. Syntagma Square and the Acropolis Museum are every bit as iconic.
An afternoon at the Museum of Greek Children's Art or Allou Fun Park is a fantastic opportunity for some family bonding. If that isn't enough to wear the young ones out, why not visit the Emotions Museum of Childhood and the Hellenic Children’s Museum as well?
Both adults and kids will have a great time getting close to the collection of intriguing animals at the Attica Zoological Park and Greek Reptile Centre. Glyfada Sea Turtle Rescue Centre is another excellent attraction which teaches visitors about conservation and animal care.
After high-stakes gaming and a sparkling atmosphere? Go straight to the Regency Casino Mont Parnes! It's the ideal venue to kick off a night out!
Check out the native flora while you explore the beautiful garden beds at the Diomedes Botanic Garden.
When you want to get away from the fast pace of the city, take off to an urban oasis like the Filopappos Hill or the Athens National Garden. Alternatively, stretch your legs and keep the kids active by wandering around Pedion Areos Park or Koutouki Cave.
Keep a lookout for different species of waterbirds at Vouliagmeni Spa Lake. Or, if you're after some action, why not ask about water sports at Lake Marathon?
Longing for a bit of time by the ocean? Enjoy the salty sea breeze on your face and plunge a toe in the water at Kavouri Beach and Voula Beach. You can also enjoy a leisurely walk along onAqua Sports Park, another popular piece of coastline.
You probably know about its must-see museums and malls, but don't forget that Athens has some marvellous natural environments too. Mount Lycabettus and Areopagus Hill are two to keep in the front of your mind. Hymettus and Mars HIll are two more that are worth a look.
Whether you'd like to discover something new or just take five in the calm setting, the Benaki Museum and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens should do the job. Remember to ask about one-off events! If you've got the time, also go to the Technopolis and the Benaki Islamic Art Museum.
From the design of different ships to the artefacts found onboard, the intriguing displays at the Averof Museum and the Hellenic Maritime Museum will catch the eye of anyone who's interested in seafaring history.
The intriguing scientific objects and exhibits at Athens Planetarium and National Observatory of Athens are bound to get your brain buzzing. For even more from the science realm, make the trip to the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrio. Make sure you ask about any temporary exhibits that might be on.
Build on your knowledge of the natural world with some time at the Byzantine and Christian Museum and the National Historical Museum. With so many weird and wonderful things exhibited in these buildings, you might not know where to begin! For more of our planet's riches, continue on to the Kanellopoulos Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus.
Art lovers come from all corners of the world to check out Athens' celebrated collections, and the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art and the National Museum of Contemporary Art are usually among the first stops on their lists. If they leave you feeling inspired, continue onwards to the Athens National Gallery and the Museum of the City of Athens.
Take a step back through time and explore the events and characters that have contributed to the growth of the Athens region at the Numismatic Museum of Athens and the Eleftherios Venizelos Museum. For an even deeper look into the past, also check out the Athens University History Museum and the Museum of the Center for the Acropolis Studies.
Athens certainly delivers when it comes to historic sites. You'll be able to get a deeper awareness of bygone times at Roman Agora and the Ancient Agora. If that doesn't satisfy the history buff in you, head onward to Hellenic Parliament and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Get your fill of both spirituality and history at the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. If you're happy to see even more, keep going to Greek Evangelical Church and Kaisariani Monastery.
Don't pack up your suitcase just yet, there's still lots to do! Have you visited the National Library of Greece and Flisvos Marina yet? Or you could also check out Alimos Marina and Glyfada Marina.
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If you're after a simple room without all the extra frills, the Periscope Hotel, located at 22 Charitos Str, Kolonaki, is your best bet. One more place that provides excellent service at a low cost is the Hermes Hotel, which you'll find at 19 Apollonos Street, Plaka. But if a bit of luxury is more your thing, then the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens or the King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens will take care of you.
Situated atop a 150m-tall rock, Acropolis is a breathtaking elevated fortress of marble temples and theatres that has withstood numerous wars, invasions, and reconstructions.
The remains include the Theatre of Dionysus (500 BCE), which is dedicated to the god of wine and fertility, the Erechtheum temple (400 BCE), and the Parthenon temple (438 BCE), which is dedicated to Athena, the goddess of protection for Athenians.
The structure’s intricate carvings and unique form of deterioration reveal historic periods of distinct religious and political domination from Persian invasion to the Peloponnesian War to Roman conquest.
Though a mere shadow of its intended glory, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and its 15 remaining columns are worth a visit. When construction began in 520 BCE, the temple was to be the largest dedication to the king of the Olympian Gods in all of Greece.
However, after numerous starts and stops due to a lack of finances (or, as in the period of democracy in Athens, a sense that the temple was a flashy display of government’s abuse of power), it was not completed until 131 ACE.
As Athens suffered various attacks and changed from one empire to the next, so did the temple, losing and gaining columns, statues, and a host of names and purposes.
Filled with relics from all over Greece dating from prehistoric times to Late Antiquity, the National Archaeological Museum is worth a visit. Its more than 20,000 exhibits include ceramics from civilizations of the Neolithic era, ancient Greek sculptures from 700-500 BCE, and Mycenaean art that includes the gold funeral mask of King Agamemnon.
In the middle of town lies this peaceful green getaway, a 15.5-hectare public park complete with duck ponds, a botanical museum with plants and flowers from around the world, a zoo, cafe, playground, and of course some ancient ruins.
Designed by the first queen of Greece, Amalia, the National Gardens is a place to escape the grind of the city and stroll, sit, write, people-watch, and be inspired.
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Construction of the goddess Athena's ancient temple began in 447 BC, and it is one of the most famous buildings of ancient Greece.
The largest ancient temple in Greece took over 700 years to build, but only 15 of the original 104 columns still stand.
This theatre hosted plays written by famous ancient Greek playwrights like Sophocles and Euripides during the Golden Age.
The stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 was built on the site where the ancient games first began.
See a formal changing of the guard every hour, or watch a full ceremony on Sundays at 11 a.m.
This museum dedicated to the art of making jewellery has a permanent collection of more than 4,000 jewels.
Go beyond the ruins to visit the city of Athens during its heyday with an interactive virtual reality tour.
One of the greatest museums in the world, this landmark is home to the world's largest collection of ancient Greek artefacts.
The most advanced digital planetarium in the world lets you go on a 3-D virtual reality tour of the galaxy.
You can swim year-round at this lake beach, where the water is known for its healing properties.
Take the Metro Blue Line to this ancient cemetery to escape the city noise and lose yourself among the ancient statues.
Visit this small restaurant for a tasty and tempting burger.
Enjoy art exhibits and live performances at this building, which has a courtyard that dates back to 1870.
Take a short detour from Ermou Street along Aiolou to find the hidden bakeries and pastry shops along Kolokotroni.
Enjoy drinking a kir royal or glass of wine in the outdoor garden of this hidden bar.
The weather in Athens is hot and dry during the summer, with averages reaching more than 30Â°C during June, July, and August. December through March is the rainy season, and almost half of the days during this period receive rain. The Mediterranean climate makes late spring and fall the most pleasant times to visit, but a more important element to consider when planning your trip to Athens is political unrest. Pay attention to the news before leaving on your holiday so you will know about any demonstrations happening in the city before you arrive.
Hop on a ferry and visit the legendary Greek islands of the Saronic Gulf. Savour the native pistachios of Aegina, the island that was once a city-state and Athens’ great rival.
Continue on to Poros, the pine forest-covered island of the god of the sea Poseidon, full of great cafes and restaurants.
Cars are prohibited on Hydra, as only donkeys cart goods around this rocky island known as an artist hub.
Many islands are a short trip Athens and can be seen in a day. Look for all-inclusive island cruises for a guided tour.
Just under the Acropolis lies the Plaka, the oldest neighbourhood in Athens with a village feel thanks to its street vendors selling flowers and crafts, and musicians turning sidewalks into recital halls.
Sit in an outdoor cafe and watch the eclectic crowd of internationals and Athenians alike pass by. Packed with jewellery and souvenir shops, the Plaka is also home to the Frissiras Museum of Contemporary Greek and European Painting.
Once centre of political and social life for Ancient Greece, the Central Market of Athens is now a busy food market teeming with sights, smells, and tasting opportunities.
Where Socrates and St. Paul once drew crowds with their speeches, modern shops now burst with different meats, fresh fish and seafood, dried and juicy fruit, spices, olive oils, and cheeses. A handful of inexpensive restaurants serve up favourite local dishes.
Athens is a town known to have one of the most active nightlives in Europe. With hoards of bars, venues, and clubs to choose from, there is always something going on that will please every musical taste and partying style.
For live Greek Laika music, check out the club Perivoli T Ouranou or any tavern, most of which will feature live music. Enjoy classical music or ballet at the Herod Atticus Theatre and jazz at the Half-Note Jazz Club or Parafono.
Summer months mean outdoor concerts, films, and massive discos by the beach.
Athenian Callirhoe Hotel is a 4-star boutique that offers comfort and style with its avant-garde feel and excellent amenities. Located within walking distance of the Acropolis and the major shopping districts, the hotel also has two restaurants, one on the rooftop garden with spectacular views. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, high-speed Internet, a flat screen TV, and soundproofed windows.
With its unique minimalist design, Fresh Hotel is a relaxing urban resort right in the heart of the city. Just a short walk to Omonia square, Fresh Hotel also has its own Magenta Restaurant that serves an America-style breakfast and excellent Mediterranean cuisine at night. The Air Lounge Bar on the roof is a great place to sip cocktails and enjoy the view.
Situated in a classical 19th century building near the famous Omonia Square, Chic Hotel offers 21st century accommodations complete with free wireless Internet connection, LCD televisions, and soundproofed windows. Chic’s spacious rooms also feature orthopaedic queen-sized mattresses.
Steps from the beach in the coastal region of Glyfada lies the London Hotel. Many rooms offer views of the Argo Saronic Gulf and the island of Aegina, and all have wireless Internet connection and air conditioning. Glyfada itself is full of great shops, restaurants, and entertainment, and a nearby tram stop will take you into the centre of Athens.
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Visitors can choose between a metro, bus, and tram system. The Attiko Metro serves downtown Athens and can also take you to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.
The Athens Tram SA serves the south-western suburbs and the Saronic coastline, and yellow trolleys and blue buses also run throughout the city. Always purchase tickets before boarding.
Taxis are bright yellow and a good option for downtown travel. Fares start at €1 with a minimum charge being €2.50.
A series of buses pick up at the arrivals curb and will take you to various destinations in Athens like the Metro station, Syntagma Square, or the Piraeus port.
If you are only riding Express bus lines you can buy a 24 hour ticket for €3, valid for all public transportation. Taxis will cost around €17-20.
Find a great deal on car hire in Athens and plan a trip to neighbouring Adelphi or the beaches of the Vouliagmeni Peninsula. Get yourself a map and plan routes ahead of time.
As Athenian drivers are quite aggressive, drive defensively.
Park in your hotel or a garage, as downtown parking is difficult.
Gas stations do not accept credit cards and cell phone use while driving or driving under the influence of alcohol are illegal and may result in fines.
There are many ATMs around Syntagma Square, and the National Bank of Greece has a 24-hour automatic exchange machine.
The international dialling code for Athens is 00 30 (210).
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