The bustling city of Athens is a mixture of ancient and modern, providing a plethora of monuments and activities. Athens’ downtown is an open-air museum with cosmopolitan, charming atmosphere. Take a stroll around the majestic cobblestone alleys of the city’s center or visit popular streets to do some shopping at chic boutiques and shops.
The imposing Acropolis rises above the heart of the city, giving tremendous energy and breath-taking views to the passers-by. The narrow paths are filled with traditional taverns and cozy cafes to enjoy. The historic city of Athens will impress even the most discerning traveler with its fascinating culture and history.
A walk around Athens will impress you as the charming capital boasts a vast selection of monuments, museums and galleries to discover. The Acropolis with the Parthenon and its architectural glory, is the most important monument of the country and a visit there will be a unique experience.
Take a stroll to the city’s ancient sites from the Classical and the Roman times, to see as many as possible of Athens. The Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, The Ancient Agora and the Theatre of Dionysus are only few of the monuments that are offered. To learn more about the captivating Greek culture and history you must visit the splendid Acropolis Museum, which hosts the Parthenon Marbles. There are also numerous other museums and galleries to visit, such as the National Archaeological Museum, the biggest museum of Athens, the Benaki Museum, the Ethnographic & Folklore Museum and Gagosian Gallery.
Immerse yourself in the wealthy culture and lifestyle of Athens. Visit the Hellenic Parliament, which is housed in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking the busy Syntagma Square. The National Garden is located close to the Greek parliament and filled with exotic plants and trees, offering relaxing atmosphere and featuring a small botanical museum, a playground for kids and few cafés to enjoy. Additionally, the imposing Hill of Philopappou, which once was sanctuary to the Muses, is located on the southeast of the Acropolis and offers breath-taking views of the Parthenon. In close proximity to Philopappou Hill are the Temple of Hephaestus, the “Prison of Socrates” and The Pnyx, which was the meeting place of one of the world’s earliest known democratic legislatures (507 BC), the Athenian Assembly.
Shopping & Recreation
Athens downtown is a paradise for shopping lovers. There are numerous boutiques, jewelry shops and shopping streets where you can do some shopping and purchase everything you can imagine from famous brands to local produce. The streets of Kolonaki are filled with famous brands and designer boutiques, such as Prada, Luis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Hermes and Gucci. Additionally, Ermou Street hosts world-famous boutiques and a vast number of clothing stores and outlets to find everything you need. Also, in near distance you can find the huge Attica shopping centre, the Athenian mecca for shopping-lovers.
When it comes to nightlife Athens has something for everyone. The most vibrant areas of the city nightlife and some of the Athens’ hottest club and bars are within a walking distance from the hotel.
A tour to Athens’ nightlife would not be complete without a visit to the industrial district of Kolonaki. Most of the galleries, mainstream bars, restaurants, clubs and Greek nightclubs here are trademarked by their industrial design as many of them are housed in remodeled - and once abandoned - factories. Kolonaki is one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Athens nightlife. Kolonaki is a staple dining and entertainment destination, catering to the city's urban working professionals who enjoy an after work cocktail at many of its bars that are open - and busy – even after midnight and on weekdays. The clubs and restaurants in Kolonaki district are upscale and very chic.
Athens is a captivating city with beautiful architecture and charming green parks. There are numerous leisure activities to relish. The National Garden is located close to the Greek parliament and filled with exotic plants and trees, offering relaxing atmosphere and featuring a small botanical museum, a playground for kids and few cafés to enjoy. Alternatively, The Concert Hall Gardens are open to the public from 10am to sunset each day, offering an oasis of green within the city as well as many cultural and educational activities to take part in that are organized by the Concert Hall.
Athens is a tourist’s paradise. The magnificent Lycabettus Hill is the highest point of Athens that promises the most amazing, breath-taking views over the city. You can rich the hill starting from the Ploutarchou Street or by the Lycabettus Teleferik. On the top of the hill there is the whitewashed chapel of Saint George and a terrace café-restaurant to dine to. A different route you can also follow is Dionysiou Areopagitou Pedestrian Street, which starts on Vasilissis Amalias Avenue and leads to the archaeological site of Acropolis and is beautifully lined with neoclassical buildings, vibrant cafe and outdoor vendors. As you are passing by the pedestrianized street you can see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the altar of the Nymphs as well as the imposing Temple of Olympian Zeus. If you want to explore a little further you can, as the ancient city of Athens has a plethora of idyllic cobblestone alleys and monuments to discover!