Birthplace of philosophy, democracy and drama, the city of Athens is not only an open-air museum of world-class cultural heritage attractions but also a contemporary metropolis with an urban personality. Named after the most benevolent Greek Goddess, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and inspiration, Athens has always been at the cultural fore.
With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens merges the past with the present in the most slender way! A city of paradoxes and great contrasts, in the country that first invented the courtesy and generosity towards people who are far from their home, hospitality (xenia).
An intellectual beacon of the ancient world with spectacular Mediterranean landscapes bathed in the renowned light, Athens is a sophisticated cosmopolitan hub with delicious gastronomic delights, electrifying nightlife, creative vibes and a booming art scene.
From the iconic Acropolis, rising above the city, to charming up and coming neighborhoods and contemporary art galleries, the city of Classic Marathon and Olympic Games is a majestically quirky clash of past and present.
One of the world's oldest cities with a recorded history of 3,500 years, the Greek capital is constantly undergoing urban renewals to keep up with the evolution of time. Athens lives up to all the hype!
THIS IS ATHENS!
Tours & Activities
Top things to do
The Museum hosts its collections across three levels, as well as in the archaeological excavation that lies at its foundations.
Located on the ground floor the visitor will meet the “Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis” houses , finds from the sanctuaries that were established on the slopes of the Acropolis, as well as objects that Athenians used in everyday life from all historic periods. The nine-meter high, naturally lit “Archaic Gallery”, in the east and south sections of the first floor, hosts the magnificent sculptures that graced the first temples on the Acropolis.
Have fun with your children
Take a walk around the national Garden where you will find a small pond with ducks, a small zoo, the botanical museum, a children’s library and a playground. Visit the Children’s museum and the museum of Greek Children’s art, both situated in Plaka. Take your kids to the planetarium” of the eugenides foundation, one of the biggest and best equipped digital planetariums in the world.
Take a swim in the big blue!
One actually doesn’t have to get on a ferry to the islands to enjoy the Aegean Sea. Athens has the unique privilege of offering a string of beaches along the Apollo Coast, only 30 min. from the city centre, accessible by car, public buses, tram or even your bike for a real sportive experience! Many of them are organized, offering changing cabins, self-service restaurants and water sports facilities. In the greater area of Attica (no more than 50 km from the city centre), you can find less crowded though equally nice and organized beaches.
Relax and golf
The Golf course, located in Glyfada, a seaside suburb of Athens, is an 18-hole, Par-72 course. It is landscaped with mature trees and shrubbery and frequently hosts significant international events. Reaching for the top! Mount Hymettos, Penteli and Parnitha (located 30 km northwest and hosting one of Greece’s national Parks) offer a network of trails through wonderful natural scenery, several mystic caves as well as ancient and byzantine monuments. People who love horseback riding, mountain bike or rock climbing will also be at their best here.
Athens by night
For a City so steeped in myth and History, Athens is a modern metropolis which Lives in the moment, with the Parthenon towering over it, a Great reminder Of a Glorious Past. Greek and fusion restaurants, afterhours bars, Dance Clubs, taverns, bouzoukia (Greek folk music) Places, beach Parties, theatres, Cinemas. There is something for everyone.