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Athens

The Greek capital can sometimes be outshone by its famous islands but Athens has charms of its own. It is also the hub for exploring the rest of Greece. No-one should miss the Acropolis. The splendid ruins that include the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike dominate not only Athen’s skyline but also its soul. Nearly 3000 years ago the Acropolis became a sacred site and since then it’s been surrounded in myth, legend and tides of wars and invasion. At the base of the Acropolis lies the Plaka, one of the most eye-catching districts of Athens, a labyrinth of tavernas, shops and leafy squares. Buy a custard-filled galaktoboureko pastry and climb Lykavittos Hill (or cheat and take the funicular) for a spectacular view of the city.



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN ATHENS




Athens sightseeing tour THE ACROPOLIS AND THE PARTHENON

The massive rocky hill that’s the Acropolis dominates the cityscape and is visible from all over Athens. On top of it is the Parthenon, one of the most recognisable buildings in the world.

Syntagma Square SYNTAGMA SQUARE
 

Also known as Constitution Square it’s the heart and soul of the city. It’s the perfect place to relax on the benches and do a spot of people watching, enjoy the free or plan your day’s activities.

Changing of the Evzoni guards CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
 

Every Sunday at 11am, the official changing of the guard is quite possibly the best show in town. The Evzones (guards) go about the change with high kicks and fists to foreheads with such determination. There are changes every hour during the day, and while the soldiers guard they must stand perfectly still until it is time to change.

Join the locals JOIN THE LOCALS
 

Athenians eat and party late, so join them to nibble an array of entrées such as seared calamari, Greek caviar and deep-fried eggplant followed by succulent lamb or fish. Order ouzo in a taverna, dance the night away and maybe throw a few plates!

Hadrians Arch HADRIAN'S ARCH
 

Erected in honour of the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, this arch is located near the Temple of Olympian Zeus, but, as it’s outside the archaeological site, it’s free to view.

Temple of Olympian Zeus TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS
 

Once the largest temple in Greece, it is also known as the Olympieion. It’s right in the centre of Athens and dedicated to the god Zeus.

Monastiraki Flea Market MONASTIRIKI FLEA MARKET
 

Open every day but is at its best on Sundays. This is the place to be if you’re looking for a bargain or souvenirs. Get there early as after around 11am the crowds become chaotic.

Three Island Cruise THREE ISLAND CRUISE
 

If you only have a few days in Athens but want a taste of that world renowned, laid-back Greek island lifestyle, then this tour could fit the bill. Enjoy lunch and entertainment onboard as you cruise the Saronic Gulf, exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra with time for a spot of swimming.

Meteora Monasteries with Dephi METEORA
 

Magnificent Monasteries of Meteora perched on top of monolithic rocks, a holy place for Christians from all over the world.

Classical Greece with Meteora OLYMPIA
 

Home of the first Olympic Games in the 8th century BC and Sanctuary of Zeus.

Ancient Greece DELPHI
 

This archaeological site is best known for the Oracle at the sanctuary that was dedicated to Apollo. Stunning views down the valley.




ATHENS ACCOMMODATION



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Amazon Hotel
AMAZON HOTEL
★★★
Staying here, you’re right in the heart of the city, close to Syntagma Square, in the hub of the old town called the Plaka. It’s such a great base for getting around. Spill out of your hotel into cobblestone alleyways with heaps of shops, cafés and restaurants all around, and you’re still only 15 minutes walk to the Acropolis and its museum.
Hermes Hotel
HERMES HOTEL
★★★★
If you’re after location, this wee hotel is the perfect choice. Love to shop? You’re tucked away two blocks from Ermou Street, a pedestrianised one kilometre long shopper’s paradise. Take a step back in time and wander along the stone paved lanes of Plaka, lined with stalls and tavernas, and maybe treat yourself to a tasty baklava.
Athenian Callirhoe
ATHENIAN CALLIRHOE
★★★★
A boutique hotel, centrally located close to the Temple of Zeus, and just a short walk to the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis. Staff are friendly and welcoming, and rooms are spacious and elegantly designed. Be sure to enjoy the roof garden restaurant which offers an exclusive menu and an amazing view to the Acropolis.





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