Athens is an ideal destination all year round. The capital of Greece has it all. Theaters, events, cafes, restaurants, museums and exhibitions. It is worth noting that one of the most cherished habits of the Athenians are enjoying their coffee for several hours in one of the numerous cafes in Athens.
In Kolonaki around the Constitution square, in the center, in Glyfada and Kifissia you can find the most cosmopolitan cafes. You can find more interesting places in other locations as well like: Exarchia, Fokionos and Gazi. During your tours downtown you will probalby come across stalls itinerant vendors with roasted chestnuts, corn, hot rolls and stafidopsoma. Do not forget to enjoy the atmosphere exuded by an Athenian walking tour in Thissio and Plaka, admiring the many attractions and historical monuments to be found.

What to see

  • Acropolis. Constitutes the symbol of Athens, as it is the most famous archaeological site in Greece that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The Acropolis flourished during the Golden Age of Pericles. In the 5th century BC dating monuments located on the Acropolis. The site of the Acropolis was used either as a place of worship or as a place of habitation.
  • Parthenon. Constitutes perhaps one of the most famous monuments in the world. It is the first church built on a rock at around 447 BC and is the most important monument. The Parthenon is a Doric temple and was dedicated to Athena Parthenos. It was designed by the architects Iktinos and Kallikrates, while the sculptures where carved by Phidias. Inside there was a gold and ivory statue of Athena. The two pediments of the temple depict scenes from mythology. The Parthenon was used as a Byzantine church, a Latin and a mosque, and during its history it has suffered many disasters.
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus. Temple of Olympian Zeus is one of the largest in the ancient world. It was constructed in 515 BC and finished in 131 AD. The site was the Olympian cult of the God Zeus. Inside the temple there is a colossal gold and ivory statue of Zeus carved by the sculptor Phidias. This impressive structure consisted of 104 Corinthian columns, 17 meters high, of which today only 16 survive. In the same archaeological site you will find preserved the remains of many other important monuments dating from the Classical, Roman and Byzantine eras, such as the temple of Delphinium Apollo, the Temple of Saturn and Rhea and the gates of Themistoclean Wall.
  • Psyrri. Psyri is a historic district that has been designated and preserved. Now it has become the haunt of artists and youth. In the area there are many restaurants, taverns and bars, and many theaters. It is worth walking the narrow streets and feel like you are in old Athens, shopping at the countless shops with old and used items.
  • Monastiraki. Monastiraki is one of the most picturesque and popular areas of Old Athens. The narrow streets and small buildings are its characteristic, mentioning the Ottoman period the city. Monastiraki is linked in the minds of the Athenians with the bazaar that was held every Sunday for many years. Today, Monastiraki you can find many antique shops and antique stores. On the Hadrian street, Hephaestus and Pandrosou you will get a taste of old Athens, as they are the most commercial streets in the area. Worth seeing Near the train station it is worth paying a visit the Tzistaraki mosque, which was built in 1759 by Mustafa Agha and now serves as a museum of traditional ceramics. It is the only mosque that you can visit in Athens.
  • Constitution Square. The Constitution is the area around the square in the city center. Here you can find the Greek Parliament as well as the National Garden and Zappeion.
  • Greek Parliament. This is a project of the architect Gaertner, featured by its Doric columns at its entrance. Impressive murals and paintings adorn the walls and ceilings of the building. The Monument of the Unknown Soldier in the yard is one of the most popular attractions of the city such as the Evzoni forming the Presidential guard of the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is worth seing the changing of the guard that takes place every two hours.
  • Plaka. Plaka is the oldest and most picturesque district of Athens. It is a registered trademark of narrow cobbled streets that lie beneath the hill of the Acropolis. Worth discovering historic neighborhoods within the neoclassical Plaka, the mansions and old slums with small Byzantine churches that will introduce you to the lifestyle of Athens in the last century. In the streets of Plaka you will find many shops selling all sorts of souvenirs. Anafiotika is one of the nicest neighborhoods of Plaka, it is a miniature Cycladic settlement, under the sacred rock of the Acropolis. The first inhabitants of the neighborhood came from Anafi, causing the neighborhood to be filed in with white houses with blue doors and windows, typical settlements of the Aegean Sea. In Plaka it is worth seeing the ruins of Ancient Agora, which was the center of urban life in ancient Athens. The Stoa of Attalos is the only two-story portico in Athens. It was built in the 2nd century BC and today it houses a small museum with significant exhibits. The Tower of the Winds was the port of the Roman Agora. It is a marble tower of the first century BC The decorative relief around the upper part of the tower represents the eight winds of mythology. Also another interest attraction is the temple of Hephaestus, resembling the Parthenon in miniature. The temple of Hephaestus is better known as Thissio, named after the district where it is situated.
  • Center of Athens. The traditional commercial center includes the area between the following streets: Metropoleos, Athenas, Ermou and Stadiou. Here you can do your grocery shopping, sip your coffee or lunch. The pedestrian street which ends at Monastiraki, has gained an international reputation for its designer shops and tourist traffic. In the center of Ermou you will find the Church of Kapnikarea an 11th century dated Byzantine monument and one of the most important Byzantine monuments of Athens.
  • Athens Academy. Academy of Athens is one of the three buildings of the famous Neoclassical Trilogy constituting the Academy, the University and the Library. The main building of the Academy of Athens is characterized by the large pediment and two Ionic columns in front of the entrance to the Academy, where the statues of Apollo and Athena have been placed. Today the main building houses the offices of the Senate.
  • University. The second of the buildings of Neoclassical Trilogy is the University of Athens, the front of which is adorned with impressive murals and interesting attractions are the fountain and circular staircase.
  • Vallianeios National Library. National Library of Greece or Vallianeios Library is part of the buildings of the Neoclassical Trilogy of Athens: Academy - University - Library. The most striking architectural feature of the building is the entrance with the double staircase Renaissance style, while the reading has Doric columns and a glass roof.
  • Omonia. Omonia Square is the second most important square of Athens, Syntagma Square after. In Omonia you meet people from every tribe, as the region brings great commercial move.
  • Klathmonos. The Vouros Mansion is located at the square and was used as a temporary palace of King Otto and now houses the Museum of the City of Athens. In the museum you will see remarkable collections of paintings and engravings relating to the history of modern Greek capital from the early 18th century. Also exhibited at the Museum of furniture that belonged to the first King of Greece, Otto.
  • Square Abyssinia. The square Abyssinia has been created because of the traditional Sunday bazaars that were held for decades in the region. Here you can find antiques, furniture, paintings, and many other items. After shopping, the area has many traditional cafes and restaurants to visit.
  • Exarchia. One of the oldest neighborhoods of Athens which today has evolved into a center for the youth and artists. You should walk in the pedestrian part of the street Themistocleus, but also take other walks in the area and visit the quiet and picturesque neighborhoods with the traditional tavernas.
  • Kolonaki. It is the most exclusive district of Athens, and extends through Patriarchou Joachim, around the streets of: Tsakalof, Anagnostopoulou, Kanari, Skoufa, Milioni. In Kolonaki you will find some of the most expensive shops, fashion houses, luxury restaurants, cafes and bars. Do not forget to enjoy a coffee, with the "company" of countless Athenians, in one of the popular places of Kolonaki.
  • Zappeion. Zappeion Hall is an impressive building, built inside the National Garden. In the garden of Zappeion many exhibitions take place and it is also a popular meeting place for tourists and locals.
  • National Garden. The National Garden is an oasis in the heart of Athens, behind the Parliament building. The garden was created by the Queen Amalia and it was a meeting place of the aristocracy. Today the site is configured with paths, flowers, sculptures and ponds with ducks, and a small zoo in the center. 
  • Lycabettus. On the hill of Lycabettus it is worth seeing the little white church of the 19th century. You can ascent the Lycabettus hill by cable car from the end of the street Plutarch or go by foot.
  • Gazi. It is a complex of buildings that operated for the production of gas lighting. Today it has been designated as a unique landmark in Europe while it belongs to the industrial park, Technopolis, where many cultural activities take place.
  • Filopappos Hill. Was known in antiquity as the hill of the Muses. It is located across from the Acropolis and is ideal for walks. It has alot of green, picturesque cobblestone paths and historical monuments.
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