When planning your journey to Greece, deal with your self and spend a couple of days or extra in Athens. For a lot of, it’s only a transit metropolis to one of many islands, however for us it’s undoubtedly a spot to be visited and seen.
Athens has an amazing historical past and tradition, being town the place Democracy was established and has saved the curiosity of the world by the years, both with optimistic or damaging information. It has although by no means misplaced its liveliness and uniqueness and beside some troublesome occasions that now belong up to now, it’s nonetheless a metropolis that rewards every customer. A tremendous mixture of historic and fashionable buildings, loads of museums and parks, procuring districts for each style, eating places and bars which can be open till late getting ready the city for a tremendous nightlife. With town being expanded from mountains to the ocean, it’s sure that a couple of days usually are not sufficient. However isn’t this one of many causes to journey? Discovering locations to admire and wanting to go to once more.
Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis is likely one of the most well-known & influential landmarks in historical past, effectively definitely worth the climb. Be sure to go early morning or late afternoon to keep away from the warmth and if you wish to get probably the most of your go to, we recommend that you simply ebook a non-public tour with a licensed information. This would actually make your go to extra fascinating and particularly for teenagers, there are some superb guides organising the tour in a method that the complete household can take pleasure in.
The Acropolis Museum is a real gem and undoubtedly to not be missed. It opened its doorways in June 2009 and since then it has been admired and obtained many awards for its Structure and content material, being thought of one of many prime fashionable museums in Europe. Right here, it’s possible you’ll take pleasure in a stunning a break at its lovely terrace to take pleasure in a snack or drink with the superb views of the Parhenon, whereas if you’re fortunate you may additionally take pleasure in a Jazz live performance or dance efficiency.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
An emblem of town and the place the place necessary live shows and performances happen throughout summer season, as a part of the Athens Competition. A grandiose stone theater positioned on the south slope of Acropolis that may host as much as four.680 guests.
Stavros Niarchos Basis Tradition Heart
The most recent addition within the Athenian tradition, positioned four,5 km south of the Athens metropolis centre, on the starting of Faliro Bay. A big and model new venture that was designed by Renzo Piano and constructed by the Stavros Niarchos Basis. The event consists of the fantastic Stavros Niarchos Park and an architecturally distinctive constructing that’s now dwelling to the Nationwide Library of Athens, in addition to the Greek Nationwide Opera. The SNFCC has already grow to be a contemporary landmark and it hosts nice happenings, live shows and occasions making it a perfect place for everybody to go to.
The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio is simply an hour drive from Athens, on the most southern tip of the peninsula of Attica. It’s a nice tour to mix with a swim on the close by seashores, a mouthwatering seafood meal by the ocean with superb views of the sundown and the Aegean.
A stroll within the lovely metropolis centre
Strolling in Athens will fulfil all of your senses. Begin your day by watching the change of the guards on the Parliament after which have a stroll within the fantastic Nationwide Backyard. A small paradise, an oasis within the metropolis centre the place it’s possible you’ll discover and marvel some historical ruins and tambourines, a variety of beautiful timber and flowers, ponds and a small zoo. After you unwind on the botanical museum and the cafe, procuring feels like enjoyable. Ranging from Ermou road and shifting south in the direction of Monastiraki sq.. Right here you’ll be able to cross by the flee market and get your handmade Grecian sandals. Then, proceed your stroll to Plaka, seize an iced espresso (typical Greek customized) or an ice cream and discover the pedestrian streets of Plaka, with a variety of archaeological websites and church buildings to admire alongside the best way. One of the best ways to finish your strolling tour within the metropolis is to discover a place for a pleasant meal, maybe at one of many rooftop bar/eating places the place you’ll be able to benefit from the superb views.
Athens provides an amazing selection when it comes to delicacies and restaurant choices. You might selected one of many conventional tavernas which usually serve “mezes”, I,e,: a collection of small dishes to be shared along with your family members, or when you want you’ll be able to attempt one of many awarded eating places principally discovered across the metropolis centre providing a tremendous gastronomy expertise. The previous few years there has additionally been a rise on the street meals choices, beginning with the standard Greek souvlaki, however providing these days a variety of new extra choices, equivalent to falafel, kebab, Venezuelan, Chinese language and Indian meals. Anticipate finding many ice cream parlours, candy shops promoting loukoumades and frozen yogurt retailers.
A metropolis that by no means sleeps; an enormous number of wine and cocktail bars await for guests to mild up the evening. Within the areas of Kolonaki, Agia Irini, Thissio and Gkazi it’s possible you’ll discover bars for each style. Lounge bars serving vibrant cocktails, roof prime bars with music and stay occasions, golf equipment best for the dancers of the bunch. Within the Athenian Riviera you may additionally discover the larger open-air golf equipment with an amazing selection in music and happenings.
Maria Nikolakaki is Managing Associate at Past Areas Villas.
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