MONUMENTS AND SIGHTS

Acropolis

Acropolis

The sacred rock of the Acropolis, the symbol of Athens, dominates at the centre of the modern city and is visible from its every corner.

Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum, one of the most important all over the world, barely 30 minute walk, includes unique masterpieces, mainly original works of the Archaic and Classical Greek art, which combine directly with the sacred rock of the Acropolis.

Ancient Agora of Athens

Ancient Agora of Athens

The Ancient Agora, northwest of the Acropolis, was the centre of the city in the Classical and Hellenistic periods.

At the alleys of Plaka

At the alleys of Plaka

Plaka, the “district the Gods”, is undoubtedly the most picturesque location of Athens.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Between the Acropolis and river Ilisos we encounter the temple of Olympian Zeus, one of the largest temples of the ancient world.

Pnyx

The Pnyx hill is located between the hill of the Muses (Philopappos) and the hill of the Nymphs, west of the Acropolis.

Syntagma Square

The capital’s most central area is Syntagma Square, barely a 10-15 minute walk away. Watch the Presidential Guard change every hour, stroll through the National Gardens for a bit of peace in Athens’ bustling center, then walk down the paved shopping area of Ermou Street (named after the Olympian god Hermes) and admire the famous 1000-year-old church of Kapnikarea right in the middle of the street. From there you enter the mort historic part of the city.

National Archaeological Museum

The largest museum in Greece and one of the most important all over the world, it includes more than 20,000 masterpieces, which create a complete picture of the ancient Greek civilization, from the beginning of prehistory to late antiquity.

National Library – Alexander Soutzos Museum

The most important and largest art gallery in Greece was founded in 1900 and is located at the centre of Athens, opposite the Hilton hotel and just a few meters from the Evangelismos Metro station.

Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum was founded in 1931 by Antonios Benakis, descendant of an important Greek family, and is the oldest privately owned museum in Greece, with exhibits that cover more than one cultural field.

National Museum of Contemporary Art

An important example of industrial architecture, the former beer factory of Fix, it was used, after a radical reconstruction, to house the National Museum of Contemporary Art.

Lycabettus hill

The Lycabettus hill, the highest point of Athens is just a 20 minutes walk and rises 277 meters above the city. On the top is the chapel of St. George. The view is unique and when weather conditions permit, you can see Piraeus, the Aegean Sea and perhaps some of the nearby islands. It is a special proposal for day or evening for coffee, drink or food in a beautiful setting with spectacular views. During summer the well-known open-air Lycabettus theater operates, with spectacular musical and theatrical events within the Festival of Athens and Epidaurus.

Kolonaki Area

Beyond the historic, modern Athens is also a delight. A 15 minute walk will take you to the upscale quarter of Kolonaki where the fine restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops should not be missed. A few steps away from the busy cafes of Kolonaki Square, walk to Milioni Street and Skoufa Street (past the grand Church of Agios Dionisios) to discover what ‘outdoor’ Athens is all about. The fashionable cafes in these quarters are brimming with people day and night and are considered as places “to see and to be seen”.

Gazi & Psyrri

Other spots most known for their nightlife are those being the trendy Gazi district with cultural flair and the re-gentrified neighborhood of Psyrri with its local restaurants (tavernas), colorful pubs and open air cafés.