Surrounded by a lining of stunning coastline and mountains, Athens is filled with gems just waiting to be discovered. Located at the crossroads of three continents, the capital of Greece with an overall population of close to 4 million people has often been the melting pot of many cultures. Characterized by a culture and people that are welcoming and relaxed every visitor will feel like home.
Useful Links and Guides
- THE BEAT: an easy way to get a taxi wherever you are in Athens and reach your destination safely. Payments are made with card, no cash needed.
- e-table: make reservations online and earn discounts
- Delivery.gr: choose the closest restaurant and order your need to find nearby, can be found on this app
- Clio muse: shares the best cultural stories for indoor and outdoors tours
- ATH Airport: is useful for checking your flight status, as well as any information that has to do with the Athens International Airport
Local Attractions & Culture
The establishment of Athens as a city dates back to mythological times. The city's history is still evident throughout Athens in the form of many Ancient, Roman, Byzantine and modern monuments.
Today's capital integrates the ancient and medieval history into the contemporary era. Monuments can be found all around the city center, side by side with contemporary constructions such as buildings, roads and train stations.
- Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historical significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.
- The Acropolis Museum is one of the most important archaeological museums in Athens, focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.
- Plaka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture.
- Ancient Agora: The Ancient Agora, which means “market” in modern Greek, is situated at the footsteps of the Acropolis and in ancient times it served as the commercial centre of the city but also as a political, cultural and religious centre.
- Odeon of Herodes Atticus: At the footsteps of the Acropolis, the Odeon was built in 161 A.D. under Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes. To date concerts, plays and ballets have been performed. The natural setting of Herodeion, with its marvelous arcades, the Parthenon as a backdrop and the moon up in the sky will certainly fascinate you.
- Panathinaikon Stadium: Originally built in the 4th century B.C. for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaia (ancient Greek festivities), the "Kallimarmaron" Stadium (meaning "beautiful marble") was the venue of the first modern Olympic Games, in 1896.
- National Archaeological Museum of Athens: The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, thus displaying their historical, cultural and artistic value.
- Byzantine & Christian Museum: The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece's national museums. Its areas of competency are centred on – but not limited to – religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods. The Museum has over 25.000 artifacts in its possession, which date from between the 3rd and 20th Century A.D.
- Museum of Cycladic Art: The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, an extensive and unique private collection of prehistoric art from the Cycladic islands as well as ancient Greece.
- Benaki Museum: The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It houses 30.000 items illustrating the character of the Greek world through a spectacular historical panorama covering several periods ranging from the Prehistoric, Ancient and Roman periods to the Byzantine and the contemporary Hellenic period.
- Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center of the Foundation of Hellenic World: A living museum, an ultramodern cultural center, where visitors can learn about history, culture and sciences through interactive exhibitions, educational programs, virtual reality shows and documentaries.
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is an international, environmentally sustainable public space for expression, culture, and recreation. The SNFCC is one of the world's most sustainable building complexes of its size.
- Planetarium: The New Digital Planetarium at the Eugenides Foundation, is one of the largest and best planetariums in the world, offering 8-10 different educational shows. A breathtaking experience you should not miss!
- Neon: contemporary culture events and performances around Athens.
- The city of Athens Cultural Network