Who would have thought that you could stroll through a Cycladic island in the heart of the city center? Welcome to Plaka, the picturesque neighborhood of Gods, where there is a surprise waiting for you at each corner of the narrow labyrinthine streets: stray cats trying to climb up a blooming bougainvillea, locals playing with their worry beans at a traditional kafeneion, tourists capturing the beautiful scenery with their cameras. What are you waiting for? Blend in!
MONASTHRAKI FLEA MARKET
Seek and you shall find at the Monastiraki Flea Market! Become for a while a treasure hunter looking for hidden gems, watch bookworms searching for original first editions, listen to art lovers negotiating a better price on rare paintings and initiate a conversation with a vintage enthusiast about handmade antiques. Got tired? Grab a souvlaki from Monastiraki Square and watch the world go by.
Find out the reason why artists often use the Greek scenery as their backdrop by climbing up the Lycabettus Hill, the highest point of Athens, located on an altitude of 277 meters above the sea level. Go on, take in the breathtaking views of the Athenian Skyline from the funicular railway. Can you feel your heart racing?
Bliss out at the Athenian Riviera, only a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Walk along the picturesque pedestrian streets in the marina to watch youngsters cycling around the pine trees, children enjoying their ice cream on a bench and couples relaxing on their luxurious yachts. This is life how should be!
Feel the fish tickling your toes at Vouliagmeni Lake. Functioning as a natural spa of sorts, with hot spring baths and hydrotherapy facilities, you will leave this little piece of heaven feeling invigorated. Enjoy!
Time for you to indulge your senses and tempt your taste buds! Join the locals in a delightful food tour at the city center and discover the best food joints, street food stalls and food markets. Immerse yourself in the colors and odors of local spices and herbs and do not hesitate to try a wide range of delicious Greek specialties.
Are you up for a truly Athenian experience? Head towards the Farmer’s Market, known as ‘Laiki’. Set up once a week all over the city, it is considered to be a favorite Athenian ritual. Buy fresh fruits and veggies, fish, kitchenware, flowers and even souvenirs that seem to get better each season. What will you choose to bring back home?
SACRED CAVES OF ACROPOLIS
Venture into an exploration through history and culture at the Sacred Caves of Acropolis. Located on the northern slopes of the hill, in ancient times they were dedicated to the cult of gods. Continue your tour by visiting ‘The Province of the Gods’, in other words the Sacred Rock of Acropolis. This UNESCO World Heritage site stands proudly in the center of Athens preserving the splendor of the past. Impressive, right?
Did you know that Athens is full of Secret Gardens? Discover one of the city’s best hidden gems, the mystifying green oasis that are brimming with life in spring, as if plucked from a fairy tale. Dexameni, the Numismatic Museum, the Megaron, the Aethrion at the Cycladic Art Museum, the Benaki Museum Café and the National Garden are only a few from your numerous options!
Discover the magic of the city on two wheels and clear your head while cycling up the Philopappou Hill on a Sunday morning. Hear the sound of the cicadas, lay a tablecloth on the grass, open a basket full of Greek delicacies and enjoy your picnic. Breathing the fresh air is the perfect way to get away from it all, don’t you think?
Indulge in outdoor adventures, such as sea kayaking. Paddling along crystal clear waters, sea caves and mysterious crossings is truly a lifetime experience. Go on, try it! Alternatively, sail away! Hop on a luxurious yacht and leave all your worries behind while enjoying an island hopping cruise.
Step into luxury at the posh Kolonaki area. This is the best place for you to indulge in window shopping, visit high-end boutiques, stroll through galleries and end up enjoying a glass of wine in one of the numerous bars located at its Square. Athens has its own aristocratic district with a long tradition in handcrafted jewelry. Yield to spending temptation at Voukourestiou Street and blend in with the trendy crowd that goes by as if walking down a catwalk!
Enjoy a majestic day tour at Cape Sounio. Lying on the Attica coastline, a scenic road trip will lead you from the seaside idyllic towns and beaches of Athens to the exceptional archaeological site of the Temple of Poseidon. As for its history? 16 remaining slender columns of Doric order reveal that Greeks, indeed, knew where to build their temples!
STREET ART SCENE
Discover the surprising and bustling street art scene of Athens. Hailed by the New York Times as the ‘contemporary mecca for the street art in Europe’, Athens is home to an incredibly vibrant community of over 2,000 street artists. Don’t be surprised if you see art students sitting on the pavement, trying to draw a graffiti on their sketchbooks!