What to see & to do
THE SACRED ROCK OF THE ACROPOLIS
The sacred hill of the Acropolis, the greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena. The Acropolis is definitely Greece’s most famous attraction, a landmark in the history of humanity and on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
THE HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT & ERMOU STREET
Begin your stroll from Syntagma Square, where you can watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Greek Parliament. Next to the immovable statuette guards, take Ermou Street, one of the busiest shopping spots in Athens, towards Monastiraki.
National Garden is a marvelous park, open to the public from sunrise to sunset, located in the heart of Athens, just behind the Greek Parliament. What were once, the Old Palace and the Royal Garden, the getaway of Queen Amalia and King Otto, is now a delightful, shady refuge for Athenians and visitors during the hot summer months.
Travel back in time and find out where the first Modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 by visiting the imposing Panathenaic Stadium. Also known as ‘The Callimarmaron’, which means ‘beautiful marble’ this is a classical Greek monument, a venue designed for noble competition and fair play of mind and body.
NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
One of the most important archaeological museums in the world, the Archaeological Museum of Athens houses the finest antiquities all over Greece.
- Monastoraki: the Big Bazaar of the city
- Psyrri: the bohemian neighborhood
- Gazi: the coolest nightspot
- Agia Eirini Square: the hottest spot
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