Athens


Athens


Athens is the perfect place to spend a break, not only because it boasts a rich cultural heritage but because this is the cradle of civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. Evidence of this can be seen all over the city as you wander the eclectic streets and discover a feast for the eyes dating back over 6,000 years.

What makes this city special is the vibrancy, the passion and emotion of the people. One day is never the same as the next and there is plenty to keep you occupied no matter how long you choose to come and stay. We invite you to come and discover the city with its plethora of luxurious hotels (We can source anything you desire with the best rates available) subject to availability.  To discover its stunning coastline and marinas, the gregariousness of the residents and unique nightlife that roars until the early morning. 

There is simply so much to see in Athens that sometimes you can spend the whole day just strolling around. Monastiraki is one of those places, and its famous flea market with its mish mash of old and new. This was where the first real rag and bone men of Athens used as their main market place. Just across Ermou street (a shoppers paradise) from Monastiraki is the area of Psiri with numerous restaurants, bars , cafes and taverns with live Greek bouzouki music. Psiri has now become one of those 'must go to areas' known for the great dining and atmosphere.  both Monastiraki and Psiri have become a little like the Camden market of London. 

Plaka used to be referred to as the neighbourhood of the gods by the locals, today Plaka remains one of the main attractions for visitors. There is an abundance of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. You will find that over the years these have improved to offer a wide range of cheap and tacky to high end and very exclusive buys. Anafiotica is a must see area just over Plaka and under the Acropolis to the east .

The Greek Parliament towers over Parliament square or Plateia Syntagma , the most central point of the city. here you can witness the changing of the national guard and wander through the National Gardens. Not too far from here and opposite Zapeion are the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian arch.

The Panathinaikon stadium, the site of the first Olympic games is located a few minutes away and can be accessed via the National Gardens or through Zapeion.

From the heights of Lycabettus hill you have an amazing panoramic view of Athens if you venture up by vehicular railway. The Acropolis needs a visit and this goes without saying but early mornings are always the best time to explore this area, this would ideally be complemented by a visit to the new Acropolis Museum which (bias aside) is one of the best museums we have ever been to! let us organise the best city tour for you that best suit your needs, pockets and if necessary, walking capabilities.

The coastal road from Faliro to Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and further until Sounion is full of sandy beaches and yachting marinas and we refer to this as the Athenian Riviera. A city break wouldn't be complete without a little bathing and beach time and Athens is surrounded by some superb beaches too! 

In essence and to summarise, Athens has it all and makes the perfect city break experience (if you utilise your time well). It is a great place to combine sightseeing with relaxation as access to the islands is so plentiful. The port of Piraeus is the main departure point for boats departing to any of the islands whilst a few smaller departures depart from Zea. Alternative points include Lavrion and Rafina depending on your island choice. 

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