Prefecture of Attica Things to Do

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Prefecture of Attica Things to Do

  • Lycabettus Hill

    Athens Things to Do

    There are seven hills in Athens, the Acropolis is the most famous but Lycabettus is the tallest one. Oh, what sweet memories I have from this hill! I used to live in close distance so many times I went up there just for the sunset over the city. Don’t miss the chance and spend some hours to visit the hill. You can climp the stairs and follow the...

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  • Acropolis

    Athens Things to Do

    If there was something in Greece that everybody knew before arriving there, it was the Partenon. The sensation of being there, felling the sizes and distances, understanding the damage of the crowds stepping or even jumping in the stones, while remembering the old days in school, does worth the trip. But be prepared to be pushed, trodden,...

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  • Changing of the Guard

    Athens Things to Do

    It was a grey cold day at the Syntagma square, but still, as every day at 11AM, the changing guard of the Parliament building went on. This ceremony is 24 times daily but the main one takes place each Sunday at 11 am. If you go on Sunday, make sure to be there early , cause its gets crowdie . Even though I made some photos (as everybody else) I...

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  • Ancient and Roman Agora

    Athens Things to Do

    Just east of the Ancient Agora is the Roman Agora (pic 1) which used to have many roman buildings but now mainly some remains of ancient columns can be seen and only a few structures. The entrance fee is only 2euros or free with the combo Acropolis ticket (12e including also Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Kerameikos, Temple of Zeus, Harian’s Library) so...

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  • The Temple of Olympian Zeus

    4 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    The Temple of Olympian Zeus is just behind the Arch of Hadrian from where you can see the ruins of the Temple. You can see it from here for free but you have to be close to it to "feel" the size of the temple. Especially in those times buildings like this were really large for the people that live in small houses and not big skyscrapers... It was...

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  • Acropolis - South Slope

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Walking into the south slope of Acropolis I saw the theatre of Dionisus, I have to admit that the first time I wasn’t impressed but when I walked up the southern slope of Acropolis I realized its size. It could seat about 17.000 people (do you realize it’s similar to Madison Square Garden in NY?!, lol). It was excavated in 1838 bringing it back to...

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  • Plaka

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    At the foot of the Acropolis, this neighborhood is a maze of narrow streets with many shops and restaurants where you can explore or enjoy a great meal. If you are in no mood to walk you can pick the little train that runs around dropping you off where you wish to stop. You will come across picturesque houses with little gardens and beautiful...

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  • Syntagma Square - Parliament

    Athens Things to Do

    It is actually the Centre of the modern City of Athens, a square with large open space surrounded by shops, restaurants and office buildings. Jammed with traffic it is often used as a focal point for student marches, union strikes and other political protests. Once in a while it becomes a turbulent square due to its location. Luxury hotels line...

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  • Acropolis - Parthenon

    Athens Things to Do

    Will it be possible to visit Athens without entering the Acropolis? Of course not! The Parthenon is the dominant building, but, to be honest, the visit doesn't had much to what we know from the many descriptions that came to our life in school and subsequent readings. The true achievement is the sensation of... "being there", with the feet walking...

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  • Panathenaic Stadium

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    If you are into sports and you like Olympic Games (I don’t!) Panathinaic Stadium is easy to visit as it is located in the center of Athens. It is famous because it was the stadium that the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 and in this very same spot the Panathenaic Games also took place in honor of the goddess Athena. It was a set of...

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  • The National Garden

    4 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    This is basically a huge, wooded and lovely park which I read was described by Henry Miller as “the quintessence of park.” It is filled with trees and shrubs of great variety and some little oases of artfully arranged foliage and sculpture where you can stop, rest and enjoy its serenity in the midst of, but away from busy and noisy, central Athens....

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  • National Archeological Museum

    Athens Things to Do

    THis is actually the museum I enjoyed more in Athens and not only there, though it was also the hardest to find. Let's start saying that the museum is huge if compared with the others I have visited in the city. Entering here is like going back to high school and imagine Ettore or Achille using those helmets or those swords.Then, going on you go...

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  • Acropolis Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    A brilliant way for visitors of the Acropolis Museum to recreate and imagine the impressive sanctuary through 3D video screenings and aid of 3D models. The Virtual Reality Theater is located on the ground floor. The 10minute ‘Acropolis in Antiquity’ presents the topography and the monuments of the Rock of the Acropolis during the prehistoric,...

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  • Philopappos Hill and Monument

    Athens Things to Do

    Philopappou Hill is located across from the Acropolis, to the southwest. It offers magnificent views of the whole city, and also serenity and tranquility with hardly any tourist in sight. I climbed Philopappou Hill on a June afternoon; the weather was not too hot, and walking up the trails and steps amongst pine groves was a pleasure. At the...

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  • Monastiraki

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Put on a toga to really enjoy the true ancient atmosphere. There's a financial crisis going on and people seem pretty stressed and depressed. So a good thing to cheer up people, including yourself, is to put on a toga - the ultimate ancient piece of clothing! Very versatile, comfortable and good-looking (or god-looking). It's simple: First go to...

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  • Acropolis - Propylaea

    Athens Things to Do

    The Propylaea is the monumental entrance to the Acropolis; it dates back to in 437 and it took 5 years to complete. The structure is made of a central building and two lateral wings, with colonnades of Doric and Ionic columns. If you have never been to Greece but think you have seen the central portion of the Propylaea before – then chances are...

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  • Neoclassical Trilogy -...

    Athens Things to Do

    The Neoclassical Trilogy of Athens consists of the Academy, the National Library and the University of Athens. In front of the Academy (in the picture) there are seated statues of Socrates and Plato. There are also statues of Apollo and Athena on top of two high Ionic style columns.

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  • Hadrian's Arch and Library

    Athens Things to Do

    The Arch of Hadrian is at the south end of Leof. Amalia and just south of the National Gardens. The upper part of the arch holds four white marble columns with Corinthian capitals. The Arch was built as the entrance to the city for Hadrian in 132 AD. On a frieze just below the columns there is a saying on each surface, The inscription on the west...

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  • Thision - Temple of Hephaistos

    Athens Things to Do

    The Theseion is a small 13.7 x 31.8 m temple, all made in marble, located on Agoraios Kolonos hill and it overlooks the ancient agora: though small it’s believed to be the best preserved of all the ancient Greek temples. The temple, which was built in Doric Style between 449 and415 has two names: Theseion and Hephaisteion. Some sources claim that...

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  • Olympic Stadium

    Athens Things to Do

    It is also called Olympeion (in Greek: Ναὸς τοῦ Ὀλυμπίου Διός)and is located in the centre of Athens, south from Zappeion. It is dedicated to Zeus who was the king of the Ancient Greek gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC. It was fully...

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  • Acropolis - Erechtheion

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    THE ERECHTHEION PART OF THE ETERNAL CITADEL OF THE ACROPOLIS,THEY MUST BE HUNDEREDS OF REVIEWS THAT TELL THE TRAVELER THE HISTORY OF THIS WONDERFUL BUILDING,SO I WONT ADD TO IT, ALL I WILL SAY IS VISIT THIS GREAT PIECE OF ATHENS ,STOP LOOK AND ADMIRE IT FOR ITS BEAUTY,SPEND TIME AND LET YOUR THOUGHTS RUN WITH THE WIND AND ENJOY.

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  • Kerameikos

    4 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Kerameikos was the area used as the cemetary of ancient Athens from the 9th Century BC through Roman times. It was just outside the city gates (which are included in the area) along the Sacred Way. Admission to most major sites of Ancient Athens are available from a single 12 euro ticket.

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  • Central Market - Athens Varvakios Agora

    4 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    It is a great way to spend money on food. Also known as ΔΗΜΟΤΙΚΗ ΑΓΟΡΑ ΑΘΗΝΩΝ, it is located between Omonia and Monastiraki.

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  • Acropolis - Temple of Athena Nike

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    The Temple of Athena Nike stood is a small Ionic temple that stands right on to of the Acropolis and which can be seen from all over Athens. This is very significant because Nike means "victory" in Greek, and Athena was worshiped in this form – the fact that it could be seen from everywhere meant that any Athenian people could worship the goddess...

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  • Museum of Cycladic Art

    5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Did you know that "symposium" in ancient Athens actually meant relaxing and drinking wine in company? Or that Athenians drank their wine diluted with water, and only Dionysos was served neat, undiluted wine? Or that after bathing their bodies, athletes rubbed their skin with oil and then with dust in order to suppress body odors and control...

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  • Port of Piraeus

    Athens Things to Do

    Well, it has a reputation. You go there to catch a ferry to an island, but that’s it! I approached it a different way - literally. I took the metro to Faliro (the stop before Piraeus), and walked along the shore through the chic marina areas of Mikrolimano and Pasalimani, full of top end boats & swish restaurants. Then over the hill to the port...

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  • Benaki Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Benaki Museum is my favourite museum in Athens. Many temporary exhibitions are organized here. Last time we visited the Benaki Museum in April 2010 there were three temporary exhibions: The first one "Hopes, dreams and hard times" included photos by Alexandros Lambrovassilis, photographer, and Achilleas Peklaris, journalist, both living in New York...

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  • Byzantine Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Not a big museum, but a very rich collection. Centrally located, this museum is a great alternative to who desires to make a brake in "old stones", with the 15000 pieces covering from the 4th to the 19th century.

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  • Delphi - Home of the Oracle

    Athens Things to Do

    Great leaders including Alexander the Great used to go this place (to ask what will happen in the future from the Oracle) ---- Delphi, which is over 170km northeast of Athens. So, I decided to take a bus tour to the site and I enjoyed looking at the olive groves and magnificent mountains that you have to pass through before getting to the ancient...

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  • Old Parliament Building

    Athens Things to Do

    Παλαιά Βουλή or the old parliament is located in the center of Athens, not too far from the new parliament. Nowadays it hosts the national museum of Greece. The site was originally owned by the Athenian magnate Alexandros Kontostavlos, later it was the residence of Otto I.

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  • Anafiotika

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    St. Nikolaos Ragkava is a byzantine imperial church in the heart of Plaka at Anafiotika area, 100m after Lysicrates Choregic monument. Its style is a four pillar cruciform domed edifice. I was touring Plaka when I stopped for a while and noticed a few people at the yard of the church. The priest was very helpful and gave me a leaflet with...

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  • Omonia Square

    2 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Short tour at the Omonia square A taxi driver who took as in his cab one night, told us in his own words the story about the Omonia square. He was a proud Greek man, around 65 years old. In his point of view, Omonia should have been today as best as the Syntagma square if not more. But today, the square knows as a place drug dealers ,and drunks,...

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  • Temple of Poseidon

    Athens Things to Do

    Poseidon or Neptune is the God of the Seas, a brother to Zeus who lived in an underwater palace. But the Greeks made him a wonderful "land" temple set by the sea --- at Cape Sounion, 70 km south od Athens on a rocky cliffside that plunges 65 m down into the sea. A dramatic setting indeed! I chose to just get a scenic coastal bus tour to this Temple...

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  • Corinth Canal

    Athens Things to Do

    The famous Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece, connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. The Corinth Canal, though only completed in the late 19th century, was an idea and dream that’s dates back over 2000 thousand years. The strip of land that connects the Peloponnese and mainland Greece is called the...

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  • War Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Passing by this museum on the "museum mile" of Vas. Sofias, I was attracted by the fighter planes (an old passion of mine) on display in the yard. I was perplexed by the museum's Greek name: "Mouseio Polemico", which I would have interpreted as Museum of Polemics, expecting a civilized debate rather than all-out war! Anyway, this is the museum of...

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  • Acropolis - Porch of the Caryatids

    Athens Things to Do

    All isolated statues were removed to the museum, but fortunately, these ones, holding the structure couldn't be removed. They composse the most elegante and harmonious detail in the rich emsemble of Pártenon. Now the truth: Yes, they were also removed, five of them to the museum, and one to England, but the copies are perfectly "umperfect"...

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  • Zappeion

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    The Zappeion is stunning building complex beside the National Gardens, is used as a Conference and Exhibition Center. In 1869, the Greek Parliament approved the building works for the Olympic Games & Olympic Village, but its benefactor Evangelos Zappas, did not live long enough to see it completed. The area around the Zappeion is a great place...

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  • Flea Market

    Athens Things to Do

    After tow hours at the Monastiraki Flea market, I had a feeling I could easily find my Grandma’s gold earrings that she lost 40 years ago (even though she never visited Athens in her life). Why? Cause there is not a thing that you can’t find there. Home décor such as: Broken chairs, half broken chairs, wood tables, plastic tables, coffee mugs in...

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  • Acropolis - Theater of Herodes Atticus

    Athens Things to Do

    Below the Acropolis is the theater of Herod Atticus built by the Romans in 161 AD and still used today for classical concerts, ballet, performances of high cultural value and Yanni. Further on is the Theater of Dionysious the first stone theater and home to Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes. It was rebuilt around 342 BC by Lykourgos...

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  • Theatre of Dionysus

    Athens Things to Do

    The Theater of Dionysos is carved from the southern slope of the Acropolis Hill. The most direct way of getting there is from the pedestrian street Dionysiou Aeropagitou, across from the New Acropolis Museum. You can also reach the Theater of Dionysos by stone steps leading down the hill from the Acropolis, on the south of the main entrance. A...

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  • Mitropoli

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Although Athens is an expensive city visiting churches is for free and you will be surprised of how many churches you’ll see around. The majority of them are Byzantine Orthodox churches, usually with a red tile dome. There used to be about 150 churches from a long period covered the early Christian years to the post-byzantine period but you can...

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  • Cape Sounion

    Athens Things to Do

    Just a common temple, but a beautiful trip along the peninsula through Glifada and Vougliameni until reaching the end, where the temple stands overlooking the ocean, in a high promontory. It's easy to book locally a trip, and it must be great by sunset.

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  • National Art Gallery

    4 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    You will need not more than an hour for this gallery. Although if you're into art, probably, you'll like to spend some more time here because it is surprisingly good. Greek art is bright and full of life! Paintings are full of lively colors and depict mostly scenes of everyday life which are familiar to all of us. Although traveling in Europe I...

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  • Church of Panaghia Gorgoepikoos

    4 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    This is the cutest little church, which is also known as the Little Cathedral as it stands right next to the Cathedral of Athens. It is a byzantine structure, made of marble taken from an Ancient Temple which stood on the same site centuries before.

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  • The Tower of the Winds

    4 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    It's also called horologion (timepiece) and is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower. It is being overlooked by the acropolis and the parthenon and was erected by the Macedonian astronomer Andronicos around 50 BCE. To the ancients, the winds had divine powers and on the frieze of each side below the conical rooftop there is a sculpted figure of...

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