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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  • Plaka

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    Plaka is the most picturesque and traditional part of Athens. Many taverns, old houses and churches, narrow streets and stone-made stairs that are full of tables for eating or drinking. A very unique experience no one must miss! Here, it seems that time has stopped. We are not just walking on the streets, we are also going back in time. What has...

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  • Ancient Agora

    Athens Things to Do

    The entrance of this sights are included in the 12euros entrance fee for the Acropolis.In greek language ΑΓΟΡΑ(AGORA)=Market(english).But this place doesn't mean a market.Ancient Agora is the place where the ancient greeks plead or to discuss a matter for all the community this is derives from the verb word...

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  • 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 - 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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  • Syntagma Square - Parliament

    Athens Things to Do

    The parliament building was formerly the King's Palace, built at 1843 by King Otto in neoclassical style which originated in Greece and is the dominant style of all the old public buildings, houses and mansions of Athens. The building used also as a hospital and a museum until 1929 when decided to house the Parliament. In front of the parliament...

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  • National Archeological Museum

    Athens Things to Do

    A visit to the National Archeological Museum should be in your plans while you are in Athens. There are many beautiful and interesting exhibits like the "Young Horseman" or "Poseidon". There are also thematic exhibitions that are organized monthly. When you feel you 've seen enough visit the garden cafe in the museum under the shade of trees.

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  • Panathenaic Stadium - Kallimarmaro

    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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  • 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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  • Philopappos Hill and Monument

    Athens Things to Do

    My friend and I decided to visit Philopappou Hill (also spelled Filopappou Hill) after reading all of the wonderful reviews on this website and on other travel websites. While Philopappou Hill does offer some of the best views of the Acropolis and Athens, the trees and shrubbery also offer the perfect coverage and opportunity for robbery. If you...

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  • Acropolis - Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    This theatre was built in AD 161 by the Romans and is still used today for concerts and events. It is on the southern slope of the Acropolis. The building itself is not open except for the events, but the slopes above offer great views into the Odeon.

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  • Acropolis - Erechtheion-Caryatids

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    I always liked Erectheion more than the Parthenon that stands just on the right of it! It was built in between 421 and 406 B.C. entirely of Pentelic marble, in the ionic order, probably by architect Mnisiclis that was also responsible for the Propylaia. It was named after King Erichtonius (the early ruler of Athens) although some sources focus...

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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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  • 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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  • Acropolis - South Slope

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    I enjoyed exploring the south slope of the Acropolis more than the main site itself. It is much less crowded, of course, but also has some fascinating structures. The Theatre of Dionysos is truly superb. Dating from the 4th century BC, this place heard the first performances of works by Aristophanes, Euripedes, Aeschylus.............an hugely...

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  • Neoclassical Trilogy -...

    Athens Things to Do

    As you walk down Panepistimou street from Syntagma square you will notice a lot of interesting buildings. First, at your left hand you will see ATTICA the big mall that every woman loves. Further down at your right hand (n.12) you will see the Numismatic Museum(pic 3), then the Catholic Church Saint Dionysus (with the marble forefront, for a...

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  • Central Market - 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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  • 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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  • Port of Piraeus

    Athens Things to Do

    Mikrolimano is the second largest yacht marina and a very popular location in Piraeus famous for its seafood restaurants and tavernas. The restaurants in this area are not the cheapest though but the location is idyllic -probably this is what the restaurants take advantage of!! Take the train or tram and come to Piraeus. From the train station...

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  • 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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  • Temple of Hephaestus

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Olympic Stadium

    Athens Things to Do

    The Olympic 2004 Stadium was officially completed and opened, joined or preceded by the official completion and openings of other venues within the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA). You may watch the OAKA Plaza and Arch adjacent to the Olympic Stadium and the Velodrome in the late evening at my pics here. You may watch my 2 min 48 sec...

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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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  • Hadrian's Arch

    Athens Things to Do

    The Arch of Hadrian is a typical roman triumph arch that was the gateway between Acropolis(that is 300m away) and the Temple of Olympian Zeus (you can see what’s left of it at the back side of the arch) and marked the line of the ancient city wall. The arch was built in 131A.D. in honor of the roman emperor Hadrian (76-138) when he visited Athens...

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  • 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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  • Day Trip to Aegina-Hydra-Poros

    Athens Things to Do

    Looks like it must be a real hot spot in the summer, but an enchanting place to have lunch on 25-12. I got there at 2.45 off the Flying Dolphin hydrofoil from Piraeus. I was hungry by then, so I just dived into the first respectable looking eatery I found. Souvlaki, pitta bread, taramosalata, french fries, beer... Then a wander around. I love...

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  • Day Trip to Corinth

    Athens Things to Do

    Many day trippers from Athens arrived by the mid-morning and return before sun down. These fascinating ruins are worthy of a full day's exploration so consider bedding down for the night in the attractive village of Ancient Corinth which lies seven kilometers south west of the city of Corinth. The great monolithic -remains- of Apollo;s temple is...

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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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  • Hadrian's Library

    Athens Things to Do

    Αρχαιολογικος Χωρος Βιβλιοθηκη Αδριανου or the Library of Hadrian was built by the Roman emperor Hadrian, c. 131/132 A.D. The archaeological site is still under...

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  • Day Trip To Delphi

    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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  • Vouliagmeni - Voula

    Athens Things to Do

    The coast of Vouliagmeni There are a few beaches which are free here, but for the most beautiful and popular, beaches with umbrellas and sun beds there is an entrance fee. The cost seems expensive to me, however it is not if one plans to spend the entire day out there. Lots of water sports take place in the beautiful bay throughout the day even...

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  • Acropolis - 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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  • Zappeion

    4 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    At the edge of National Gardens Zappeion is a neoclassical Hall that was built in 1878 by the Danish architect Th.Fr. von Hansen. The Hall took its name after Evangelos Zappas that donated money to Greece after asking king Otto that he wanted to fund the revival of the Olympic Games. The hall used as the fencing hall during 1896 Olympic Games and...

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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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  • 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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  • Monastiraki 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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  • Museum of Cycladic Art

    4.5 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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  • Tzistarakis Mosque

    4 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    It is located on Μοναστηράκι and is easily accessible by metro. It was built in 1759 and has no minaret. This is still a problem for the Muslim community of Athens, since this is one of the very few European capitals without a place for the Muslims to pray.

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  • Mitropoli

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Athens Things to Do

    The statue of Archbishop Damaskinos Papandreou in front of the Athens Cathedral is a particular favourite of mine. This man was a true hero who showed courage beyond measure when he championed the Romaniote Jews in Athens during the German ocupation in WWII. He arranged for Jews in danger to be issued with false certificates of Baptism for their...

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  • Old Acropolis Museum -Closed

    Athens Things to Do

    This little museum located on the acropolis, just behind the Parthenon, houses many small treasures, among which you can find: - Relief of the "Mourning Athena" - A Section of the Parthenon frieze - The Caryatids (the ones outside are copies) Open 08:00-19:30 There is a special ticket package for some Archaeological Sites of Athens (Acropolis site...

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