Athens

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City in Attica

A photo showing the rock of acropolis and the Monastiraki Square in Athens.
photo: dronepicr / CC BY 2.0

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do in Athens

An overview depicting Syntagma Square of Athens situated in front of the Greek Parliament.
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Syntagma Square

The central Square of Athens and one of the most photographed spots of the capital that is located in front of the Greek Parliament.

The pedestrian shopping street of Ermou in Athens.
← W   < 1km

Ermou Street in Athens

Synonymous with the definition of the high-end shopping experience, a road that is the most expensive shopping area in Greece.

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The front side and the main entrance of the Museum of Greek Children’s Art in Plaka of Athens.
photo: Hoverfish
↙ SW   < 1km

Museum of Greek Children’s Art, Plaka Athens

Concentrating on the uniqueness of children's art proposing an alternative educational process.

A street in the old traditional and tourist district of Plaka, in central Athens.
photo: JFKennedy
↙ SW   < 1km

Plaka Neighborhood of Athens

The oldest city-district that preserves the traditional last-century architecture and is characterized by a unique, unexpected environment.

A picture showing the remains of the Roman Agora of Athens.
← W   ≈ 1.2km

Roman Agora of Athens

A monument that was founded between the 19 and 11 BC and dates from the era when Athens where under the Roman occupation.

The front side and the main entrance of the War Museum of Athens.
→ E   ≈ 1.2km

Athens War Museum

« Polemiko Mouseio »

Learning about the evolution of the Greek nation through its war history, while seeing numerous rare battle devices equipment and weapons.

The view of the hill of Acropolis among the buildings of Athens.
photo: Public Domain
↙ SW   ≈ 1.2km

Acropolis of Athens

The hill that hosts some of the most significant monuments of the Greek ancient world and signifies the source of western civilization.

An overview of the interior of the Panathenaic (Kallimarmaro) Stadium of Athens.
↘ SE   ≈ 1.3km

Panathenaic Stadium

« Kallimarmaro »

Ancient reconstructed stadium that hosted events of the A' Modern Olympic Games in 1896.

The finishing line of the Athens Marathon in the Panathenaic Stadium.
↘ SE   ≈ 1.3km

Athens Marathon (The Authentic)

A contemporary annual long-distance race that revives an actual incident of 490 BC in Athens, and became an official Olympic game.

An overview showing the exterior of the Acropolis museum in Athens.
↙ SW   ≈ 1.4km

Acropolis Museum

Contemporary and award winning museum that hosts artifacts of the Acropolis as well as parts of the famous Elgin Marbles.

A panoramic view of the hill of Lycabettus among the buildings of the city of Athens.
photo: Graham-H
↗ NE   ≈ 1.7km

Lycabettus Hill

The famous hill of Athens which has a height of 277 meters over the sea level, and offers a great view over the Athenian city landscape.

The front side and the main entrance of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
↑ N   ≈ 2.2km

National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Includes one of the richest collections on a worldwide level shedding light mainly on the Greek civilization of the Mediterranean region.

A picture showing the buildings of the cultural venue Technopolis of Gazi in Athens.
← W   ≈ 2.7km

Technopolis of Gazi

Contemporary cultural complex in an ex-industrial area of Athens center, famous for the number and the variety of events that it hosts.

A photo showing the platforms of the Athens Railway Station.
↖ NW   ≈ 3.2km

Athens Railway Station

Commonly known as Larissa Station, it is the largest station in the country and serves as a hub that connects the Greek railway network.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Impressive cultural complex that tends to become a city trademark since its opening in 2016.

Excited participants during an adventure ride on a game of Allou! Fun Park in Athens.
← W   ≈ 7.7km

Allou! Fun Park

The most famous and the biggest amusement park in Greece that offers entertainment and loads of adrenaline the whole year-round.

Numerous sailing ships anchored in the marina of Piraeus.
↙ SW   ≈ 9.7km

Piraeus

The third most populated Greek city as well as the largest European passenger port that serves as a major industrial and commercial center.

An aerial photo of the Port of Piraeus with many ships anchored by the docks.
← W   ≈ 12.3km

Port of Piraeus

Being the largest Greek port and one of the most significant in Europe connects the mainland with the numerous Greek islands of the Aegean Sea.

People enjoying the sun, the sand, and the good weather at Varkiza Beach of Attica.
↓ S   ≈ 25.8km

Varkiza Beach, Vari Attica

Fully-organized sandy beach that is really close to Athens. It can be crowded during the weekends and is easily reached by public transport.

A picture depicting the Αkti Vouliagmenis Beach of Attica.
photo: Mister No / CC BY 3.0
↓ S   ≈ 25.8km

Αkti Vouliagmenis Beach, Vouliagmeni Attica

Organized, sandy and clean beach that can be crowded on weekends and has an entrance fee.

A photo showing the Asteras (Astir) Beach of Vouliagmeni,  Attica.
photo: dronepicr / CC BY 2.0
↓ S   ≈ 26.2km

Asteras (Astir) Beach, Vouliagmeni Attica

Exclusive sandy beach in a private bay. Its high prices correspond to the level of offered services.

Photo displaying the Athens International Airport.
→ E   ≈ 26.9km

Athens International Airport

« Eleftherios Venizelos »

Founded in 2001, it's the largest & busiest Greek airport, serving as the main getaway to popular islands and other destinations.

The exterior and the outer yard of the Archaeological Museum of Vravrona.
→ E   ≈ 33.1km

Archaeological Museum of Vravrona

Located 200 meters from the archaeological site of Vravrona, one of the most important sanctuaries of worshiping Goddess Artemis in Attiki.

A panoramic picture of a part of the Port of Rafina.
photo: Ossony / CC BY-SA 4.0
→ E   ≈ 34.6km

Port of Rafina

The port of Rafina is located on the eastern coast of Attica and serves the ferry connections to the southern Euboea & the Aegean islands.

The seafront promenade at Nea Makri area that passes by the sandy beach.
↗ NE   ≈ 35.7km

Mprexiza Beach, Nea Makri Attica

Organized, sandy and small pebble beach that provides shower amenities and cloth changing places, but also with some nice beach bars.

Crowd in front of the stage of the Rockwave Festival at TerraVibe park in Malakasa.
photo: Thaliapap
↑ N   ≈ 40.6km

Rockwave Festival, TerraVibe Malakasa

One of the most well-known Greek music festivals that attracts world-class famous rock bands.

A panoramic image showing the Avlaki Beach at Porto Rafti in Attica.
photo: Ossony / CC BY-SA 4.0
↘ SE   ≈ 41km

Avlaki Beach, Porto Rafti Attica

Long sand and pebble municipal beach, that is organized and offers a lifeguard, but also includes numerous beach bars with many amenities.

Facilities of the Mavro Lithari Beach Bar at the homonymous beach of Anavyssos.
↘ SE   ≈ 42.8km

Mavro Lithari Beach, Saronikos (Anavyssos)

Pebble & sand beach where its famous beach bars attracts many visitors especially in weekends.

The beach of Schinias and some facilities of the local beach bar.
↗ NE   ≈ 44.7km

Schinias Beach, Marathon Attica

Sandy & very shallow long beach that is ideal for families. It is close to the historical city of Marathon and to the homonymous national park.

The facilities of one of the beach bars located on the Anavyssos Beach at Saronikos, Attica.
↘ SE   ≈ 46.3km

Anavyssos Beach, Saronikos Attica

A shallow and windless organized beach that includes numerous beach bars but also a playground that makes it ideal for families.

Questions & Answers about Athens

Why Visit Athens?
  • One of the oldest cities worldwide and the oldest European capital.
  • Hosted the first modern Olympic Games between 6-15 April 1886.
  • Athenians established the first Democracy in 508–507 BC.
Why is Athens named Athens?

The answer is given by an antiquity myth related to the controversy between two gods of Olympus for the name of the city. The goddess of wisdom Athena and the god of the sea Poseidon confronted each other in a battle that would indicate the best gift each of them would offer in the city. The two rival gods reached the peak of the Acropolis followed by the 10 other gods who were the judges and Cecrops l, the mythological king of the city who was a witness. Firstly, Poseidon stood in the middle of the rock and with his trident gave a strong blow to the ground. From there sprang a wave of saltwater, which formed a small lake. Then it was Athena's turn to present her own gift and she planted an olive tree on the rock, which was full of fruits. Then, Zeus announced the end of the fight and ordered the other gods to compare the two gifts and decide to whom the city should be given. King Kekropas, noticed that there was plenty of salty water from the sea surrounded the city. In contrast, the olive of Athena would be useful in providing food, oil, and timber. Thus, the city was finally, with a unanimous decision, named "Athens", in honor of the goddess of wisdom.

Why is Athens so popular?

Athens is a city that combines a tremendously rich heritage with a vivid and cosmopolitan perspective of a contemporary metropolis. It is considered as the core of western civilization where political thought, theater, arts, philosophy, science, architecture reached their epic climax. Archaeological sites, numerous museums, and other cultural institutions shed light on the history of a city that has been continuously inhabited for approximately 6,000 years. On the other hand, Athens is today a cosmopolitan capital and the epicenter of the financial, economic, industrial, political, transport, tourism, and cultural life of Greece. Its Mediterranean climate, cultural significance, and proximity to Greek islands make it a worldwide destination.