Busy roads, shopping streets, picturesque alleyways and hidden gardens invite you to discover the secret paths of Athens
Pedestrian streets buzzing with life. Luxury hotels, exceptional restaurants serving all kinds of cuisines, outdoor cafes, shopping centres for hours of nonstop shopping. Add to this picturesque old markets, galleries with modern art exhibits, art shops and antique shops. For you to fully enjoy all that’s happening in Athens, discover its routes:
Take a walk in the garden of kings
A green oasis in the centre of the city, the National Garden embraces the Greek Parliament building and continues south to Zappeion. It was once the Royal Garden, commissioned by Queen Amalia, who imported hundreds of plant species. The garden’s boundaries were drawn in 1839, reaching a total of 155 acres.
Extending from the Presidential Mansion to the Maximos Mansion, from the Stadium to the Columns of Olympian Zeus, the gardens of Zappeion are a popular space for rest and recreation in the centre of the capital. The impressive Zappeion mansion – a semicircular neoclassical building with a Corinthian portico – was completed in 1878 by the Danish architect Theofilos Hansen. It’s worth walking through the painstakingly tended gardens where you can also stop for a coffee or a bite at renowned cafe-restaurants.
Filopappou Hill, in the company of muses
Formerly called Hill of the Muses, this bucolic paradise, with its Mediterranean foliage, aroma of pine and beautiful landscaping by the famous architect Dimitrios Pikionis, rewards those who take a stroll here. Don’t miss the Byzantine chapel of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris, hidden among the trees.
The most beautiful historic stroll
The walk along Dionysios Areopagitis and Apostolos Pavlos streets (the neighbourhood beneath the Acropolis) is one of the most beautiful walks in the centre of the city. Sidewalk cafes, the New Acropolis Museum, and row upon row of elegant neoclassical buildings facing the Acropolis will welcome you as you begin your stroll.
Next, you’ll come across the Herodion, the ancient theatre that still hosts live performances and has been active on the international art scene for more than half a century. Take a detour to visit the Pnyx archaeological site and continue on to Apostolos Pavlos where the entire neighbourhood of Thiseion unfolds before you, with dozens of coffee shops, ouzeries and restaurants populating its wide sidewalk. Discover the Hill of the Nymphs, with the Temple of Pan, then head to the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and take in the panoramic view of Piraeus and the Aegean.
Αthens urban resort
A luxury holiday destination. At a short distance from the city, the urban landscape gives way to a unique seaside resort, the Athens Riviera. This is a gorgeous stretch of coastline with its green-blue water, organised beaches and rocky coves, with five-star resorts, spas, esplanades, marinas, windsurfing and sailing. Fishermen bring freshly caught fish to traditional tavernas and gourmet restaurants.
The beat goes on at numerous beach bars and exclusive nightclubs where you will dance until dawn, barefoot on the sand. Here the sun shines bright, the laughter rings out and the sunsets are magical all year round. At the southernmost tip of this coastline is the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, one of the most important temples of ancient Greece. Sea, light and an infinite sky unite in this landscape, creating a timeless, idyllic holiday setting.
Athens’ legendary luxurious resorts invite you to live a dream. Bungalows with private pools and beaches, jacuzzis, gyms and spas. Mini golf, sailing, bicycle rides, scuba diving, tennis matches. From your balcony you will watch the sunset, cocktail in hand, followed by gourmet Mediterranean cuisine by candlelight, enjoying views of Sounion, Lagonissi, Kavouri, and Vouliagmenis beach. Are you coming?
The so-called golden square of the city centre buzzes with life. It is home to historic cafes, designer stores, the renovated Pallas Theatre and the Spyromilios arcade. What even Athenians may not know is that the previous Army Pension Fund mansion, a characteristic example of public architecture from the 1930s, housed the royal stables during the Ottoman period and in 1923 it was even a circus! Across from Attica-Citylink is the garden of the Numismatic Museum, where you’ll have a coffee in one of the most beautiful gardens of Athens.