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7 things to do in Athens off the Beaten Path

Athens ● 16 December 2016

Every summer, a record number of tourists come to Athens, the new popular destination worldwide thanks to its sunny weather, the friendly locals as well as the innumerable possibilities for sightseeing and having fun. However, most tourists visit the well-known archaeological sites like the Acropolis, and they take a walk in Plaka and Monastiraki. Certainly, these areas are wonderful, but Athens has a lot to offer, and only the locals can suggest you some of them. Read in this article about the off-the-beaten-path things you can do in Athens, and enjoy a different experience from the other travellers.

1. The Museum of Natural History
This museum is located in Kifisia Athens, a northern suburb with grandiose houses and aristocratic atmosphere. It features a large collection of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and rocks from the rich natural life of the Greek territory. This suburb is very beautiful and a perfect spot for shopping, drinking coffee or just walking around.

2. Technopolis in Gazi
Technopolis is an industrial museum in the neighbourhood of Kerameikos, next to Thiseio. You can visit the museum and then, drink a cocktail in one of the numerous bars in this area.

3. The National Garden

Located next to the building of the Parliament, the National Garden is an oasis of the city where you can promenade, explore its flora and fauna and feed the ducks together with the Greek kids.

National Garden

4. The Lycabettus Hill
In the area of Kolonaki, is located the Lycabettus Hill, from which you will have a breathtaking view of Athens. You can take the cable car and enjoy this view, drinking coffee or eating in the luxurious restaurant that you will find on the top of the hill.

Lyvabettus Hill

5. Athens Flea Market
If you like to shop in small, traditional stores, the Flea Market in Monastiraki is a must. It reminds of the Bazaar in Turkey or the Middle East, but it is cleaner, and you have no doubts that you are in Europe.

6. The Numismatic Museum
The Numismatic Museum houses one of the greatest collections of ancient and modern coins in the world. The museum is worth a visit not only due to this collection but also due to the old, impressive building, in which it is located. There is also a small coffeehouse in the garden where you will forget that you are in Athens.

7. Petralona
This neighbourhood next to Thiseio is ideal if you want to relax and drink Ouzo or Raki in a traditional tavern together with the locals.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Exis Boutique  Hotel
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Exis Boutique Hotel
1, Spartis , Amerikis Square, 11252 Athens, Greece

Exis Boutique Hotel is located on Amerikis Square, only 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens and the historic part, Plaka, can be reached within 10 minutes using public transportation. Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is at 35 km. Piraeus Port can be reached within 20 minutes with an electric train.

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
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Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Maroussi
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Hotel Maroussi
10, Olympias Str., Marousi, 15124 Athens, Greece

Hotel Maroussi is located in Maroussi region, just a 12-minute walk of Nerantziotissa Metro and Suburban Railway Station. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 26 km away.