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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 Phidias Hotel
8.9 10
Phidias Hotel
39, Apostolou Pavlou Str., 11851 Athens, Greece

Built in the historical centre of Athens, Hotel Phidias is just a 10-minute walk from Acropolis. Thission Metro station, which connects you directly to Piraeus Port, is only 150m away.

Hotel & Appartment in Athens, Greece Cybele Guest Accommodation
Cybele Guest Accommodation
49, Aharnon str., Kifissia, 14561 Athens, Greece

Cybele Guest Accommodation is located in Kifissia, just a 15-minute walk from Kifissia Metro Station. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 30 km away. #

Hotel in Athens, Greece Chris Hotel
8.5 10
Chris Hotel
6, Potamou str., 14564 Athens, Greece

Hotel Chris is situated in a quiet spot in Nea Kifisia, 100 m from the E75 motorway and 2 km from Kifisia Train Station. Athens city center can be reached within approximately 30 minutes using the electric train. Athens International Airport is at 38 km.