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Top experiences in Athens

Athens ● 19 December 2017

Are you traveling to Athens? With centuries of history to explore, it is hard to know where one should start to explore. Athens is all about famous archaeological sites, museums, and monuments. I guarantee any article will guide you to see the Acropolis, the Agora, and the National Museum of Athens, among other great must-sees. What if you want to explore some other, maybe less well known hidden gems, which Athens has to offer? Here is a guide to the best-kept secrets in Athens.

Climb Lycabettus Hill
Mythology shares that Mount Lycabettus came to be when Athena accidentally dropped a gigantic rock while constructing the Acropolis. Lycabettus Hill is 227m above sea level, and higher that the Acropolis, which gives way to a magnificent panorama view.

Day trip to Aegina Island
Aegina Island, is the closest island to Athens, and only an hour away by ferry. Take a break from the city, and relax on the beach, swim in crystal waters, and drink ouzo from a seaside tavern. Don’t be shy to take a local bus to go hiking through olive groves, or to go sailing, cycling, around the island.

Tracking Lord Byron’s Inscription in Cape
On the south of Athens is Cape Sounion, which holds an archaeological site, famous for the ruin of the Temple of Poseidon. The view from the cliff is magnificent, especially at sunset. However, Cape Sounion is memorable for another reason, in 1810 the famous poet Lord Bryon spent few months in Athens. Among the many graffiti carves on the base of the columns on the site, there is an inscription with the name Byron. Although there is zero proof that any legend is indeed Lord Byron’s, it is fun to track it down.

Glyfada is in the southern part of Athens Metropolitan Area. Glyfada is a suburb, home to many Greek millionaires, ministers, and celebrities, the Beverly Hills of Greece if you will. You can easily access this area by tram and can find hundreds of designer, and high-class boutiques, restaurant, café, nightclubs, hotels, and golf course here.

Try a Frappe Me Gala
Whether or not you are a coffee lover when in Athens, one must try a Frappe. A Frappe Me Gala is the most popular drink in Athens, full of coffee, ice, sugar, and milk.

The Athens Gate Hotel
If you want to see Athens best view of the Acropolis, go to The Athens Gate Hotel, where you can enjoy their garden rooftop. You can go up without buying anything or staying at the hotel, or you can get yourself a coffee while you enjoy the view.

Go to Brettos
Brettos is an old-fashion distillery and bar and happens to be the oldest distillery in Athens. Mr. Brettos himself began in 1909 distilling and opened his bar. Brettos serves visitors ouzo, and 3.5-7 star brandy, and more than 36 different flavours of liquor. Mr. Brettos has a colourful interior, delicious concoctions that you won’t be able to find in any liquor store, and a hand-made ouzo distiller that Mr. Brettos once used.

Anafiotika is a northern Athens neighbourhood, with small stone streets, which look like they go nowhere. This community seems as though you’ve landed on a secluded Greek island, and is the perfect way to spend a lazy day taking pictures of the beautiful traditional construction.

Agios Nikolaos Ragavas Church
This 11th-century church is from the Byzantine era, and is still active today, and welcomes visitors. Agios Nikolaos Ragavas Chruch is a beautiful church, and well worth the visit.

Plaka’s Stairs
Plaka’s Stairs is an outdoor restaurant in an unusual location, on stairs. You can look down, or up at your neighbours, and it unusually fun to say you’ve enjoyed a stair restaurant.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Carolina Hotel
8.8 10
Carolina Hotel
55, Kolokotroni str., 10560 Athens, Greece

Hotel Carolina is strategically located in the center of Athens, just 500 m from the lively Monastiraki Square and 200 m from Ermou shopping street. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is a 10-minute walk away. Plaka, the historic part of Athens, is a 15-minute walk away. Athens International Airport is at 43 km.

Hotel & Hostel in Athens, Greece Hotel Dioskouros
7.6 10
Hotel Dioskouros
6, Pittakou str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Centrally located in Athens, Hotel Dioskouros is just a few-minutes' walk from Acropolis, Syntagma and Monastiraki Metro Stations. Piraeus Port and Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" can be easily reached from Monastiraki Metro Station.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Rio Athens
7.7 10
Hotel Rio Athens
13, Odisseos str., Karaiskaki Square, 10436 Athens, Greece

Hotel Rio Athens is conveniently located on the quiet pedestrian street of Κaraiskaki Square, just 1 km from Syntagma Square. Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is 36 km away, while the port of Piraeus is 10.4 km away.