Athens - Do & See
Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens
Explore the culture and history of Athens on this walking tour. Experience the mighty Acropolis, meander through local flea markets, and step back in time to the beginning of merchant trade at the ancient Agora.
Tours run Monday to Saturday. More walking tours are available from Urban Adventures.
National Archaeological Museum
The museum houses Ancient Greece’s most spectacular pieces. One room contains Schliemann’s finds from Mycenae. The famous frescoes from Santorini are on display. There is also a fine collection of idols from the Cyclades and ceramics.
The Acropolis and its surroundings
The Parthenon, the temple of Athena, is the major attraction. There is also the Erechteion, whose columns are statues of the female Caryatids, though the original statues have been replaced by copies due to air pollution.
On the southern slopes of the Acropolis lies the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a Roman theatre with room for as many as 5.000 spectators. It is used during the annual Athens Festival for world-class ballet and music performances. The Dionysus Theatre lies beside Herodes Atticus, and almost all the tragedies and comedies of Ancient Greece were written for this theatre.
Agora used to be both a marketplace and a political centre. The Agora is dominated by the Stoa of Attalus and the Theseion, or Hephaisteion, dedicated to the God of metalworking and also to Theseus, one of the heroes of Greek mythology.
Benaki is a history museum with many objects from the Stone Age up to the War of Independence against the Turks. In the annex there are often very interesting exhibitions.
Mount Lycabettus (in Greek: Lykavittos, Λυκαβηττός) lies right in the centre of Athens, rising 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level. Getting yourself up to this altitude gives you an exquisite view over the Aegean sea and the ships in Piraeus. When the sky is clear, you can see all the way to the mountains in Peloponessos. Apart from the view, there is also a café/restaurant, a 19th century Chapel and an amphi theatre up there.
The Acropolis Museum
Well worth visiting and at the foot of the Acropolis lies the new Acropolis Museum. Brief presentations by Museum Archaeologists-Hosts are held in Greek and English every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum restaurant offers panoramic views of the Acropolis and a 700 square meter public terrace commanding a breathtaking view of the historic hills of Athens.
Temple of Hephaestus
Temple of Hephaestus is a well-preserved ancient Greek temple built for worshiping the God Hephaestus. This could be one of the most complete temples, not only in Greece, but in Europe.
Erechtheion is said to have been a great king during the Archaic Period, and legend says that he is buried nearby. The temple is built on a slope so there is a 3 meter difference between the north / west side and the south / east side.
Museum of Cycladic Art
At the Museum of Cycladic Art more than 3.000 artefacts of Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Cypriot art are on display throughout the four floors. This is an interesting museum to visit in order to get a greater understanding of this colourful culture.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre located on the south side of Acropolis. It was built by Herodes Atticus in loving memory of his wife Aspasia Annia Regilla.
Panathenaic Stadium was built for the 1896 Olympic Games. It is the worlds oldest stadium which is still in use, and it is all in white marble. Simply stunning!
Megaron Concert Hall
The Megaron is Athens concert hall which opened in 1991. It has four halls and the optimal acoustic for Operas, but they also frequently offer different musical performances.
Temple of Athena Nike
Temple of Athena Nike is located on the south west corner of the Acropolis. It is one of the earliest pieces from the Ionic order, one of Greece three classical architectures.
If you feel like getting out of the city and enjoying the nature and the history of Athens then this is the perfect place to go to. A good idea is to bring some food and enjoy a lovely picnic.
The view, the small tables and the old movies under the open air. The experience and the atmosphere are reason enough to come here and enjoy the open air cinema.