Recently I was asked to research places to visit during the summer as this is the tie most of the would goes on vacation weather it be alone, with family or loved ones. So this blog post is the start of what to do and where to go during the summer. Enjoy
Full Day Athens Tour
Full day Athens tour starts with a visit to the Acropolis where you see the Parthenon, the temple on the top of the sacred rock devoted to Goddess Athena, the Goddess of wisdom, the Propylea, the entrance to the sacred rock, the Temple of Wingless Victory which was devoted to Goddess Athena-Nike, the Erechtheum, the most sacred and mythical of all the temples of Athens with its famous Caryatides (female featured statues), the 5000-seat Odeon of Herodes Atticus which was carved into the rock and is still used for music festivals, the 13000-seat theatre of Dionysus where the Athenians listened to the immortal works of Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes.
We continue our tour by visiting the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathinaic Stadium (where the Olympic Games were held for the first time in modern Athens in 1896), the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guards.
We visit Plaka-the oldest and most picturesque part of Athens, the Roman Agora, and the Tower of the Winds and the ancient Agora of Athens, which was the centre of public life where Plato and Socrates-the two famous philosophers of ancient Greece- taught to the Athenians about Democracy and Philosophy.
Then we drive through University Street that connects Constitution (Syntagma) Square with Concord (Omonia) Square-the second most important square in Athens and see the Academy, the University and the National Library followed by a drive up to Lycabettus Hill (highest point of Athens) where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Then you can have lunch at a traditional Greek restaurant and taste the famous Greek cuisine.
We will conclude our tour by visiting the Acropolis museum or the National Archaeological museum. You may also spend more time in Plaka instead of visiting one of these museums.
The new Acropolis museum is under the south slope of the Acropolis and contains mostly pediment sculpture, reliefs and statues found on the sacred rock of Acropolis, which formed most of its decoration. Among these statues, the well-known female figures with the characteristic archaic smile called “Korai” such as the Kore of Naxos, the Kore of Chios and the Kore of Lyons etc. There are also sphinxes, consecrated reliefs such as the Athena in Medication and consecrated sculptures such as the Moschoforos (a man who is carrying a calf across his shoulders), the Boy of Kritias etc.
The National Archaeological museum houses the historical past of the Greek civilization. It is considered as the most important museum in the whole world. You can see findings and monuments from all the places of ancient Greece and Greek Civilizations. These are statues, vases, weapons, jewellery from the Neolithic times, the Cycladic civilization, the Minoan civilization, the Classical and Hellenistic periods and the Roman period. Among the most important are the Golden mask of Agamemnon, the statue of Zeus from Dodona, the statue of Poseidon of Artemision, the Marathon boy, the statues of Asclepius-Demeter and Persephone, the statue of Aphrodite etc
Ancient Agora of Athens
This is a famous landmark featuring the ruins of an ancient Greek gathering place and a museum with artefacts.
Acropolis of Athens
Here you will find the ruins of an iconic 5th century temple complex on Athens’ rocky hilltop undergoing restoration.
Ultramodern glass and steel museum housing ancient artefacts from the archaeological site.
National Archaeological Museum
Neoclassical museum of Ancient Greek art and archaeology, with sculpture, metalwork, vases and jewellery.
This funicular railway takes visitors through a tunnel to the top of mount Lycabettus in 10 minutes.
The city’s broad, tree-lined central square, with a fountain, cafes and park benches.
Former family mansion of an art collector, with displays on Greek culture from prehistory onwards.
Stately hall built in the 1880s for the first modern Olympic games, now it’s used as a conference centre.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Vast temple begun in 6th century B.C on the site of an ancient outdoor sanctuary dedicated to Zeus.
Arch of Hadrian
This arch-shaped marble gateway with Corinthian columns is named for an ancient Roman emperor.
The remains of this agora built by the Romans from 19-11 B.C. include columns and an octagonal tower.
Set in a former gasworks, this arts and culture space now hosts concerts, exhibitions and a gas museum.
Athens Central Meat and Fish Market
Fish, meat and produce are sold at this central market. There are also some amazing restaurants here.
Cemetery containing ancient graves, ruins and an intimate museum with archaeological relics.
Agios Eleftherios Church
Historic Byzantine-era church with stone carvings on the exterior walls and a snug interior.
Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art
Museum featuring ancient Cycladic sculptures and artefacts, with kid-friendly activities and exhibits.
Site of the first modern Olympic games in 1896, now hosting ceremonial events and live music concerts.
Restored, landmark temple ruins on archaeological site with iconic Doric columns built from 447 B.C.
Temple of Athena Nike
Ancient Iconic temple depicting goddess Athena with 4 monolithic columns and decorated marble slabs.
Theatre of Dionysus
Huge, tiered performance space seating around 15,000 people, dating from the 6th century B.C.
Honouring Athena and Poseidon, this famous Greek temple features a porch with 6 caryatids.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.