Don’t Miss These Day Trips While Visiting Athens, Greece
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Athens, Greece is one of those destinations that as so much to do, you could be tempted to stay put during your stay. However, there are so many things you can do that are nearby that you might want to rethink that plan. There are also plenty of things to do in the surrounding area! If you do plan on venturing away from the city for some day trips, these should be at the top of your list:
Visit the Archeological Site at Ancient Corinth
Excavations at this ancient city began in the late 1800’s and are still going on today. Located on the Peloponnese, this city is just a little over an hour from Athens by bus or by car. Back in Ancient Greece, this was a prosperous city and the dig site reveals some of the details concerning just how rich and influential the city really was. Fine examples of pottery and mosaics have been found at the excavation site, as well.
Enjoy the Beaches on Aegina
Even though Athens is a great city, you need to trek outside its borders to find the beach. If you’re willing to make the journey, the small island of Aegina has some of the finest beaches in the area! Ferries to Aegina depart from Piraeus on a regular basis. Just be sure to check the schedule before you leave so that you don’t miss the last ferry back!
Travel to Ancient Mycenae
The Mycenaeans are an important part of Greece’s ancient past. Many of the heroic tales from Ancient Greece that writers such as Homer described originated here. Besides that, the Mycenaean Civilization was a thriving and successful one during its time. Visitors have a chance to learn all about them at this ancient site. It’s a doable day trip from the city and should take a car or bus about an hour and a half to reach it.
Marvel at the Ancient Theater in Epidaurus
It is true that the Ancient Greeks invented theater during its golden age. Besides crafting some of the most well-known plays in history, the Ancient Greeks also built superior theaters that enabled thousands of participants to enjoy the performances. The theater at Epidaurus is a fine example of an Ancient Greek theater and it is even still in use today. The theater is well constructed and also has superior acoustics, thanks to the ingenuity of the Ancient Greek engineers. If you want to see a performance here, be sure to travel to Greece during the Epidaurus Festival that takes place each summer.
If you would like to visit any of these sites, you don’t necessarily need to rent a car. However, renting a car will certainly give you the most freedom. Many taxi drivers will quote a flat rate in order to give you a personalized excursion. There are also plenty of bus tours that leave from Athens and will cover multiple destinations. Public transportation is also an option, as long as you’re smart about reading the route schedules.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com