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Spend Time in Kolonaki Square in Athens

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While visiting Athens, you will no doubt want to see all of the most famous landmarks, such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis. In fact, there is so much to do here, you may realize that you don’t have time for it all. While it is important to visit the most popular landmarks, it is also a good idea to also give yourself enough time to take a breather. Kolonaki Square is a great place to do just that. Whether you want to walk through a chic neighborhood or take some time to stop and sit in a cafe for some rest and relaxation, Kolonaki is a great place to do that. Here’s more information:

Why You Should Visit Kolonaki Square

Kolonaki Square is one of those unique places in Athens that is part of today’s modern life. In fact, this is an area where locals gather, so if you want to see what the city is really like, this is the place to go. This whole section of the city is rich with chic boutiques and shops and also some higher end restaurants. At one time, this is where the elite of the city lived before they moved into some of the suburbs.

Even though they aren’t here any longer, many of their old haunts have remained. Kolonaki still has an upscale feel, but it is also considered to be a fairly up and coming neighborhood where locals and tourists alike tend to gather. It is interesting to note that during the Greek Civil War, the Kolonaki District actually wasn’t under communist control, unlike most of the rest of the city (except for Syntagma Square).

What to Do in Kolonaki Square

Once you decide you want to visit Kolonaki Square, your next step is to figure out what to do there. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

  • Explore the Pedestrian Zones. Spend some time walking through the pedestrian only areas of Tsakalof and Milioni where there are shops, cafes, and restaurants to enjoy.
  • National Gardens. Although not quite in Kolonaki Square, the National Gardens are close enough to the square to make a visit to them worthwhile.
  • Benaki Museum. This area is also located close by the Kolonaki District and Kolonaki Square. If time permits, you should also check this place out.
  • Lycabettus Hill. Popular amongst locals and tourists alike, this hill is perched over the Kolonaki District. If you decide to walk to the top, try to time it for sunset.

The entire Kolonaki District is an area where much of the real Athenian city life is located. Although it was once a place where the elite lived, it now draws Athenians from all walks of life, from families to university students. Within the district, Kolonaki Square is the place where most of the activity is centralized. As a visitor, this the perfect place to go if you’re looking for something that is truly enjoyed by the locals. Sure, seeing the historical landmarks is great, but Athens is a modern city, too, and those areas should be explord.

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