What To Do In Athens With Your Family
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As Europe’s oldest capital, the city of Athens is rich with history that can still be seen today. There is a beautiful contrast between the old and the new in this city, and there plenty of places to visit that represent both. There are sights and activities to keep every member of your family entertained. Here are some things you can enjoy in Athens with your family:
Visit the Acropolis
A visit to Athens isn’t complete without seeing the Acropolis. During the Neolithic period, the Acropolis was a military fortress. During the Mycenaean times it served as a religious centre to honor the goddess Athena. It is considered the highest point in Athens at 511 feet high. The Parthenon building, at the top of the Acropolis hill, was created between 447 and 432 B.C. In addition to exploring the ruins, you can check out the Acropolis museum. The museum has a café where you can take in the spectacular view as you eat. Other must-sees when visiting the Acropolis include the Pansroseion, the theatre of Dionysus, and the Old Temple of Athena.
Take a Food Tour
A food tour is something that is likely to appeal to every member of your family. There are walking food tours that will allow you to not only taste various foods, but also see parts of Athens you might not otherwise know about. You can also take a traditional Greek food tour, which may include Greek history lessons from your guide. If your family enjoys cooking, you may decide to take a cooking class together.
Go to the Temple of Poseidon
The Temple of Poseidon is located in Cape Sounion. There are daily excursions from the center of Athens to Cape Sounion multiple times a day. You could also easily drive here or take a taxi. The temple ruins date from the 5th-century and were dedicated to Poseidon, the god of sea.
Ancient sailors would see the white pillars from sea and know they were almost home. On one of these pillars you can find the name “Byron” as the famous poet Lord Byron engraved his name there in 1810. There is a café at the site as well as access to a small beach.
Head to the Beach
There are many beautiful beaches to enjoy in Athens. Voula is an organized beach not far from Athens. There are many cafés, taverns, and beach bars lining the beachfront. Kavouri beach is a good choice for families as it has safe, shallow water, lots of space on the beach, and plenty of cafés. Alimos beach is close to Athens city center. The beach offers water sports including jet skiing and windsurfing. There is also a children’s area with a water slide and play area.
Another great beach is Vouliagmeni and it is the perfect place for the whole family! It includes a play area for children, water slide, tennis and volleyball courts, along with restaurants that will leave you more than satisfied. If you’re looking for more of an upscale adventure, try Athens Lagonisi Beach. There are other beaches scattered throughout the area too, just ask around to see which people prefer!
Visit the Attica Zoological Park
Established in 2000, the Attica Zoo is the only one of its kind in Greece. Their bird collection is the third largest in the world. The birds are housed in modern aviaries. Other creatures you can expect to see include pygmy hippos, giraffes, prairie dogs, and antelopes in the recreated African Savannah. The reptile exhibit is also extensive containing crocodiles, pythons, boas, and more.
Browse the Archaeological Museum
Interested to know what’s been found by excavators in the Acropolis over the millennia? At the Acropolis Museum, they have collected all of the artifacts recovered from as early as 3000 BC. As you ascend the three floors of the museum, which are broken into sections of history, you journey through time, ending on the fourth-floor gift shop.
There are ruins, ancient sanctuaries, statues, as well as gifts to deities like Athena. The museum uses glass extensively throughout, including the glass floor and an all-glass gallery. The artifacts are showcased in a new, captivating way thanks to the use of natural light. The unique design of the museum and the incredible artifacts will let you experience history like never before!
Visiting Athens with your family is a great choice. There is no shortage of sites to see in this beautiful and historic city.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com