A bold past woven with the threads of mythology and philosophy are the foundation of this cosmopolitan metropolis. Ancient temples and museums keep in step with stylish nightclubs, top-rated restaurants and chic boutiques. Above it all, the Parthenon crowns the Acropolis as it has for over two millennia, a fitting symbol for the city where civilization was born.
This unparalleled collection of over 40,000 decorative items includes paintings, figurines, religious objects, pottery, costumes, and jewelry. Discover a panoramic picture of Greek history from prehistoric to modern times within the Benaki Museum's grand neoclassical structure. An ongoing roster of current exhibitions showcases the country's extensive population of 20th century artists. Be sure to pop by by the superbly curated gift shop during a visit.
The Evones, a special unit of the Hellenic Army, keep stoic watch outside of the Hellenic Parliament and change guards hourly. However, every Sunday at 11 a.m. it becomes a spectator event. Crowds gather in Syntagma Square to watch the guards costumed in the billowy white shirts and ceremonial kilts with 400 folds march and perform with military precision.
Athens has no shortage of retail therapy opportunities—from chic boutiques featuring emerging designers to high-end jewelers and simple souvenir shops worth a look. Ermou Street, one of the top five most expensive shopping streets in Europe, is where to find it all. Take a few hours to stroll this paved pedestrian walkway in the city’s center. Familiar luxury brands occupy storefronts on one end, and on the other end of the pedway and the spectrum is Monastiraki, a fabulous flea market. Discover a treasure among the vibrant jumble of shoes, leather goods, antiques and vinyl records.
Nestled near the southwest side of Lykavittos Hill, the streets of this elegant and trendy neighborhood are lined with exclusive designer stores. On Voukourestiou Street, boutiques featuring emerging labels and one-of-a-kind products for the body and the home sit alongside luxury labels such as Longchamp and Escada.
Experience a taste of daily Greek life through the ages by contemplating this vibrant collection of embroidery, pottery, woodcarvings, paintings, period rooms and dazzling costumes. Founded in 1918, the museum houses floor upon floor of traditional handicrafts, and an impressively reconstructed bath house. Pottery classes, shadow theater performances and creative workshops for children ensures that these essential art forms are passed down to the next generation.
Lounge with locals in the shade on old-growth trees, pedal along the paths on a bike or meander the trails leading to a placid pond. This 33-acre oasis of green peppered with ancient ruins and the busts of Greek poets and authors, was commissioned in 1838 by Queen Amalia and is one of the most beloved public spaces in Athens.
One of the city’s best kept secrets is found a peaceful 20-minute trek uphill and away from the throngs of Athens’ more notable open air monuments. Elevated above the fray, the well preserved Philopappos Monument affords not only dazzling Acropolis views, but pristine panoramas of the city as it crawls towards the sea. Set off at dawn to marvel at the sunrise or in the late afternoon to catch the Grecian sun as it dips below the horizon.
Scenic and significant, this ancient area at the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis is called the “District of the Gods” by Athenians. Maze-like streets lead to squares anchored with monuments to Lysikrates and the Roman Agora, Byzantine churches and neoclassical architecture. Settle in at an outdoor table at one of the many cafes and linger over a parade of Greek specialties just as the locals do.
This Christian high holiday is marked by religious ceremonies, street processions, and generous feasts throughout Greece.
Athens’ international contemporary art fair brings together artists, curators, critics, collectors, and art enthusiasts from around the world.Learn More
A collaboration between the Technopolis City of Athens and the Onassis Cultural Center welcomes jazz musicians from around the world for this five day festival.Learn More
Started in 1996, this festival brings headlining international and local pop and rock bands to the big stage in Greece.http://www.rockwavefestival.gr/en/
This living museum of Greek dance preserves folk dance, music, and costumes by hosting daily performances in its garden theater throughout the summer.Learn More
This Hellenic festival plays hosts to opera, dance, film, live theater, and musical performances highlighting classic and contemporary Greek culture in venues throughout the city.Learn More
Founded in 2005, this is one of the top large scale international contemporary art events for big name museums, artists, curators, and galleries.Learn More
This not-for-profit contemporary art platform featuring emerging artists, galleries, and curators is the alternative art fair to the Athens Biennale.
Film screenings, discussions, and educational programs are all part of this celebrated global cinema festival that began nearly six decades ago.Learn More
"It is a truly memorable experience to attend the Changing of the Evzone Guard and admire their characteristic, perfectly synchronized gait—but few are tapped into the most authentic and rare local experience. The Evzones, symbol of the Hellenic Republic since 1867, are chosen via a rigorous selection process and require a well-groomed appearance, physical strength and exemplary character references.”
The concierge can arrange everything from city tours to day trips to the Temple of Poseidon and surrounding beaches or a cruise to the island of Hydra.Learn More
Cool off with a dip in either the indoor or outdoor pool. Lounge beneath a sun umbrella at the outdoor rooftop pool with picture-perfect backdrops of Lycabettus Hill.Learn More
A relaxing family retreat is possible with expert concierge perks such as welcome gifts for children, daily breakfast, movie packages, and tickets to kid-friendly attractions.Learn More
Modern Greek cuisine, evocative neo-classical decor, and venerable views of the Acropolis and central Athens come together at Tudor Hall Restaurant.Learn More
One of the city's most elegant parfumeries, KG Perfumes & More is found right at the entrance of King George. This exclusive shop offers unique products by Valmont and ESPA as well as GB Spa vouchers.Learn More