ARRIVING IN ATHENS
Coming from the Airport
Athens International Airport is located 33 km southeast of Athens. It is easily accessible via Attiki Odos, the Athens ring road. The drive from downtown Athens takes 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic.
Various means of public transportation are available:
Metro | Bus | Suburban Railway
You may also get a taxi or book a pick-up service. Read more
Coming from the Port
Piraeus is the main port in Athens, accommodating around 20 million passengers every year. Located around 10 km from the city centre and 45 km from the airport, Piraeus is the gateway to the Greek islands.
Various means of transportation connect Piraeus with the centre of Athens:
Metro (overground train) | Bus | Taxi. Read more
Getting around Athens – Public Transportation
The Athens public transport system is affordable, reliable and covers most of the city and suburbs. You can use all means of public transport using the same ticket (a single ticket costs €1.20 and is valid for 90 minutes). Read more
Source: ‘This is Athens’, the official guide to Athens, Greece. A partnership between the City of Athens, Aegean Airlines, Athens International Airport and SETE (Greek Tourism Federation).
CITY OF ATHENS
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Welcome to Athens, the historical capital of Europe; the birthplace of democracy, arts, science and philosophy of western civilisation. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities. Its recorded history spanning around 3.400 years and it is being inhabited since the 11th millennium B.C. Today, under the shadow of Parthenon, the contemporary urban scenery reflects Athens’ exciting history, its multi- cultural modern personality as well as the infrastructure and facilities.
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The Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum was founded to exhibit all the significant finds from the Sacred Rock and its foothills. It was inaugurated in 2009. The Museum hosts its collections across three levels, as well as in the archaeological excavation that lies at its foundations. Read more
Visit the Museum’s official website for detailed information.
National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum is one of the most remarkable archaeological museums in the world and the largest museum in Greece. Its numerous and outstanding exhibits give you the opportunity to travel back in history. Without a doubt its treasures will mesmerize you and it is really worth to visit it more than once. Read more…
Visit the official NAM’s website here.
National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST)
EMST is Greece’s official patron and supporter of contemporary art, housed in an emblematic post-war industrial building. Built in late 19th century, it was first restored in 1961 by prominent Greek architect Takis Zanetos. In 2014, it underwent a second restoration and since 2016, it has been home to the EMST.
The museum’s permanent exhibition is a remarkable showcase of contemporary Greek conceptual – and mostly political – art, including Arte Povera master Jannis Kounellis’ Untitled and Carlos Motta’s Graffiti Cuts: Who Owns the Street. Read more…
Visit the official website here
National Gallery Alexandros Soutsos Museum
The best way to get acquainted with Greek Art and see how it evolved from the post-Byzantine times to the present day, is to pay a visit to the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum in downtown Athens.
The newly refurbished modern Art Museum displays works of art by Greek and foreign artists. The collection highlights many aspects of Greek art and culture, and aims at attracting locals and foreign visitors alike. Read more…
Visit the National Gallery’s official website.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Much more than a conference venue
A public space, where everyone has free access and can participate in a multitude of cultural, educational, athletic, environmental and recreational activities and events. It includes the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park, one of the largest green areas in Athens, covering 21 hectares.
The SNFCC was created thanks to an exclusive grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which delivered it to the Greek State upon completion in 2017. An architectural landmark, it was designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Visit the SNFCC website and explore a variety of activities available, some open to the public.
SITES OF HISTORICAL INTEREST
Acropolis of Athens
The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena, dominates the centre of the modern city from the rocky crag known as the Acropolis.
The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles. Read More…
The temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the sea, dominates the southernmost tip of Attica, where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea. Perched on the craggy rocks of Cape Sounio, the temple is enveloped in myth and historic facts dated from antiquity until the present times. From the temple you will enjoy an impressive view of the sea and of the Saronic Gulf Islands.
Sounio is located on the southernmost tip of Attica, the end point of the Athenian Riviera, at a 69km distance from the city centre. Read More…
The Oracle of Delphi
A short trip of 2.5 hrs from Athens, at the foot of Mount Parnassos lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world.
The archaeological site of Delphi includes two sanctuaries, dedicated to Apollo and Athena, and other buildings, mostly intended for sports.