If you think Athens is nothing but the home of the Olympics, you’re wrong. The Greek capital offers a lot of interesting places to see—from fine architecture to fascinating art galleries, and even breathtaking beaches.
In Athens, the Theatre of Dionysius is a must-see, where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were performed; learn about ancient Greek civilization by visiting the Acropolis, one of the most popular monuments in the world. Refresh your Greek mythology by going to the Poseidon Temple, the sanctuary of organized cults during the prehistoric times; marvel at the towering pillars of the Temple of Olympian Zeus or the Olympieion, which is the largest temple in Greece. Here, the ancient Greeks used to pray.
Do you want to immerse yourself in Greek art? Try the National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, where you’ll find collections of Western European art representing Greek history; if you’re after Greek sculptures—sacred and architectural—the Acropolis Museum is the place to go.
Off the beaten path are beaches where you can relax; spend your Athens holiday at Vouliagmeni, a beautiful peninsula with a lake famous for its mineral water spa. Climate is no problem; you can have a holiday here any time of the year! For a mix of nature and modern comforts, then head for Varkiza; this beautiful suburb not only has a beach, but a hotel with a tennis court, a park, and a restaurant too!