Surrounded by a lining of stunning coastline and mountains, Athens is filled with gems just waiting to be discovered. Located at the crossroads of three continents, the capital of Greece with an overall population of close to 4 million people has often been the melting pot of many cultures. Characterised by a culture and people that are welcoming and relaxed every visitor will feel like home.
There is a number of magnificent historical sites worth visiting very near to the Royal Olympic Hotel (walking distance): Acropolis Museum 300m | The temple of Zeus 300m | Roman Agora 1km| Acropolis of Athens 1,2km
USEFUL LINKS AND GUIDES
- uber / taxi beat an easy way to find wherever you are a taxi and reach your destination safely. Payments are made with card, no cash needed.
- e-table make reservations online and earn discounts.
FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
Greek cuisine has four secrets: fresh ingredients of good quality, proper use of herbs and spices, the famous Greek olive oil and its basic simplicity.
Greek olive oil deserves a special mention. Present in almost all Greek dishes, and in most of them in abundant quantities, it is of excellent quality and very nutritious.
Close to the Hotel (Koukaki and Plaka area)
- Mani Mani restaurant, traditional dishes with a twist (10 ,Falirou str)
- Fabrika tou Efrosynou modern Greek tavern (34, Zini Anast str)
- Bel reyall-day coffee/bar and snacks, juices (88, Falirou str)
- Kinono all-day coffee/bar and snacks (48, Falirou str)
- BoBo wine bar (36, Anast. Zini str)
- Kalivas souvlaki (10, G. Olympiou str)
- Skoumbri fish tavern (12, Drakou str)
- Takisbakery (14, Misaraliotou str)
- Monsieur Barbu all day bar, coffee & snacks (49, Mark. Mpotsari str)
- Café Valparaiso all day bar (7, G. Olympiou str)
- Aglio Olio & Pepperoncino Italian restaurant (13 Porinou str)
- Tiki Athens cocktail bar (15, Falirou str)
- Klepsidra cafe all-day coffee & snacks (9, Thrasivoulou str)
- Yasemiall-day snacks and coffee (23, Mnisikleous str)
- Brettos bar indoors (41, Kidathineon str)
Terraces and gardens in the city center
- Couleur local all day bar, coffee, snacks (3, Normanou str)
- A for Athens terrace cocktail bar (A for Athens Hotel, 2 Miaouli str)
- Bios terrace bar and events (84, Pireos str)
- 360 terrace all day bar restaurant (2, Ifestou str)
- Six dogs garden all day bar (6-8, Avramiotou str)
- Café Avissinia terrace restaurant (7, Kinetou str)
- City Zen terrace all-day bar restaurant (11, Aiolou str)
- Strofi terrace restaurant (25, Rovertou Galli str)
- Attikos terrace restaurant (7, Garibaldi str)
- Spilia garden tavern (24, Thrasillou str)
- Sarantatrio garden tavern (43, Amvrosiou Frantzi str)
- Museum Restaurants: Acropolis Museum terrace, Benaki Main Building terrace, Byzantine Museum garden, Numismatic Museum garden
- Flisvos Marina various bars, restaurants, Palaio Faliro Nautical club and Cine Flisvos open air cinema
- Bolivar beach bar, Akti Iliou, Alimos
- Nalu beach side café, Alimos
- Penarrubia seaside café, Alimos
- Barkiza resort / Yabanaki beach (18 km, bus A1 &171) swim, relax and enjoy beach bars, restaurants and other activities.
Walks to various places in Athens, museums, neighbourhoods, but also shopping, bars/cafes, etc. may be found here.
Athens is the city of ideas. Some of humanity’s most exciting ideas were born in Athens. In terms of cultural life, Athens is a unique case internationally. It is probably the only place in the world where you can discover a city more than 2.500 years old integrated into a contemporary metropolis.
This exceptional past is coupled with a vibrant contemporary cultural life full of highly acclaimed events all year round. To make things even better, Athens offers a lively and vibrant nightlife with a wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.
And let’s not forget that Athens is the city of olive trees, wine, honey and various herbs such as oregano, basil and thyme – an opportunity to taste the highly distinguished Mediterranean cuisine.
Culture & Events
- Athens Open Air Film Festival distinctive monuments of Athens and touristic destinations host outdoors film screenings and concerts free of charge.
- Neon contemporary culture events and performances around Athens. Currently there is an outdoor exhibition in the National Observatory of Athens in Thision.
- Eugenides Foundation Planetarium
- Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center wide range of free events such as live shows, open air movie screenings and activities, can be found here
- Open Air Cinemas: Cine Paris (22 Str. Kidathinaion str), Thision (7 Ap. Pavlou), Aigli (Zappeio Garden) Dexameni (Dexameni Square, Kolonaki)
Athens is famous for its vibrant nightlife. The Athenians like to party and will do so almost every night of the week. The choices are plenty and they appeal to all tastes and lifestyles. In general, things get started pretty late; after midnight for bars and clubs and after 10pm for dinner at the city’s tavernas, restaurants and bar – restaurants. In Greece, life is for living and leaving your worries behind. The result is a good – hearted, energetic city with bars and restaurants to match. Hip areas include Gazi, Psirri, Metaxourgio, Monastiraki, Theseion and Kolonaki. Traditional Greek evenings can be spent in Plaka.
The establishment of Athens as a city dates back to mythological times. The city’s history is still evident throughout Athens in the form of many Ancient, Roman, Byzantine and modern monuments.
Today’s capital integrates the ancient and medieval history into the contemporary era. Monuments can be found all around the city center, side by side with contemporary constructions such as buildings, roads and train stations.
The Parthenon, a monument that constitutes the symbol of Greece worldwide, has been standing on the “sacred rock” of Athens, the Acropolis, for thousands of years. The Parthenon along with the other monuments of the Acropolis, are all excellent pieces of art, reflecting the Classical period and the Golden Age of ancient Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.
Designed by Bernard Tchumi in collaboration with Michalis Photiadis; the sparkling new museum, since its opening in June 2009, has already become the city’s top attraction and is expected to become one of the most visited and “must see” museums worldwide. The museum, which exhibits approximately 4.000 artefacts, allows the sculptures to be viewed in natural light, with special glass and climate-control measures, protecting them from sunlight. The most impressive part of the museum is its top floor, where visitors will be able to view the frieze and then look out of the windows to view the Parthenon itself.
At the footsteps of the Acropolis, the Odeon was built in 161 A.D. under Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes. To date concerts, plays and ballets have been performed. The natural setting of Herodeion, with its marvelous arcades, the Parthenon as a backdrop and the moon up in the sky will certainly fascinate you.
The Ancient Agora, which means “market” in modern Greek, is situated at the footsteps of the Acropolis and in ancient times it served as the commercial centre of the city but also as a political, cultural and religious centre.
Originally built in the 4th century B.C. for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaia (ancient Greek festivities), the “Kallimarmaron” Stadium (meaning “beautiful marble”) was the venue of the first modern Olympic Games, in 1896.
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, thus displaying their historical, cultural and artistic value.
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums.
Its areas of competency are centred on – but not limited to – religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods. The Museum has over 25.000 artifacts in its possession, which date from between the 3rd and 20th Century A.D.
The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC.
It was founded in 1986, to house the collection
of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, an extensive and unique private collection of prehistoric art from the Cycladic islands as well as ancient Greece.
The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It houses
30.000 items illustrating the character of the Greek world through a spectacular historical panorama covering several periods
ranging from the Prehistoric, Ancient and Roman periods to the Byzantine and the contemporary Hellenic period.
A living museum, an ultramodern cultural center, where visitors can learn about history, culture and sciences through interactive exhibitions, educational programs, virtual reality shows and documentaries.
|Language||The native language of the population is Modern Greek. English is widely spoken as a second language by the majority of Greeks, while French and German are also spoken at a good extent.|
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