Plaka and Monastiraki, the most famous areas of Athens, thrill with their picturesque corners while giving history lessons. The alleys of Plaka that reach the rock of the Acropolis, the island's neighbourhood of Anafiotika, flowering bougainvillaeas, taverns and tourist shops create the ultimate setting for endless strolls.
And Monastiraki is perfect for strolling through countless small shops and retailers' benches. The traffic peaks every Sunday when the big outdoor market set up here.
Another Athens neighbourhood whose history dates takes you back to antiquity. It took its present name from the temple of Hephaestus, which was long mistakenly believed to dedicate to Theseus. The beautiful neoclassical and the tram lines erased on the cobblestone floor give a nostalgic atmosphere to old Athens in the neighbourhood loved by Athenians and visitors alike.
Just in front of the building of the Hellenic Parliament is the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. It was built in 1929-1930 and dedicated to all those who lost their lives fighting for Greece. The Monument is guarded by the Presidential Guard (Evzones), who wears the traditional 19th-century costume, with typical skirts and tuxedos.
Ermou Street, which runs from Syntagma Square, is intertwined with the heart of commercial traffic and rightly bears the name of the god Hermes, patron of commerce. It is one of the first streets to be carved in Athens. The church of Kapnikarea, which today harmoniously incorporated into the pedestrian street, is part of old Athens. Every day it is full of life and offers walking and shopping in its many shops.
Athens holds modern-day archaeological treasures of world-wide importance in museums and cultural sites that feature its unique identity.
ACROPOLIS MUSEUM (20 mins by walking) - An archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.
BENAKI MUSEUM (20 mins by walking) - Museum of Art and History.
NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM (20 - 25 mins by walking) - History of modern Hellenism, from the Conquest of Constantinople to World War II
|Bus station for multiple directions (Metro Panepistimio)||5 mins|
|Bus station to airport X95 (Syntagma square)||12 mins|
|Metro central station to Piraeus Port or Airport (Monastiraki square)||3 mins|
|Agia Irini Square (cafes and restaurants)||1 mins|
|Iroon Square (Heroes Square) - You can find famous pastries shops (the famous Little Cook, Sweet Home of Nancy's, The King's Theatre) and Greek taverns with live music||4 mins|
|Private Parking places (Perikleous street)||5 mins|
|Super Market "Masoutis" (Athinas street)||2 mins|
|Open central flea market||4 mins|