Alternative Athens: The Most Exciting Off-Beat Experiences in the Greek Capital

Try something out of the ordinary in Athens
Try something out of the ordinary in Athens | © jozef sedmak / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

Go beyond the Acropolis and discover a different side to Athens. Culture Trip’s curated list of unusual tours and experiences will help you get off the beaten track in the Greek capital.

Renowned for its fusion of ancient history and vibrant contemporary culture, Athens has no shortage of quirky, original experiences to uncover. The most unusual activities to enjoy on a break to the Greek capital include travelling back in time to experience ancient Greek theatre, sampling local gins, seeking out the best of the city’s street art and even working out at the iconic Panathenaic Stadium.

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Class

Complete your ultimate Greek experience and come to real contact with the most ancient form of art, pottery, by participating in this clay workshop. You will study images from the emblematic moments of ancient Greek art (prehistoric sculptures, Cycladic figurines, ceramics and pottery from the Geometric and Classical era). These images will inspire you to make your own unique sculptures or ceramics using clay and take them home with you!

Location: Koukaki/Acropolis
Duration: 2.5 hours
Group size: up to eight people
Suitable for: 12+ years old
Languages: English, Greek

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Tours

Athens at night can transform even the most sceptical romantic. Come experience a completely different side to the city as you walk through its historical centre and bustling neighbourhoods after dark. Listen to urban stories and myths, sample the best local spirits and try mouthwatering finger food, in an Athens only known by locals!

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Events

If you want to complete your experience of Greece, this show is a must-see! Travel back to fifth-century BC Athens and enter the world of Medea, Odysseus, Antigone and of a very angry Cyclops. All in English and in 60 minutes.

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Activities

Get the background on what the Olympics were really about in venues connected to real Olympic events. Find out more about how ancient Olympic athletes trained and learn some techniques used by modern athletes before you compete in a race in the world’s first modern Olympic Stadium. This is a two-hour, small group activity for no more than 12 guests.

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