If you’re the sporty type, why not hike up the paths in Kolonaki? If not take a bus from Panepistimiou Street or the funicular from Aristippou Street. The end game is to enjoy the most amazing view of Athens at an altitude of 300 meters. The 19th century chapel of Saint George, surrounded by pine trees, dominates the top of the mount Lycabettus, while the open-air theater here hosts a number of performances and concerts every summer.
The experience offered by the Eugenides Foundation will take you back to those magical childhood years, when we all used to stare at the sky, watching the stars. The most advanced digital, 3D, 360-degree planetarium in the world projects fascinating large format films and takes visitors on a journey to the cosmos and reveals secrets of the universe. In addition to the amazing high-tech planetarium, the Foundation, located in Palaio Faliro, also hosts various interactive scientific exhibitions and workshops, a library with a collection of about 50,000 books and an amphitheater where sophisticated scientific discussions take place.
Eugenides Foundation, 387 Syngrou, Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece, +30 210 9469641
Mere minutes away from Syntagma Square, right in the center of the city, Exarcheia is a truly historic Athenian neighborhood, which remains a “nucleus” of cultural and political interaction. Radical politics, anti-fascism and anarchism are reflected all over Exarcheia, with slogans and graffiti art on the walls, as well as with self-organized social structures, like the self-organized Health Structure of Exarcheia and the self-organized Navarinou Park. History has been written in this neighborhood, namely at the Polytechnic School student uprising against the Greek dictatorship in November 1973. Three decades later, the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old student, by a policeman in Exarcheia became the symbol and the reason for a widespread social revolt all over Greece, with solidarity demonstrations and clashes with local police forces ensuing in more than 70 cities all around the world.
Wait until the sun goes down and head out for a walk in the idyllic narrow streets of Plaka. Explore the beauty of Athens’ old city and a cultural mosaic composed through the passage of time. You will pass by small orthodox churches, a mosque, an Ottoman bathhouse, the first university of Greece, outdoor vendors and oodles of earthy Greek tavernas alike.
Open air cinema in Athens is a tradition dating back to the 60s, with the blue Athenian sky, the song of the nightingales and the view of historical sites providing a wonderful backdrop for enjoying new movies, as well as the classics. About 100 local open air cinemas in Thisio, Pagrati, Gazi, Kolonaki and elsewhere offer an unforgettable cinema experience that’s simply not to be missed!
Half an hour away from the city center, in the south of Athens, Flisvos Marina is a wonderful place that does not just attract yacht owners, but anyone who wants to have a walk or enjoy the magical sunset and the view of the marina. This romantic place offers a wide range of activities, with a number of restaurants, cafés and shops to suit all tastes.
Marina Floisvos, Athens, Greece, + 30 210 9871000-2