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Athens



What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Greece has 200 + beaches. - Oct 3, 2017
Athens has some wonderful smaller museums, such as the revamped Museum of Byzantine and Christian Art and on the very same street is the Museum of Cycladic Art (both with nice stylish cafes). Do NOT miss watching the sun set over the Acropolis and its tiered lights slowly go on. Favorite places to watch this include Lycabettus Hill (cafe with the direct view of the Acropolis) for a view on a clear day to the Pireus port and to the island of Aegina and, for a closer view of the Acropolis, the St George Lycabettus (sit in the bar area). I also like Couleur Locale cafe/bar for this (https://www.facebook.com/couleurlocaleathens/). The flea market at Monastiraki/Thissio area on Sundays is fun. I also like that area for the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art as well as the cafe Little Kook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Kook/1656666077942242). - Dec 20, 2016
Beaches, ruins, islands, restaurants, and great expat community. - Sep 7, 2013
See the antiquities and some older neighborhoods in Athens. Shopping. Swimming in some of the best beaches in Europe, although most are located in the islands. Speaking of islands, there are MANY to choose from, but at least initially, I would stick to the Cyclades, a cluster of islands south of Athens. - Jul 14, 2012
So many interesting things to see. History! The beaches are close by, and the water is fantastic. - Jun 30, 2010
Site seeing the most amazing things. Great zoo, parks, beaches, islands and so close to other areas in Europe. - Jan 6, 2009
Tour the ruins of this once-great civilization. Visit nearby Europe (Greece is more like Middle-East light). Try Greek food (quite good). Go to the Greek islands (much nicer than Athens). - Dec 27, 2008
So much history to see and beaches and islands to visit. Plaka and the Acropolis, for kids there's a nice zoo with enclosures that allow you to be very close to animals. The food is wonderful. - Jun 20, 2008