Which is the first thing to come into your mind when you hear Athens and Greece?
I bet there are ancient ruins. And this is perfectly normal because Greece is the place where the western civilisation was born and is one of the richest places in the whole world when we speak about ruins and historical data.
Everybody associates Athens with Acropolis and other important ancient sites, but Athens is more than that!
It is a very vibrant and modern city, with many interesting attractions, exactly what you are searching for a fun trip.
Listed below are 7 of the most interesting things to do in Athens for a relaxing and fun trip:
1. Street dancing Milonga
If it’s Monday is Milonga night!
Do you have any idea what Milonga is?
Milonga is a dance born out of passions and melancholy that had nowhere to go.
The place where milonga night takes place in Athens is on a paved street just for pedestrian usage located between Kerameikos and Thissio metro stations.
Here, each Monday night people from all over the world who share a common passion for tango meet on this pedestrian strip and share their passion for dance with others.
The atmosphere is very intense and the party usually lasts until the early in the morning.
If you are in Athens on a Monday night, visit this place for a few hours of dance and relaxation!
2. Lake Vouliagmeni
Looking for fun things to do in Athens? Take a visit to Lake Vouliagmeni. This therapeutical lake is located 25 kilometres away from Athens city centre.
It is a very popular destination among locals and tourists because of the therapeutical properties of the water from the lake.
And there is another good news: the water temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius all year round!
It is a great place to relax and take a bath after a long day in the sun!
3. Al Hammam
A hammam is a public place where you can bath and it is generally associated with the Islamic world. These constructions were very popular during the Ottoman Empire and many of them are still functional in our days.
Al Hammam is the most popular traditional bathhouse in Plaka. With very luxurious interiors plated with marble, the place is one of the most popular places for those looking to relax.
The staff from the hammam are really professional and the massages and treatments made are really amazing.
The great news is that there are some special packages for couples so you can enjoy your time together with your beloved one.
4. Open-air theatre
What could be more fun than seeing a theatre play under the greek sky!? Athens an outstanding open-air theatre! It has the shape of an ancient amphitheatre and is located on the Lycabettus hill.
Watching a theatre play in an open-air theatre is one of the most interesting and fun things to do in Athens!
5. Edem beach
Edem beach is a perfect day trip destination for those looking to spend a day close to the sea.
You can reach this beach with public transport and is free!
It might not be the most impressive beach with the most turquoise waters, but the big advantage is that is close to Athens.
In less than 30 minutes you reach the beach from Athens!
6. Diomedes Gardens
Diomedes Botanical Gardens is an 18.6-hectare oasis home to more than 500 species of flora and more than 2.500 plants from all over the world.
The gardens are split into categories based on their usage: ornamental, aromatic, historic and medicinal types.
This wonderful place is perfect for a picnic or for a short walk on a sunny afternoon!
7. Street art tour
One of the most fun things to do in Athens is to take a street art tour.
Street art in Athens is very popular and quite easy to find. it has a common culture of graffiti and modern street art.
The best way to discover the artworks of the local and international artists is to book a ticket at Athens Original Street Art Tour, a great tour with a professional guide who will show you the most important artworks from the town and will tell you everything you need to know about street art in Athens.
I bet you need a good place where to rest after visiting all these amazing attractions!
Here are our options:
1.Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is one of the best choices from Athens.
It is located right in the heart of the city, overlooking the Acropolis right near the House of Parliament and the Constitution Square.
The interior is elegant with wood furniture and marble bathrooms. Some of the rooms offer a view of the Acropolis.
2. Amalia Hotel is a beautiful 4-star hotel which offers great views of the Acropolis located right across the National Gardens.
The hotel is located in the centre of the city, 10 minutes walk from the Acropolis and Plaka.
The hotel was awarded the Green Key eco-label, which means that it uses only environmentally-friendly toiletries and cleaning products.
3. Electra Metropolis is another great choice for Athens. It is located centrally near a metro station, just 10 minutes walk from Plaka street.
The rooms are clean and modern with organic Korres toiletries.
The hotel offers a wonderful rooftop pool from where you can admire the Acropolis while relax and sip a cocktail!
This is my list of all the fun things to do in Athens! They offer a new perspective over the city and its people! Check them out!