Athens Attractions

Athens

Despite its history full of epic events, with its ups and down that seemed to be about to ruin the country, Athens has always revived! Moreover, to the credit of the Greeks, they were able to preserve much of their historical heritage: today, the remains of the Ancient Acropolis stay next to fashionable hotels and modern shopping centers.

History

Athens is the main city of both Ancient and Modern Greece. It's located on the shore of the Gulf of Saronikos, the Aegean Sea, in the southern part of Greece, on the Athenian Plain, framed by the mountains of Aigaleo, Parnis, Pendelicon and Imitos. It is one of the oldest cities in Greece founded in the VII millennium BC. The golden era of Athens was in the V century BC. This time Athens, along with Sparta, was one of the most powerful polises in ancient Greece, with its thriving philosophy, culture and democracy. In the second half of the V century BC there came the Pericles century - the peak of the heyday of Athens, when the Acropolis and Parthenon were built.

The subtropical, semi-desert climate makes summer in Athens very hot and dry. So, if you like a really hot summer, Athens is the city for you! Winter is quite warm with very few chilly days.

Located in the very heart of the country, the city is ideal for both entertainment and leisure.

What to see

Among a great variety of  attractions in Athens, I would like to draw attention to some of them.

The Acropolis is, perhaps, the most famous attraction. It is a symbol of the city and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You should definitely see it! Originally, the Acropolis was a royal palace with the greatest temples and theaters. The Parthenon, Erechtheion, the holy place of the ancient Hellenes, associated with numerous Greek mythes, is also a part of the Acropolis, so is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The Acropolis is accessible for people with disabilities, you just need to use an accessible elevator, and to get to the elevator you'll need to use a ramp with a platform.

Accesstravel recommends you to check in advance whether the elevator works on a certain date: in bad weather it can be closed. The Acropolis Museum is also fully accessible. People with disabilities can use the WC for free.

Panathinaiko Stadio is also fully accessible for wheelchair users, seniors, and visually impaired people. 

Athenian agora - a once active political, cultural and commercial center - is worth seeing too. 

Wandering around the authentic areas of Monastiraki and Plaka, don't pass by the Lysicrates monument. The quarter of Anafiotika will amaze you with its colors and originality: after all, it is the oldest quarter of Athens.

Among the numerous museums of Athens, I would advise you to visit the Benaki Museum (famous for its Islamic exposition), the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (the name speaks for itself) and the Athens Numismatic Museum.

And you cannot miss Parnassus! For the lovers of antiquities, Parnassus has Delphi, and for the lovers of outdoor activities, there is a ski resort. Pastoral, picturesque villages on the slopes of Parnassus are waiting for those who prefer relaxing holidays in nature!

You won’t waste your time if you take an excursion to visit Cape Sounion! In addition to its picturesque landscapes, you can enjoy a well-preserved temple of Poseidon.

Beach vacation

The beaches near Athens are sandy, they are famous for their clear water. Surrounded by lawns Vouliagmeni Beach, for example, one of the most famous beaches of Athens, has a variety of playgrounds. It's an ideal place for families. Megalo Kavouri Beach is located in a small picturesque place. Travelers will be able to enjoy not only the standard beach holiday, but also see a lot of crabs.

Night life 

All nightly amusements of Athens are concentrated in the areas of Psiri and Gazi. Those who like to hang out will find a lot of night clubs, bars, discos, and interesting bohemian places.

Food

Gourmets of Mediterranean cuisine know that culinary tours can be arranged in Athens! Greek food is delicious and light. There is a great variety of restaurants and cafes where everyone can find something they will remember for a lifetime. Many of the places are accessible, in some places you can eat in the open terrace. According to Accesstravel, it’s even better because this way you can observe the course of life in Athens.

How to get there

Athens International Airport is fully accessible for wheelchairs as well as for seniors and hard of hearing visitors. From the airport, you can get to the center of Athens by metro, train, bus, transfer and taxi (you can book them on our website in the "Travel Services" section).

Accessible environment 

Although Athens is a hilly city, most of its attractions are equipped with accessible WCs, ramps, and elevators. Public transport is also accessible. Most metro station, buses, and trolleybuses are fully accessible for wheelchairs, seniors, and visually impaired people. Therefore, you'll have no problems with movement in Athens. If you wish, you can book a transfer or a taxi.

Where to stay

Athens has a huge variety of hotels and hostels. You can see our offers of comfortable, affordable hotels here.

Also Accesstravel offers travelers the services of guides. Sometimes, no one except them will be able to introduce you to a real life of the city! So think, maybe it’s worth taking a tour and learning something new, something you won't find in online guides and even in the Internet! Our guides know all the ways and paths for people with disabilities, and this is priceless.

Athens with all its millennial diversity and generosity is waiting for you!


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Visit Delphi – one of the most important archeological sites in Greek history – on this full-day trip from Athens! Traveling with an expert guide, in the museum (very important notice) and at the Archaelogical site. You’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, home to the Temple of Apollo, and stroll around Delphi Archeological Museum. Learn all about Greek mythology and history while seeing fascinating monuments, and visit the pretty town of Arachova on the journey back to Athens

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History & Myth meet in Athens! Discover the greatest landmarks of Athens & their surrounding myths! Enjoy a unique mythological tour, suitable for all ages, that will help you understand how Athens became the mythical city we know today.

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Step off the beaten track and awaken your senses on a 4-hour gourmet food walking tour in Athens, taken at a time that suits your schedule. Walk through Monastiraki Square and the central city market, Varvakios Agora, to spend a half-day. Your tour leader will explain the stories and the origins of the local food while you will taste and drinks at some of the best local foodies places.

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See the sights of Athens in this fun and easy 9km journey by bike. This 3 hour tour cycles at a nice, relaxed pace on quiet streets and narrow paths We make stops at many of the must-see sights of ancient Athens including the Ancient Agora, Roman Forum and the National Gardens.
  
Gain local insight to the city and enjoy a modern view of Athens without missing the amazing ancient part.

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Discover the very best of Athens with a 24 hour or 3 day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Athens is an incredibly ancient city, and on this double-decker bus tour you'll see all of the key sights, including the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis & Parthenon, the National Library, the Ancient Olympic Stadium, the National Gardens and much more! Learn all about ancient Greek mythology and philosophy, thanks to the informative on-board audio commentary. Hop on and off as many times as you please within the chosen time period, getting a closer look at the Athenian history on show. This sightseeing tour provides access to up to 3 bus routes depending on the ticket chosen, giving you the chance to properly immerse yourself in this city's culture!

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Experience a half day small-group trip with minivan along the picturesque south Attica coastal road and visit to the 5th century BC temple of Poseidon. Cape Sounion is a wonderful choice for a half day trip from Athens and is a world famous location to watch the sunset. The blue flag beaches are a popular attraction as well. Relax just a step away from the temple and enjoy your refreshment or wine along with breathtaking views of the Aegean.

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Combine the sights of modern Athens with sites of historical importance on a 3.5-hour morning or afternoon tour by luxury coach. With an expert guide on hand to explain all the top Athens attractions, the tour passes Constitution Square and Panathenaic Stadium — home of the first modern Olympic Games. Explore the Acropolis of Athens on foot, and discover famous monuments such as the Pantheon. If you’re eager to see more, book the morning tour and upgrade to include an entrance ticket to Athens Acropolis Museum.

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Athens is on your bucket list and this is the best way to learn it. Visit the most important sites of Athens and do a city tour on a luxurious private vehicle with drivers who know all the information you want to hear while customizing it on your needs.
    

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Athens, the capital city of Greece, is a popular tourist destination and has made efforts to become more accessible to people with disabilities and seniors. In recent years, Athens has made significant progress in improving accessibility in various areas such as transportation, public spaces, and tourist sites. Transportation Athens has implemented various measures to ensure that transportation is easily accessible for people with disabilities and seniors. The city’s metro system is equipped with elevators and accessible train cars with designated spaces for wheelchair users. The buses in Athens are also equipped with ramps and lowered floors to assist people with mobility impairments. Public Spaces The city of Athens has also made significant efforts to improve accessibility in its public spaces. Sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, and public buildings have been modified to be more accessible. Some of the city’s main attractions, such as the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, and the National Archaeological Museum have also been made accessible to people with disabilities. Tourist Sites Many of Athens’ tourist sites have also made efforts to be more accessible to people with disabilities and seniors. The Acropolis, for example, has elevators and ramps that allow visitors with mobility impairments to access the main sites of the ancient citadel. The National Archaeological Museum has also made changes to its facilities, including the addition of ramps and elevators, to ensure that all visitors are able to access the museum’s exhibits. Accommodations Athens has a wide range of accommodations that cater to the needs of seniors and people with disabilities. Many hotels in Athens have accessible rooms with features such as grab bars, roll-in showers, and widened doorways. Some hotels also offer equipment such as raised toilet seats and shower chairs upon request. In conclusion, Athens has made significant progress in improving accessibility for people with disabilities and seniors in recent years. The city has implemented various measures to ensure that transportation, public spaces, and tourist sites are accessible to all visitors. Additionally, Athens has a range of accommodations that cater to the needs of seniors and people with disabilities and offer accessible facilities and equipment.
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