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Terrace snack bar

  • Address: 21 Apollonos str. Plaka
  • Working hours: April - October 11:00 in the morning until 1:00 after midnight, November - March 11:00 in the morning until 12:00 midnight.
  • What to expect:

    A roof top bar offering a magnificent view “a breath away” to the Acropolis and the city center. Enjoy your beer or a cup of coffee.

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This is an ideal place to enjoy a day away from the busy center of Athens. If you carry your supplies you can enjoy a picnic at nature.

panorama kessariani1

Mount Ymettos is a long, narrow mountain of 20 km total length while its highest peak reaches 1,026 m.
6.4 Km (4.0 miles) away from Syntagma square

Highlights of the western part:

- The Orthodox Monastery of Kessariani

It is believed that the monastery was established in Byzantine times in ca. 1100 as this is the date of construction of the surviving church. But, the site has a far longer history as a cult center. In Antiquity, before being taken over by Christians in the 5th/6th centuries, it was probably a site dedicated to goddess Aphrodite.
Moreover, next to the Monastery there are remains of the 10th/11th centuries such as a large early Christian basilica to the west, and a smaller church further.

Early monks of Kessariani had their cells and refectory equipped with a Roman plan bath-house with hot and cold baths and a warm water heating system.
During the Ottoman occupation the luxurious bathhouse was transformed into a more utilitarian oil press, parts of which have been preserved.
During World War II all the trees of the surrounding hill were cut down. In about 1964 the Athens Friends of the Tree Society “Philodasiki” took charge and have planted them after. The large garden of the monastery is now a peaceful sanctuary.

Please keep in mind that Kessariani Monastery is an active church. So, if you intend to visit it dress appropriately. Inappropriate clothing includes sleeveless shirts, shorts, miniskirts e.tc.

Kessariani Monastery is an excellent starting point for a hike, a bicycle ride or just a picnic on Mt. Ymettos since it has paths that lead to the forest. The scenery and the full city view makes Kessariani Monastery a popular recreation spot, especially on the weekends.

panorama monastery

- The aesthetic forest

The whole area, successfully reforested by Philodassiki after extensive efforts was declared an “Aesthetic Forest” in the Presidential Decree PD 71/94. The aesthetic forest covers an area of 4,460 acres and surrounds the Byzantine Monastery of Kessariani.
It stretches from the edge of the city to the rocky slopes of Ymettos at 760 meters altitude. Medium and strong slopes dominate the area (30% - 65%) the area is ideal for leisure activities such as hiking and cycling.
Various species of trees grow in the forest, but cypresses and pine trees predominate.

- Botanical walk

The garden that originally established in 1964, on land near the Monastery of Kessariani, was the home of over 200 different species of plants from Southern and Central Greece, the Aegean islands and Crete.
Altitude: 360 - 410m
Orientation: Northern - Northwestern

Αlong the paths the visitor can see many species of plants and trees with their Greek and Latin names written on beautiful wooden signs.
The aim of the garden is threefold: conservation, education and pleasure. The conservation of rare and threatened with extinction species is the primary purpose of most botanical gardens today. The members of Philodassiki Society are very concerned with the ever increasing growth of plants on the Red Data Book list. Of paramount importance is, therefore, the existence of the nursery of Philodassiki for the multiplication of threatened plants and their reintroduction to the garden.


How to get there

Public bus 224 From Syntagma To Kessariani Cemetery takes about 50 min depending on traffic.
From the Cemetery the Monastery is 2 km walk (altitude difference 275m / 942 ft) .

By taxi 20-35 mins. Cost about 7€ one way.
For your way back you need to have an appointment with the driver or use a relevant app on mobile phone (e.g. BEAT, UBER). Additionally you can walk downhill to the cemetery where there are taxis.
If you go with your private car please note that car access to the forest is prevented by bars after the dusk, especially during the summer period. Also parking is not very easy on weekends as this for the Athenians is a popular place to go.

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The Industrial Gas Museum opened its doors to the public in 2013. The main objective of the Museum is the promotion and protection of the old Athens Gasworks plant, an industrial heritage monument that supplied energy and lighting in the Athens metropolitan area for 130 years.

The Industrial Gaz Museum in Athens

The visit to the Museum includes a museum path with 13 stops in specific areas of the factory. The museum path tour helps the visitor follow the gas production line, admire the mechanical equipment and the old machinery, learn about the role played by the management and workers of the factory, find out about the work conditions and become familiar with terms such as industrial heritage and archaeology.

Industrial Gaz Museum Athens

The Museum has a rich collection of photographs and archive material as well as audiovisual material, including short films and recorded interviews of factory workers and residents of the area. The museum’s collection is further enriched with items from the factory itself as well as interactive applications.

The Industrial Gas Museum is the first industrial museum in Athens. It supplements the museal map of Athens and highlights one of the few surviving industrial heritage monuments of the city.

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Athens' most popular theme park, and one of the most popular in Greece, Allou Fun Park offers children and adults the opportunity to enjoy some seriously exciting rides. There are rides to suit every age group and thrill threshold, from the serene and relaxing to the eye-poppingly scary.


The views over the city of Athens from the top of the panoramic ferries wheel make great photo souvenirs. Children under 10 years of age will do better to go to the next-door section of the park called 'Kidom' which is tailored to younger kids. There are lots of games, activities and great meal and snack options available so it is easy to spend a whole day or night enjoying the park.

Access to Allou is technically free - which is wonderful for those family members who are keen to just soak up the festive atmosphere. But, for those who wish to ride or participate in the activities, there are a variety of payment options.

Kifissou & Petrou Rali - Agios Ionnis Rentis
tel: 210 8092800 (office) - tel: 210 8092888 (park)

Catch METRO Red line No 3 to AIGALEO (8 minutes) - walk to THEODOR POLI KANDRIOTIS 5 minutes and then catch BUS No 845 ( (8 minutes, 4 stops)
BY taxi aprox. 20 minutes €12

Monday to Friday: 17:00- 23:30
Saturday & Public Holidays:10:00 – 00:00
Sunday: 10:00-23:30
In case of bad weather conditions, operating hours may change. Please contact +30 210 80 92 888, to be informed.

Daily pass for adults from €21, for kids from €16 (find more http://www.allou.gr/en/park/?Parkid=2)

More useful information:  www.allou.gr 

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It is one of our city`s most popular touristic attractions and one of Athens landmarks.


The Panathenaic Stadium is located on the site of an ancient stadium and for many centuries hosted games in which nude male athletes competed (gymnikoi agones) in track events, athletics championships as we would call them today.

The stadium was built long before dimensions for athletics venues were standardized, and its track and layout follow the ancient hairpin-like model.

kalimarmaron stadium

It could once seat about 80,000 spectators on fifty rows of marble steps and currently holds 45,000 spectators

The games, which since antiquity had been held in an area far from the city, were included in the programme of the Panathenaia festival celebrations in 566/565 BC. When the orator Lykourgos assumed responsibility for the finances of Athens, in 338 BC, he included in the public works carried out in the city the building of a Stadium.

Discovolos statue

Because of the marble, the temperature in the Stadium during summer can be very high, the best hours to visit the Stadium during the summer months are in the morning and late afternoon, when temperatures are lower.

On warm days, we suggest you bring along a bottle of water and sun protection.

For your own safety during the winter months, care is advised on the steps, especially during wet weather.

If you feel energetic, you can go for a run around the stadium, on the the footsteps of great athletes! Athletic shoes necessary!

Do not forget to take a photo on the podium against the backdrop of the Stadium.


An unforgettable photo.

If you want an amazing photograph, you should climb to the upper tier of stand 21, from where you can capture the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Filopappos Hill, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Zappeion, the National Gardens and Lycabettus Hill.

The Cafe is open daily.

More details: www.panathenaicstadium.gr

The first museum was on the Acropolis; it was completed in 1874 and underwent a moderate expansion in the 1950s. However, successive excavations on the Acropolis uncovered many new artifacts which significantly exceeded its original capacity.


An additional motivation for the construction of a new museum was that in the past, when Greece made requests for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the United Kingdom, which acquired the items in a controversial manner, it was suggested by some British officials that Greece had no suitable location where they could be displayed.

Creation of a gallery for the display of the Parthenon Marbles has been key to all recent proposals for the design of a new museum.

The Acropolis Museum

The design by Bernard Tschumi was selected as the winning project in the fourth competition

The collections of the museum are exhibited on three levels while a fourth middle level houses the auxiliary spaces such as the museum shop, the café and the offices.

The museum offers amazing view of the Parthenon. An informative video is playing on the top floor explaining the history during the ages.


At the basement there is a glass floor from which you can see the digs under the museum.


If you are visiting the museum with children, check Lego Acropolis for child centered activities. Kids will love it!

Slopes of the Acropolis museum:
The Archaic Acropolis Gallery
The Parthenon Gallery
Propylaia, Athena Nike, Erechtheion
From the 5th c. BC to the 5th c. AD

The ground floor Shop and Café, the purchase of a ticket is not required.
To the second floor Shop and Restaurant, a free admission ticket is required from the Ticket Desk.

Tel.: +30 210 9000900
More info: www.theacropolismuseum.gr 

The National Observatory of Athens (NOA), is housed in a elegant 19th-century building.

The Observatory is located at Lofos Nymphon (Nymphs Hill) and it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Athens.

Amazing city view from National Observtory of Athens

You need to book a ticket in order to join. The stuff will give you a very interesting introduction before going to the big room of the telescope where you can look at the stars and planets.

National Observtory of Athens

The museum
Since 1842, the Sina building has been renovated quite a few times while its scientific activity.
In 2008 it was converted into a museum.

National Observtory of Athens the Museum

Among others, the museum shows a great collection of old geoastrophysic’s instruments,
the map of the moon based on J. Schmidt’s study from 1855 to 1874 ,
the Syngros Meridian Telescope, which set the time of Greece from 1902 to 1964,
and a copy of the first analog computer, the Antikythera mechanism on a 3:1 scale.

National Observtory of Athens the Antikithera Mechanism

The world famous Antikythera mechanism is an ancient (dated to about 87 BC ) Greek analogue computer used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendar and astrological purposes decades in advance. It could also be used to track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games.
Detailed info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

From the windows of the museum you can observe the Acropolis with a telescope.

The building also houses the historic library of the Observatory. In the library scientific journals and very important books are kept, written by Apollonius Pergaiou, Chrysanthos Notaras etc, since the 18th century.

National Observtory of Athens the Library

Visiting hours
Day regular group visits upon arrangement 9:30 – 14:00
Night regular visits every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with guided tour to the historical buildings included a visit to the Doridis telescope with which you can observe the sky.
Regular visits, are suitable for ages over 5 years.

November to March 19:00 – 20:30 (English guided tour at 20:00)
May to August 21:00 – 22:30 (English guided tour at 21:00)
September, October, April 20:00 – 21:30 (English guided tour at 21:00)
General dmission 5€ - 2,5€ for youths up to 18 years old, students and seniors under 65.

How to get there
The Museum can be reached by train (Thysseio station) or metro (Acropolis station) and by walking along Apostolou Pavlou st or Dionysiou Aeropagitou st respectively.
In addition to the regular morning visits, special evening tours for groups up to 25 people are also available upon appointment. These tours, which can also be offered in languages other than Greek or English, include observations of the night sky using the Doridis telescope, weather permitting.
For reservations regarding morning tours of groups call 210-3490112. For VIP and evening tours call: 210-3490160 or 210-3490055 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A brief history of the foundation
Most buildings of social or scientific value in Athens, were created with charities of rich Greeks of the diaspora. NOA and specifically, the Sina building, was a charity of the Sina family. G. Sinas, who served as a Greek consul in Vienna, gave 60,000 drachmas to the University of Athens on August 12th 1840 for the foundation of the Observatory.
A council of sages was composed to appoint the best position for construction, which proved to be Lofos Nymphon (Nymphs Hill), by architech E. Schaubert and professor Vouris.

National Observtory of Athens

The foundation stone of the institution was placed on June 26th 1842 based on plans by Schaubert and the ceremony took place at 8 o' clock in the morning under a total solar eclipse.
The building's construction commenced in October 1843 and was completed in the spring of 1846. Ever since, the Sina building has stood as a wonderful example of excellent neoclassical architecture a the top of Nymphon Hill in Athens' historical centre, next to Pnyx.

Professor Vouris (1842-1855) was the first director of the institution and he was involved with meteorological observations, study of the Greek nature, geography and astronomy. He also published a series of important works such as “Geodetic measurements in Attica”, “On observing and studying Mars' diameter”, “Defining the longitude and latitude of Athens” etc.

J. Schmidt/Kokkidis (1858-1885) Due to Vouris' illness, Baron Sinas appointed german astronomer Johann F. Julius Schmidt as the second NOA director, who arrived in Athens on December 2nd 1858.
Schmidt's work is important and covers a range of subjects such as astronomy, selenography, meteorology, altitude measuring, botany and seismology. He published numerous studies and from January 1855 until the end of July 1874 he drew his monumental work, the map of the Moon, a copy of which is displayed in the museum.
Detailed info http://www.noa.gr/museum/english/history_en.html

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) covers an area of 210,000 sqm.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the SNFCC is a multifunctional urban complex that includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, and the Stavros Niarchos Park.

Renzo Piano envisaged the SNFCC rising out of the ground like a dislodged piece of the earth’s crust. As a result, an artificial hill is constructed and the roof of both the library and the opera house is emerging from it maintaining the slope. The library is lower and the ‘hill’ concludes with the opera house. The roof of the library will be covered with ground material. On top of the opera house, there will be a canopy supported on thin steel columns. According to Piano, "the canopy represents a cloud hovering over the highest point of the hill"

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

It is a recreation destination as it offers environmentally sustainable education, arts, playground and an interesting architectural structure.

The National Library of Greece
The nearly 24,000 m2 (235,000 sq. ft.) building combines traditional with technological innovation, conservation with information and communication. A nationwide digitization project helps make heritage materials available to the public and offers access to the Library’s various collections. Connectivity with other libraries both nationally and globally allows the Library’s users access to material abroad that is relevant to Greece or Hellenism. In addition, a Business Center provides the public with an active hub for enterprise, knowledge, and innovation, offering computer workstations, laptops, and wireless connectivity.

Holdings include over 4,500 manuscript codices from the 9th to the 19th century and a rich variety of important historical documents and archives.

The Greek National Opera

 National Opera in Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Covering an area of 28,000 m2, the new premises of the Greek National Opera can only be compared with the most modern opera houses in the world. The high aesthetics and acoustics, as well as the installations of the Main Stage (Stavros Niarchos Hall, 1400 seats), bolster a high-calibre artistic program. Furthermore, the Alternative Stage (400 seats) is a hub of research and creativity in the field of education, community and contemporary artistic creation, with special emphasis in all forms of the musical theater.
More info and scheduled performances 

The Stavros Niarchos Park

StavrosNiarchosFoundation Park

The Stavros Niarchos Park, a modern Landscape Architecture project has been designed in accordance with the principles of sustainability, ecosystems and the alternations of a place that is in constant evolution. It is a welcoming and open space, with plantings and a character that reflects the Mediterranean landscape.
Every Thursday at 13:00 there is a guided tour in English language.
Meeting point: Visitors Center (Evripidou & Doiranis, Kallithea)
Tour Duration: 90 '
Number of participants: 20 people

Please note
*The tour involves continuous walking down the Stavros Niarchos Park and the use of stairs. Estimated walking distance is calculated at 1 km.
*The tours at the Stavros Niarchos Park will be conducted under sufficient weather conditions.
*Τhe Stavros Niarchos Park is fully accessible for people with disabilities. For further information please check

Renting a bike
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Bikes is a short-term bicycle rental service for children and adults able to use a bicycle.

There are 50 adult bikes available distributed across the three bike stations around the SNFCC (Visitors Center, Agora, Rear Agora) and 25 kids' bikes at the Visitors Center. (fifteen 20-inch bikes for children aged 5–8 and ten 24-inch bikes for children aged 9–13)
The SNFCC Bikes have three speeds and are equipped with hub dynamo powered headlight and taillight, bell, saddle with adjustable height, short-term safety lock and basket for carrying light objects along.
Hours of operation are 09:00-21:00 daily.
Registration 3€
Rate per hour (€3/5/10/20 prepaid pack options) 1€

Μore info about bicycle rental

How to get there

For convenient access to and from the SNFCC, transportation by shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, free of charge. A minibus bearing the SNFCC logo departs from Syntagma Square (intersection with Ermou Street), with a stopover at the Syggrou-Fix Metro station (Syggrou Avenue), and arrives at the south side of the SNFCC Canal (near the GNO building) and vice versa.

On Sundays, from 10.00 to 13.00, the shuttle bus runs only from Syggrou-Fix to the SNFCC and vice versa, due to the scheduled changing of the Presidential Guard in front of the Hellenic Parliament. In the event of special traffic regulations the schedule of shuttle bus, might be modified accordingly.
See the time timetable and other ways

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Lycabetus Hill by night

Lycabettus also known as Lykavittos is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters (908 feet) above sea level and offers a great view of the city.

Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theater, and a restaurant.

The hill is a tourist destination and can be ascended by the Lycabettus Funicular, a funicular railway which climbs the hill from a lower terminus at Kolonaki. The railway station can be found at Aristippou street.

Citty view from Lykabetus hill

Lycabettus appears in various legends. Popular stories suggest it was once the refuge of wolves, (lycos in Greek), which is possibly the origin of its name (means "the one [the hill] that is walked by wolves").

Mythologically, Lycabettus is credited to Athena, who created it when she dropped a limestone mountain she had been carrying from the Pallene peninsula for the construction of the Acropolis after the box holding Erichthonius was opened.

Lycabetus open air Theatre

The hill has a large open-air amphitheater at the top, which has housed many Greek and international concerts. Among the artists who have performed at the Lycabettus theatre included Ray Charles, Joan Baez, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola, John Mc Laughlin, Gary Moore, Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, Nick Cave, Pet Shop Boys, Deep Purple, UB40, Placebo, Radiohead, Moby, Massive Attack, Faithless, Whitesnake, Tracy Chapman, Patti Smith, Vanessa Mae, Brian Ferry, Tito Puente, Buena Vista Social Club, Orishas and Scorpions.

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The pool located on the hotel’s terrace is quite large. The surrounding area is arranged at multi teak deck levels offering a splendid view of the Acropolis. Cushions, bamboo furniture, sunbeds and plentiful white fabrics fluttering in the breeze are creating an elegant and relaxed atmosphere.

Tel: 210 7416 000

St George hotel swimming pool

  • Address: 2 Kleomenous Str - Kolonaki
  • Working hours: Daily: 09:00 – 20:00
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The hotel is located very close to the National Archaeological Museum, opposite one of the biggest city parks. The pool located on the terrace, is offering a unique view of the treetops creating a green island of serenity.

5 min walking from National Archeological museum and 5 min walking from METRO station – VICTORIA

Tel: 210 889 4500

  • Address: 10 Alexandras av.
  • Working hours: Daily: 10.30 – 18:30
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Although this hotel is located a bit away from home, but it is definitely worth! The pool is located on the 21st floor offering the best possible panorama of the entire city and the illusion you are floating in the sky!


Tel: 210 698 9000

President Hotel swimming pool

  • Address: 43 kifisias av.
  • Working hours: Daily: 10.30 – 19:00
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From this terrace overlooking the city, you can even see Piraeus in the distance! However, the pool is relatively small. Ideal for your evening drink, while city lights make the view spectacular!

5 min walking from National Archeological museum and 5 min walking from Metro station – “Larissa station”

Tel: 21 0820 0700

Novotel swimming pool


  • Address: 4 Michael Boda str
  • Working hours: Daily: 09:00 – 19:00
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Large and simple it is located on the 12th floor, offering an amassing view of the city.

Metro station OMONIA

tel: 210 523 1753

 Dorian Inn Hotel swimming pool

  • Address: 15 - 19 Panagi tsaldari str
  • Working hours: Daily: 10:00 – 19:00
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A quiet and rather large pool, atmospheric and beautiful, right in the heart of the city, is offering an amassing view.

Metro station EVAGELISMOS

tel: 210 720 7000

Hotel Divani swimming pool

  • Address: 2 Vasileos Alexandrou str.
  • Working hours: Daily: 07:00 – 21:00
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Warm wood and tranquil gray colors are predominant in the hotel’s top floor. In this Acropolis view piscine you can enjoy city swimming in style.

Metro station OMONIA

tel: 210 524 8511

 Fresh Hotel swimming pool

  • Address: 26 Sofokleous str
  • Working hours: Daily: 10:00 – 19:00
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