Life Beyond the Classroom

Stroll through elegant Syntagma Square, past the House of Parliament. Take some time to check out the Syntagma Square metro station, one of the many Attiko Metro "Museums in Motion" with its display of archaeological finds from the excavations which took place there. Surrounding the square are several historic buildings of the capitol, that now house 5 star hotels. Syntagma is also where several well-known Athenian streets and boulevards begin and intersect. Explore the shops, department stores and restaurants. Take a photo with the Presidential Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and take a walk through the green oasis of the National Gardens. Several magnificent museums are located close by.

suntaghma night

An easy walk from Syntagma Square will lead you into Plaka, the charming old neighborhood on the slopes of the Acropolis. If you get off the Plaka tourist route of Kidathineon and Adrianou Streets, and follow one of the streets such as Thespidos that runs up the slope of the Acropolis, you will find yourself in Cycladic-inspired Anafiotika. This Plaka district, built in the 19th century by immigrants from the Cycladic island of Anafi, retains much of its old village character.

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From Plaka take a stroll on the Archaeological Promenade. Stop by Thisio and enjoy an excellent view of Acropolis. Continuing on you will reach the Acropolis Museum, following Dionyssiou Aeropagitou Street which is lined with neoclassic buildings. Also along the way you will meet the centuries-old Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and Philopappou, the pine-clad summit that has the city's best view of the Acropolis. Don’t miss other significant archaeological sites in the neighborhood, like the Theatre of Dionysus, Kerameikos (the Ancient Greeks’ Cemetery), Roman Agora, Tower of the Winds and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.


Although the most popular and historical neighborhoods of Athens are located in the city center: Syntagma, Plaka, Monastiraki, Acropolis, Thisio and Gazi, there are other neighborhoods worth visiting, such as:

Glyfada (16 km south of Athens, accessible by tram & buses). Glyfada is a lovely seaside neighborhood south of Athens. Its beaches usually get crowded in summer and it is lined by many cafeterias and water sports centers.

Kifisia (20 km north of Athens center, accessible by train & buses). Kifissia is among the greenest and most elegant neighborhoods of Athens. It is famous as a shopping quarter and offers numerous restaurants and cafes for day and evening.

Piraeus (10 km south west of Athens, metro station Piraeus). Piraeus is the largest port of Greece. Ferries depart from Piraeus for the nearby Argosaronikos, Cyclades, Crete and Dodecanese islands. The town of Piraeus is vibrant offering seaside cafeterias and tavernas specializing in seafood.