Sailing Athens Riviera Catamaran
Sun baking nets for relaxing on board. Photograph: courtesy of Sailing Athens

Sightseeing in Athens

Sightseeing in Athens shouldn’t be limited to a roll call of sites and ancient ruins. It should also be about enjoying modern Athenian life. We’ve included our ‘Leisure’ category for that very reason, to ensure you have a full experience of the city and give you some other ways of exploring Athens; whether its sailing along the Athenian Riviera or relaxing at one of the beautiful coastal beaches. We are constantly updating our information as we come across new and worthy ways to experience Athens.

Athens day trips

Signing up to a day tour will allow you to cover a lot of territory and explore Athens in a different way. Whether it’s a wine tasting, or a photography tour, we have selected only the best cultural tours to discover modern Athenian life. The full day and half day sailing trips is the perfect way to get out on to the Aegean sea and explore the city’s coastline. Athens is one of the few cities in the world surrounded by sea and where you can access beautiful beaches within 20 minutes from the city centre. There are endless possibilities if you open your mind to the vastness of the city, as it expands and sprawls south to Sounio where you can spend the day swimming and eating at authentic seaside tavernas and at sunset, marvel at yet another of her magical temples; The Temple of Poseidon.

  • Sailing Athens Riviera Catamaran

    Sailing Athens’ coastline

    What & Where: Day cruises on the Athenian Riviera
    Why Go: To experience the Athenian coastline in style and comfort
    We Loved: The sunset cruise with superb food and swimming in crystal clear waters
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    Experiencing Athens, from tourist to local

    There was a time when I was a tourist in Athens. I would usually dedicate the last three days of my Greek holiday to the capital before making the painfully long journey back home to Australia. Three days was never enough, I often felt disappointed that I couldn’t conquer the city in that time and…

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    What to do in Athens – beyond climbing the Acropolis

    Ancient and modern Athens co-exist in perfect harmony with each other. Wherever you stand in the Greek capital, the Parthenon will always be in view as a constant reminder of the city’s history and where it all began over two millennia ago. So after you’ve climbed to the top of the Acropolis and marvelled at…

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  • Best Athens Beaches Akti Vouliagmenis

    Best Beaches in Athens

    Our top 5 picks of where to swim in Athens. With crystal clear waters and sand-fringed shorelines, Athens' beaches are easily accessible to the public. Greater Athens features the longest coastline of any European capital and this year, 13 beaches from the broader Attica basin were awarded ‘Blue Flag’ status for their high standards in water quality and cleanliness.

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    The House Project

    What & Where: An all day beach house open day and night in Glyfada
    Why Go: A great escape to recharge the batteries. Perfect for families and party-goers
    We Loved: The chill out rooms inside
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  • Cine Paris Plaka Why Athens

    Cine Paris Plaka

    What & Where: Outdoor cinema, Plaka
    Why Go: For an out of the ordinary way to experience Athens
    We Loved: Watching a film with a view
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    Centre of Hellenic Traditions

    What & Where: Exhibition of Greek folk art, Plaka
    Why Go: To see beautiful hand made objects
    We Loved: The gallery space that leads onto a traditional coffee house with postcard views of Plaka
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