The Bourtzi Fortress, a Venetian castle off the coast of the Old Town of Nafplio. Photograph: DP/Pizzatravel
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.
Nafplio, a romantic departure close to Athens
Napflio, also known as Anapli, is the main port in the Eastern Peloponnese and one of the most picturesque cities in Greece. According to mythology, it was built by Poseidon’s son, Nafplios, who named the city after himself. “Napoli di Romania” as the Venetians used to call it, maintains its history, local colour and traditions…
Sailing Athens’ coastline
What & Where:
Day cruises on the Athenian Riviera
To experience the Athenian coastline in style and comfort
The sunset cruise with superb food and swimming in crystal clear waters
Discover the Athens Riviera
Sun, sand and sea go hand-in-hand with the ancient ruins of Athens. Experience good food, great beaches and all round good living along the beautiful Athens Riviera. Time travels evermore slowly along the coast of Athens, that stretches for 55km (34 miles) from Faliro to Cape Sounion. In around 30 minutes from the historical centre,…
Best Beaches in Athens
Our top 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 many beaches from the broader Attica basin are awarded ‘Blue Flag’ status each year for their high standards in water quality and cleanliness.
Athens for Families
Whether your kids are big or small, Athens is the perfect city destination to explore as a family at all times of the year. With a vibrant food scene, your children will relish in the delicious and healthy flavours of Greece that includes an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, exceptional olive oils and the…
Athens by selfie – capturing the sites and landmarks of Athens
The selfie phenomenon is in full swing in Athens at all the major sites around town. There’s really no better way to boost your social media cred than with the “look where I am” selfie, to make your friends and family back home that tiny bit envious. So get your selfies sticks at the ready,…