If there was something in Greece that everybody knew before arriving there, it was the Partenon. The sensation of being there, felling the sizes and distances, understanding the damage of the crowds stepping or even jumping in the stones, while remembering the old days in school, does worth the trip. But be prepared to be pushed, trodden, squeezed. The local museum could be a oasis in the heat of the violent sun, but it is another place to get pushed, and trodden and squeezed. Anyway, no one complaints - being one of the few universal meeting points, it has to be shared!
Will it be possible to visit Athens without entering the Acropolis? Of course not!The Parthenon is the dominant building, but, to be honest, the visit doesn't had much to what we know from the many descriptions that came to our life in school and subsequent readings. The true achievement is the sensation of... "being there", with the feet walking across the history of civilization, towards the museum that shows... yes, the details that you didn't know before the visit.
Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou | Main entrance on the west
Caryatid - Elegance and style
All isolated statues were removed to the museum, but fortunately, these ones, holding the structure couldn't be removed. They compose the most elegant and harmonious detail in the rich ensemble of Pártenon.Now the truth: Yes, they were also removed, five of them to the museum, and one to England, but the copies are perfectly "imperfect" respecting the aging expected in a piece of art coming from the 6th century BC.
Theatre of Dionysus
Tower of the Winds
Not a big museum, but a very rich collection. Centrally located, this museum is a great alternative to who desires to make a brake in "old stones", with the 15000 pieces covering from the 4th to the 19th century.
Address: 22 Vas.Sophias avenue, Athens 10675
Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation
Panagia Gorgoepikoos or Agios Eleftherios
Yes, there's a big cathedral in this square - Plateia Mitropleos, but, "hidden in the shadow" of this small Byzantine gem, who will notice it? Built on the ruins of a still older temple (with stones dating from the 4th century) this church from the 12th century is something you have to visit and read about.
We arrived in Athens by lunch time, with flight to Santorini almost at midnight. Our tourist operator received us in the airport (VIP treatment because I was a friend of the Portuguese operator), and drove us to the beach of Glifada where time could pass without boring the kids. It was nice, and we had time to explore a little of the place. The beach seamed a little dirt and crowded, and the city showing a modern and functional look. We decided to visit a huge church near the beach, but... bad luck: it was being used in religious ceremonies, and we didn't disturb. I kept the idea that it was as modern as everything around but... not sure.
Just a common temple, but a beautiful trip along the peninsula through Glifada and Vougliameni until reaching the end, where the temple stands overlooking the ocean, in a high promontory. Of course, the temple, built in 440 BC has a rich history and a role in the greek mythology, but its the location and views over the seas that drag thousands there each dayIt's easy to book locally a trip, and it must be great by sunset.