Hidden Gems

Begin fabulous sailing holidays in Greece in historic Athens

By Jenny Wilson
on  May 20, 2015

Athens is one of the must-see destinations during sailing holidays in Greece. Packed with millennia of culture, architecture, art and history, this is one city you will definitely not want to miss.
Sailing in Greece - Sightseeing trip
The main attraction here is the Acropolis, visible from almost every corner of Athens. The stunning marble statuary, ornate columns and elaborate over-sized buildings make this one of the Western world’s most significant sights. Topped by the majestic Parthenon, originally built to house a statue of the goddess Athena, the Acropolis truly is one of the wonders of the world.

The Archaeological Promenade is a pedestrianised walkway that links the Acropolis to the city’s other major archaeological attractions, making the navigation of these cultural gems a simple and pleasant undertaking. Visit the Acora, Athens’ original administrative and commercial centre, before taking in the astonishing treasures on display at the National Archaeological Museum.

The Panathenaic Stadium was built as venue for ancient athletics contests, the precursor to the modern Olympics. The original design was faithfully replicated in the late 18th century and the existing stadium now houses seating for 70,000, a running track and central area for field sports, just as the original did.

Once you’ve had your fill of ancient civilisations, embrace some of Athens’ more modern delights with a drink at one of Syntagma’s hippest bars or a delicious dinner at one of the many great restaurants in the Metaxourgiou area.

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