At the southern tip of the Attica peninsula you’ll encounter an ancient monument to rival the Parthenon. The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio dates to the 5th century and is situated in a dramatic cliff-top location that affords visitors unbelievable views out to sea. Finish up your trip to the temple with a visit to one of the nearby beaches.
No holiday to Athens would be complete without a tour of the Acropolis. This ancient site dates back to Neolithic times, but its most significant buildings were constructed in the 5th century BC by Greek statesman Pericles. Marvel at the soaring marble columns of the Parthenon and explore the birthplace of the Greek tragedy, the Theatre of Dionysus.
To put in context the Acropolis and the city’s other key ancient sites, pay a visit to the National Archaeological Museum. Home to one of the most significant collections of Greek antiquities in the world, this vast neoclassical building houses more than 11,000 items. Wander through the exhibits, and marvel at the frescoes, jewellery, pottery and sculptures on display.
This limestone hill in the centre of Athens rises 900 feet above sea level and offers panoramic views of the city. You can reach the peak of Mount Lycabettus by taking the funicular railway, which begins its ascent from a terminus in Kolonaki. At the top, wander through the gardens and get a look at the open-air theatre.
Athen’s National Garden is spread across 38 picturesque acres and provides the perfect spot for an afternoon wander. Take shelter from the Greek sun under the cool canopy of trees, spot turtles in the ponds, and pay a visit to the Lord Byron Monument. In neigbouring Syntagma Square you can sit by the fountain and watch the world go by.