Combining a glorious past with a modern vibe, the center of Athens steals the show in every aspect of its pluralistic identity.
With the imposing Acropolis rising above the city as a precious ornament, the Greek capital is worshiped by visitors from around the world for its glorious past. Though the stage rightfully belongs to the ancient monuments, beyond the ruins lies a contemporary city bursting with a vivid lifestyle and “multicolor” spots, with eclectic streets and neighborhoods for every taste!
The list is long so let’s begin: Exarcheia, Metaxourgeio, Kolonaki, Lycabettus, Acropolis, Syntagma, Monastiraki, Thissio, Plaka. And of course, areas such as Koukaki, Vyronas, Zografou, Gyzi, Kerameikos, Gazi and several more, that are part of the wider area of the Athenian center.
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Why we love the center of Athens
1. Because it’s the heart of the city
It’s not called “the center” for no reason! You are in the center of the city, so that means that you are in the center of everything! All the suburbs are almost in equal distance from the center and the most important thing of course is that here you will find literally everything and – almost everything – in walking distance.
From shopping malls, department stores, cinemas, theaters, beauty salons, gyms to countless cafés, bars and restaurants, all you need for your fun moments are here. Also, the public transportation is more frequent than in any other area of Athens, meaning you can move anywhere and any time you want stress-free.
2. For Kolonaki and Lycabettus
Kolonaki (meaning “little column”) owes its name to a two-meter column, located in Kolonaki Square, that defined the area even before the area’s urbanization. It is located on the southern slopes of Lycabettus Hill, and it has always been one of the most upscale areas of Athens. It is a popular choice if you want to invest in a property, be it as your permanent residence or as an investment. At the same time, it is a great place for a relaxed coffee or drink, or even your shopping therapy at its numerous stores.
Nearby lies the Lycabettus Hill, which offers an impressive and panoramic view of the entire city of Athens! There you will find the small church of Agios Georgios, which you can reach by cable car. Note that Lycabettus is the second highest point of Athens, after the hill of Tourkovounia.
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3. For its epic heritage
The Historic Center of Athens is reminiscent of the glorious days of the past. The imposing Parthenon stands out and catches the eye of every visitor. At the Acropolis Museum, you can admire the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis. Around the Museum, as well as in Thiseio, Plaka and Monastiraki, that are all in walking distance from the museum, you can enjoy your walk surrounded by history every way you look.
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Hot spots: The Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Plaka, Kolonaki, Lycabettus, Panathenaic Stadium
Transportation: Buses, Tram, Metro and Electric Railway
To Piraeus Port: 9.5 km (5.9 miles)
To Athens International Airport: 34 km (21.1 miles)