Central Greece

Attica

The plains, shores, hills and mountains of Attica surround Athens . You will find archeological sites , small seaside resorts, cultivated plains, contrasting with the color of the earth, pine trees, olive trees and vines. Attica stretches down to the sea, with Cape Sounio in the southeast, Evia in the east and with the Corinthian Gulf in the West. Here the climate is typically Mediterranean.

ATHENS

What to see in Athens

Ancient Athens

- The Acropolis (the Parthenon) and the Acropolis museum.
- At the foot of the Acropolis, the Dionysus theater, the Herodion Atticus Odeon and the Aeropagites.
- The Agora (the ancient marketplace), near to the Monastiraki metro station.
- The temple of Zeus and Adrian 's Gate.
- Keramikos (the ancient cemetery), close to Thesion metro station.
- The National museum (one of the world's most beautiful museums) where the evolution of Greek art can be traced from the Neolithic to the Roman period.

Byzantine Athens:

- The Athens Cathedral on Mitropoleos street .

- Kapnikarea Church (XII A.D).

- The Aghii Assomati Byzantine church ( close to the Agora ).

- The Byzantine museum, where you will find a rare collection of objects dating from the beginning of Christianity, from the Byzantine and the post-Byzantine era , as well as sculptures and splendid icons and frescoes .

- The Benaki museum where beautiful icons, antiquities and folkloric costumes are displayed.

Modern Athens:

Syntagma- Parliament Square

This is surrounded by luxurious hotels , banks, outdoor cafes, kiosks and luxury boutiques. You will watch the change of the guard ( the evzones ) in front of the monumen t of the Unknown Soldier . The picturesque costume worn by the evzones was originally worn by the veterans of the war of Independence .

The flea market near Monastiraki (Tube Station) full of antiques for sale, restaurants with live music and full of life especially in the week ends.

Kolonaki
 

A residential district at the foot of the hill of Lykavitos (cafes, restaurants, boutiques).

The hill of Lykavitos
 


The cable-car will take you to the summit, where you can view the entire city of Athens whilst having lunch or a drink.

Omonia

The equivalent to Piccadilly Circus is noisy, congested and popular . The three avenues: Stadiou, Panepistimiou and Akadimias, between Syntagma and Omonia, form the center of Athens , where some handsome neoclassic buildings dating from the XIX century can be seen.

Plaka

At the foot of the Acropolis, in the old Athenian neighborhood which retains its old buildings and streets. You will find small Byzantine churches, restaurants, cabarets, bars and tourist shops.

Piraeus

This is the primary Greek port since the Themistocles era . A typically Mediterranean port, commercially and industrially very active, Piraeus , in contrast to the small marinas of Passalimani and Microlimano with their fish restaurants and their cafes, tempts you to set off for the Greek islands.

Cape Sunion

Poseidon's temple (The God of sea) in Cape Sounion , built between 444 and 440 BC. It is recommended, in order to appreciate it, to take a whole day excursion in order to see the ruins and enjoy the fabulous sunset

Evia

The largest of the Sporadic islands, lies parallel to the Attica coast, 100 kilometers north of Athens , is linked to the mainland of Attica by a bridge . E via is a mountainous island with tranquil landscapes.

 Delphi

Easily accessible and 165 kilometers from Athens , its visit will require an entire day. You will see the sanctuary of Apollo, the stadium, the sanctuary of Athena and the museum with its splendid ancient Greek, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman statues, with the jewel of the museum's collection The Charioteer of Delphi one of the most admired statue from the 5thC BC .

Old Temple of Athena it's a Doric style temple built the 6thC BC.

Tholos it is built the 4C BC as a shrine to goddess Gaia (Earth)

Gymnasium built the 4C BC and rebuilt by the Romans at a later stage by adding two more levels.

Kastalian Spring is the site where, the myth claims, in order to avoid Apollo's attention. Castalia the nymph drowned herself. Here the pilgrims performed purification rituals before entering Apollo's sanctuary.

Asklipiio This sanctuary dedicated to Asklipios was built the 7C BC. The legend claims that this was the area where all the sacred serpents were kept. Inside the temple was a statue of Asklipios in gold and Ivory seated on a throne.

Ossios Loukas (40 kilometers from Delphi) is a Byzantine monastery amongst the finest in Greece ; you will find icons from the XVI century and frescoes from the XI century.

Pilio

Pelion is a land of legend and myths which has captivated ancient and modern writers. It will be difficult to choose the most handsome amongst its 24 villages, the most charming landscape, and the most inviting beach. A visit to the mountains of Thessaly is a must.

Meteora

In the northwest corner of Thessaly is a group of huge rocks. On top of these rocks monasteries known as Meteora are built. This site is very popular with tourists.

The extraordinary site of Meteora is one of the most impressive in Greece seen from whatever direction. A Panoramic road takes you around the site offering the best angle on the Meteora, the monasteries at the top overlooking the plains down below.

Monasteries that can be visited:

- The Great Meteoron Monastery founded in1356 by St Athanassios at a height of 752 feet.

- Varlaam Monastery originally founded by a monk named Varlaam in 19C and finished by two rich brothers from Ioanina at a later stage.

- Agios Stephanos monastery it was founded by a hermitage the 12C and the 14C were given by the Emperor Andronicus Paleologus a lot of gifts and manuscripts.

- Holy Trinity Monastery built between 15C and 17C .There are plenty of artifacts and manuscripts. Unfortunately the German occupation army looted this place amongst others.

- The monastery of Roussanou it was rebuilt the 16thC .Today is accessible by two bridges instead of the mobile ladders.

 
 

 
 
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