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Experience a taste of the old and new in the heart of Greece’s capital, Athens. From the aura of the ancient Greeks to the entrepreneurial young Athenians who are opening pop-up restaurants and design collectives, Athens is one of the most compelling cities to explore with an intense energy that burns bright into the night.

Settle in and experience the best of things to do and see in Athens all from the comfort of your own home - Kaló taksídi

 

Discover one of the world's oldest civilizations

With so much to see and do in Athens, why not explore virtually and get a taste of what you can experience in one of the oldest cities in the world. 

From the comfort of your own home, you can explore sites including the National Library to the Academy of Athens or the Greek Parliament building, Ermou St for shopping, Piraeus Port for the island connection, or bask in the beauty of the Athenian Riviera.

Enjoy the sensational views of the Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon, or the Parthenon and Ancient Agora. The list is endless but make sure you take note for your next holiday.

Discover our selection of some of the most incredible places to get virtually acquainted with and add to your virtual itinerary.

 

Zoom in on the ancient Acropolis

Although the term ‘acropolis’ is generic and there are many other acropoles in Greece, none is more famous than the Acropolis of Athens.

Situated on a rocky outcrop above the city it contains the remains of several ancient buildings of historic and architectural significance, including the Parthenon. Make sure you visit in the late afternoon for views of the stunning sunset.

Take a virtual tour of the Acropolis

Discover the Monastiraki and Plaka neighbourhoods

With both neighbourhoods considered some of the world's oldest, taking the time to explore these vibrant local areas is a must when you're in Athens. 

With amazing views of the Acropolis, Monastiraki is best known for its flea markets and ancient sites. Meander through the bustling alleys and discover antiques, handmade jewellery and Greek hand-craft shops.   

Perfectly positioned beneath the Acropolis, Plaka is also packed full of charmingly narrow old lanes, as well as beautiful restored buildings. You'll find some quaint museums, historic churches and squares buzzing with great restaurants and cafes.   

Take a walk through Monastiraki & Plaka

Enjoy an abundance of flavours from sweet to savoury

Image of seafood from Athens, Greece

Beyond the rich historical experiences, the Athens food and drink scene is one that you cannot miss.

From the classic tavernas cooking traditional Greek cuisine like moussaka, saganaki or loukoumades just like Yia Yia, to some of the most adventurous culinary experts reimagining Greek food, you can truly experience it all in Greece’s colourful capital. 

Putting itself on the map for foodies and mixologists, some of the must-sees include renowned Michelin Star restaurant Spondi, and the World's Top 50 chart topping cocktail bar The Clumsies. Also, don't miss out on trying the local wine from ground-breaking wine producers like Gerovassiliou, Gaia and Kir-Yianni.

How to make Yia Yia's classic moussaka

A cherished Greek recipe that has stood the test of time, Moussaka could be considered one of the most popular dishes in Greece and served in almost every restaurant. Prepared with layers of potato, eggplant, meat, and Béchamel sauce, this dish is a perfect winter warmer or a hearty dish to enjoy any day of the week. 

Indulge in one of Athens most popular loukoumades bar

Who doesn’t love doughnuts? Well you can’t go past trying Loukoumades (traditional Greek doughnuts) in Athens. Considered one of the oldest recorded desserts in the world (according to the ancient Greeks), this popular dessert features deep-fried dough balls, traditionally covered in honey and topped with cinnamon and walnuts.

When you’re next in Athens, you can’t miss out on visiting Lukumades. This new-age dessert bar (ranking #1 on Trip Advisor's best dessert shops in Athens) are paying homage to the traditional recipe, as well as adding a modern twist on the old classic. 

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Lukumades

Arts and culture brought to new heights

Image of Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece

With the ancient Greeks dating back to 800 BC, it’s no surprise that Athens boasts rich history and culture around every corner.

Whether it’s exploring the Monastiraki Square vintage markets, or the Museum of Cycladic Art in Syntagma Square, there’s something for everyone.

In the months of June to August, you can also experience The Greek & Epidaurus Festival featuring a program of artists and performers that attracts audiences from around the world. 

In any season - whether it's rain or shine - you shouldn't shy away from learning some Greek dancing to fully immerse yourself in the Greek culture. 

 

Take a look behind the scenes of The Greek & Epidaurus Festival

This annual arts festival is the highlight of the Greek summer calendar. Some of the big highlights of this festival, hosted in the city of Athens, are the performances in the two ancient theatres of the Odeon Herodes Atticus and Epidaurus. Expect world-class international performers and co-productions with local Greek theatre companies. Plus all the theatre productions are subtitled in English to cater for the international audience. 

 

Learn to dance like 'Zorba the Greek'

This iconic Greek dance is considered one of the most famous around the world. Sirtaki, also spelled syrtaki, dates back to the 1960s where Greek musician Mikis Theodorakis created the dance for the movie 'Zorba the Greek'. From there, it's been synonmous in Greek culture and one that you must try whether you're at home or in Athens. 

Watch & learn from the 'Zorba the Greek' film

Live like a local and master your Greek

Learn essential phrases to take you one step closer on your virtual adventure

  • Ya - Hello (single person)
  • Ya sas - Hello (more than one person)
  • Naí - Yes
  • Óchi - No
  • Ti Kaneís? - How are you?
  • Kaliméra - Good morning
  • Kalispéra - Good evening
  • Kalinihta - Goodnight
  • Milás angliká? - Do you speak English?
  • Parakalo - Please
  • Efcharistó - Thank you
  • Efcharistó polý - Thank you very much

Unearth the old and the new in Athens, with a plethora of experiences to captivate all types of travelers. With more time to daydream, keep your wanderlust alive and add Athens to your travel bucket list. 

Efcharistó from the team at Qatar Airways

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