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Athens, Greece: homeland of the gods

The Parthenon rising up over a bustling city teeming with stylish restaurants and hip hotels is a perfect symbol for today’s Athens, a city whose attractions are a juxtaposition of ancient tradition with progress and modernity. There’s no shortage of things to do for any kind of tourism here.

Family vacation

Hands-on experiments, interactive exhibitions, puzzles, and crafts make the Hellenic Children’s Museum a great place to bring your kids. Favourites: cookie-making lessons that teach the science of baking, a chocolate-making course, and a Bubble Room.

Get a peek behind the scenes at the Haridimos Shadow Puppet Workshop and Museum, where 900 exhibits trace the history of this craft from 1925 to 1980.

Couples

Dine just like the ancient Greeks did at Archeon Gefsis, a restaurant where the Grecian-gowned waitresses have plaited hair, there are no forks and the menu is straight out of the 5th century. Be sure to begin with a romantic aperitif of sweet wine and honey served in clay cups.

Athenians love film, and indeed many of the city’s walled gardens turn into outdoor cinemas at night. One of the best is Thiseon, where you can watch a Hollywood classic with the Parthenon illuminated in the background.

Travelling with friends

Built to house every artefact found on the rock (It even includes placeholders for the controversial Elgin marbles, still in the UK.), the modern Acropolis Museum is a must-see.

Perhaps surprisingly, Athens Clue is one of the most highly-rated activities in the city. You and your friends are locked in a room and have 60 minutes to solve your way out. An incredibly entertaining break from sightseeing.

Transat Holidays has something for every preference and budget. Visit the Tours and Excursions section to see what’s available in Athens.

Trips to Athens: Good To Know

To ensure a successful trip to Athens, read this useful information about travelling to Greece.