2 days in Athens for families
Begin your day with a visit to the Acropolis archaeological site. It is advisable to visit quite early in the morning (the site is open from 08.00 daily) to avoid the heat of the sun, especially during the summer and if you have children. Continue with a walk along the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian Street and to the Ancient Agora, wander in the narrow streets and explore the picturesque Plaka with the School Life and Education Museum (23, Tripodon Street, Plaka, tel. +30 210 3250341) and Monastiraki with its open-air market. Taste traditional dishes, such as pita-souvlaki and kebab in one of the local taverns; Bairaktaris (2, Monastiraki Square, tel. +30 210 3213036) and Thanassis (69, Mitropoleos Street, tel. +30 210 3244705) are the most famous. Continue your day with an educational visit to the Acropolis Museum (via metro). You should have in mind that you will need at least 2 hours. In the evening you can dine in one of the restaurants in the center with wonderful views of the Acropolis (e.g. Orizontes Lycabettus) or (if you prefer something more cosmopolitan) in one of the restaurants in Kolonaki, and combine it with an evening stroll and window shopping.
Begin with a screening at Tholos (dome shaped hall) in the “Hellenic Cosmos” Cultural Center. Check the schedule for projections for the show “Interactive Tour at the Ancient Agora” in the impressive semi-circular shaped virtual reality theater (Tholos) and enjoy an unforgettable experience which introduces you to Ancient Greece. From there, move to another area, before ending your evening in the quiet northern suburbs. Make a stop at Syntagma and Parliament and if you are lucky, watch the changing of guards of evzones! Afterwards visit the Athens Olympic Athletic Center (OAKA) for a tour and a taste of the 2004 Olympic Games. Proceed towards Kifissia on the metro, where you can take a nice stroll and sit at one of the numerous cafes in the area and relax. You can spend the rest of the day here, visiting the Gaia Center-Goulandris Natural History Museum, wander in the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city and have lunch at stylish restaurants, with a nice atmosphere and top quality food. The traditional tavern To Kalosorisma tou Antoni is a top secret in the area and the best choice, if you want something traditional.