2 days in Athens for families
Travelling with the family means happy travelling! Athens is a city friendly to those who travel with their family, offering many activities that involve children, as well as many things that delight their parents. Wonderful museums and archaeological sites, parks, beaches and venues for countless fun moments await you to discover them all. If you have two days at your disposal, you can spend pleasant moments with your family getting to know Athens.
There is no better start than the city’s landmark. Begin your day with a visit to the Acropolis. Make sure to get there early in the morning to avoid the heat of the sun, especially during the summer months and if you have children with you. If you want to make it an educational experience, don’t forget to visit the New Acropolis Museum as well.
Continue with a stroll along the beautiful Dionysiou Aeropagitou pedestrian Street, wander through the alleys and explore the picturesque Plaka with the School Life and Education Museum and Monastiraki with its flea market. Taste traditional dishes, such as pita-souvlaki and kebab in one of the local taverns. Don’t forget to make a stop at Hans & Gretel to buy some candy for the children and try the bubble waffle and the chimney cakes.
If you are not tired of walking, take a stroll to Philopappou Hill, while in the afternoon visit Kolonaki, for a walk, shopping or coffee. Next is the central Syntagma Square, where if you are lucky, you will watch the changing of the guards of evzones, which takes place every hour.
In the evening, you can dine in one of the restaurants downtown, like Hard Rock Cafe Athens in Monastiraki or -if you want to eat something Greek and authentic- the Rosalia in Exarchia.
Start your day ideally with a stroll in Zappeion Mansion and the lush green National Gardens. In approximately 15 hectares, you will walk amongst rare plant species, you will spend time playing with your little ones and feeding the ducks, you will rest on wooden benches, you will take family photographs under beautiful pergolas, and finally, you will see up close ancient finds and busts.
What comes next will definitely amuse both young and old. Just outside Zappeion, you can hop on one of the open red buses of City Sight Seeing and get to know the city's most important attractions in the most enjoyable and playful way.
However, fun is not over yet either for you or for your little companions. Head for Piraeus and make a short stop at Allou! Fun Park. Discover the most exciting destination in the city, which is also the largest amusement park in Greece.
Wrap up your day at the nearby, picturesque Mikrolimano, enjoying delicious mezze overlooking the sailing yachts. If you are into meat, choose Paraga, or Thea Thalassa for fish and seafood. Alternatively, visit Glyfada, the coastal suburb of southern Athens that offers many options for relaxation and food. Here, Balux The House Project is an ideal destination for families with children.
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