3 days in Athens for senior travellers
Senior travellers can experience unforgettable moments in Athens, an ideal destination for everyone. The historical centre will entice you to take beautiful strolls, while a visit in the suburbs will expose you to the Greek capital's timeless finesse perfectly adjusted to the 21st century standards.
If you belong to this target group, and you have only one day to see Athens, check out what you can do to make your stay truly memorable.
Your first stop will be to Athens' trademark attraction, the Acropolis. Try to arrange your visit early in the morning so that you won't suffer the heat, especially during the summer. Under the "Sacred Rock" lies the impressive Acropolis Museum (bear in mind that a visit here will last at least 2 hours). Afterwards you can buy an ice cream and enjoy it walking along Dionysiou Areopagitou Pedestrian Street. As you cross the largest walkway in Athens you will spot the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Agora of Athens, which will make you feel like you are inside an open-air museum.
You can spend the rest of your day exploring Plaka, Monastiraki and Psiri which are considered to be three of the most scenic neighborhoods in Athens. As you stroll around them you will take in amazing images and discover various places to eat and relax.
If you have an appetite for gourmet dishes, Mono Restaurant is one of the best choices you can make in the historical centre, otherwise you can choose Bakaliarakia of Damigos which serve the best traditional Greek cuisine delicacies and is famed for its reasonable prices. In case you want to wrap up your day with a special dinner, having a great view of the city and the Acropolis as a background, you can reserve a table at GB Roof Garden, Sense Fine Dining Restaurant or Kuzina.
In the morning you will visit the central Syntagma square, one of Athens' most visited and recognizable attractions. Here lies the Greek Parliament building and in front of it the Monument of the Unknown Soldier with the famous Evzones guarding it. It is really worth your time to attend the changing of the Presidential Guard, a unique and very impressive spectacle.
Continue your walk towards the green oasis of the National Garden and Zappeion Mansion. Just next to it you will spot the dominating Temple of Olympian Zeus. If you feel the need to stop for a coffee, to have lunch or some kind of pastry, you can visit Aegli located in the Zappeion area or walk to the corner of Panepistimiou and Voukourestiou streets to find Zonars, one of Athens' legendary cafes. Museum lovers have the option to visit the War Museum, the Benaki Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art.
Later in the evening you can board the tram from the Zappeion stop and head south. Once there you have two options. You can either visit the vibrant Flisvos Marina boasting a wide range of suggestions for coffee, eating and drinking, or the picturesque Mikrolimano in Piraeus, which combines a beautiful view with many options to have fun and eat. Scenic houses, fishing boats, fishermen and the essence of fresh fish and seafood make up an authentic Greek scenery. You can combine your walk in Mikrolimano with a visit in the equally lively and picturesque Marina Zeas (Pasalimani) and Kastella. The rest of your day can be well spent in Piraeus where you can dine in restaurants like Varoulko, Vosporos and Thea Thalassa.
Whatever time of the year you happen to be in Athens, it is worthwhile to visit Cape Sounio to admire the majestic Temple of Poseidon and enjoy one of the most staggering sunsets of your life. Once there you will spot a few taverns overlooking the blue sea that serve fresh fish and sea food.
You can also spend the whole day in the north suburbs and go as far as Vouliagmeni lake which is known for its thermal waters (offering relief from all kinds of arthritis, skin and gynecological conditions, back pain and sciatica). The imposing rock, the medicinal water, the labyrinthine underwater tunnels and the green surroundings compose a unique natural attraction - a once in a lifetime experience of wellness and relaxation.
Alternatively, on your last day in Athens you can visit the islands of the Saronic Gulf (Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aegina, Agistri). You can either choose one of them and buy your tickets from a travel agency located in the port of Piraeus, or take a one day cruise that will surely offer you the opportunity to admire more than just one island.
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