3 days in Athens for senior travellers
Begin your day at 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. The Acropolis Museum is your next stop (you will definitely need 2 hours here). Then, a beautiful stroll along Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian Street awaits you! If you wish to take a coffee break, the cafe on 3, Makrygianni Street is the best choice. You will see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Agora (you can visit the archaeological site and the museum) and enjoy the longest walk in Athens and the open-air live museum. Continue your walk and spend the rest of the day exploring the neighborhoods of Plaka, Monastiraki and Psiri. They are considered to be the most picturesque spots in Athens and definitely the most photographed. If you prefer something gourmet for lunch, Mono Restaurant is, naturally, one of the best choices, while Bakaliarakia of Damigos is certainly the best option for sampling traditional Greek cuisine. It is also renowned for its reasonable prices. If you are in mood, continue with a walk on the most commercial street in the city, Ermou Street, where it is calmer in the evening than during the day.
Start your day in the central Syntagma Square. You will see the Parliament building, the monument of the Unknown Soldier and the famous evzones (guards). It is worth watching the changing of guards as it is a unique spectacle the world over! Then, visit Zappeion Mansion and the National Gardens for a “green” walk in the center of the city. The Temple of Olympian Zeus is also located here. Take the tram (Zappeion stop) and head south. You have two choices: visit the pulsating Flisvos Marina with its various options for coffee, ice cream, lunch, drinks etc. or if you prefer, head for the picturesque Mikrolimano in the Piraiki area. Begin your walk from the nearby Peace and Friendship Stadium (there is a tram stop here) and after the wooden bridge you will see the church of the Holy Virgin Myrtidiotissa, which is at the entrance to Mikrolimano. There are some cafes here, as well as small taverns on the pedestrian street. The center of Mikrolimano is not far away. Picturesque houses, fishing boats, fishermen and the smell of fresh seafood and fish are typical in Greece. You can spend the rest of the day here and enjoy the beautiful “summer” sunset!
Take a cruise to the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf for your last day! You can also visit any of these islands on your own by booking tickets at one of the agencies at Piraeus port. However, if your time is limited, a cruise is the best solution so you can get a taste and sense of the beautiful Greek islands. You can also visit Vouliagmeni Lake in the south with its healing waters (ideal for healing all kinds of arthritis, dermatological and gynecological conditions, backache and sciatica).
Rest of Centre