3 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 three 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.
Make a stop at the impressive Parliament building and watch the changing of the guards of evzones. At a stone’s throw, Zappeion Mansion and the National Gardens are ideal for a family walk in the nature. 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.
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 with a stroll in Flisvos Marina, one of the city's popular spots for a walk by the sea. Children will love this place and the adults will enjoy the sea and the delightful sunset. Take a Greek frozen yogurt to go from Yogolicious and enjoy the rest of your walk.
In Palaio Faliro, it is worth visiting the new and very interesting Benaki Toy Museum featuring toys, books, publications, clothing and other items associated with childhood from Europe, Africa, Asia and America.
Take the tram to 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 coffee and family relaxation. Two other excellent restaurants are the Burger Joint, since burgers are very popular with the children, and the Italian Vicenzo, which has a specially designed space for kids to play.
Afterwards, head for Piraeus to visit Allou! Fun Park. Discover the most exciting destination in the city, which is also the largest amusement park in Greece.
Take a mini trip to the Attica Zoological Park outside the city. Just 20 minutes from the centre of Athens, in an area of 200 hectares, you will admire 2,000 animals from 5 continents and you will learn many exciting information about their lives and habits. Your visit here will not take less than 2-3 hours.
Later on, you can visit Kifissia: the most aristocratic neighbourhood in Athens with its beautiful neoclassical buildings, fine boutiques and commercial roads that will tempt you into a lasting shopping experience.
You can spend the rest of the day here, visiting the Gaia Center-Goulandris Natural History Museum, enjoying a ride in an old horse carriage, and having lunch at stylish restaurants, with a nice atmosphere and top-quality food. Try the pastries of the historic Varsos patisserie and the amazing Zillion's ice cream. The traditional tavern To Kalosorisma tou Antoni is perfect for a meal with traditional Greek flavours.
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