A place of historical beautyAthens, is the birthplace of civilisation and democracy. It's an exciting and vibrant city packed with museums, monuments and parks. It's full of tavernas, restaurants, bars and cafes, so there is always somewhere to go.
Athens is situated in the Attica province, surrounded by the Hymettos, Pendeli and Parnitha mountains. It's the Greek capital and is a modern city combined with a glorious past. Home to some of the most important hertitage sites of Greek civilisation.
Athens port is also the gateway to cruising around the Greek Islands.
Time Difference: GMT +2 hours
Summers can be very hot in Athens with an average temperature in August of 30 degrees Celsius. In winter you can expect an average temperature of 10 degrees in January with the wettest month being December with an average of 4 inches of rain.
Leisure & Activities
One of the most famous sites in the world, the Acropolis sits high on a rocky outcrop and features many ancient buildings of significant archaeological interest including the Parthenon. Special attention has been paid to the access to the site especially for the pathways, to allow good access for people with walking difficulties.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Situated near the centre of Athens, they began construction of this site in the 6th century BC, but it wasn’t completed until the 2nd century AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian. Although there are only 15 of the original 104 columns remaining, it’s easy to envisage that this was a colossal construction. Nearby there is the Arch of Hadrian which was a gateway between the ancient city and the Roman city of Athens.
The National Gallery, Alexandros Soutzos Museum, is devoted to Greek and European art from the 14th to the 20th century. There is a particular section dedicated to paintings from the Renaisance.