What to Do around The Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort
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While you may be drawn to Athens' historic beauty, visitors find that it marks an enjoyable contrast to the vibrancy of the living city. Athens inspires visitors to connect with chaotic modern life, as well as retreat into the natural beauty surrounding the ancient urban center.
40, Aten, Apollonos, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
Arion Spa offers rejuvenating spa experiences with a view of the Saronic Gulf. Each treatment is tailored towards the guest's individual needs and features exclusive products by Cinq Mondes, Valmont, Algoane, and Jurlique. This luxurious property...
Apollonos, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
On an idyllic outcropping overlooking the ocean, it's easy to see why the Temple of Apollo Zoster was a sanctuary for the gods. Until it was uncovered, the ancient spot lay virtually undisturbed. Now it's the perfect place to explore and reflect,...
Acropolis, Athens 116 36, Greece
The Acropolis is, for most people, the "can't miss" site. Because of its popularity it can be very busy, and the hours seem to change constantly. There's also the possibility that the workers might go on strike, which can mess with your plans as...
Athens 105 58, Greece
Acropolis is one of the world's most famous landmarks and Greece's center of history and culture. The Parthenon is the largest structure of the Acropolis and is admired by the entire world. The temple was complete in 438 BC and was dedicated to...
Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
For a rejuvenating hot soak, head to Lake Vouliagmeni. Contrary to its murky appearance, the minerals in this spa are constantly being replenished by the upwelling of water from springs below. Known among Greeks for its therapeutic properties, a...
Αλ. Παναγούλη 58, Βουλιαγμένη, 16671, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
The footpath along the mountain ridge above the Vouliagmeni Lake is the perfect place to energize after a relaxing trip to the hot springs. Here you can literally go off the beaten path, do some casual birdwatching, and hike to your heart's...
Plaka, Athens 105 58, Greece
We picked up some gyros to-go during our stroll through the historic Plaka neighborhood below the Acropolis. Thespidos street was particularly memorable for the cafe we stopped at and discovering Brettos bar, which we decided to come back to enjoy...
Anafiotika, Athina 105 58, Greece
Anafiotika is best described as a tiny village planted in the middle of a major city. I still think anyone visiting Athens should make an effort to venture away from the usual sights and explore this hidden gem. You'll find scenic walkways such as...
Cape Sounio, Sounio 195 00, Greece
The Temple of Poseidon, perched on the edge of Cape Sounion, has long been a welcoming sign of "home" for sailors returning to Athens. The 5th-century BC structure is dedicated to the god of the sea, and it's just a quick drive from downtown...
Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
Treat yourself to a luxury day under the Greek sun at Astir Beach. Like a kid, I get antsy lounging on the beach all day but here they have every form of entertainment for the whole family. With sand sports, jet-skis, cocktails, snacks, bungalows,...
Athinas, Athina 105 51, Greece
The noisy, smelly, chaos of Athens Central Market is an experience no foodie (or photographer) should miss. The colours, shapes and patterns are a compositional dream, but the market is not for the squeamish. You can find every conceivable...
Athens 106 81, Greece
The Exarcheia District in Athens is home to artists and cool, small businesses such as music and book stores, art galleries and even a pop-up basement Comme des Garçon shop. The district was once a hotbed of Greek anarchist activity and is also an...
Dimokratias 59, Paleo Faliro 175 63, Greece
Sailing in Greece is an experience in itself, gliding through the clear, aquamarine water—but tack on a guided tour around archeological sites and a freshly cooked lunch, and you’ve got yourself perhaps a bucket-list worthy day. Blue Water Sailing...
Leof. Posidonos 33, Glifada 166 75, Greece
Bouzoukias, nightclubs featuring various genres of popular music, are where everyone goes for a night out in Greece. Vinilio—the venue to visit south of the city center—attracts a mix of Greeks and travelers ready to dance to disco, rock, and...
Tsocha 37, Athina 115 21, Greece
In North Athens, Sweet Alchemy, designed by Kois Associated Architects for celebrity chef Stelios Parliaros, offers magical delicacies in a beautiful presentation. The sugary treats are arranged like ingredients for potions inside this...
Pl. Sintagmatos, Athina 105 63, Greece
Syntagma Square is most notoriously known for its political demonstrations in front of the Parliament Building. All the major events in Greece over the past century have been mourned or celebrated here, and it's a hub of activity. Grassy areas...
Likavittou, Athina, Greece
On my way down from Likavittos, I noticed this is the bench to sit and take in Athens. The view of the city below can't get any better. I had seen the church on the top of Likavittos Hill through the lens of my camera from the Acropolis and was...
Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
Athens is an incredible city to visit but can feel busy and overwhelming, especially during peak tourist season. Escape the hustle and bustle with a visit to the resort town of Vouliagmeni on the Attica coast. I took this photo from a café right...
Frinis 1, Athina 116 34, Greece
Pangrati is my neighborhood. Outside of the first Olympic stadium, there are few tourist attractions. Most of this area's energy just comes from Athenians going about their daily lives. You'll find grocery and clothing stores—slices of real Greek...
Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece
Built in the 4th century B.C.E., rebuilt for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and refurbished for the 2004 Athens Olympics, this horseshoe stadium now serves as the finish line for the Athens Marathon. For centuries, nude male athletes...
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