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Beaches can be found at Lagonisi, Saronis and Anavissos. You’ll start to feel the open Aegean as you approach the delightful beach and tavernas at Sounion.
For less developed and less crowded beaches, head along the Marathon coast of eastern Attica. Buses leave from Mayromateon Street in Athens and take about an hour to the area of the famous battlefield.
Along the coastline you’ll find numerous seafood tavernas. Other buses run to Nea Makri and Agios Andreas, or alternatively you can take a ferry from Rafina to the island of Euboea (Evia).
Sailing: sailing clubs throughout the country organize international regattas every year. For more information try the Sailing Federation. http://www.eio.gr/
Yacht Charters: cruising the Aegean islands is a magnificent experience. To find a reputable broker, make enquiries at the National Tourist Organization. There are ads which are placed in the English-language newspapers available here, or alternatively try the Hellenic Professional Yachting Association. https://www.gya.gr/
Skin Diving: the National Tourist Organization (EOT) or many amateur places in Piraeus carry up-to-date information. Snorkeling is not very good along the Attica coast.
Water-Skiing: The best place to ask about facilities is at your hotel desk, as they will know the local schools.
At times a ski school operates at Astir, but at Vouliagmeni it’s a speciality! The Saronic Gulf islands also offer some good water-skiing.
Tennis: there are tennis courts at all the GNTO public beaches, as well as at many municipal athletic centres, and at the Agios Kosmas athletic centre, where you can rent racquets.
You can also play water polo, do horse riding: there are various riding clubs in the area. Mountaineering: at Bafi (altitude 1413m or 4636ft) on Mount Parnes, an alpine refuge hut offers accommodation for up to a hundred people at once. Snow Skiing: winter sports facilities, including a ski-lift, are located on Mount Parnassus.
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Vas. Safias 22’ Open 8.30am-3pm, closed Mon. Large collection of cons, panel paintings, Byzantine art and artifacts. Description are given in Greek and French.
Housed in a Florentine villa, the Byzantine Museum presents an impressive collection of icons, panel paintings and sculpture from the 9th to the 15th centuries. The religious artifacts – carved reliquary boxes, bronze and ivory pastoral staffs, gold-embroidered vestments, jewellery and silverware – are splendid.
THE Archeologikon Mousion holds more masterpieces of ancient art than anywhere else. Spanning perhaps 7,000 years, exhibits represent every period of ancient Greek history and every site underneath from the world of the ancient Greeks.
Located at Patission 44. Open Mon 12.30am7pm, Tues-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-3pm. Marble and bronze statues, vases and archaeological treasures from prehistoric times to the Byzantine era, including the acclaimed Minoan frescoes from Santorini. The best museum of Greek artifacts.
You will want to dedicate at least half a day to browsing through the fabulous treasury of sculpture, frescos, vases, jewelry, figurines, coins and everyday implements, and no matter how
The Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art is devoted to the Bronze Age art of the Cyclades Islands, and also has Greek works dating from Minoan to Roman times.
Contains Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art. Neophytou Douka 4; Open Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-3pm; closed Tues and Sun. Free on Sat. Bronze Greek art from Minoan to Roman times.
The Cycladic marble figurines, which date from during the 3rd millennium BC, are a rare phenomenon in prehistoric art; yet the simple, minimalist features look simple, minimalist features look strangely modern. This rich collection was amassed by the Goulandris Foundation and housed in a cool, modern building. Special exhibitions are also presented here.
Ancient Greek and Byzantine art, jewellery, icons, costumes, skills and tapestries.
The Benaki Museum (located on on Vasilissis Sofias and Koumbari Streets) features the handsome private collection of a wealthy Greek art lover in his family mansion. It includes ancient gold and silver jewellery, as well as Byzantine art, traditional Greek costumes, ceramics and icons.
Panepistimiou (also called Venixelou), with several 19th-century neoclassical buildings, runs parallel with Stadiou. Either are a great way to walk from Syntagma Square to Omonia Square and catch some sights.
The first building you’ll pass is the former home of German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-90), who found the ancient palace of Troy and underneath the tombs at Mycenae. Up under roof you’ll see engraved ‘IIiou Melathron’ (palace on troy).
Further along you’ll find the Academy of Arts, the University and the National Library. Their sculpted, gilded facades mimis the classical style. Athena and Apollo stand atop the Ionic columns at the Academy, while Socrates and Plato sit at the entrance. The Library has nearly a million books and manuscripts, including amazing hand-illuminated Gospels of the 19th and 11th centuries.
Bronze shields on the marble retaining walls commemorates modern Greek military victories. There’s also an engraved epitaph from Pericles’ funeral oration (430 BC), honoring the Athenians killed in the first year of the Pelopontombs lie underneath Building occupies and upper corner of the sprawling National Garden (Ethnikos Kipos).
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