InterContinental Athenaeum Athens
Take the hotel's complimentary shuttle bus to the imposing Syntagma Square. From there, enjoy a leisurely stroll along Panepistimiou Avenue, lined with beautiful neoclassical buildings that house the University of Athens, the Academy of Arts and the National Library. Cross Stadiou Avenue and reach Karagiorgi Servias Street to find the city's finest confiserie, Aristokratikon. This sweet shop is excellent - in addition to fine chocolates, its speciality is pistachio-nut sticks, perfect gifts to take home. At Ermou street, turn right on Eolou street and discover the Agia Irini neighborhood, an up and coming area with vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants. Continue on Eolou Street and on your left, stop at Krinos for a plate of traditional loukoumades (honey and cinnamon doughnuts).
Start at Kolonaki, Athens' most sophisticated fashion district packed with designer boutiques and famous galleries. In the cafes of the central square, Athenians enjoy coffee while people-watching. The most popular is Da Capo, where the hardest thing to find is an empty chair. Once you do, don't wait to be served by a waiter - head straight to the bar and place your order. After your coffee, browse the stylish boutiques and bars in the surrounding streets before heading to Mount Lycabetus for spectacular views of the city. It's a 45 minute climb to the top, but if you'd rather not walk there is a funicular that goes up to the summit. While you're there, visit the tiny chapel of St George and, upon descending, stop at the famous Benaki Museum.
Start with a pleasant stroll along the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou. As you walk towards the Thission area, admire the 150 metre high 'sacred rock' of the Acropolis, the most important site in the city. Enjoy a drink in one of its numerous buzzing bars. After this, walk around the Ancient Agora and along Adrianou street until you reach Plaka. Athens oldest and mainly pedestrianized neighborhood where you will find the largest selection of traditional Greek tavernas for dinner.
During the construction of the Metro, many ancient artefacts were discovered which are now on display in some stations. Syntagma Station has the most impressive collection of all.
This was the first theatre constructed of stone in Greece, built at the end of the 5th century BC. All the famous ancient writers had their plays performed in this theatre.
The Panathinaiko Stadium is the only stadium in the world built of pure white marble and is the official finish line of the classical marathon race.
The InterContinental art collection
The Athenaeum InterContinental Athens features an extensive collection of contemporary painting, sculpture and photography by Greek artists.