InterContinental Athenaeum Athens
Hop on the complimentary hotel shuttle bus to central Syntagma Square. Don’t miss the changing of the guards at the Parliament building. Savour the atmosphere of the area or stroll over to admire the neoclassical buildings on Panepistimiou Street. On your way to Monastiraki flea market, pass by Aiolou street and Krinos pastry shop for a plate of traditional loukoumades. Stroll around Ermou street shopping district and at Voulis street, discover the city’s finest confiserie, Aristokratikon.
After lunch head to majestic Mount Lycabettus, where you can ride the funicular up for magnificent panoramic views over Athens. You can wander back down in 45 minutes and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Kolonaki district, where you’ll find international labels rubbing shoulders with cutting edge Greek designers, and a wealth of contemporary art. Art lovers can also visit the acclaimed Benaki Museum, home to art and cultural treasures from throughout Greece’s fascinating history.
As the day begins to cool, follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims and walk up to the ancient citadel of the Acropolis. See the setting sun reflected on the columns of the Parthenon and then descend to wander through the Ancient Agora, home to bars and tavernas where you can enjoy a leisurely supper. If the hotel is beckoning, you could return for a relaxing spa treatment before savouring cocktails and sumptuous French fare in the unforgettable Première rooftop restaurant.
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.