InterContinental Ateneu de Atenas
After a delicious breakfast at Cafezoe, 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 in Athens' grandest public space, or stroll over to admire the neoclassical buildings that house the University of Athens, the Academy of Arts and the National Library on Panepistimiou street. On your way to Monastiraki flea market, pass by Eolou street and Krinos pastry shop for a plate of traditional loukoumades (honey and cinnamon doughnuts). Stroll around Ermou street shopping district and at Voulis street, discover the city’s finest confiserie, Aristokratikon. Try out a wide range of fine chocolates or its specialty, pistachio-nut sticks, perfect gift to take home. Finish off with lunch at Athenee or one of the lively cafes at Stoa Spiromilliou close by.
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. After coffee or shopping, visit any of the museums that are nearby including the acclaimed Benaki museum, the Byzantine museum or the Cycladic museum, all homes to art and cultural treasures from throughout Greece's fascinating history. Head to the most prestigious Athenian street, Herodou Attikou, passing in front of the Presidential Residence and reach the Kalimarmaro Stadium, the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble; host venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympic Games (1896).
Start with a pleasant stroll along the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou. As you walk towards the Thission area, admire the 150 meter high "sacred rock" of the Acropolis site and museum. Walk around the Ancient Agora and along Adrianou street until you reach Plaka, Athens' oldest and mainly pedestrianized neighborhood. Enjoy a traditional dinner at Psaras or Elaia tavern and head for an after dinner coffee at Agia Irini square, buzzing with design cafes and bars. If the hotel is beckoning, choose Premiere rooftop bar for a late drink or cocktail overlooking the Acropolis.
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 authentic marathon race.
The InterContinental art collection
The Athenaeum InterContinental Athens features an extensive collection of contemporary painting, sculpture and photography by Greek artists.