Experience thousands of years of history in Athens
Athens has been inhabited since Neolithic times and is considered to be the historic capital of Europe. The culmination of the city’s long and fascinating history was in the 5th century before the beginning of the era, when the region’s civilization and democracy were of global significance.
Today, Athens offers visitors the opportunity to take a peek at thousands of years of history, for example through the city’s attractions.
In Athens, summer doesn’t end at the end of August, but the city is full of surprises and interesting things to do in September as well. Sun-bathed beaches with clear waters and a lively nightlife ensure that the atmosphere on the Athens Riviera is like the popular Greek island destinations.
Island destinations near Athens
The east coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula and the islands of the Saronic and Argolin Gulfs are popular holiday destinations near Athens. Many destinations are conveniently accessible by boat from the port of Piraeus.
Methana, Salamis, Aegina, Agkistri, Poros, Hydra and Spetses are just some of the attractions available to visitors. They offer visitors unforgettable experiences such as stunning scenery, impressive archeological excavations, museums, beautiful villages and stunning beaches.
It is easy to combine a city break in Athens with a visit to one of these beach resorts or take a multi-island tour, for example!
The island of Aegina is popular with tourists and a great option if you want to combine a holiday in Athens with a beautiful weekend of scenery. Aegina is only 16.5 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus, just over 30 kilometers. Aegina is perfect for families, as children also enjoy the calm waters of the island’s sandy beaches.
A little further from Athens, on the Argolin Bay side, lies the island of Spetses, which has a long and colorful history of shipping. Horse-drawn carriages await at the port of the island, where you can take a romantic tour around the island and admire the lavish houses along the narrow cobblestones.
In September, visitors to Spetses Island will be able to take part in the Armata Festival, which has been held since 1931. Usually, the all-week festival culminates in a closing event that showcases the twists and turns of a naval battle near the island.
From the island of Spetses you can conveniently sail to the nearby Hydra, which is popular with celebrities and one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Hydran has been chosen by many famous artists and writers such as Leonard Cohen, Henry Miller and a Greek painter N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika.
Hydra especially attracts lovers of sailing, but those who are enthusiastic about architecture will also find something interesting to see on the island. The island has numerous lavish villas and apartments that are the handiwork of Italian professionals.
After Hydra, the island tour can be continued to the island of Poros. Poros used to consist of two islands, Sphería and Kalávria, but the last eruption of the Méthana volcano in 273 before the beginning of time shaped the landscape of the area.
The beautiful landscapes of Poros are dominated by pine trees and beaches. The beach area, colored by shops, cozy cafés and restaurants, as well as numerous entertainment options, make peaceful Poros an interesting destination for all ages.
Just 19 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus, Agkistri is an easily accessible paradise on the Saronic Gulf. The landscape of the island consists of blue sea water, pine trees and lush vegetation inhabited by many bird species. Although Agkistri, with less than a thousand inhabitants, is small, it charms visitors with its season and atmosphere.
In Greece, you can enjoy a holiday in peace, as the safety of tourists is ensured by strict regulations.
Source: Greek State Tourism
Photos: GNTO / Y. Skoulas, S. Pavlidis, M. Chatzi and Y. Porfiropoulos
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