Hop In Sightseeing
Operates bus tours in Athens and around Greece, as well as a hop-on/hop-off bus tour around town.
Athens Segway Tours
Zip through town on a Segway.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
You can’t miss this striking marvel smack in the centre of Athens. It is the largest temple in Greece; begun in the 6th century BC by...
Perivoli tou Ouranou
A favourite rustic, old-style Plaka music haunt with dinner (mains €18 to €29).
Fresko Yogurt Bar
Delicious fresh Greek yoghurt is the base of all things here. Either fresh or in smoothie form, you can pair it with any number of...
cnr Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas & Leoforos Vasilissis Amalias · interesting places nearby
Hadrian’s Arch information
The Roman emperor Hadrian had a great affection for Athens. Although he did his fair share of spiriting its classical artwork to Rome, he also embellished the city with many monuments influenced by classical architecture. His arch is a lofty monument of Pentelic marble that stands where busy Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas and Leoforos Vasilissis Amalias meet. Hadrian erected it in AD 132, probably to commemorate the consecration of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
The inscriptions show that it was also intended as a dividing point between the ancient and Roman city. The northwest frieze reads, ‘This is Athens, the Ancient city of Theseus’, while the southeast frieze states, ‘This is the city of Hadrian, and not of Theseus’.