Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Around Athens

Temple of Poseidon

The Ancient Greeks knew how to choose a site for a temple. At Cape Sounion, 70km south of Athens, the Temple of Poseidon stands on a craggy spur that plunges 65m to the sea. Built in 444 BC – same year as the Parthe…
Monastery in Around Athens

Moni Dafniou

Lovers of mosaics will be dazzled by the glittering gold scenes in the 11th-century main church here, a listed Unesco site. The work was likely done by craftspeople from Constantinople, showing the fluidity of style…
Museum in Marathon & Around

Marathon Archaeological Museum

South of Marathon town, this excellent museum displays local discoveries from various periods, including Neolithic pottery from the Cave of Pan and finds from the Tomb of the Athenians. The showpieces are several la…
Ruins in Around Athens

Sanctuary of Artemis

This partially restored temple to the goddess of the hunt dates from approximately 420 BC, with some earlier remains. Most remarkable is an ancient stone bridge over the river (now rerouted), cut through with wagon-…
Museum in Piraeus

Electric Railways Museum

Tucked inside the Piraeus station, this museum is a trove of old switches, nifty models and cool machinery, including a gleaming old wooden train car. It's a passion project of a former railway employee, and he and …
Ruins in Elefsina

Ancient Eleusis

Eleusis occupies a great site on the slopes of a low hill, close to the shore of the Saronic Gulf. Although little has been restored, the scale of its construction is impressive, as enormous pieces of columns and bu…
National Park in Around Athens

Mt Parnitha National Park

Mt Parnitha, about 25km north of Athens, comprises a number of smaller peaks, the highest of which is Karavola (1413m), tall enough to get snow in winter. The forest was badly burned in 2007 but has rebounded well. …
Ruins in Marathon & Around

Ramnous

The evocative, overgrown and secluded ruins of the ancient port of Ramnous, about 10km northeast of Marathon, stand on a picturesque plateau overlooking the sea. Among the ruins are the remains of the Doric Temple o…
Museum in Around Athens

Vorres Museum

This hodgepodge of a museum is set on a rambling 32-hectare estate, once the home of Ion Vorres. Vorres migrated to Canada as a young man, but built his home here in 1963 and began collecting contemporary art, furni…
Arts Centre in Elefsina

Old Oil Mill

Elefsina's current culture revolves around this vast, ruined soap factory, a space constantly in flux as various arts and performance groups adapt it to their uses. The big event of the year is the summer Aeschylia …