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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…
Top Choice Deli in Piraeus


This superb delicatessen and spice shop offers a fine selection of gourmet cheeses, ready-made mezedhes, olive oils and preserved foods. It's a veritable museum of regional Greek foodstuffs.
Top Choice Seafood in Piraeus


Chef Lefteris Lazarou, a Piraeus native, has been shaping Greek tastes since the 1980s, when he brought fish to the fine-dining menu. For years he had a Michelin-starred restaurant in Athens, but moved back to his r…
Taverna in Apollo Coast


At this casual grill house, the pork chops are flawless and flow nonstop – thanks to an in-house butcher, an exceedingly rare feature in Greece. As it's just off the highway back to Athens, it's a popular family pit…
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-…
Market in Piraeus

General Market

With the sea breezes blowing over the morning hustle and bustle, the Piraeus market is an excellent slice of life. There's a broad range of food and bric-a-brac, as well as cheap bars and cafes around the periphery,…
Taverna in Piraeus

To Kapileio Tou Zaxou

It may be a bit inland, but this family-run Greek fish taverna still conveys the spirit of the sea. Choose from grilled catches of the day, calamari and octopus. House wine comes from the big barrels shelved above t…
Mezedhes in Piraeus


Grab a cab to this fantastic seafood mezedhopoleio, where you can tuck into small plates of grilled sardines or steamed mussels. For dessert there's kaimaki ice cream – an old Asia Minor recipe made chewy with sahle…