As one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean, it would be a shame not to add a few days on to your yacht charter holiday and spend the time visiting Athens. You can visit either before or after your sailing holiday in Greece. This ancient city, known as the cradle of the western civilization, is loud, crowded and busy. However thanks to an abundance of Greek charm, it is difficult not to fall in love with the city and its inhabitants.
As the home of many museums and theaters, each part of Athens bears witness to a piece of history and culture. The ancient citadel Acropolis is a of course a must-see for every visitor. The Parthenon, a temple to the goddess Athena, dominates the city’s panorama. The new Acropolis museum is one of the best in the world and its proximity to the Parthenon intentional. The National Archaeological Museum houses the richest collection of artifacts from the golden Greek past, and is considered as one of the world’s greatest museums.
Of the city’s many neighborhoods, make sure you visit Monastiraki. This is a firm favorite shopping area for tourists, with plenty of souvenir shops and opportunities to bargain hunt and haggle. If you are interested in more high-end stores, pay a visit to the Kolonaki neighborhood. Alternatively you can enjoy it in the evenings, when it becomes a vibrant place thanks to plenty of bars and taverns. Plaka is another popular neighborhood, with its old houses and proximity to the Acropolis.
For something different take the tram for a trip along the Athenian riviera, stopping at the impressive new Niarchos Cultural Centre and taking in lively Glyfada. If you are visiting Athens from June to October, don’t miss the famous Athens & Epidaurus festivals.
Only 12 kilometers from Athens lies Alimos Marina where Puresailing Yachting is located on pier 7. From there, you can explore the Saronic and Argolic sailing areas, with beautiful islands such as Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Aegina and Methana. Book your sailing and history tour now!