Don’t for a second think because Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, it doesn’t pulsate with verve and excitement. While the capital of Greece is a boon for history and culture buffs, from its ancient tourist highlights like the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, party peeps need never fear. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of nightlife, vibrant restaurants and bars. Zorba couldn’t possibly be wrong…
Popularly regarded as the cradle of western civilisation, Athens has an air of the ethereal about it. It was the home of gods and goddesses, philosphers and politicians. As such, evidence of the iconic remnants of Greece’s striking heritage remain and are popular tourist attractions.
Your cruise ship will dock at the Port of Piraeus, about 10km from Athens. In addition to the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus showcasing a small collection of Greek antiquities, there are lots of tavernas should you wish not to take the trip into the city.
Take a quick taxi ride to the train station at Piraeus from where you can catch a Line 1 train to Monastiraki (green line), changing thereafter to a Line 3 train to Syntagma (blue line). Alternatively, you could take the taxi ride to the centre of town, but be warned, it may be expensive.