Visiting Athens, one can explore more than the bustling capital of Greece and visitors can find an interesting selection of day trips or weekend options to choose from, if they decide to explore the sights and natural beauties hiding just a breath away from the city.
- Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon (Sunset Views To Remember)
Drive along the impressive Athens Riviera and enjoy the striking sea views and bright sun until reaching Cape Sounio. It is located at the far eastern end of Attica, and it is the ideal destination to catch the sunset in Athens. There, you will find the imposing Temple of Poseidon, perched on the edge of the cliff, looking out towards the sea. Take in the landscape, eat in one of the nearby restaurants and return to Athens fully charged.
- Hydra Island
Cosmopolitan yet quiet due to the ban of vehicles, the small island of Hydra is perfect for a short getaway from Athens. Stone houses and colorful gardens dominate the visually aesthetic island. Walk its picturesque streets, admire the bronze statue of Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, and visit the Museum of Hydra before catching the sunset against its beautiful backdrop.
- Aegina Island
About an hour away from Athens, the island of Aegina tricks its visitors into thinking they’re in the middle of the Cyclades. Local tavernas along the seaside and traditional shops will lure you in, while the Temple of Aphaia will satisfy your curiosity about the country’s intriguing past. Finally, visit Perdika, the most beautiful village of Aegina, and walk across its picturesque port for the ultimate relaxing experience.
- Spetses Island
Spetses Island, the gem of the Saronic Gulf, is a dream come true for people who want to appreciate the Greek island aesthetic without spending too much time in transportation. A little over 2 hours from Athens, Spetses is known for its picturesque beauty and glorious past. Pay a visit to the Museum of Spetses, take in the heart-stopping view from the lighthouse, and visit the Old Port during sunset for the most idyllic end to your day trip from Athens.
Start with Mycenae, the fascinating site of the ancient kingdom, and watch Greek history come to life. Don’t forget to stop at the impressive Corinth Canal for photos on your way there. Afterward reach Nafplio, which will amaze you with its old-time charm. Its main attractions include the castle of Plamidi and the castle of Bourtzi. After exploring the region’s history, walk the picturesque streets full of local shops before heading to the emblematic Syntagma square.
- Delphi / Arachova / Galaxidi
Take a day trip to Delphi, the ‘navel of the earth,’ and see up close the greatness of Greek antiquity. Explore the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre of Delphi, and the Athens Treasury, before visiting Delphi’s Archaeological Museum. Continue your day trip with a visit to the traditional village of Arachova, one of the most popular winter destinations in Greece. Alternatively, head to the seaside town Galaxidi with its manorial beauty. It is worth taking a walk by the sea or going up to the monastery of Sotira to enjoy the view before returning to Athens.
A day trip to Epidaurus will allow you to admire the country’s natural beauty and fascinating history all at once. The Ancient Theater of Epidaurus is not just a theater but an important archaeological site worth visiting in its entirety. The whole monument belongs to the UNESCO world cultural heritage. In it, you will find the Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus and many other impressive ruins. You can combine your visit with a stop for lunch at the nearby seaside town of Nafplio.
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