During the weekends of March 2013 there are free guided tours.
for people who can read Greek, check the link
Oops, just read the link aldro :) Thanks :)
Going to the Old Parliament one right now :)
Cheers and thank you :)
And for those who don't read Greek, but are in Athens anytime before March 22 - don't miss the Pavlidis Chocolate pop-up shop at 56 Ermou where you can get a fabulous free chocolate bar and chocolate dipped marshmallows!
Hey! That sounds terrific, GVRGirl - think I'll get down there tomorrow - Thank you!! Eleni
I will be in Athens-(2 adults and 2 kids- 10 and 11) between 27 march and 2nd April- any free guided tours and events that we should look for??- and we don't read or speak Greek- bummer!Edited: 12 March 2013, 20:17
Hi Pushpa, I think I've translated the link ok, so here goes......
2) First Cemetery of Athens. Sunday 31st March at 10.30am. Guide is Haris Velahoutakou. Meet at the entrance of the Cemetery, Anapafseos and Trivonianou Streets, Mets
3) Kerameikos. Sunday 31st March at 10.30am. Guide is Stella Galanopoulou. Meet at the Kerameikos Museum entrance, 148 Ermou Street
Bookings required for the museum tours, ring 210 3243022 / 210 3243023
Another good site to check what's on in Athens is www.breathtakingathens.com
Day trips from Athens
In an idyllic location, surrounded by greenery, are the ruins of Amfiareiou. The national shrine of Oropos, one of the oldest cities of ancient Greece, was founded in the late 5th century. B.C. and was dedicated to Amphiaraus, goddess of the Underworld.
The Amfiareio is built on the banks of a river, The Gorge, as the ancients said.
Along the river are the temple, the altar, the gallery, the theater offices, shops and hotels, the market and the Hourglass (water clock).
To the south of the altar is the sacred source of water may not be used for purifications or for washing hands. When someone threw healed within source silver or gold coins from there because they believed that it came as a god Amphiaraos after the sinking of the earth by the lightning of Zeus.
The walk can be combined with bathroom or coffee at the nearby beaches. Alternatively you can take the ferry from Oropos and spend against Eretria.
Access: the National Road Athens-Lamia take the exit to Oropos and follow the road signs.
Visit: The space is open and guarded by hours.
Hours of Operation:
Summer time (8 June to 31 October): Daily 8:00 to 15:00
Winter: Daily 8:30 to 15:00
Admission: € 2
Tel: 22950 62144
In a secluded coastal landscape unchanged since antiquity, are the ruins of ancient Rhamnus, the best preserved ancient deme of Attica.
The municipality of Rhamnus named by Ramna, a shrub species was abundant in the area. The fortress of Rhamnus controlled two strategic ports in ancient Athens.
According to ancient tradition, the Persians brought a large piece of marble to build there a trophy of their victory, which they considered certain. But did not calculate its nemesis, the Nemesis. In the battle of Marathon in 490 BC The Persians were defeated and the marble was Agorakritos pupil of Phidias carved the statue itself the Nemesis, which was erected at Rhamnus.
In the area there are the ruins of temples of Nemesis and Amphiaraos, the mighty fortress, many funerary monuments and ruins of houses.
The point where the Ramnountas quite isolated. Ideal for cycling in spring or summer for swimming. There is a beach right below the site, where the ruins of the ancient port, which many do not know and are relatively quiet. To get there you will get a nearby dirt road, (do not be disappointed if you do not find it the first time around) will pass away from rocks ... and has arrived!
Access: from Marathon - Souli following the roadside or Kapandriti - secretary ... asking!
Visit: space is secured. The summer can be visited as a whole. Winter is visited the site of the temple, but not the main city.
Hours of Operation:
Summer time (8 June to 31 October): Monday to Friday 8:00 to 15:00
Winter: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 15:00. Saturday and Sunday closed.
Admission: € 2
Tel: 22940 63477
In the quiet bay where the village Porto Germeno, there are the impressive ruins of the fortress of Aigosthena, the best preserved ancient castle.
The Aigosthena was an important port on the Corinthian Gulf and constituted worship of soothsayer and healer hero Melampus. The frontier location made them the subject of dispute between the Athenians, Boeotians and Megarians, leading the Athenians to fortify with strong walls in the 4th or 3rd century BC The ruins of sozomena impress today with their volume and their views of the bay.
The Acropolis survives, also a series of cells medieval cloister and church of the same era, which operates today.
The bay is fairly quiet and melancholy in winter, but the summer is very moving as the neighboring bay Alepochori. The coastal path to Alepoxori and from there to Lake Vouliagmeni, Loutraki passes through greenery and it worth it!
Access: On the Road Athens-Corinth at the height of Mandra to exit at Thebes - Vilia and follow the signs.
Visit: the space is open.
At the point where the road connects with Markopoulo Lavrion is coastal, hill Valatouri, lie the ruins of the ancient municipality of Thorikos one of the oldest settlements in Attica.
The rich mineral deposits of Lavrion object of exploitation were items from the third millennium BC On the hill of Thorikos the ruins of the ancient municipality, the most important theater, places of settlement and where facilities were processed metals, mining gallery, a square tower of the 4th century BC and cemeteries of the settlement.
Watch the theater: it is the oldest in Greece and is unique for its peculiar elliptical shape. The view from the floor of the Aegean, Makronisos and small plain of Laurium is unique!
If you have time and strength to walk climb to the top of the hill. There are the ruins of the fort and mikynaikoi graves. The view will compensate - from one side of the plant PPC in a desert, dry landscape looks surreal. On the other hand Laureotiki and sea. In the summer he explored the beaches between Lavrio and Sounion. Posidonia is great with wonderful sandy beach and pretty quiet.
Access: directed toward the Lavrio Lavrio Avenue, just before you go to sea, he noticed a sign that says to Thoriko left. The venue is easily accessible by car. But to get to mikynaikous graves will have to leave the car on the road, and follow the walking path at the top of the hill (25).
Visit: the space is open.
The acropolis of ancient Corinth, Acrocorinth is built on top of the homonymous steep and inaccessible cliff of 575 meters above the ancient city.
The breathtaking view is reason enough to visit. It dominates the surrounding area and offers panoramic views stretching from the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf, and the Helicon as Parnassus and Argolis.
However kastropoli has several monuments. Apart from the well-preserved and impressive gate, sacred ruins - ancient, Christian and Muslim, houses, towers and gates.
Access: On the Road Athens-Patras, take the exit to Ancient Corinth and follow the signs. The road easily leads to the entrance of the castle, although hiking clubs organize occasional ascents on rock.
Visit: The place is visited by hours.
Hours: Daily from 8:00 to 15:00. Summer may operate with extended hours.
Tickets: At the moment no cost
Tel: 27410 31266
Between Porto Rafti and Loutsa is the archaeological site of Vravrona, known for the temple dedicated to Artemis.
According to one version of the myth, Iphigenia fled there after the return from the country of the Bulls in the Black Sea, and became a priestess of the Goddess.
In addition to the sanctuary they worshiped Artemis Iphigenia, Leto, Apollo and Dionysus.
The renovated and cared Museum located next to the archaeological site hosts rich offerings demonstrating cult of Artemis as a goddess of nature, Kourotrophos, protector of children and small animals.
Access: on Markopoulou Ave marked pointing to the site and leads to the exit to the left.
Visit: The site is temporarily closed, but the beautiful museum can be visited.
Hours: Daily from 8:00 to 15:00 - Monday off.
Admission: € 3
Tel: 22990 27020
A short distance from Loutraki, traversing groves, meet Lake Vouliagmeni. The lake is considered that engulfed the ancient city aigeirous but the cape formed between the lake and the sea, traces of ancient temples dedicated to Hera.
The sanctuaries of Iraia extreme and Iraia Limenia attracted thousands of believers and a point of reference for many centuries.
Near the ruins temples and other facilities, such as an arcade, a large pool, a dining room, houses and ochiroseon.
Bike rides or walking around the lake and the adjacent agnanti lighthouse at gkremodi coast will surely whet your appetite. The taverns at the edge of the lake will compensate!
Access: From Loutraki follow the coastal road to Perachora or Alepohori also the coastal road to Loutraki. Visit: the space is open.
The ancient Dhekelia was a base for bandits in recent history before purchased by George I in 1872.
Then expanded through purchases and donations of Greek state.
The summer palace of the former Greek royal family began to be built in 1884, mimicking a villa complex of palaces of Peterchof, in St. Petersburg.
The fate of the palace followed the turbulent political history of Greece and the fate of the occupants, with the edge of the alternates to the decline.
Apart from the palace and outhouses, which remains sealed, you can visit the royal cemetery where buried many members of the royal family.
Perhaps you don't know that the palace is situated in a lush forest, open to the public and very close to Athens. Ideal for cycling, walking or a picnic and is ideal for families or most romantic walks.
And if you prefer more organized eating, the restaurants in neighboring villages offer many options.
Access: The National Road Athens-Lamia exit at about Kryoneri. Arriving at the village, leave the car at the end of the main road and continue walking to the entrance of the estate.
Visit: the space is open.
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