The region of Attica surrounds Athens, the capital of Greece and the cultural capital of Europe. The marvelous Villas in Athens and Attica grand access to the many historical sights as well as the many beaches and exceptional landscapes, including the Athenian Riviera. The Villas' styles vary, from renewed neoclassical or traditional buildings to those of contemporary design.
Just beyond the historic centre, begins the cosmopolitan Athens Riviera. A strip of land stretching down the Attica peninsula, as far as Sounion, filled with esplanades on the water, beach bars, marinas, five-star resorts, dozens of restaurants and nightclubs overlooking the sea.
Then there are the islands near Athens and Kythira island, which is located just south of the Peloponnese. It offers a plethora of options for visitors and is the most accessible destination in Greece due to its direct connections to international locations.
The historical and cultural wealth of Athens combined with the modern and youthful atmosphere makes it an ideal destination for a city break. Luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, sidewalk cafes, shopping centres, and picturesque markets, galleries with contemporary art exhibitions, art shops and antique shops. Whether part of a city break or part of a longer holiday, your stay in Attica will have everything.
The beautiful beaches of Attica and the Saronic Gulf just a stone’s throw from the city centre is the cosmopolitan Athens Riviera.
The southern coastline from Paleo Faliro to Sounion offers exceptional, fully-organised beaches with all sorts of water sports, lively beach bars and restaurants, open-air clubs right on the water, large luxury resorts, dozens of dining options including seaside tavernas serving fresh seafood and eclectic shops. Life here moves to the rhythms of summer all year long.
Culture springs from everywhere
Athens is an open-air museum. Must-sees are the Acropolis, Parthenon, and the New Acropolis Museum, one of the best archaeological museums in the world. From the neighbourhood of Thiseion to Pnyka, the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou, Plaka, Anafiotika and Monastiraki, you’ll admire archaeological sites, ancient and Byzantine monuments, churches and neoclassical buildings steeped in history.
Museums such as the National Archaeological Museum on Patission Avenue, the Museums of Greek Folk Art and Musical Instruments, the War Museum, the new Benaki Museum on Pireos street and the original Benaki Museum in Kolonaki, the Numismatic Museum, and the Museum of Cycladic Art will enrich your knowledge of Athens and its history through their collections and exhibits. As will the National Gallery, the Planetarium, the Foundation of the Hellenic World and the dozens of art galleries in the city centre. Down the coast, you’ll stand in front of the imposing Temple of Poseidon in Sounion, overlooking the archipelago and the island of Aegina, and you’ll succumb to the overwhelming energy that the monument emits.