Reach a Cradle of History in the Blink of an Eye!
Athens is one of the biggest tourist centres in the world, thanks to the beauty of its ancient monuments and the richness of its museums. One of Europe's leading tourist destinations, not to be missed!
Athens: Cradle of European culture
Situated in the region of Attica, Athens is one of the oldest capitals in the world. Through its ancient sites, Greece tells a story thousands of years old, which is sure to fill you with wonder.
The key archaeological sites to visit include the ruins of the Acropolis with the Parthenon temple, which overlooks Athens from the top of its sacred rock. The Agora, the Temple of Hephaestus or Zeus, Hadrian's Gate... The Greek capital is full of ancient treasures, to discover thanks to flights from Nice to Athens!
Discover Athens, a city of many faces, with a flight from Nice to Athens
In addition to its rich historical heritage, Athens is a vibrant city where the night life and culture are in full swing. In the Greek capital, anything is possible!
You can enjoy a huge variety of activities: visiting archaeological sites and museums, concerts and theatre, many cinemas, bazaars, fashion boutiques, jazz bars, nightclubs... Visit the gardens of the National Park, near to the parliament building, on Syntagma Square. Then climb Mount Lycabettus, for an absolutely unbelievable view.
During your stay in Athens, you might meet everyone from sellers on the Monastiraki flea market to fashion designers in the Kolonaki district. The city is also reputed for its many developed beaches, such as Glyfada, Vouliagmeni or Varkiza, which every year welcome huge numbers of visitors seduced by the quality of life and mild temperatures.
If you want to party, Syntagma, Kolonaki and Glyfada offer a livelier scene at night. In almost every area of Athens, at night, cafés and bars become music bars with professional DJs.
A Turkish culinary influence
The Oriental influence is most evident in the food! During your stay, taste the famous "Greek salad", aubergine salad, tzatziki, the unmissable "moussaka", stuffed aubergines, the delicious "souvlaki" pork or beef kebabs, and "keftedes" (tasty meatballs flavoured with mint and oregano). A real treat for your taste buds!
Those with a sweet tooth will love the Oriental pastries: baklava, kadaifi…, or the rizogalo cinnamon ice pudding, halva (a sesame sweetmeat), as well as semolina cake and almond paste sweets. Not to mention the traditional Ouzo, a local anise liquor for your aperitif!
Unmissable Sites for Your Stay in Athens
The Acropolis: an emblematic architectural and artistic ensemble, including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Theatre of Dionysus, all left by ancient Greece for the rest of the world to enjoy!
The Benaki Museum: masterpieces of Greek art dating from the Neolithic age to the 20th century: bronze weapons, jewellery, pottery, helmets, laurel wreaths, fuel paintings, sculpted furniture, icons, a marble mosaic fountain, ceramics...
The Parthenon: a magnificent building on the highest part of the Acropolis, also known as the "Temple of the Virgin" and dedicated to the goddess Athena, protector of the city of Athens.
The Agora: key archaeological site situated at the foot of the Acropolis, notably including the Stoa of the Giants and the Temple of Hephaestus, the Agora was the centre of public life in the city in ancient times.
The National Archaeological Museum: the world's most stunning collection of Greek antiquities!
The Syntagma Square National Garden: an island of green where Athenians come to relax, the old National Garden is near to the parliament and Syntagma Square. This marvellous garden contains 519 species of plants, including palm trees, cypresses and orange trees.
The Byzantine Museum: the main museum in Athens, but also one of the most important in Greece, for its art collections from Late Antiquity and the Byzantine Middle Ages.
The Acropolis Museum: items from monuments and excavations at the Acropolis: low reliefs, statues and ceramics dating from Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
The Port of Piraeus: Athens' main port and Greece's principal industrial centre, the departure point for the islands of the Aegean Sea and towards Crete.
The Theatre of Dionysus: the most famous of all the Greek theatres on the southern side of the Acropolis, built inside a sanctuary dedicated to Dionysus.
And for a truly unforgettable stay in Athens, plan an excursion to Santorini Island, talk a walk at dusk to the summit of Mount Lycabettus, and watch the sunset from Cape Sounion!
The best periods to fly from Nice to Athens
Athens: Land of Theatre and Dance
Why not make the most of your stay in Athens to attend one of its many festivals:
May to October: the Athens and Epidaurus Festival attracts visitors from around the world for theatre, ballet and concerts at the foot of the Acropolis. One of the most famous festivals in the world!
June to September: the Lycabettus Festival offers ancient theatre, but also rock, pop or jazz concerts.
July: Rockwave, Greece's biggest rock festival.
For the August full moon: the Acropolis, the Roman Agora, the Odeon and other sites offer free opera, dance and theatre shows.
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