Athens – Ancient history and vibrant culture
“The quiet and mild winter days are superb for long walks through the picturesque city centre. If you’re looking for entertainment, don’t miss the fireworks show on New Year’s Eve – there’s a great view from atop the 277-metre-high Mount Lycabettus. Or listen to the booming voices of singers at the Greek National Opera inside the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.”
The treasures of ancient times await new discoverers in the capital of Greece. The Hapimag resort is situated in the centre of the old town of Athens, and the roof-top terrace provides a wonderful view of the Acropolis. But there is much more to see than this landmark of Athens. Combine your journey back in time with the cultural and culinary highlights of this cosmopolitan city.
The city resort in Athens with its 16 holiday apartments is located in the picturesque, traffic-free old town district of Plaka. It is the ideal starting point for excursions and tours of discovery. The Acropolis Museum houses treasures that are 4000 years old. A few steps away is the Arch of Hadrian, an almost 2000-year-old, two-storey triumphal arch. From Acropolis Hill, with the famous Parthenon temple, there is a magnificent view over the Greek metropolis. The port of Piraeus and ancient excavation sites are fascinating destinations for the whole family. In the market halls, Greek specialities are on offer for tasting. On a walking tour of Athens you can also see Syntagma Square with the parliament building and the magnificent National Gardens. From a comfortable café, you can enjoy watching the lively activities of this great city over a typical Greek café frappé. The climate too is very pleasant. When it's cold and damp in northern countries, the temperatures in Athens are often still as warm as in summer, so a trip to the local beach is worthwhile. In the evening you can go to one of the countless tavernas to try Greek specialities such as vine leaves filled with rice (dolmades), gyros and moussaka, and wash it down with a glass of retsina or ouzo. Later, you can stroll through the picturesque old town or explore Athens' pulsating nightlife, before you go back to rest in your comfortable holiday apartment.