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Experience a Taste of Athens

By HannahFriday 21st April 2017

Our ships visit a number of destinations in Greece, with stops at islands like sizzling Corfu, and luxurious Mykonos. We thought that we’d give you a warm welcome to Greece’s ancient capital, Athens. Here, the average temperature is a pleasant 29°C (84°F), so don’t forget your sun cream!

Visit Athens

The Parthenon

Dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the Goddess of Athens, the Parthenon is the largest Doric temple in Greece, and is located at the city’s highest point. The monument was constructed to house the great statue of Athena, at the request of Pericles, an admired member of the Athenian community. The grand structure is made completely out of Pentelic marble, apart from a small amount of wood in its roof. Construction finished in 432 BC, so you’ll be immersing yourself in Athens’ heritage!
You can roam freely around The Parthenon, admiring the magnificent architecture, and the sweeping views of the city of Athens from this point are spectacular - truly one of the sights of a lifetime. We offer a range of shore excursions around Athens, so you can soak up the history without having to lift a finger.

Off the Beaten Track

Brettos Bar

Found in the backstreets of Athens, Brettos has a variety of over 150 beverages to choose from. There’s a wide range of authentic Greek alcohol available, ranging from tasty ouzo, to tsipouro and retsina. Decorated with vibrant coloured bottles and barrels full of liquor, Brettos is a unique hidden gem that you should make every effort to visit. The staff here are knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is calm and relaxed, making it the perfect place to take a refreshing break! Why not purchase some souvenir bottles to take home with you?

Monastiraki's Flea Market

With a vibrant, bustling atmosphere, Monastiraki’s Flea Market is packed with souvenirs, antiques and bric-a-brac. It’s the ideal place to practice your haggling skills. Located between Avissinias Square and Monastiraki Square, the market is a kaleidoscope of colour, with hundreds of spices and a variety of meats, cheese, fruit and vegetables on offer. Grab a bite to eat and sample local delicacies, or buy a cup of coffee to sit and people watch with, all the while soaking up the market’s ambience. TIP: The market area has more of a ‘Grand Bazaar’ feel to it on weekdays. The flea market, filled with second hand treasures, is on every Sunday.

A Bite to Eat in Athens

Greece has a wonderful culinary history. Here are a few tasty local dishes to look out for.

Stuffed Vine Leaves

A stuffed grape leaf in a rolled shape, enjoyed best as part of a mezze platter. A little bite of delight! The great thing about stuffed vine leaves are that they can be suitable for vegetarians. The minced beef is optional, but don’t forget to add plenty of cinnamon, mint, lemon and tomatoes for that authentic Greek taste!

Keftedes

Greek meatballs best enjoyed with pitta bread and homemade tzatziki. The classic Greek meatball is a must for when you visit Athens. The garlic, oregano and parsley are perfect to taste in the sunshine!

Melitzanosalata

A fresh, aubergine dip filled with tasty garlic, zesty lemon and cool yoghurt. This moreish must-have is simply perfection when enjoyed with crusty bread. If you’re not much of citrus fan, then red wine vinegar can be added instead of lemon. It’s truly delicious!

Transport

Travelling from the port to the attractions in Athens is simple. If you’ve booked a shore excursion with us, we offer a coach service that will drop you right in the city centre. There are a number of hop-on and hop-off sightseeing buses available around the city, which are very affordable. This can be a useful way to get around, but we’d definitely recommend taking a map so you know where you’re going!

Quick Greek Phrases

Here are a few basic Greek phrases for when you visit. Write them down somewhere and we promise that they’ll come in handy: Hello/Yassas
How are you?/Ti kanis?
Please/Parakalo
Thank you/Efkharisto
Yes/Ne
No/Ohi
How much?/Poso Kani?

Olive Trees: Did You Know?

Here are some fun facts about olive trees, one of the most important trees in Greek mythology:
  • In Greece, the olive tree symbolises peace and hope.
  • The average age of an olive tree is between 300 and 600 years old.
  • Olive trees are harvested once every 15 years.
Do you fancy an ancient adventure in Athens? Take a look at which of our ships sail to Greece.

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