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7 Lesser Known But Fantastic Attractions of Athens


To see something unusual and impressive in Barcelona or in Rome is almost impossible. We know too much about these cities. Nevertheless, we still found some interesting and at the same time, non-touristic places near one of the most famous cities in the world, Athens, and we are happy to tell you about them.

Here is the list of top 7 places, which are not so famous, but very beautiful.

Technopolis, Gazi

Technopolis was conceived as a large industrial museum. Over time, it has become a kind of cultural center, in which various events take place. It is located in the old factory. The unusual architecture of the Technopolis makes it one of the most interesting museums in Europe. The eight buildings that form the Technopolis, are named in honor of famous Greek poets. The museum has its own symbol The Millennium Globe, a globe with olive branches around it, which should symbolize peace throughout the world.

Filopappou Hill

All tourists know the Acropolis and the Lykavittos hill, but not everyone knows where the Acropolis and Lykavittos can be seen from, and the whole city and the sea in addition. To find it, you need to go up the street Drakou until you reach the green hill. Next, there is the path and you should climb up on it.

The First Cemetery of Athens

The first cemetery of Athens, as the name implies, is the first official cemetery in the capital city. It was opened in 1837 and became an elite burial place for the Greek nobility. The cemetery is more like an open-air museum. Of the noteworthy can be identified mausoleum of Henry Schliemann and his family.

Olympic complex

Not less beautiful place is the Olympic complex in Athens that was built for the Olympics 2004. It is interesting due to its unusual architecture. This creature belongs to the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

Sounion

The Temple of Poseidon (the other name Sounion) is far from the usual tourist routes, there are almost no excursions  there. However, the place is very beautiful, and it's not difficult to get there by yourself. It is a true fact, that this is the rock from which Aegeus dashed into the sea.

Mikrolimano

It is one of the most popular sights of Piraeus. Mikrolimano is rather small, but the most picturesque Gulf of Piraeus. This natural bay is now full of fishing yachts and fish restaurants, which are located both directly on the beach, and on a hill that surrounds the whole bay. From the terraces of these restaurants, you always have a wonderful view of the bay, and at the very top, there is a restaurant overlooking Athens. Mikrolimano is especially full of visitors in the evening time, when people from Piraeus and Athens seek here for dinner with the freshest seafood.

Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

Do you want to know what jewelry was fashionable in Greece in different epochs? Have a look at the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum and see for yourself. In the museum's collection, there are more than 4000 exhibits: decorations, decorative objects from precious metals and small sculptures. The permanent exhibition includes also the products of the museum's founder, jeweler Ilias Lalaounis, and a temporary exhibition tells about the history of jewelry business all over the world.

In order to see all these places independently you need a car, for sure. Choosing car rentals in Athens, you will get a comfortable car on your taste and pocket without any problem. Just think of it in advance.  Have a good and memorable trip!

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Comment by Buzzy Gordon on September 8, 2018 at 5:45am

Thanks for sharing! These will be on my list for next time. 

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