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Day Trips from Athens

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Although many visitors stick to the main sights in Athens itself and then head to islands further afield, there are plenty of great option for day trips from the Greek capital for those who are spending a bit longer based there. These comprise an alluring mixture of ancient remains, nearby islands, decent beaches, and seaside eating opportunities.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Temple of Poseidon

Ancient Ruins

Vouliagmeni Lake

Bodies of Water

Archaeological Museum of Marathon

History Museums

Angistri

Destinations

Rafina Port

Marinas

Archaelogical Museum of Salamis

Speciality Museums

Hymettus

Mountains

Aegina

Destinations

Elefsina

Destinations

Rhamnus Archeological Site

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Nick E's City Tips

  • When eating at a restaurant, just round the bill up as the tip.
  • The tram line from Syndagma Square is handy for getting down to Voula in the southeastern coastal suburbs.
  • Many of the places listed here are within the county of Attiki (Attica) and are served by the bus network that radiates out from the Mavromateon terminal, near the city center.
  • If you plan to do more than two journeys on city transport in one day, it is worth getting a daily ticket. It's valid for 24 hours for use on buses, trolleys, trams, and the metro.
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    Temple of Poseidon
    Ancient Ruins
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    Nick E Says:

    Perched almost precariously on the tip of Cape Sounio, the imposing Temple of Poseidon is a must see for anyone with the slightest interest in archeology. It forms a perfect triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the coastal route on a KTEL Attikis bus from the Mavromateon terminal in Athens for the most scenic approach to the temple.
    • Look for one of the most famous pieces of vandalism in the world — Lord Byron carved his name into one of the columns in 1810.
    • There are some small coves where you can swim not far from the temple.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Sounio
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ancient history in a stunning location 18/07/2018
    • A must see sunset 17/07/2018
    • Temple of Poseidon
    Address:
    Leoforos Athinon - Souniou
    Cape Sounio
    Sounio 195 00
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 2292 039363
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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    Vouliagmeni Lake
    Bodies of Water
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    Nick E Says:

    Vouliagmeni Lake, which is the focal point of the eponymous sprawling seaside suburb, is really an inlet from the sea. Its beaches are generally quieter than those on the coast itself, such as nearby gay-friendly Limenakia.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Athens buses A3 and B3 both connect the city with Vouliagmeni.
    • Vouliagmeni itself has quite a lively strip of fish tavernas, cafeterias, and bars.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Loutraki
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden Gem 02/07/2018
    • Nice place for rest!! 04/05/2018
    • Vouliagmeni Lake
    Phone:
    +30 21 0896 2237
    Other:
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    Archaeological Museum of Marathon
    History Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    This museum is the centerpiece of the ancient site of Marathon, the location of the famous battle with the Persians in 490 BC. On the site itself, look out for the remains of the burial mound, which contains the bodies of the 192 Athenians who died defeating an army of 6000 Persians.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take the dedicated Marathon bus from Mavromateon in Athens and ask to get off near the site, some 4km before the modern village and 1km east of the main road.
    • Look for the Tomb of the Plateians, the Athenians' allies, about 1km west of the main road.
    • Marathonas village has basic eating and drinking options.
    • Don't try running the 42km back to central Athens — unless of course you are a marathon runner.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 21 things to do in Marathon
    • A hidden treasure. 20/05/2018
    • Small nice museum and middle hellenic cemetery 01/04/2018
    • Archaeological Museum of Marathon
    Address:
    Vranas
    Marathon 190 07
    Greece
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    Angistri
    Destinations
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    Nick E Says:

    The tiny island of Angistri is a popular getaway for Athenians, but considering its proximity to the big city and neighboring Aegina, it does not see that many foreign visitors. If you get away from the main strip between the ports of Skala and Mylos, you can find yourself alone in the pine forest or at pretty coves.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Some ferries from Pireas carry on from Aegina to Angistri (mostly Skala) or you can change onto a smaller boat in Aegina Town.
    • The fastest way to the island for a day trip is on one of the two hydrofoil services.
    • There's an occasional island bus service in summer but the island is small enough to walk across or cycle.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Angistri
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    Rafina Port
    Marinas
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    Nick E Says:

    Most people only pass through the port of Rafina en route to the islands of Evvia, Tinos, or Mykonos, but it also makes a good day trip from Athens, both for the authentic and inexpensive fish tavernas by the harbor and for decent swimming options.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Rafina is served by Attiki KTEL buses from the Mavromateon terminal in Athens.
    • The main beach at Rafina is ok, but discerning swimmers head north across the headland to tiny Ble Limanaki or further on to Kokkino Limanaki.
    • Ta Kavouria tou Asimaki is the best of the Portside tavernas, serving fresh fish and seafood.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Rafina
    • Fussy and poorly organized 25/06/2018
    • Ferry Port and chocolate pancakes.....uuugh! so bad but good 25/06/2018
    • Rafina Port
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    Archaelogical Museum of Salamis
    Speciality Museums
    Nick E Says:

    The island of Salamis is by no means the most beautiful in Greece, being more of a floating suburb and rather too close to major oil refineries, but it is the scene of the important naval battle of Salamis in 480BC, commemorated in the small archaeological museum.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Boats leave every 30 mins from Gate E8 in Pireas.
    • An alternative route to the island is to take a bus from Athens to Perama and then a shorter ferry crossing.
    • There are good bus connections between the port of Paloukia and Salamina Town.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Salamina
    • Prowincjonalne muzeum, ale dobrze opisane i przyjemne 30/04/2018
    • να πατε ειναι αξιολογο 06/04/2018
    • Archaelogical Museum of Salamis
    Address:
    42 Lebessi Polichroni
    189 00
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0465 3572
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    Hymettus
    Mountains
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    Nick E Says:

    Imposing Mount Hymettus dominates Athens' eastern flank and offers good walking trails, panoramic views of the city and, on its lower reaches, the delightful Monastery of Kaisariani.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take the 224 bus from central Athens to Kaisariani, visit the monastery and then carry on up the mountain.
    • Take plenty of water and decent shoes for the mountain paths.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #126 of 345 things to do in Athens
    • A hidden gem in the Athens area 03/03/2018
    • Hymettus mountain 17/02/2017
    • Hymettus
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    Aegina
    Destinations
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    Nick E Says:

    The island of Aegina has long been a favorite escape for Athenians and tourists alike. It has a lively main town with good tavernas, some reasonable stretches of beach and a true archaeological gem in the shape of the well-preserved Temple of Aphaia.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are very frequent ferries and hydrofoils to Aegina from Pireas.
    • Aegina has a reasonable bus service for getting to the beaches and the Temple of Aphaia in the south.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Aegina
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    Elefsina
    Destinations
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    Nick E Says:

    Hidden among the rather characterless modern blocks of the now industrial suburb of Elefsina is the ancient site where the legendary Eleusinian Mysteries took place in antiquity. You can still get a feeling for these esoteric rites in the remains of the mighty Telesterion.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can reach Elefsina on the 845 bus route from Platia Karaiskaki in Athens.
    • Modern Elefsina town has basic eating possibilities but it's better to wait until you return to Athens.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Elefsina
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    Rhamnus Archeological Site
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Nick E Says:

    The archaeological site of Rhamnus is so rarely visited that you are highly likely to have it to yourself. The most important building here is the Temple of Nemesis and the site itself enjoys splendid views across the narrow strait to Evvia.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The nearest you can get to the site by public transport is Agia Marina, 5km away and accessible by bus from Mavromateon terminal in Athens.
    • The site is totally isolated so take some provisions with you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 21 things to do in Marathon
    • A treasure in nowhere! 29/01/2016
    • Really off the beaten path and SO worth it 26/06/2015
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