Athens & Piraeus
Kalos orisate! 👋 Welcome to Athens and Piraeus, a beautiful combination of the rich history of the past and the vibrant energy of the present. Arrive a few days before the UEFA Super Cup or stay on afterwards to explore the archaeological treasures of Athens and enjoy the atmosphere of port city Piraeus. Both cities will impress you with their unique blend of culture, history, and lively spirit.
Check out the top things to see and do, and our guide on where to stay. ⬇️
There are so many things to do in Athens that you may not know where to start. Here is a selection of sights that you should consider adding to your to-do list:
This UNESCO World Heritage site will take your breath away with its panoramic views of Athens. Walk around the area and explore famous ancient ruins including the impressive Parthenon and Erechtheion. The Ancient Agora, a historic central marketplace of Athens, is also within walking distance and definitely worth a visit.
If you want to escape the city centre and find a calm, inspiring place, the National Garden is just for you. Located in the centre of Athens, this is the perfect area to relax in the midst of beautiful trees and flowers. Check out the garden’s small zoo, where you’ll find goats, peacocks and chickens wandering the grounds.
The Monastiraki area is known for its lively flea market and delicious Greek street food. Plenty of shops sell local souvenirs.
Good to know 💡 The M1 metro line goes through the Monastiraki neighbourhood and is convenient for getting to Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, which is just 15 minutes away.
If you are interested in visiting other attractions in Athens, check out the official tourism page.
Piraeus also has some great sights you should consider visiting when planning your trip:
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the waterfront, take in the magnificent views and stop at one of the restaurants for some delicious seafood or vegetarian dishes.
Discover relics, sculptures and exhibits that showcase the cultural and historical heritage of the region from the Bronze Age to Roman times. Don’t miss the outstanding bronze statue of Artemis!
Good to know ♿ The museum is wheelchair accessible.
Learn more about the port’s history by exploring the ancient walls of Piraeus, which were built thousands of years ago to guard the city. Stretching approximately 2.5km, these ruins also offer picturesque views of the sea.
Interested in learning more about the city of Piraeus? Check out the official website.
Situated just a few kilometres from each other, Athens and Piraeus have a very similar but unique food scene. Below are some authentic, delicious culinary options that we highly recommend trying.
Known the world over, Gyros is the most popular street food dish in Greece. If you haven’t tried it yet, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Traditionally, pork is one of several fillings wrapped in pita bread, but you can also opt for chicken, lamb or falafel.
With temperatures in Greece soaring in August, you’ll appreciate this fresh Greek salad. It can be served as a side dish or as a main meal, and is made of tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, onions, feta, olives, and a drizzle of olive oil – a perfect boost.
Typically baked in a casserole dish, this flavourful classic consists of layers of baked or fried aubergines, minced meat (lamb or beef, or a combination of both) and tomato sauce. If that didn’t make you hungry yet, think of the creamy béchamel sauce between the layers, not to mention the grated cheese on top!
Souvlaki is traditionally made with pieces of skewered pork grilled over charcoal, but you can find a variety of options with different types of meat and vegetables. You can either enjoy this delicious Greek dish on a plate or wrapped in pita bread, like gyros. Don’t forget to dip your souvlaki in tzatziki!
Cheese, flour, oil, and that’s pretty much it! This crispy fried cheese is usually made with kasseri, but you may also come across versions with halloumi or feta. A great way to start your lunch or dinner.
Pronounced “koh-loh-kee-toh-kef-teh-des”, this appetiser contains grated courgettes mixed with herbs, cheese, and breadcrumbs. These fried fritters typically also contain feta cheese and should be dipped in tzatziki.
If you’re craving an afternoon snack, why not order this spinach-filled pastry pie! It may look like a regular spinach pie at first glance, but additional fillings such as spring onions, eggs, and local herbs mean you’re in for a treat.
Athens or Piraeus? You may be struggling to decide where to stay for your 2023 UEFA Super Cup experience. There are a variety of accommodations to choose from, ranging from hostels to the most glamorous hotels and everything in between. To help you choose, we’ve compiled this mini neighbourhood guide for you.
Staying in Greece’s largest port city may be a more convenient option, as you’ll be closer to Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium and near the sea at the same time. Some of the most popular areas include:
Staying in the centre of Piraeus will allow you to be close to the port, shops, restaurants, and public transport all at the same time. You’ll find a range of different hotels across the city centre.
If you’re looking to stay closer to the water, Pasalimani is a relaxed residential area with hotels and apartments along the picturesque circular port of Zea. You may come across the clock of Zea and other popular attractions during your visit.
A bit nearer the stadium, you’ll find the neighbourhoods of Mikrolimano and Kastella right by a smaller, cosy port. Numerous restaurants serve delicious local seafood, which you can savour while enjoying the beautiful views of the marina. If you opt for Kastella, you’ll be staying on top of a hill with stunning panoramas. You can admire the city centre from one side and the gorgeous sea from the other.
If you’d rather stay in the larger city of Athens, there are many areas to choose from:
Located in the heart of the city, the Syntagma neighbourhood is very convenient to get to and from using public transport. In Syntagma Square, you can visit the Greek parliament building and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Plaka is a historical neighbourhood located at the foot of the Acropolis. Also known for its narrow and charming streets, colourful buildings and traditional tavernas, Plaka is centrally located and close to most well-known sights.
If you’d like to stay near the major sights but also enjoy the nightlife, you’ll appreciate the up-and-coming Psiri neighbourhood and its artistic atmosphere. You’ll find local Greek restaurants and international dining options in equal measure
Kolonaki is the perfect area for families, as it’s quieter than the city centre but still within walking distance. This elegant neighbourhood offers plenty of nice cafés for you to relax in during your visit or shopping trip.
🚨 Local emergency services
Sometimes unforeseen accidents happen. We want you to stay safe in Athens and Piraeus, so if you are involved in an emergency of any kind, dial 112, the European emergency number.