Top 5 things to do in Athens with your Family
Athens! Inhabited since the Neolithic age, Athens is considered Europe’s historical capital. The city reached the zenith of its long and fascinating history in the 5th century B.C. (the “Golden Age of Pericles”), when its values and civilisation acquired a universal significance and glory. Political thought, theatre, the arts, philosophy, science and architecture, are some of the forms of intellectual thought which reached an epic high point in a period of intellectual productivity that was unique in world history. (1)
What are the best things you should not miss if you are in Athens with your family?
Athens has amazing attractions for adults but also for children. Exciting and unique places full of Greek mythology are waiting for you to discover them together with a certified tour guide.
So what can you do in a day?
#1. A day on the Acropolis in search with Goddess Athena.
A private activity ideal for families with children from 5 to 12 years old
With the guidance of the tour guide, children with their parents will pursue theme-based activities that focus on a ‘ mythical trail’ of exhibits throughout the Museum and the Archaeological Site.
Gods, Super heroes, mythical monsters, passionate children and parents to work together as the trail search requires cooperation and team effort; This structured activity should make the visit educational, pleasant and fun.
Lets discover the secrets of the Parthenon!
#2. Family walk in Plaka
A Kids’ friendly walk at the foothills of the Acropolis
From the district of Anafiotika that looks like a Greek island to the Monument of Lysikrates and from the Medrese to the church of Saint Catherine, we explore the various periods of Greek history as depicted in the Plaka monuments.
Ancient Greece, the Roman and the Byzantine Empire, the period of the Ottoman dominion harmoniously co-exist in the oldest and most beautiful neighborhood in Athens, Plaka. Let’s walk together and map the city again!
Visiting the Plaka is an experience that stays with travelers for a lifetime. With its colorful neoclassic buildings and ruins waiting to be discovered, around every corner, there is so much to be discovered in Plaka. Follow an expert and let’s be sure that you don’t miss any of the attractions!
#3. An adventure in search of the Gods and Heroes of Greek mythology
A mythology tour titled “Greek Gods and Super Heroes.. Myth or History?”
The tale goes that the ancient Greek gods of Olympus saw the beautiful portion of land that today is Athens and began to fight over who would be its patron god. Two gods headed the battle, Poseidon, god of the sea, and his niece Athena, goddess of wisdom and war.
Our walk through the myths of Ancient Athens will take the form of a tale of the sites of Athens inspired or marked by myths – some more or less well known.
We will explore the greatest landmarks and sites in Athens with a half day guided tour of the world famous Acropolis to the majestic Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora and the temple of Hephaestus.
#4. War, science and art in Ancient Times.
A team play at Herakleidon Museum
In what way cities did send messages from one tower to the other in ancient times? Communication, unbelievably, ran fast! The technologies of land warfare also developed at all levels, beginning with the equipment of the soldiers, followed by large weapons and immense structures for siege and defense.
In ancient times, mathematics, technology and art were at the service of the daily life of the Greeks. There are many examples in religion, trade and war, as described in Homer’s epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey.
How? You will find out in the museum of Herakleides!
#5. Archaeological Panorama
Private activity ideal for families with children from 6 years old
The Greek mythology, rich in character, plot and emotion, resembles a film script where gods, heroes, mythical monsters, creatures of fantasy and passionate people are the protagonists.
The Collections of the National Archaeological Museum offer the visitor a Panorama of the Ancient Greek Civilization from Prehistory to Late Antiquity. Gods, mortals and heroes help children and adults understand the evolution of ancient Greek sculpture.
The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the most important in the world. Originally destined to receive all the 19th century excavations, mainly from Attica and other parts of the country, it gradually took the form of a central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all parts of the Greek world. His rich collections, enumerating more than 11,000 exhibits, offer the visitor a panorama of ancient Greek culture from the beginning of prehistory to the late antiquity.
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