The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 6 children- Boy age 13, Girl age 13, Girl age 13, Girl age 9, Boy age 6, & Girl age 1.
Address: The Acropolis, Athens Greece, 10555
Phone: 210 9238175
Hours: Summer hours: 8am to 7:30 pm every day, Winter hours: 8am to 3pm every day
Admission: 12 Euro, discounted price of 6 Euro available for some, certain days are free for everyone
Description: The Acropolis of Athens, also referred to as the Athens Citadel, is the most famous acropolis around the globe. This is a rock in Athens that has a flat top, and it reaches almost 500 feet above sea level. There are archeological remains that are still being discovered today and the site was included on the list of European Cultural Heritage monuments in 2007. The Acropolis of Athens is a very popular tourist attraction in Athens and it draws many visitors each year.
Our Experience: We hired a guide to help us explore the Acropolis of Athens, and we thought this cost was worth it. We learned much more that way and everyone had a good time while learning about this monument. Be prepared for climbing up though, so this attraction may not be ideal for some with limited physical abilities. It took us about 30-45 minutes to finish the climb. It was not very strenuous but it is mostly uphill. Everyone enjoyed it, but baby was cranky because it was very, very hot when we stopped here in August. We wanted to see the Acropolis Museum but it was closed on this day so we could not visit.
Address: Syntagma Square and Amalias Avenue, Athens, Greece
Website: Many cover this attraction and the Changing of the Guards
Description: The Changing of the Guards in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece is a popular tourist attraction. The Guards are standing in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and every hour the guards change in a ceremony that includes exquisite precision and a lot of pomp and tradition. The tomb is situated on the same grounds as the Greek Parliament and the National Gardens. The public can tour the National Garden but the Greek Parliament building is closed to the public.
Our Experience: The Changing of the Guards at Syntagma Square, in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier, was somewhat of a disappointment to our family. We feel that it was highly overrated, and it is not worth the time in our view. None of us particularly enjoyed it, none of the kids said they wanted to do it again, even the youngest children were bored and wanted to move on.
Address: Evripidou Street Athens, Greece
Hours: Varies, many shops are closed on Sunday
Website: Several websites cover this area of Athens
Admission: Free to browse
Description: The Evripidou Street Markets is situated close to the central market of Athens, and shoppers can find many herb, seed, bean and legume, meat, fish, and spice vendors and shops to explore. There are also a number of restaurants in the area for visitors and locals alike, with traditional Greek menu offerings as well as other fare. Dried flower petals and buds, slices of citrus fruits, sun dried tomatoes, and many other items can be found in these markets.
Our Experience: The Evripidou Street markets were places where our family was able to see, shop, and smell Greek culture in a non-touristy way. Our family loves markets, the more authentic and less touristy the better. The herb, meat, and fish markets made this stop a favorite with everyone. This fit the bill and we really enjoyed it for about an hour or so. Note that you will see real dead and bloody calves, sheep, pigs, and assorted other animal bodies that are clearly identifiable as dead animals. This stop is not for the squeamish or if you don’t want to expose your kids to this. Our kids loved it. They were particularly taken by a shark’s head that was for sale. The vendor allowed the kids to touch the head and the teeth. This stop was a very unusual experience for them, one that was educational and exciting at the same time.
Address: Glyfada suburb of Athens, Greece
Website: Many cover this attraction in Athens
Description: Asteria Balux Beach is a popular attraction for locals and visitors in the area, and there are many activities and attractions to enjoy here. The Balux section of Asteria is small when compared to the expanse of the entire beach, and it provides plenty of sand, sun, and gorgeous warm waters to enjoy. In addition there are a number of lounges, restaurants, pools, and other amenities.
Our Experience: Asteria Balux Beach was approximately a 30 minute drive from the Evripidou Street markets. The beach area was well organized, with a cafe, and lounges. Athens is hot in August and the entire family wanted to beat the heat. We are big believers in rewarding our kids with swimming each day wherever possible, especially after a very hot tour like the Acropolis. The beach was not as beautiful as the beaches on some of the smaller Greek islands, but it was clean and the kids loved it. They had inflatables in the water that the kids loved but keep a close eye on them because of some pushing from other kids (nothing aggressive, just kids…). The beach was not very crowded, nd the crowd was nice and friendly. This is a recommended stop for any family who enjoys some time at the beach.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips