Just 25 minutes from Athens International Airport by direct subway, the Hilton Athens hotel represents the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of ancient Greece, from the Agora and the Parthenon, to the nearby Acropolis and some of the world's finest museums.
Athens is a sprawling and vivacious metropolis, with plenty to do and see. Get to know the hottest spots and events in the city, many of which are located within walking distance of the Hilton Athens hotel. And remember, a number of the most important cultural, social and business events take place in the Hilton Athens hotel!
Directions from the Athens International Airport to the Hilton Athens hotel
Take Attiki Odos Avenue and follow the Y1 exit to Katechaki avenue, which leads to Messogion avenue. When you reach the end of Messogion avenue, turn left to Vassilissis Sofias Avenue. Follow the road for roughly 1 kilometre and the Hilton Athens hotel is on the left-hand side.
Distance from airport: 30 km
Take Bus Route X95 and get off at "Ilissia" station, which is right across the hotel.
The cost of the ticket is at 5 EUR per person.
Take the blue line towards Aigaleo and get off at "Evangelismos" station, which is situated at a
3-minute walking distance from the hotel.
The cost of the ticket is at 8 EUR per person.
The Hilton Athens hotel features an on-site 170-space parking lot, with secure, covered and self-parking facilities available.
The Hilton Athens Hotel
46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue
Top Ten Things To Do During Your Time At The Hilton Athens Hotel
Visit the Acropolis
Witness the iconic majesty of the ancient Acropolis, and explore its magical, historic surroundings. The new Acropolis museum is one of The World's finest cultural landmarks, and is easily reachable by taking the brand new Metro train.
Stroll through narrow streets and experience Athens as it was 2500 years ago. Enjoy traditional Hellenic flavours in a local tavern, or enjoy a cool glass of ouzo (the local anise-flavored spirit) with some mouth-watering mezés (traditional Greek appetizers and finger-food) on the side.
Experience chic Greek coffee-culture at its finest. Enjoy a 'frappe' iced coffee on Kolonaki Square and become a part of Athenian high society (Big, stylish black sunglasses are mandatory!) Shop at world-renowned fashion outlets and work on your stamina while seeing the hilly streets of Kolonaki.
Scale Lycabettus Mountain
Once you're in the center of Kolonaki, why not take the teleferique (an inclined, funicular railway) to the top of the imposing Lycabettus Hill. See Athens in its full, magnificent splendor and witness a spectacular panoramic sunset with a glass of chilled Greek white wine. You'll feel on top of the world.
Check Out Athens Museums
Feel like checking out Athens' rich cultural scene? Choose from many historic and modern museums. The National Archaeological Museum is not to be missed, while the New Benaki Museum showcases the best examples of Modern Greek art; or pay a visit to the incredible Byzantine and Christian Museum, which features over 25,000 artefacts organized into collections dating from the 3rd to the 20th century.
Get Out & About in Gazi
The hip, new neighbourhood of Gazi is emerging as a renowned artistic stronghold in Athens. Full of interesting graffiti, narrow streets and quirky restaurants, this is a part of town where things are really happening!
Bar hopping at St.Irene and Karytsi squares
The Athens-by-night landscape is enriched with small bars, artistic venues and modern bistros at St. Irene and Karytsi squares, the new favourite hangout spot of the Athenians.
Boogie in Bouzoukia
Want to dance to the latest live Greek tunes? Arrange a table at one of the many Bouzouki clubs in Athens. It starts out casual....but after a few hours you'll see what 'dancing on tables' really means...
Escape to Glyfada & Kifissia
Anyone who thinks the suburbs are boring should take a trip to Glyfada & Kifissia, two neighborhoods that really embody the modern Athenian ethos. Hop on the tram to Glyfada for a stroll along the coast, unwind to the cool sea breeze, or do some shopping and taste delicious seafood specialties. Or head to the leafy suburbs of Kifissia for splendid retail therapy or fantastic restaurants. Both suburbs are places to see and to be seen.
Indulge in some Greek Island Hopping
Had enough of the urban experience? Head over to Pireaus, catch a boat to Hydra or Spetses and live The Island Life for a day. Then, totally rejuvenated, explore Pireaus and re-adjust to city life in one of the many welcoming tavernas...
ATHENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Electra, by Euripides (through 26 September)
The Circle of Ancient Drama, a new annual event dedicated to ancient drama, which will present high-quality productions during the summer months in Athens, directed by the most important Greek theatrical directors and featuring leading actors, opens this year with Electra. The event seeks to introduce visitors and theatregoers of the city to the myths, history, ideals and spirit of Ancient Greece, with productions presented in Greek accompanied by foreign language surtitles. Marina Aslanoglou in the title role of Electra, directed by Spyros Evangelatos.
Iphigenia in Tauris by Euripides (7 & 8 July)
Thomas Moschopoulos returns to Epidaurus with one of the most popular plays in antiquity, which, however, does not possess the characteristics that would easily classify it as a tragedy. “Written at a particularly challenging period for the Republic of Athens, it could be described as an offering of hope and tender consolation on the part of Euripides.” It is a masterfully constructed play, filled with lyricism, which became a point of reference for the subsequent European humanist tradition and the Enlightenment. The production stars Amalia Moutousi, Yiorgos Chryssostomou and Anna Kalaitzidou, with music by Kornilios Selamsis.
Breakin’ Mozart (4 September)
World champion breakdancing crew DDC, award-winning musician Echo, conductor and opera director Christoph Hagel, and soprano Anna Krauja join forces and overturn the stereotypes of classical music and breakdancing. Young dancers rise to the challenge of Mozart and combine breakdancing and with the music of the child prodigy from Vienna for the first time in history. The works of Mozart are heard in the production in an entirely new way, played live on the piano by Christoph Hagel, and in orchestral versions with hip-hop remixes and loud techno beats.
Yiorgos Gounaropoulos and the Poetry of Symbolism (from 16 September)
The Theocharakis Foundation is pleased to present over 150 oil paintings and drawings by renowned painter Yiorgos Gounaropoulos, who was one of the pioneers of modernism in Greece. The artist, whose momentous body of work contributed to the evolution of art, embarked on his great artistic career, with an exhibition at the Vavin-Raspail Gallery that surprised critics and artists alike. The artist known as Gounaro, the name with which he signed his work, began to establish his position in the art world.
Alkinoos Ioannidis (18 September)
Beloved songwriter Alkinoos Ioannis visits the Athens Concert Hall Garden and lights up an autumn evening with a concert featuring old favourites and new orchestrations with only acoustic string instruments. A starring role is played by an unusual string quartet in these original orchestrations, where the bouzouki, which Ioannidis uses for the first time in his compositions, takes the place of the violin.
Mamma Mia (8-18 October)
A delightful story of love, laughter and friendship, set on an idyllic Greek island to the timeless and beloved music of ABBA, featuring songs including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me, Money Money Money, The Winner Takes it All, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Super Trouper, Knowing Me Knowing You, SOS and many more. Mamma Mia has found unprecedented success in over 440 cities, 49 productions, in 17 different languages, and has broken all sales records with over 54 million tickets sold worldwide. It is in its 17th year in the West End of London, and is the 8th longest running show on Broadway.