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 6 EUR per person.
Take the blue line towards Agia Marina 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 10 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
Hagia Sophia – 1,500 years of history (19.12.2015 to 31.12.2016)
Tholos, the new virtual reality theatre of the Foundation of the Hellenic World at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre presents a completely digital representation of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Visitors are invited to embark on a unique journey of discovery. The interior of the church is represented in full detail, as well as its architectural design, sculptural and mosaic decoration. Moreover, the different phases of construction of the monument are also presented, and important historical, social and economic aspects of Byzantine life. The most “amazing” aspect of the new production is that viewers participate, answering questions during the tour. The Hagia Sophia, a spiritual and political symbol of the Byzantine Empire, a marvel of Byzantine architecture, has prevailed to the present day despite adversity, and is a monument of world cultural heritage. Duration: 45 minutes.
Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre, 254 Pireos St., Tavros, www.hellenic-cosmos.gr
Histrionics (Der Theatermacher) – Thomas Bernhard (19.03 το 23.04.2016)
“I speak, therefore I am.” All works of the paradoxical Austrian writer are a perpetual monologue. Heroes who talk incessantly in a relay of thousands of words. The great and sarcastic author of the post-war world grapples with his favourite topic: speaking of the theatre and its people, as well as his tragicomic dimension and emptiness. Themes tend to repeat themselves in his world and alternate like musical motifs: the decay of the body, the defeat of thought and the futility of human efforts. Artistes, actors, opera singers, philosophers and generals compose a single person with three sides: the successful genius, the failed genius and the narrator. The rest is words, not silence; words of a Clown-God.
Porta Theatre, 59 Mesogeion Ave., www.porta-theatre.gr
Swan Lake - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (through 5 August)
The Russian Ballet Theatre presents “Swan Lake”, the moving story of love and classical dance. Presented for the first time on 4 March 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre, the ballet remains a great challenge for professional dancers, as the skill and lyricism the interpretation demands tests the boundaries of human limitation. Nonetheless, it is a demanding yet standalone musical composition, whose beloved melodies continue to capture and captivate the senses.
Theatro Vrachon & Tour, www.viva.gr
Oresteia - Aeschylus (through 5 September)
Yannis Houvardas, with an outstanding cast and crew, has created a performance focusing on the origins and future of human violence with the sole surviving ancient trilogy “Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, Eumenides”. This astounding trilogy encompasses every dynamic that underlies personal, family, political and social life and is retold as the historic cycle of a nation which must sacrifice its children if it is to be born anew.
Athens and Epidaurus Festival & Tour, www.lykofos.org
Stamatia, née Argyropoulou (through 12 September)
Born in Athens in the mid 1930s, she was the daughter of a high level official, raised in the morality of the time and engaged to a Captain of the National Army. She lives in the garden of her home, unable to participate in and accept the world around her. Eleni Ouzounizou portrays the heroine of writer Kostas Sotiriou, directed by Vangelis Theodoropoulos
Papagou Garden Theatre & Tour, www.nkt.gr
Plutus (Wealth) - Aristophanes (through 15 September)
The leading comedic writer of antiquity examines the compromise of values with his customary discernment and precision. The main theme embraces the piercing criticism of the political, social, ethical and economic crisis that is the fallen Athenian democracy, in modern, bold language. Aristophanes strips down his leaders and makes his bid for a fair state, developing his concerns for the unequal distribution of wealth and the sudden burst of corruption.
Athens and Epidaurus Festival & Tour, www.viva.gr
Dimitra Galani - Eleni Tsaligopoulou - Yiota Nega (through 23 September)
Three women. Three performers. Three distinct paths. With joy and tremendous respect, their music stirs in our memories –songs that have withstood the test of time, in both original and remixed versions. Hadjidakis, Theodorakis, Tsitsanis, Papaioannou, Xarchakos, Loizos, Zampettas, as well as Panou, Kaldaras, Mitsakis, Moutsis, Spanos and Nikolopoulos. The music of these great composers intermingles with that of Smyrna, traditional songs, and modern tunes, in a simple yet magical way. “We want every performance to be a celebration!
Petras Theatre & Tour, www.prospero.com.gr
Musical evenings in the Athens Concert Hall Garden (through 23 September)
With the scent of international outdoor music festivals, the garden offers a delightful break in routine, while the lights of the city shimmer in the background. This year, a series of concerts featuring renowned artists, orchestras and choirs offer a unique tone to summer and autumn evening in the city – Arleta & Lakis Papadopoulos, Petros Klampanis Brazilian Project, Thanos Mikroutsikos & Miltos Paschalidis, Attika Plucked String Orchestra, Academica of Athens, Fivos Delivorias, and the Athens State Orchestra
Athens Concert Hall, Vasililis Sophias Avenue & 1 Kokkali Str., www.megaron.gr
Wood of the Sea 2010-2016 - Sotiris Sorogas (through 25 September)
Over thirty paintings of monumental dimensions, in charcoal and acrylic on canvas, reveal the strength and cohesion of a world visionary through his extraordinary perception of the Greek landscape. “The history of every place in Greece is often intertwined with both the ancient legend surrounding it and the existence of mysterious manifestations in the bright light that identifies it. Finally, as it has often been reported in the past, this god-inspired relevance that is light, myth, history and place, retains the fundamental characteristics of all Greek art expressions, from Homer and Ancient Tragedy to the present day,” says the artist
B & M Theocharakis Foundation, 9 Vasilisis Sofias Avenue, www.thf.gr
Antigone - Sophocles (through 30 September)
The first co-production between the largest institutions of Greek theatre was awarded to Stathis Livathinos, who chose to present Sophocles’ masterpiece “Antigone”, bringing three generations of actors to the stage. This work, one of the best Ancient Greek dramas, explores the theme of conflict between the laws of ethics and the laws of the state, and reaches its climax when the two heroes corroborate their tragic circumstances, clinging on to their principles to the fateful end.
National Theatre, National Theatre of Northern Greece, Cyprus Theatre Organisation, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival & Tour, www.n-t.gr
Τhe Equilibrists (through 9 October)
The Equilibrists is a project organised by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation in collaboration with the Benaki Museum of Athens, and features the works of a new generation of Greek and Cypriot artists working domestically and abroad. The 33 artists and collaborations in the exhibition have adopted radically diverse approaches towards reflecting and engaging with the world around them. Working across painting, sculpture, drawing, film & video and performance, the artists capture the fragility of the present moment through a shared approach to materiality.
Benaki Museum, Pireos Street Annexe, www.benaki.gr
Carmen - Georges Bizet
One of the most emblematic operas of all time, “Carmen”, continues to challenge its audience 140 years after it was first staged. The eponymous heroine defends her freedom and her right to choose her lovers rather than be chosen by them. She is a menace to patriarchal societies, dominated by men, as her choices threaten their very foundations. An unconventional plot, meets Georges Bizet’s equally unconventional and most celebrated music. Conducted by Loukas Karytinos, and directed by Stephen Langridge, the distinguished Artistic Director of the Götenborg Opera. In French, with English and Greek subtitles.
National Opera, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, www.nationalopera.gr