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
Rhesus, by Euripides (through 9 August)
Rhesus, the controversial tragedy by Euripides based on Book 10 of The Iliad, forms the core of Katerina Evangelatou’s new production for the Athens Festival. Staged at Aristotle’s Lyceum, one of the three oldest ancient gymnasia in the city, this innovative performance transforms a walk into a theatrical event. The space of the Lyceum converses with palimpsest of the city, the words of Euripides are interspersed with extracts from the works of the philosopher of Stagira, and the members of the audiences, themselves wanderers on this twilight walk, experience the timeless city-theatre. In Greek, with English subtitles.
Vassilis Vrettos - Photography (through 31 July)
The Mise en abyme (The Self within the Self) exhibition features the “stories behind the story” of both unknown and famous heroes, who were asked to stage themselves and their surroundings for the camera, and to provide any necessary props. In this way, they deconstruct and reconstruct their compatible identity. The term “mise en abyme” –which identifies with its primary interpretation, i.e. medieval heraldic symbols and their place in the cosmic abyss, art and literature– refers to the image contained within the image, or the plot within the plot.
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.
Samos Young Artists Festival (7-13 August)
Although held some distance from the capital, the Samos Young Artists Festival remains one of the most important events of the summer, taken over in recent years by the Schwartz Foundation. It welcomes Ancient Theatre to the port of Pythagorion on Samos, inviting young, talented international artists to spend a week on the front line island and participate in an artistic event that aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of our fellow man through art. A creative work platform, where cultural views and musical dialogues can be exchanged, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the Festival forms an eclectic meeting point for artists from all over the world, from the West to the East.
Moreover, Art Space Pythagorion will be hosting the exhibition of internationally acclaimed artist Aleksandra Domanovic, of the Internet generation, who recently received the Ars Viva 2014/15 Award, from 20 July to 10 October 2015.
Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus (21 & 22 August)
A solitary rebel, Prometheus defies Zeus by gifting mankind with fire. His punishment is merciless. The disobedient Titan is tormented on an isolated rock until he and the Oceanids are cast into the abyss by Zeus’ thunderbolt. A tragedy with a philosophical and political background, the poetic masterpiece by Aeschylus examines issues including freedom of will and the questioning of power, among others.
Nights of Classical Music (21, 22, 24 & 25 August)
The intercultural values of the Schwartz Foundation meet the tradition and history of the Gennadius Library, which contains over 125,000 rare books, archives, manuscripts and research materials. With the support of the Curtis Institute, one of the most selective music conservatories in the world, which continues to make its contribution to history and music and boasts alumni such as Leonard Bernstein, the Library and Foundation present an event guaranteed to animate the cultural landscape of Athens, hosting important musicians at their new event: Nights of Classical Music. Free admission.
The Charm of the Voice - Athens State Orchestra (2 September)
With a lyrical and light disposition, the Athens State Orchestra presents extracts from treasured operas and operettas by Beethoven, Weber, Lechár, Verdi and other composers. The vocal parts will be sung by German soprano Karen Leiber, who has performed in many renowned opera houses of Europe, and has made distinguished appearances in popular roles from both the classical and modern operatic repertoire. Why not indulge in the charm of the lyrical voice and enjoy the beauty of classic opera while sitting on the grass of the Athens Concert Hall Garden, with the lights of the city as a backdrop…
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.