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
Flower Installation by Rebecca Louise Law (through 30 June 2015)
The Onassis Cultural Centre is collaborating for the second year with the Double Decker team of curators to present an installation that showcases the spaces outside the theatres. After the original installation by Sebastien Preschoux with colourful threads “wrapping” the foyer, British artist Rebecca Louise Law transforms the entrance to the Centre with 11,000 flowers and creates an environment that will be on display until next summer. A continually evolving work of art, the installation welcomes and bids farewell to all visitors to the Centre, while reflecting its developing and diverse nature. Onassis Cultural Centre, http://www.sgt.gr/
Rocky Horror Show (from 17 October)
The legendary musical celebrates its 40th anniversary in Athens! The cult mania of the most rock ‘n roll musical of all time, written by the actor Richard O’Brien to offset the monotony of unemployment, simultaneously pays homage to and satirizes science fiction B-movies. Starring Maximus Moumouris, Nadia Boule and Yiorgos Mazonakis, and directed by Konstantinos Rigos. REX Theatre
Hellenic Renaissance: The Architecture of Theophilos Hansen (22 October - 18 January)
The Academy of Athens and the National Library, the two emblematic buildings of Panepistimiou Street, and the Observatory and Zappeion Museum, are all the creations of Theophilos Hansen, who is rightly considered the father of the Athenian Neoclassicism that characterized 19th century Athens. Under the auspices of the Austrian and Danish embassies and sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music, http://www.thf.gr/
Venia Dimitrakopoulou: Bastions (6 November - 8 February)
Bastions by Venia Dimitrakopoulou is an iron sculptural installation on a monumental. The work refers to a hypothetical conflict situation, of guarding the ramparts in the resistance. Equally powerful to the heavy materials used in the project, is the presence of both the shadow, which is created naturally and by artificial means, and the sound - intangible elements that introduce the dimension of time and the movement of the installation - commenting on the nature and the limits of the sculptural form and its materiality. Benaki Museum, http://www.benaki.gr/
Stamatia, Nee Argyropoulou (11 October - 11 January)
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 and accept the world around her. Eleni Ouzounidou portrays the heroine of author Kostas Sotiriou, directed by Vangelis Theodoropoulos. The Theatre of the New World, http://nkt.gr/
The Depiction of Death in the Work of El Greco (14 November – 8 February)
The Burial of Christ by Dominikos Theotokopoulos is the central exhibit of a small tribute to the work of the artist, accompanied by the two Pieta (Lamentation). The exhibition of the works of El Greco will give visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand the unique world heritage works on the universal theme of death and the immortality of the soul. Museum of Cycladic Art, http://www.cycladic.gr/
Dominikos Theotokopoulos: Before El Greco, (19 November – 31 March)
What kind of environment was Dominikos Theotokopoulos born in? Where did he study and work? How did the Cretan painters work at that time? On the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco, the exhibition illuminates the social and artistic environment of Crete, the environment that formed the character of Dominikos Theotokopoulos before his departure for Venice. The Byzantine & Christian Museum, http://www.byzantinemuseum.gr/
The Christmas Factory (28 November - 6 January)
The Christmas Factory … or where dreams are made! The home of Santa, the toy workshop, the digital Christmas space, the Christmas market, the Fun Park and sweets factory all comprise a theme park of European standards, which comes alive with elves, fairies and gnomes to reveal the secrets of our dreams to its young friends and older guests! Technopolis, http://thechristmasfactory.gr/
Floor plan: the view of a space from above (21 November - 7 December)
What is the relationship between architecture and art photography? Are they two separate worlds or are they, in fact, complementary? The exhibition explores the relationship between architectural photography and artistic composition, and highlights the importance of perspective.
Free admission. SNFCC Visitors Center. Information: 210 8778396/8 or email at email@example.com
The Dowries (11-21 December)
Dowry: an institution that defined the lives of women. A lifetime of work, a family investment, a marriage fee, and proof of worthiness. Negotiating cross stitch, dropping stitches, tangling embroidery threads and diving into the holes opened by her grandmother’s needles, Kanella Arapoglou changes the patterns of the past, draws over the memories, undoes her family’s handiwork and rebuilds her dowry. With her personal heritage as a starting point, she creates works out of diverse materials and techniques, giving new form to traditional dowries and proposing her own solutions while embroidering the dowries of a new era. Ismos Art Centre, 17 Evpatridon St. & Triptolemou St., www.ismos.gr
Festive “pocket” Opera by the Greek National Opera ( December 20th, 12:00 pm )
A truly tiny production of G.F. Telemann’s “Pimpinone”, which requires only two singers, a pianist and a trunk. Director: Ion Kesoulis
Free admission. SNFCC Visitors Center. Information: 210 8778396/8 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Man for All Seasons (from 20 November)
England, 6th Century. King Henry VIII wants to divorce his wife Catherine to marry Anne Boleyn and father a male heir, thus securing the sovereignty of the House of Tudor. His plans provoke reactions from both the Vatican and his own court. Directed by Vangelis Theodoropoulos, Robert's Bolt play, features some of the best Greek thespians including: Yiorgos Michalopoulos, Yiorgos Moschidis, Manos Vakousis, Dimitris Piatas, Anneza Papadopoulou and Stefania Goulioti. National Theatre, Nikos Kourkoulos Stage, 22 Agiou Konstantinou St., www.n-t.gr
12 Labours of Hercules (from 12 December)
Hercules: the strongest and most popular hero of Greek Mythology, the ideal combination of the divine and human nature, whose goal is to save the Greek world from evil. A myth based on a real warrior destined to suffer more than any other. The production is suitable for the entire family. The story was written by the poet Stratis Paschalis, while professor Yiannis Lignadis oversaw the dramatic structure. Sakis Rouvas takes on the role of Hercules.
Pantheon Thea-tre, 166 Pireos St., www.pantheontheater.gr
Cinderella (through 28 December)
Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault, Sergei Prokofiev’s masterpiece and the matchless artistry of classical dance draw us into a magical world through the much-loved tale of our childhood. The production features opulent scenery, dazzling lighting effects, lavish costumes and the superb soloists and corp de ballet of the Kiev National Opera Ballet. Cinderella is a spectacular production guaranteed to enchant audiences of all ages. Athens Concert Hall, Vas.
Sofias & 1 Kokkali St., www.megaron.gr
Dimitra Galani (28 & 29 December)
Chronos. An unparalleled performance. Dimitra Galani and a quartet of superb Greek musicians perform songs written by the greatest Greek songwriters, poets, and composers. The orchestrations present the influences on Greek music from the East and West in a unique way. The singer acts as a link between the past and the present, epitomizing the history of Greek song.
Gazarte, 34 Voutadon St., www.gazarte.gr
Hamlet (14 January - 1 February 2015)
A pinnacle in the art of theatre and a foundational text of European culture, Hamlet is a challenge for every theatre-maker. For his first collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Centre, Yiannis Houvardas embraces risk in this reading of Shakespeare’s poetic masterpiece, which features Christos Loulis as Hamlet and Amalia Moutousi in the role of Gertrude.
Onassis Cultural Centre, 107 Syngrou Ave., www.sgt.gr