Day Trips

Beyond the city center, for or a seaside dining experience head to Mikrolimano in the port of Piraeus or to Athens' southern suburbs such as Voula and Vouliagmeni, an area known as the Athenian Riviera. About half an hour from these suburbs is the historic temple of Cape Sounion overlooking the Aegean Sea, lying on the most southern tip of Attica, the greater Athens region. On the opposite side, also noteworthy is the chic suburb of Kifissia, just a few minutes by car from Athens' Civitel hotels, offering the best of fashion, international dining, culture, museums and relaxed sophistication in a cooler hilly climate.

If you think Athens has a lot to do, the greater Attica region has even more surprises and day trips up its sleeve, such as a visit to the site of Eleusis where major spiritual rituals were held in antiquity, or an hour's boat ride to the island of Aegina with charming portside cafes and sweet shops. Other enchanting islands such as Hydra and Spetses are also about an hour away, perfect for a full day trip or escape to island beaches.

If you have a car Greece's first capital Nafplion, located in the Peloponnese just off Attica's borders, will amaze you with its Venetian and Ottoman architecture. Within the same region are the wineries of Nemea, the Corinth canal and the impressive ancient theater of Epidaurus. While in the Peloponnese, consider visiting Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games and a beautiful natural spot. The Civitel hotels will be delighted to arrange a guided tour to the attractions outside the city. All these special places and many more make Attica and its environs the land of the gods.

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