50 Inspiring Things to Do in Athens with Kids
Spending a couple of days in Athens with your children is an amazing experience if you know where to take your kids. They (and you!) can learn a lot and see the most interesting and beautiful things the capital of Greece has to offer. In this blog post you will read about over 50 inspiring things to do in Athens with kids.
Visiting Athens Greece with Kids
If you plan to rent a car you can visit the places mentioned in this post by yourself. Sometimes you want to skip the queue or have a guide with you, for those activities and tours you can make a reservation online.
Athens is the cradle of democracy, and its ancient Greek buildings reflect a civilization that was flourishing long before the western world came into existence. Visiting these buildings, learning about Greek history and culture, the ancient Greek gods, and Greek mythology will leave an impression on your kids they will never forget.
Athens Activities with Kids
But Athens has much more to offer than ancient Greek monuments. There are parks with turtles swimming in the ponds, botanical gardens, interesting and unique museums, a huge zoological park, amusement parks, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, climbing walls, a go-kart circuit, a hill with a cable car, street art, water parks, and Greek food tours, mythology tours, pottery tours and much more.
Read on about the things to do in Athens with kids on your next vacation in Athens.
1. National Gardens of Athens
This huge park, commonly called the National Gardens, in the center of Athens behind the Greek parliament, is all you need for a peaceful walk with your children. It has a couple of little lakes with turtles and ducks and is an oasis of lush greenery in the heart of the bustling city.
2. Zappeion Hall
The Zappeion Hall, is a large Neoclassical building in the National Gardens, and has a wealth of statues in its courtyards. It functioned as headquarters for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games Committee.
3. Attica Zoological Park
One of the most enjoyable family trips we made in Athens was to the Attica Zoological Park. The zoo is really huge and there are about 2000 animals of 320 species! Walking through this zoo is a real pleasure because of the many colorful flowers, trees, plants, and of course, the animals!
When visiting Attica Zoological Park you can join a couple of activities. There are the animal feedings and three educational programs: the Marine Mammal Program (in the zoo’s Dolphinarium), the Birds of Prey Program, and the Asian Elephant Program.
You can read it all in our blog post about this zoo in Greece >> Attica Zoological Park in Athens.
4. Athens Metro Museums
From 1993 to 2000, the Athens Metro was constructed and more than 50,000 objects were unearthed that represent the history of Athens in several layers.
At many metro stations in Athens, you can visit exhibits with replicas of these archaeological findings. The only thing you need to visit these underground museums is a valid metro ticket.
The largest exhibit you will find at the Syntagma Metro Station.
Metro Stations with exhibits are Syntagma (hub), Monastiraki, Elaionas, Aigaleo, Acropolis, Evangelismos, Dafni, and Panepistimio.
5. Visiting the Acropolis with Kids
I am sure you know about this one, but it’s not possible to write about things to do in Athens with kids, without mentioning the Acropolis. Besides, this paragraph will mention some interesting day trips to the Acropolis, that are exclusively for kids and families.
The steep rocky hill rising above the old center of Athens houses the most famous Greek monuments in the world: the Parthenon, the Erechteon, the Propylaea, and the temple Athena Nike. They were built after the Athenians conquered the Persians in the 5th century BC. On this hill, democracy was born.
Before heading to the top of the hill with kids, it’s wise to educate them a little about the meaning of the place.
Are you planning a road trip in Greece? If you are interested in a road trip through the Peloponesse, we have made one, and you can read about it in our blogpost >> Road Trip Peloponnese.
6. Acropolis Museum
Findings of the Acropolis are housed in the Acropolis Museum: sculptures with which the temples were decorated, statues, and objects that Athenians used in everyday life in their settlements from all historic periods.
A young child might not be overly excited with the exhibits in the museum, just like my young son who seemed bored and referred with disinterest to all those “white statues”. Of course, I explained the importance of these statues, but we very soon finished our visit drinking an ice-tea on the huge terrace with incredible views over the Acropolis.
The archaeological excavation below the museum caught my son’s attention. The stunning remains of an ancient Athenian neighborhood have been uncovered at this place.
7. Natural History Museum Goulandri
Located in a beautiful building in the Athenian northern suburb of Kifissia, the Museum of Natural History Goulandri has impressive exhibits of dinosaurs and other animals, birds, reptiles, insects, plants, flowers, and fossils.
The museum also has a yard where you can enjoy your coffee while the children are playing.
8. Planetarium Evgenidou
Planetarium Evgenidou is a magnificent digital planetarium in the Athenian suburb of Palaio Faliro, with 280 seats and many shows a day. It’s considered one of the largest and most technologically advanced digital planetariums in the world! It’s absolutely a fascinating place for kids and adults.
The main language is Greek, but every seat has its own earphone plug so you can listen to the English version. You can bring your own headphones/earphones or buy them from the gift shop for about one euro.
From the end of July until early September the planetarium is usually closed for the public. Check the website of the museum whenever you are planning to go.
9. Athens, Piraeus, Riviera & Beaches Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
The Hop-on Hop-off Bus is a great way to travel around Athens with your kids. You can hop on and hop off as many times as you like at over 40 stops in Athens, Piraeus, the Athens Riviera & Beaches. It’s one of the better things to do in Athens with kids if you are eager to explore the city, the Athenian Riviera with its beaches, or the city of Piraeus.
There are three routes, and an interchange bus stop at the Acropolis that connects all of the bus lines.
The 90-minute Athens route starts at Syntagma Square, the 60-minute Piraeus route begins at the cruise terminal, and the 120-minute Athens Riviera and Beaches route has as starting point the Acropolis.
The bus stops at many spectacular sites, has great views from the upper deck, and on-board commentary in 12 languages.
10. Guard Changing Ceremony
Every hour, on the hour, you can attend the guard changing ceremony in front of the Greek parliament. It lasts about ten minutes and it’s an impressive spectacle to see the slow precise movements of the guards (called Evzones) dressed in traditional uniforms. It’s allowed to take photos, sometimes even together with a guard.
On Sunday morning around 11.00 a.m., there is even a more remarkable spectacle, with much more guards and a band marching on the Syntagma square before replacing the two guards.
After the changing ceremony, the kids can play with the pigeons on the square in front of the parliament building.
11. Balux Café The House Project & Balux Pool Seaside
The Balux House Project and the Balux Pool Seaside, are two different places, both situated at the Asteras Glyfada Complex in Glyfada, a coastal suburb south of Athens. You can spend here all day with your family and enjoy the beach, pool, café, restaurants, and playgrounds.
The Balux House Project resembles a spacious beach house. Every room has a different set-up where you enjoy your coffee or drink, while the children can play at the big playground.
The Balux Pool Seaside has also a pool, though I think only children 16 years or older are allowed in the pool. The café and restaurant are located on a private beach, beautifully decorated, and with all amenities. There is a playground and games for the kids.
Reachable by public transport: tram stop Kolymvitirio, Glyfada; bus stop Asteria, Glyfada.
12. Athens Happy Train
This toy-like street train starts its sightseeing tour from Syntagma Square and follows an amazing route through the historical center of the city, the old neighborhoods and the Acropolis Hill.
The tour with the Athens Happy Train has a 40-minute duration and takes in Athens’ most famous sights and monuments including the Greek Parliament, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the War Museum, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Lantern of Diogenes, Plaka, etc.
13. Piraeus Fun Train
A sightseeing tour with the mini train in the city of Piraeus, south of Athens, will take you to Piraeus’ famous sights and Piraeus’ main shopping area. Piraeus is also the big port where all the cruise ships and ferries arrive and depart.
14. Ancient Agora & Hephaestus Temple
A peaceful and shaded refuge in the center of busy Athens you find below the Acropolis. This is the Ancient Agora of Athens, which was the political, cultural, and economic center of the ancient world and where democracy was first practiced. It’s a huge archaeological site with beautiful gardens where you can stroll around for hours.
It houses the best-preserved Greek temple in the world, the Temple of Hephaestus, that was built in the 5th century BC. There is also a huge Stoa which houses a museum.
15. Mount Lycabettus Cable Car
One of the most thrilling things to do in Athens with kids is taking them by cable car to the top of the Lycabettus Hill. This is the highest point in the center of Athens, with a height of 277 meters. It’s the best view of the city, especially at night when the buildings on the Acropolis and Ancient Agora are lighted.
You can stroll around on the hill, visit the whitewashed Saint George Church, and have a coffee or drink at the cafe. There is also an upscale restaurant where you can dine, but you will have to make a reservation.
On the western side of the Lycabettus hill, you can visit the chapel of Agios Isidoros of which the interior is mainly the cave on which it was built, with another chapel inside.
There is a cable car entirely through a tunnel that brings you in three minutes to the top. It operates all day until midnight, and the starting point is in the Kolonaki neighborhood of Athens.
Mount Lycabettus Hike
You can also hike to the top of the Lycabettus hill, but it’s a long climb and you will have to be in good condition. The hike is definitely not suitable for children.
If you want to go hiking in Greece, you could consider hiking one of the best hiking trails in Europe. You can read all about the spectacular historic sites and stunning nature along this hiking trail in the blog post >> The Menalon Trail in the Peloponnese. Some of the parts you can even hike with kids!
In the blog post Hiking the Enipeas Gorge in the Greek Mount Olympus in Northern Greece you will find a beautiful short hike you can do with kids to a Holy Cave. Read more about how to get from Athens to Mount Olympus.
16. Stavros Niarxos Park
The Stavros Niarxos Park is a beautiful park with a surface of 210,000 m2, located in the Bay of Faliro. Here you will find plenty of playgrounds for kids, rental bikes, and many points for food and drinks. There are daily shows of the dancing fountains.
A free of charge shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, bearing the SNFCC logo and departing from Syntagma Square (intersection with Ermou Street). Click here to see all the transportation options.
Are you planning to explore more of Greece? You could visit the Mani Peninsula in the Peleponnese.
17. Plato’s Academy Archaeological Site
About three kilometers located from the Acropolis lies one of the oldest neighborhoods of Athens called Akadimia Platonos or Plato’s Academy. Here you will find a park with the archaeological remains of the Philosophical Academy that the ancient Greek philosopher Plato founded in 378 BC. Plato’s Academy was a center of culture, research, and political study and Aristotle studied here before he became the advisor of Alexander the Great.
Recently the Digital Museum of Plato’s Academy opened its doors, which you can visit daily (except for Monday) from 09.00 – 16.00.
This article describes how you can get there.
If you want to learn more about Alexander the Great and the places where he spent his time, you will have to travel to Northern Greece. The archaeological site in Dion houses the remains of the ancient sacred city of the Greek Kingdom of Macedonia. It’s an enchanting lush green park with many statues and Greek monuments. Read more in our blog post >> Dion Greece.
The ancient city of Aigai, also located in Northern Greece, was the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom. In nowadays Vergina there is much to see, like the tomb of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, and remains of the city. Read more in the blog post >> Vergina Tombs.
18. Sea Turtle Rescue Center Glyfada
The Sea Turtle Rescue Center is located in Glyfada, a southern suburb of coastal Athens. It’s a small rehabilitation center where wounded and sick sea turtles are treated.
A passionate volunteer showed us around and seemed to know every little detail about every single sea turtle. She patiently answered all the questions of our little son.
It’s a sad view watching the wounded and sick sea turtles, and the more realizing these problems are mostly created by humans.
In the facilities of the Center, many sea turtles have been successfully rehabilitated and returned healthy to the Mediterranean Sea.
The center is not easy to find if you don’t know about it. We just turned on Google Maps which directed us to it without problems. I think it’s only open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.
Read here about sponsorship of a Caretta caretta sea turtle and the special Sea Turtle Rescue Tour.
If you are planning to visit the Islands of Santorini, be sure to visit the Akrotiri Archaeological Site!
19. Adventure Park in Malakasa
This unique Adventure Park in a huge pine forest surrounded by mountains will keep your kids and teens occupied all day.
The Flying Route is one of the most adventurous activities, where you climb and fly along with robes from one tree to another. There are different difficulty levels, depending on age and skills. The safety measures are strict and every child wears special safety equipment.
Other activities include archery, bungee trampoline, and operation tarantula (a spider web).
The park is located about 30 km north of Athens, so you either have to rent a car or you can go by bus or train.
There is a small café for coffee and drinks, but no meals are served, only mini snacks. Fortunately, you are allowed to bring your own food.
20. Athens Gastronomy for Families
One of the tasty things to do in Athens with kids is a gastronomy tour for the entire family, with care designed to attract the interest of children!
Your family will walk through the most authentic neighborhoods of Athens, discovering specialty food stores, learn about Greek cooking methods, Greek recipes, and culinary traditions. Of course, there will be a lot of tasting!
21. Allou! Fun Park
Allou! Fun Park is an amusement park not too far from the center of Athens where you can easily spend a couple of hours with your children. It actually consists of two parks. Allou! is meant for teenagers and adults, and you will find attractions with names like Red Devil, The House of Fear Bodies, and Mirror Forest.
Kidom is the kingdom for small children and their parents.
As it’s not too far from the center of Athens, it’s easily accessible by public transport or taxi.
If you and your kids are into go-kart racing, you can visit the very well organized kart course Kartland in Pallini, a 30-minutes drive from the center of Athens.
23. Panathenaic Stadium
Sporty people should definitely visit the Panathenaic Stadium with their kids! The stadium is one of the main historic attractions of Athens, as it is not only built entirely of white marble, but this is where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896.
As far back as the 6 century BC, a stadium existed on this site. Later it was rebuilt in marble with 50,000 seats, and after it had been abandoned for centuries, it was excavated and renovated in the 19th century to host the Olympic Games.
In 2004 it was also used for the Olympic Games, while every time the Olympic Games are organized, in the Panathenaic Stadium the Olympic Flame is handed over to the host nation.
There is also a small museum on the site.
Beware there is no shade in the stadium, so protect yourself and your children well from the sun.
24. Hellenic Motor Museum
You and your kids can admire more than 110 antique cars in the car museum in the center of Athens. The rotating collection consists of some real masterpieces. There is also a road safety educational program, a Formula 1 Simulator, and an old car workshop.
The museum is located a few blocks from the National Archaeology Museum, on the three top floors of the Athenian Capitol shopping mall.
25. Pnyx Hill
Not many tourists find their way to the archaeological site on Pnyx Hill, one of the most important historic sites in the creation of democracy. This small rocky hill in the center of Athens, that looks over the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora, was the first place in the known ancient world where citizens (male citizens) met to vote, had their assemblies and listened to the speeches of famous ancient Greek philosophers and politicians. Saint Paul and Pericles stood here on the Bima, a place carved in rock where the speakers used to stand.
It requires a little climb to get up the hill.
There are tours that you can do with older kids because it involves some walking. It takes you to the most famous hills of Athens, like Pnyx Hill. You will also visit the picturesque neighborhood of Anafiotika, located on the slopes of the Acropolis hill. It’s one of the most beautiful places of Athens we have been. It has narrow winding alleys, small white houses with touches of blue, and many flowers. It resembles the villages on the Cycladic Greek islands.
26. Kerameikos Cemetery
A cemetery is not the first place you think about to visit with kids during your holidays in Athens, but the archaeological site of the Kerameikos Cemetery is worth it for historic reasons. This is the most ancient cemetery of Athens, and it was also the first public one.
It was built in an area that previously was used by potters and vase painters to produce the famous Attic vases, hence the area was called Kerameikos, which means “ceramic” in English. Subsequent floodings of the river in the area made them leave and the Kerameikos neighborhood was turned into a burial ground. The location was at the outskirts of ancient Athens, which the ancient Greeks chose because they used to bury their dead outside of the city.
It was excavated with the financial help of a German-American industrialist, called Oberlander in the 1930s and the museum on the site is named after him. The Oberlander Museum gives you insight into ancient burial ceremonies and is well worth visiting it.
Nowadays, Kerameikos Cemetery is a tranquil place where you can stroll around between the ancient graves, the sculptures (mostly copies, as the originals are in museums), olive trees and wildflowers. You can also see parts of the ancient city walls of Athens. It’s located at the end of Ermou Street.
27. Museum of Cycladic Art
The Museum of Cycladic Art is located in the elegant neighborhood of Kolonaki and has interesting exhibitions of Cycladic Art, Ancient Greek Art, and Cypriot antiquities. Visit the website of the museum for detailed information and images.
Many people who visit Athens take the ferry or plane to spend some days on the famous Cycladic island of Santorini with its beautiful villages, and the Akrotiri Excavations. You can also read all about some very special beaches around the Akrotiri village in Santorini in the following blog post >> Caldera Beach Santorini.
28. Greek Children’s Museum
If you are looking for educational things to do in Athens with kids, head to this museum! The Greek Children’s Museum is all about making children learn by way of tools and activities with a theme. There are different rooms with themes, like the Room of Pythagoras where kids can learn about geometrical shapes, The Kitchen where they use real tools and experiment with ingredients and recipes, a Room where they can learn about a balanced diet, and in the “supermarket” role play make them a customer, an employee or a boss. There are plenty of other activities, even a room especially for toddlers.
Though the activities are mainly in Greek, the staff speaks English and will explain non-Greek children everything they can.
Unfortunately, the museum is closed from the end of July until the middle of September. It’s best to make a phone call to see when it’s open. Tel: 0030-2103312995 or check the website of the museum, where you can also find out where it’s located.
29. Emotion Museum
The Emotion Museum is a unique museum about emotions. It uses interactive exhibitions, play and fairy tales to encourage children and teenagers to discover their emotional world.
The museum is addressed to children from 5 to 15 years old, and their families.
Foreigners can visit the museum on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00.
In August the museum is closed.
At weekends in June, July, and September there is a special family program in English. Contact the museum to make a reservation for this program.
30. The Wall
The Wall is an indoor paradise for climbers with climbing walls as high as 14 meters. Kids and adults can climb under supervision in this large climbing center in Pallini, outside of Athens.
Besides the climbing wall, there is a beach volley court, a bungee trampoline, a rope course game, and other activities. Take a look at the website (which is only in Greek) for images.
For a quiet day in nature, away from busy Athens, you can take your kids to Donkeysland in Koropi. Amidst almond- and olive trees you and your children will learn everything about donkeys. Children can take a donkey for a walk under supervision; learn how to take care of a donkey, and how to approach them.
You can relax in the yard while having a drink (coffee, tea, and juice are served), and you are allowed to bring your own food.
There is a mobile “Kids Table” where children can draw or play board games.
32. Playmobil Fun Park
Playmobil Fun Park (Facebook) is an amazing place to take your kids, in the northern Athenian suburb of Kifissia. Our son had been playing for ages with all sorts of Playmobil and was specialized in building zoological parks on the floor in the house.
In Playmobil Fun Park he had the opportunity to use the whole collection of animals, fences, and buildings to create the zoo of his dreams.
The indoor playground is divided in themes: the 1-2-3 series for the smallest children, Alps, Horse Riding Club with stables, farms, kindergarten, Luna Park, Aqua Park, castles with knights and dragons, villa, dollhouses, palaces, cars, and so on.
We spent hours inside, and we were glad about the little café that served drinks and snacks. The kids were supervised by very friendly girls that whenever necessary assisted the children with the toys.
Be sure to bring some money and a lot of patience, because there is a shop and your kids definitely want to buy everything available.
Playmobil Funpark will be closed for a summer break from August 5 to August 16, 2019.
33. Flisvos Park
Flisvos Park (website only in Greek) in Palaio Faliro, at the Athenian Riviera, about 6 km south of the center of Athens, is a huge public park with many playgrounds, that can host up to 1400 children!
There are many picnic areas, walking pathways, and lots of equipment ranging from swings to castles and towers. The park even has a puppet theater and an open-air cinema.
You will find shade under the pine trees, or at the terraces of the cafes around the park.
The park is easily reachable by tram or bus.
34. Volta Fun Town Flisvos Marina
A walk along the sea promenade takes you from the public Flisvos Park to the Volta Fun Town (website only in Greek) playground located in the exclusive Flisvos Marina. This outdoor playground is suitable for children at the age of 1 to 10 and offers activities like a trampoline, baby kart, little boats, and Spider. The café has snacks and drinks.
35. Jumicar Traffic Education Park for Children
Jumicar is a traffic education park where children can learn about road safety and traffic rules, of course, based on European traffic laws and rules.
During the summer of 2019, it will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays between 06.00 – 10.00 p.m.
Location: approaching from Athens via Attica road exit 16P towards Rafina-Marathon. The park is located 5.5 kilometers after the Rafina junction, just after the Zoumberi traffic light.
Address: Jumicar Marathonos Avenue 1, Nea Makri.
36. Athens Pinball Museum
If you want to show your kids what games their parents used to play, take them to this charming small Pinball Museum in a side street below the Acropolis.
More than 100 pinball machines dating from the 1950s are on display, and you are even allowed to PLAY them!
The museum also has a great café to enjoy a drink.
37. Museum of Illusions
If you and your family like to experience illusions, then this is definitely one of the things to do in Athens with kids! The Museum of Illusions in the old city center of Athens, Monasteraki, is a unique and fascinating museum with installations that offer you intriguing visual, sensory and educational experiences by means of illusions.
There is a Chair Illusion, Ames Room, Anti-Gravity Room, Infinity Room, Vortex Tunnel, Head on the Platter, and many more rooms to explore the world of illusions. Check out the website, which has lots of information.
Be sure to take your camera with you, because you will have the opportunity to make some impressive pictures of you and your kids!
38. Children’s Art Museum
A small, but very original museum is the Museum of Greek Children’s Art, housed in a beautiful neoclassical building in Plaka, in the center of Athens.
Here you can see more than 10,000 artworks created exclusively by children in the age from 5 to 14 years old.
All exhibitions focus on a theme. The current one aims to familiarize children with their rights as mentioned in the Convention of Children’s Rights.
In the museum, children can attend bilingual activities and games in the interactive corners.
39. Diomedous Botanical Gardens
An oasis of natural beauty are the Diomedous Botanical Gardens in the Athenian suburb of Chaidari, about 8 km from the center of Athens.
Here you find the largest botanical gardens of southeastern Mediterranean, with a surface of 460 acres and more than 2,500 species of plants. The many rare plants and flowers are organized by geography and theme, and along the shaded walking paths, you will find many ponds with water lilies and fishes.
The historical plants’ section is another unique feature of the Botanical Gardens of Diomedous, with species mentioned in Greek mythology and the Old Testament. Christianity is also well represented, with for instance the plant that was used to make Jesus’ crown of thorns.
The Botanical Gardens of Diomedous are a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the center of Athens. Near the entrance, there is a café.
Take a look at this website on how to get there.
40. Dinosaur Park
There is a temporary Dinosaur Park (website only in Greek) in the Helexpo in Maroussi, Athens. You can enter the world of these prehistoric animals with your younger kids until January 6, 2019. Tour guides will explain the history of the dinosaur, while they guide you around the twenty different robotized animals that move, and make sounds.
At the end, there is an excavation game where kids can search for ancient bones.
Details on how to get there.
41. Daphni Monastery
The Daphni Monastery is of the tree best Byzantine monuments in Greece and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It’s famous for its special architecture and splendid Byzantine mosaics.
It was built in the 11th century on the site of an ancient temple in a tranquil oasis in a laurel grove surrounded by the Daphni forests.
Because it’s located in the Athenian suburb of Chaidari, about 8 km from the center of Athens, you don’t want to find yourself visiting while it’s closed. So, check the website for opening hours!
42. Lake Marathon
The artificial Lake Marathon and its dam were built in 1931 when Athens’ population suddenly increased dramatically because of the influx of Greek refugees from Asia Minor (nowadays Turkey). The water demand had to be met, and until 1959 Lake Marathon was the sole water supplier for Athens.
The dam has a maximum height of 54 meters and is made of the same marble with which the Parthenon and the other buildings on the Acropolis were built.
The lake is located in a beautiful mountainous and green area with magical views and it’s a popular destination among Athenians to get away from busy Athens. There are walking paths around the lake, and you will find places to eat and drink. Beware that fishing, swimming, and other activities are not allowed in the lake.
If you definitely want to swim you can drive to Schinia Beach in Marathon, a beach where the pine trees almost reach the sand. It’s a 20-25 minutes drive from the Marathon Dam.
Take a look at this website for pictures of Lake Marathon.
43. Temple of Poseidon in Sounio
This magnificent place was already mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey. King Menelaus of Sparta held a funeral ceremony on Sounio beach while returning home from the Trojan War after one of his commanders had died on board of a ship.
It’s also the place where according to mythology King Aegeus was waiting for his son Theseus to return from Crete. When the king saw the black sails on the ships he assumed his son had been killed by the Cretan Minotaur and he threw himself off the cliffs. Theseus wasn’t dead though, in fact, he just had killed the Minotaur! In honor of King Aegeus, the sea was called after him, the Aegean Sea.
At this historic place, you will find the Temple of Poseidon rising high above the crystal clear blue sea. The white marble temple is one of the most famous Greek landmarks and was dedicated to the god of the sea, Poseidon (Neptune). Built in the 5th century BC, it was used to worship Poseidon, and a colossal bronze statue was housed inside the temple.
It’s located at the most southern point of the Athens Riviera, about 70 km south of Athens, one of the most beautiful coastal roads in this part of Greece. More affluent suburbs and villages like Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Lagonissi, Saronida, and Anavissos are along the route.
The first part of the coastal road is extremely busy as it takes the Athenians to the beaches at the Athens Riviera. After Saronida the road gets more quiet. There are many scenic coves along the route with beautiful small beaches.
You can drive this scenic route yourself, or you can take a guided tour to Sounio . You can even take the Hop-on Hop-off blue bus to Sounio.
44. Sounio Beach
Around the Temple of Poseidon you will find some small coves to swim in, but it requires some climbing to get there. I wouldn’t recommend to go there with children.
There is a beach in front of the exclusive Grecotel Cape Sounio, and part of it has public access. At the private part you can rent sun lounges, though this costs about 25 euros if you are not staying at the hotel.
The other beach is in front of Hotel Aegeon. It’s very clean and well organized. Renting a sunbed with umbrella costs about 15 euros.
The beaches of Sounio are very clean and are located in a beautiful environment. The best thing is the view of the Temple of Poseidon high on the rock!
If you have the opportunity to stay in Sounio until sunset, do it! The sunset in Sounio, as seen from the Temple of Poseidon, is really worth to experience. Driving back in the dark along the dark winding coastal road to Athens can be quite of a challenge.
You can choose to stay the night or a couple of days in Grecotel Cape Sounio or Hotel Aegeon, but you have to arrange your stay a long time before your visit.
Another option is to take a guided sunset tour to Cape Sounio. Daily, there are special sunset tours that depart from Athens to Sounio.
The blue Hop-on Hop off Bus also offers a Sounio Sunset Combo Tour.
45. Koutouki Cave in Peania
The Koutouki Cave is located on top of the town of Peania or Paiania, about 25 km southeast of the center of Athens.
We visited this cave before Google Maps existed, and I really wonder how we knew about its existence and how we found it. I remember we struggled to find it as signs were practically non-existent in this area, and the road ascending the mountain was full of potholes.
The cave is not huge, but impressive. You are guided through it by a guide across metal bridges, and they give you all the time you need to admire the interior which is beautifully lighted.
I read the cave was “renovated” in 2016 and that the experience is even better nowadays. Directions to the cave are also on Google Maps nowadays, just type “Peania Cave “Koutouki”.
Final Thoughts on Things to do in Athens with Kids
As you have understood after reading this blogpost, there are really countless things to do in Athens with kids. The list can go on and on.
If you are visiting Athens during the summer and you are interested in one of the mentioned activities, make sure to check the website of the particular activity, as some attractions in Athens are closed for a period during summer.