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Family friendly travelling in Athens

Most popular areas in Athens for family-friendly hotels

Central Athens has a good selection of family-friendly hotels, notably in the Plaka district on the northeastern slopes of the Acropolis, the majestic hilltop citadel at the heart of the city. Plaka is a great location to stay, and its narrow, winding streets host plenty of restaurants, cafés, and shops. Another area to look for family-friendly accommodation is the Omonia neighborhood, a 20-minute walk north of the Acropolis. There are also family-friendly hotels near the airport, a 40-minute metro journey from the city center.

Top family-friendly hotels in Athens

The Electra Palace Athens is in the Plaka neighborhood, just a 10-minute walk from the Acropolis, which you’ll be able to see from the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. Also on the roof is the hotel’s outdoor pool, open during the summer months. Set in the Omonia district, 20 minutes from the Acropolis, the Grecotel Pallas Athena’s 63 spacious guestrooms and suites come with free WiFi. The Holiday Inn Athens Attica Av. Airport West is just a 10-minute drive from the airport and its indoor pool is a great place for family activities.

Where to find the best restaurants in Athens

In Plaka, you’ll find a fine selection of tavernas, traditional restaurants serving authentic Greek dishes. The Greeks like to dine with all the family, so you’ll find that tavernas are more than happy to have younger customers. Look out for Greek specialties like dolmades, stuffed vine leaves, and the deliciously sweet baklava, layers of filo pastry with honey and nuts. For a quick snack, try one of the take away restaurants serving gyros, a Greek bread wrap filled with grilled meat, salad and yoghurt dressing.

The most popular things to do in Athens

Take the kids to the National Gardens, right in the center of town, near Syntagma Square. This green oasis has lots of cool, shady corners, features splendid avenues of swaying palms, and has a child-friendly café on site. There’s also a pond with turtles, other ponds with ducks to feed, and a children’s playground. If your family has budding artists, a must-visit is the Museum of Greek Children’s Art, which exhibits drawings, paintings, and sculptures by children aged from 4 to 14. There are also plenty of hands-on activities at the museum, offering your children the chance to create their own artworks. Have a day out at the beach by taking a trip to Vouliagmeni, which you can reach via metro and bus in around an hour. Children will love the golden sands at Vouliagmeni, and the warm waters of the Mediterranean.

Best ways to get around Athens

Athens has a good public transit system consisting of metro trains, buses, and trams. The metro has 3 lines and 1 of those connects the city center with Athens International Airport. The metro trains depart from the airport every 30 minutes. Special tourist transit tickets offer a good deal. They’re valid for 1 return journey from the airport to the center, plus 3 days of unlimited travel on metro trains, buses, and trams. The Uber taxi service is available in the city, as are conventional taxis.

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