Other convenient areas to stay in Athens
The Acropolis is an unforgettable staple of Athens. With its great ancient temples, especially the Pantheon which was built to honor Athena, are a must see. You simply can not go to Greece without seeing these archeological treasures! Besides the history and myth that surrounds this location. This ancient Greek sight is just teeming with architectural wonder. Here you can see the buildings from 1000’s of years ago the beginnings and blueprint that most architecture in the western world would be based upon for millennia.
In the heart of the Thissio district is another historic treasure; the site of Karameikos. Here you can see circular mounds and ancient tombs for war heroes of Greeks past. There are also great finds all along the roadways of marble statues and ancient temples.
Just south of this site is that of the famed, “Agora”. Agora is often referred to as the marketplace of ideas. This is the central location where both tradesmen and statesmen bickered for the future of their democracy. This is also the site of another great temple, a tourist favorite; the temple of Hephaestus. The most well preserved of all of Greece’s ancient temple sites.
Just east of Agora you will be pleased to find the great, “Hadrian’s Library”. Built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 132 AD, this Corinthian styled architecture was a lecture hall and also doubled as a music room and theatre complex. The library from which the site gets its name is located on the east side of the building where you can still see the slots in which manuscript scrolls from historians and statesmen alike were deposited for nearly two thousand years.
The Omonia and Exarchia districts are well known for their music venues and hard rocking atmosphere. Smack dab in the middle of Exarchia is one of the most hard rocking and jumping joints the tourist could ever ask for. This is the establishment known as, “Mo Better”. This club is a bit of a throw back to the punk rock days covering classic artists like, “The Violent Femmes”. This place is always jumping and stays open until sunrise.
Jumping clubs can be good but if you desire a more laid back atmosphere had back down to Omonia district and check out the, “Stoa Athanaton”. This premiere hangout has a bit of an older crowd and presents itself as more of a laid back lounge atmosphere. This venue also hosts classic the classic Greek style of, “Rembetatiko”.
Another hit location lies back in Exarchia with the, “Mpoemissa” this location also features traditional rembetiki music and is also a great place to eat. This night club doubles as a fantastic restaurant with wide array of classic Greek dishes and entrees.
These are just a few starting points for your adventure in Athens. Please take note of these areas as you begin your journey.