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Athens see + do

In a city filled with archaeological treasures, the Acropolis continues to top them all, literally. Many people overnight in Athens before or after their island ferry specifically to see the great hill of temples—and they're right to do so. First-timers won't notice, but access to the monuments has recently been improved, and there's an ongoing restoration project—lasting several millennia so far—that also takes in other sites. Most Athens museums are free on Sundays and national holidays.

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Technopolis, Athens

In Gazi, the old gasworks next to Keramikos, is this enormous art project, established in 1999. It consists of eight buildings converted from gas containers,...more

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New Acropolis Museum, Athens

Following what some might call a classic Greek construction schedule, the New Acropolis Museum, originally planned to be ready for the 2004 Olympics, finally...more

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National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

Modern art is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Athens, but this institution, established in 2000, aims to change that. It occupies an...more

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Glyfada, Glyfada

Athens's nicest, nearest beach is found in the pleasant resort area of Glyfada. It's accessible by tram (get off at the Paralia Glyfadas stop), and packed with...more

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Ethnikos Kipos (National Gardens), Athens

When your lungs are dusty and you need to see green, slip inside the verdant, semi-tropical National Gardens, established in 1840. Also useful for...more

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Archeologico Museo (National Archeological Museum), Athens

The National Archaeological Museum is newly (post-Olympics) renovated and a must-see. With 48 rooms, it's the largest museum in the land, but still way too...more

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Acropolis, Athens

The entire hill is the Acropolis; the 5th-century B.C. temple to Athena Parthenos is the Parthenon. Try to arrive early for less heat and fewer crowds; you can...more

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