strefi-hill-athens-greeceEnjoy scenic views from Lofos Strefi

Strefi Hill” is located at the top edge of the Exarhia neighbourhood. It’s covered with trees and has a football field and a basketball court. You can enjoy panoramic views of the city from its peak. A lot of parties are held here during summer, with psychedelic, alternative, and rock music. But the rest of the year, no matter the weather, it’s a great place to relax with friends after a long walk around the city

embros-theatre-athens-greeceEmbros Theatre offers many free events

Embros Theatre is an old newspaper factory that was shut down in 2007. In 2011, local theater groups squatted in the space, saying the community needed a cultural hub. Since then, it has since been open to everyone and continues to be self-managed, relying on community donations. Events take place here almost every day. Besides plays, there’s a self-managed bar, a chill-out area and exhibition rooms

mount-parnitha-athens-greeceHike at Mount Parnitha

Parnitha is one of the mountains surrounding the Attica Basin. You’ll find hiking trails starting on all sides of this green heaven. Comfortable huts set a few hours apart in the pines provide refuge for hikers during bad weather, but they’re also good places for sleeping if you’re doing a multi-day excursion

nosotros-athens-greeceHang out with locals at Nosotros

Nosotros was established in 2005 and has since become a center for democracy in the center of the Exarhia neighborhood. Nosotros offers Greek, Spanish, and Italian language classes. You can also attend political discussions and yoga classes, or simply enjoy a drink at their café. Various activities and screenings are held on the rooftop during summer. Check the schedule on their website to see what’s coming up

vryssaki-athens-greeceExplore the Vryssaki cultural multiplex

Located on a secluded and picturesque street, Vryssaki features different rooms and floors, each with a different role. Exhibition rooms surround the main courtyard, plus there’s a small library and a café on the roof where you can enjoy great views of ancient monuments in the surrounding areas. Yoga, dance, and foreign language classes are some of the most popular offerings

filopappou-hill-athens-greeceClimb in the center of Athens at Filopappou Hill

An extension of Acropolis Hill, Filopappou Hill features a steep cliff that’s great for rock climbing. Experts have fixed all the necessary gear to the rocks, so it’s packed with climbers when the weather is good. It’s suitable for climbers of all levels, but you can also just grab a beer and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains surrounding Athens and the Port of Piraeus

vryssaki-athens-greeceVrahakia is another good spot to enjoy panoramic views of the city

Vrahakia means “small rocks” in Greek. It’s the top part of Aeropagus Hill and, from here, you can see how big Athens actually is, including the mountains surrounding the Attica Basin. Climbing up to Vrahakia is a great way to start the day. We recommend having a coffee and enjoying the views here, then heading to the other side of Vrahakia, where you can see the entrance to the Acropolis just a few steps away

university-cinema-club-athens-greeceSee a movie at the University Cinema Club

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens has a cinema club in the heart of the city called IRIDA. Whether you’re a student or not, you can watch movies and take cinema classes for free. Just check out the posted schedule to see which films are showing

monastiraki-athens-greeceGo shopping at Monastiraki

Monastiraki (accessible via the metro station of the same name) is sometimes called a flea market, but there are many souvenir shops, galleries, clothing boutiques, and vintages shops, plus cafés where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee and rest. On Sundays when the shops tend to be closed, people bring out their tables and stuff they’d like to sell

bike-group-athens-greeceDiscover Athens at night with a special biking group

Athens is not the safest place for cyclists. The ridiculous number of cars combined with a lack of infrastructure for bikes led to the creation of this cycling group. It’s open to anyone who wants to take a night ride around Athens, and moving around in a group makes cycling safer and much more fun. The members meet every Friday in Asomaton Square, following a different route each time. The group posts information about their upcoming rides and other events on Facebook, so keep an eye out


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