Grand Resort Lagonissi is conveniently located on the Apollo Coast, very close to the city of Athens as well as a short drive from Athens International Airport.
Beyond the Lagonissi peninsula, the Attica region offers many spectacular attractions. Sightseeing tours of historical monuments and scenic cruises to nearby islands are the ideal way to get to know the treasures of the area. Our concierge is available to advise you as well as plan and organize your excursions.
Towering above Athens is the monumental Acropolis with its glorious Parthenon which remain the greatest symbols of the ancient Greek civilization. The Acropolis which is the Citadel of Athens, dates back at least to the Middle Neolithic Era. Its most well known structure is the Doric temple called the Parthenon, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, the protector of Athens. From the Acropolis, you have an excellent view over the ancient agora, the distinctive/unique neighbourhoods of Plaka, Monastiraki and the rest of Athens. On the south slope of the Acropolis is the impressive stone theatre called Odeon of Herod Atticus, one of the main venues of the Athens Festival, which runs each year from May to October.
Just beneath the Acropolis are the remains of the Agora, the city’s ancient commercial and civic centre, where great philosophers including Socrates and Plato once walked. In fact the despairing Socrates committed suicide in a prison in the southwest corner of the Agora, by drinking poison nearly 2410 years ago.
Today’s most celebrated museum in Greece is the new Acropolis Museum, built upon the archeological site of Makriyianni dating from the archaic to early Christian Athens. This archeological museum houses masterpieces of ancient Greek civilization and art, including sculptures, friezes, and figurines focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece and was opened to the public in 2009. 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou str., tel. +30 2109000900-1 www.theacropolismuseum.gr
Greece’s largest museum is the National Archeological Museum of Athens, which exhibits a large chronological and geographical span of artifacts. Situated in a majestic 19th century neoclassical building, the museum displays art from all over Greece covering the pre-historic Greek to the Roman period. Its vast collection includes a staggering array of sculpture including the earliest known Greek figurines dating from around 2,000 BC, frescoes from the volcanic island of Santorini, and so much more that sightseers are recommended to make several visits to absorb it all. 44 Patission str. Tel. +30 2108217717 www.namuseum.gr
The Museum of Cycladic Art which was founded in 1986 features ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. 4 Neofytou Douka str., tel. +30 2107228321 www.cycladic.gr
For a look at the history of Greek and Western European art from the 14th to 20th century, visit the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, with its 16,000 works of painting, sculptures and engravings. The gallery exhibitions are mainly focused on post-Byzantine Greek Art. The gallery owns and exhibits also an extensive collection of European artists. Particularly valuable, is the collection of paintings from the Renaissance. 50 Vassileos Konstantinou str., +30 2107235937, www.nationalgallery.gr
The Museum of Greek Children's Art, a non-profit cultural association, is situated in a neo-classical building, in the Plaka area. Unique in its kind in Greece and one of the very few worldwide, it offers an exclusive opportunity to young and adult visitors alike to see works of art, created by children using a variety of original and non-traditional materials, a tribute to their inexhaustible imagination, creativity, and explosive spontaneity, 9 Kodrou Street, Plaka, tel. +30 2103312621 www.childrensartmuseum.gr
Perhaps the most visited site of modern Athens is the Parliament Building on Syntagma Square, built in 1840 as a royal palace. Tourists flock to photograph the Presidential guards during their hourly formal change, at the tomb of the "Unknown Soldier".
Just a short drive down the Apollo Coast, at Sounio, lays the impressive Temple of Poseidon, one of Greece’s best-loved and best-preserved antiquities, featuring spectacular sunset views. Legend tell us that Aegeus, King of Athens, leapt into the sea from the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. A few minutes North of Athens by car, you can visit the sixth-century theater at Thoriko, the Tomb of the Marathon Warriors and the ancient battlefield near Ramnous, just a few of the stunning sights of the region.
If you wish to exercise sports, you may consider Glyfada’s PGA-accredited 18-hole golf course. You may also visit some of the well organized horse riding centers, like the Attikos riding club in Koropi, just 30min driving from Lagonissi. Ski resorts, like the one in Parnassos, are approximately 2 ½ hours away, whilst there is a contemporary casino on the mountain Parnitha no more than a hour drive.
Apart from antiquities and museums, Athens is also famous for its culture and shopping. For the musical lovers there are operas, symphonies and concerts at the famous opera house, the Megaro Musikis and the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens’ new cultural space. There are shows of all types from Broadway shows to musicals, ballets and dance performances. For shopping, a walk from the beginning of Panepistimiou Street and Voukourestiou Street will bring you to the doors of Hermes, Dolce&Gabbana, Christian Dior and many more in the shopping districts of Kolonaki. Other parts of Athens, Kifissia and Glyfada, are also well known for their renowned luxury boutiques.
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