It’s safe to say that the hubbub, pace, and spirit of the Athens locals and area in general can get somewhat overwhelming. Athens is a popular tourist destination because of its history, yet it is persistently dynamic in nature and borders on being hectic. As a result, even the urbanites of the area need a break from the local action. Don’t be discouraged. Athens is still one of the most spectacular cities to visit in the Mediterranean region and should never be overlooked for a vacation destination.
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If you feel that you are going to need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, here are a few suggestions for Athens daytrips to enjoy while vacationing there:
Aegina Island – the island is a favorite escape for the locals and probably will be for you as well. The streets on the island are lined with numerous small restaurants and shops while one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean is just a short jaunt from this area. There is also a great water park for the kids to enjoy nearby.
Epidavros – although this is one of Greece’s most modern towns, it is the home of some of the most beautiful archeological sites in the entire region, including the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. It is a small port town that is most widely known for its prolific orange groves.
Hydra – easily reached from Athens, this beautiful island is well worth visiting and exploring all that it has to offer. It takes about two hours by ferry from Piraeus to reach the island of Hydra so you should plan on a full day for this daytrip. Upon your arrival, you’ll quickly notice the numerous donkey-pulled taxis awaiting the tourists getting off the ferry.
Marathon – although the locals do not view this as one of the more popular daytrips, it’s great for a destination that is close to Athens as well as being extremely peaceful and quiet. Marathon is the site of the Greek’s defeat at the hands of the Persian Empire, so it has historical significance. For a relaxing afternoon, visit the dam and lake that holds the water supply for the city of Athens. Additionally, there are great little restaurants just down the road in the village of Oropos.
Vouliagmeni Lake – only a one-hour drive from Athens is the community of Vouliagmeni Lake which offers some of the best beaches in the region, as well as a great spa. It is also the home to some excellent restaurants where you can enjoy some of the best seafood entrées in the entire region. Additionally, the ruins of Apollo’s temple are nearby. The nice part about visiting this spot is that there are numerous buses running to here throughout the day from Athens.
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