Athens is one of the world’s most impressive capital cities with a unique and vibrant blend of history and culture.
At Divani Palace Acropolis our well-trained staff is here to guide you through a seemingly endless number of museums,
galleries and attractions to make your experience even more memorable.
Walking through History of the “Themistoclean Wall”
Steeped in history, Athens is an increasingly cosmopolitan ancestral city, land of great philosophers and leaders! It is under the intersection of worlds that you will find Divani Palace Acropolis in line with its synergy of history and modernity; and it is notable that during its construction, the artifacts of “Themistoclean Wall” were found.
The “Themistoclean Wall” was named after the great Athenian Politician and General, Themistocles. His traits and skills on military and naval power were instrumental of ensuring Greece’s victory from its greatest threat, the Persians; and after the second Persian invasion, he proposed to build walls that will protect Athens from upcoming sieges; but it was after Themistocles’ death, in 461 B.C., that the construction of the “Themistoclean Wall” started. Walk no further that the lower level of the hotel to admire some of the ancient part of these walls!
The Acropolis, or Sacred Rock, is synonymous with Athens. It is home to the Parthenon and several other ancient Greek monuments built under Pericles in 5 BC by what was then the most advanced civilization in the world.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a must to visit while in Athens.
New Acropolis Museum
Built during the 1990s and open since 2009, the modern Acropolis Museum was commissioned as the existing museum could no longer house the growing volume of archaeological treasures discovered on the site.
Its exhibits cover the period from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
The Benaki Museum has several sites, but the main one is the former Benaki family mansion in central Athens.
It houses a diverse collection, including Islamic art from across the Near East, Chinese and pre-Colombian art, as well as a particularly complete and important collection of Greek artifacts from ancient times to the early 20th century.
Syntagma (Constitution) Square is the hub of Athens, close to many sights and transport links.
The square, named for the Greek constitution granted after a popular uprising in 1834, is dominated by the imposing neoclassical Old Royal Palace, which has housed the Greek Parliament since 1935.
Kolonaki is an upscale neighborhood and one of the main shopping areas in Athens, with many fashion and designer boutiques and jewelry stores. It is also home to a variety of museums and art galleries.
Here one can find a big variety of all kind of restaurants and cafes. The choices are numerous.
Stroll through the streets of Monastiraki
Shopping in Athens is a favorite pastime for tourists and Athenians and one of the best places to buy just about anything is the Flea Market at Monastiraki.
On Sunday morning it is the best time to visit Monastiraki flea market for a jumble of curios, from books to paintings, clothes to trinkets.
Afterward, cross Athinas Street to Psiri, where interlocking streets secret away a wealth of galleries and vintage stores.
This is certainly a unique experience and a way to see a different face of Athens.
Athens Concert Hall
The Athens Concert Hall is located on Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, just a few minutes walk from our hotel.
The Hall was inaugurated in 1991 with two halls. Since then it has been augmented with two more halls and now has a total of four: two large and two smaller ones. The Hall has optimal facilities for opera performances, and some operas are presented every season.
The romantic experience: Open-air movie experience at Cine Paris in Plaka
This is a unique experience that one can find in Athens. Cine Paris is one of the oldest open-air cinemas in Athens, and it’s still one of the most popular cinemas for the locals thanks to its fantastic location in Plaka, facing the Parthenon. It is open from May to September, screening mostly contemporary movies.
So many reasons to visit it: The beautiful view of the Parthenon, the traditional building with the old movie posters, the incredible feeling of watching a film while enjoying a beer and a snack under the Greek sky, while marveling at the lighted Parthenon. The walk before (or after) around the streets of Plaka.
This is definitely an unforgettable experience.
Star gazing at the National Observatory of Athens
Let us take you to the stars!
The visitors’ center of the National Observatory of Athens is a beautiful building. During the summer months, it conducts private evening tours in English offering the public the opportunity to peer through the 8-meter dome of the Doridis telescope and to enjoy the Athenian sky from the Hill of the Nymphs, opposite the Acropolis.
The Doridis refracting telescope was built by the French company P.F. Gautier in 1902. It is housed in a building designed by Ernst Ziller, a short distance from the Sinas building.
It was used for the first time at the eclipse of the sun on 30th August 1905.
Sail to the stunning Saronic Islands
These Greek islands south of Athens make a great holiday on their own, or a relaxing extension to a city break.
The Argo-Saronic islands hug the coast between Piraeus, the port of Athens, and the Peloponnese, the stunning southern mainland of Greece. The Saronic is renowned for its lush landscape, stunning neoclassical architecture, and vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. These islands give you the opportunity to visit archaeological sites, cliff jump into the Aegean, hike ancient paths, and take donkey rides through cobblestone streets.
Contact our concierge in order to prepare for you a mind-blowing experience.
Snorkeling in Athens Coastline
Many people do not know it, but Athens coastline offers different areas for snorkeling.
Ask our concierge and together with our sea activities team, we will offer you a unique experience of diving and snorkeling, taking you on a variety of adventures.