THE PERFECT LOCATION
Divani Palace Acropolis is your home away from home from the very first moment. Minutes away and mainly walking distance from all major sightseeing points and museums this is the ideal location from where to start exploring the amazing city of Athens.
Divani Palace Acropolis is located in the historical heart of Athens next to the Acropolis, and the Parthenon. Here guests are right at the most fascinating location of this ancient city. One can reach many sights on foot, but can also explore the city on the metro from the nearby Acropolis station (200m).
Your journey into the past begins in the hotel basement with a part of the ancient city walls, built under Themistocles, a prominent Athenian general in Ancient Greece. Then wander around Plaka, the old town, visit the Acropolis, its museum, the remarkable Herodion amphitheater, and take a look at the colorful flea market in Monastiraki. With such and amazing location everything is at your feet!
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Discover Athens by staying right at the heart of it
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!
(about 500 meters from the hotel, a 7-minute walk)
This former citadel perched atop a sheer rock contains some architectural gems from ancient Greece, including the Parthenon and the temple to the goddess Athena, dating from the 5th century BC.
This is one of the remaining treasures of Ancient Greece, simply a must during any visit to Athens.
New Acropolis Museum
(only 250 meters from the hotel, a 4-minute walk)
This impressive modern museum exhibits all the artifacts found on and around the Acropolis rock, from the Greek Bronze Age to the Byzantine period.
It also lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.
It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped amphitheater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive, cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and turned into a ruin by the Heruli in 267 AD.
The audience stands and the orchestra (stage) were restored using Pentelic marble in the 1950s. Since then it has been the main venue of the Athens Festival, which runs from May through October each year, featuring a variety of acclaimed Greek as well as International performances
(750 meters, about a 10-minute walk)
Plaka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating beautiful neoclassical architecture.
Most of the streets have been closed to automobile traffic. It is now an area of restaurants, Jewelry stores tourist shops, and cafes.
Though it is quite commercialized it is still a neighborhood and arguably the nicest neighborhood in central Athens.
Monastiraki Flea Market
(1.4 km, about 18 minutes on foot)
The place to go on Sunday mornings, this colorful area offers all sorts of trinkets and perhaps some real finds.
Start at Monastiraki Square and don’t be afraid to cut down side streets away from the crowds.
National Gallery of Greece
(2.6 km, about 30 minutes on foot)
Impressive and fully renovated the National Gallery of Greece opened its doors again in March 2021 to celebrate the occasion of the 200th anniversary from the beginning of the Greek Revolution.
Here visitors will find a treasury of modern Greek art, from the post-Byzantine years to the present day: 20,000 works of painting, sculpture, engravings, magnificent collections proving that Greek Arts in the 19th century, followed the movements of the European avant-garde.
Athens has one more museum that will very soon belong in the circle of the great museums of the European Capitals.
(metro M2, allow about 20 minutes)
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.
(1.5 km, a 20-minute walk, or metro M2, 10 minutes)
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.
International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos
Athens International Airport is 36 km from the hotel and easily accessible, with direct trains from Acropolis metro station.
The journey by car takes about 30 minutes.