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The 9+1 best Day Trips From Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

Athens, the capital of Greece is a city full of vibrant colors and so much life. There are so many places that one can visit in Athens itself. However, this city is also a base-station, from which one can explore other interesting places too!


In this article we will be exploring the ten best destinations for day trips from Athens. From islands and mountains to historical places and important landmarks, you will be able to visit so many destinations that are close to the Greek capital.


Also, we will be covering the means of transport that will help you get to your preferred destination and, of course, the activities that you can do.


So, grab your bags and let’s go!


An Overview:


1. The Mt. Parnitha

2. Meteora

3. Nafplio

4. Sounio

5. Hydra

6. Poros

7. Kalavrita

8. Livadia

9. Epidaurus

10. Mycenae

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Map of Greece, the best 10 destinations for day-trips from Athens

Where can I take a day trip from Athens? - The best day trips from Athens


1. The mountain Parnitha

One hour away from downtown Athens


This beautiful mountain is located in Attica and is almost an hour away from the city center of Athens. It home to a plethora of mammals, bird species, as well as plants and herbs, making it an ideal excursion for nature lovers.



The mountain Parnitha/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

How to get to Parnitha National Park?

  • The most convenient way to reach the mountain is by hiring a car or a motorbike. This way, you will be able to reach the two refuges (Bafi & Flambouri) immediately.

  • If you don’t have a car, or you would like to hike. You can take the bus, get off at the mountain’s foothills and explore one of the thousands of paths that the mountain has to offer.


It is important to notice that eventhough there exists a road for vehicles, no means of public transport will take you directly to the top of the mountain.


  • In case you would not like to hike, don’t own a car, but would still like to visit the mountain, fear not! You can take the public transport, get off at the mountain’s foothills and visit the royal residence of Tatoi, as well as the many buildings that still stand on the mountain.


What can I do in parnitha?

There are so many experiences that are offered in this beautiful place.

You can walk on hundreds of footpaths, such as:

  • Arma

  • Katebasma Gouras

  • Flambouri

  • Korakofolia

  • Megalo Armeni

You can also explore dozens of small caves, have a drink or a meal at the picturesque mountain refuges (The Bafi & Flambouri locations) or even discover cultural places too, such as:


  • The Aghia Triada church, the Kleiston Monastery, the Aghios Kiprianos Monastery and many more.

  • The Filis Fortress that sits high in the mountains and was constructed in the 4th century B.C.

  • The Panos Cave, that is adorned with people’s offerings, as well as beautiful stalagmites and stalactites.

  • The Tatoi Palace, that was the summer residence of the former Greek royal family.


Moreover, you can visit the Mont Parnes Casino & Hotel. From there, you will also be able to take the cable car for free and after an hour of walking you will reach the Bafi refuge.


Tip: Athens is, for the most part of the year sunny, so stay protected and do not forget to wear a sunscreen, check out my articles on: How to apply - and reapply - sunscreen with makeup and The 5 Best Sunscreens Under Makeup - Non Greasy without leaving a white cast!


Of course, do not forget your hat, sunglasses and the appropriate clothing!


2. Meteora

Four hours away from downtown Athens


Meteora is a magnificent group of rock formations, nestled in the heart of Thessalia County, almost four hours away from Athens by car. These unique formations look like immense stalactites amongst mountains. The steep composition of the rocks, that stand above 600 meters high, and the flora surrounding them, create an unearthly and unforgettable landscape.


A monastery on Meteora/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

The rocks we see today were once part of materials carried by a river to its mouth. A long time ago, around 60 million years for some people, or 25 to 30 million years ago for others, there were some big geological changes.


These changes in addition to natural phenomena like earthquakes, water, winds and more, shaped these rocks into the beautiful scenery we see today.


What makes Meteora even more fascinating and unwordly, is that at the top of these enormous rocks stand churches and monasteries. Eight of these monasteries are still operating, while six of them and can be visited too.


How do I get to Meteora from Athens?

The Meteora Monasteries are near the town of Kalambaka in Greece, close to the Pineois River and the Pindus Mountains. They are about 360 kilometers north of Athens.


How do I visit Meteora from Athens?

  • Hire a car or hire a motorbike.

  • Join one of the guided tours from Athens.

  • There is also the option of using the train or a bus. However, the trip will be extensively longer and it will not be ideal for a day-trip.


A monastery on Meteroa/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

How do I get to the monasteries in Meteora?

After you reach the city of Kalampaka, you will be able to get around the monasteries either by your own vehicle or by hiking. Either way, the sceneries you will be viewing are absolutely stunning.


How hard is it to climb Meteora monasteries?

  • Distance: Approximately 16 kilometers

  • Duration: A minimum of four hours (additional time needed if you plan to explore all the monasteries)

  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Essential Items: Ensure you have water and dress appropriately for monastery visits.


Helpful Tip: Keep in mind that each monastery closes one day a week


Additionally, it's crucial to pack suitable clothing for the monasteries. Men should ensure their knees are covered, and women must cover their shoulders and wear skirts that extend below the knees. Wearing trousers is not permitted for women; however, it is acceptable to wrap a skirt around them.


In 2023 the opening hours for Meteora Monasteries are:

Great Meteoron: 09:00-15:00 closed Tuesdays and Nov 1 to March 31 09:00 – 14:00 closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Holy Trinity: 10:00-16:00 closed Thursdays

Varlaam: 09:00-16:00 closed Fridays and Nov 1 to March 31 09:00 – 14:00 closed Thursdays and Fridays

Roussanou: 10:00-16:00 from April 1 to October 31, Novermber 1 to March 31st is 10:00-14:00 closed Wednesdays

St. Stephen: 09:00-13:30 and 15:30-17:30 closed Mondays

St. Nicholas Anapafsas: 09:00-17:00 open every day and Nov 1 to March 31 closes at 16:00


What can I do in the city of Kalampaka, after visiting Meteora?

After visiting Meteora and start descending into the city of Kalampaka, you will be able to do a plethora of things.


What we suggest is visiting the village of Kastraki, which is right under the magnificent rock formations and offers an immaculate view of them. With this in mind, you can stroll through the village’s alleys and visit its own charming sights.


Of course, in the Kastraki village there are many picturesque taverns and restaurants, offering great opportunities for relaxation after a day’s trip.


3. Nafplio

Two hours away from downtown Athens


Nafplio is the perfect excursion for a short trip from Athens. It is the former capital of Greece and it’s about two hours away from Athens downtown.



Houses in Nafplio/ The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

This city is a cradle of the Greek, Francish, Italian and Turkish civilization, offering a plethora of cultural opportunities. Not only this but Nafplio is a seaside town filled with beautiful Mediterranean flora, cobbled streets and a medieval old town.


How do I get to Nafplio from Athens?

• You can hire a car or a motorbike.

• Take part in an organized day-trip from downtown Athens.

• Take the bus (KTEL) that can get you directly to Nafplio.

The bus starts from “Par. Kifisou Avenue, Athens”


How do I spend a day in Nafplio?

There are so many things that you can do in Nafplio. Let us explore some of them.


Sightseeing

  • Τhe Palamidi Castle with its staggering 999 steps!

  • The islet Bourtzi, that stands right in front of Nafplio

  • The Theodoros Kolokotronis Park

  • The statue of Ioannis Kapodistrias, modern Greece’s first prime minister in the homonymous square

  • The Lion of the Bavarians standing in the suburb of Pronia

  • The Archaeological Museum of Nafplio

  • The recently renovated Pili tis Ksiras (Shore Gate)


Apart from the cultural sights themselves, it will be a great opportunity to stroll around the city too.


Activities

  • Take a romantic stroll around the Arvanitia Promenade the most popular walk in town (1 km in length) dominated by the rocky landscape of Akronafplia.

  • Visit the beaches of Arvanitia, Karathonas, Nea Kios, Miloi and Kiveri.

  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or a delicious meal in the Syntagma Square

  • Visit the picturesque old town and buy souvenirs

  • Sip a drink at the port enjoying the immaculate view of Bourtzi – always lit up at night.

  • Take the tourist trains for a relaxing tour around the town


4. Cape Sounio

One hour away from downtown Athens


Cape Sounio is home to the ancient Temple of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea and it’s only about an hour away from downtown Athens by car. The ancient temple is located on rocky cliffs by the Aegean Sea and is adorned with immaculate Parian marble in a Doric architectural style.


The temple of Posidon in Sounion/ The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

Some stories about Poseidon’s temple include King Menelaus stopping here on his way back from Troy, King Aegeus who drowned here giving the sea its name, and people building the temple to honor the sea god and protect profits from nearby Lavrio mines.


How do you get to Sounion from Athens?

Sounio is at the southernmost point of Attica and marks the end of the Athenian Riviera.

  • You can Rent a car or a motorbike

  • Participate in an organized day-trip to Sounion from downtown Athens

  • Take the bus (KTEL)

The bus starts from Patision 68 & Kotsika 2


What can I do in Sounio?

  • Visit the ancient temple

  • Visit the small beach near the ancient temple.

  • Enjoy a delicious meal, a cup of coffee or a desert in the local taverns and cafeterias.

  • Visit the sea-side city of Lavrio, which is a 15-minute drive from the archaeological site.

When is the temple of posidon open to the public?

Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sunday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM


What islands are close to Athens for a day trip?

There are many islands that are close by. Our top picks are Hydra and Poros.


5. Hydra

Two and a half hours away from downtown Athens


Hydra is a famous island in the Argosaronic Gulf with small beautiful houses, cobbled alleys and beaches with clear blue waters. It is an island known for its rich maritime history and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Not only this, but it’s only two and a half hours away from downtown Athens, making it an ideal excursion for island lovers!



Hydra/Greek island/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

Hydra’s main town is built amphitheatrically around the port where fishing boats stand afloat, and is a great place for a fulfilling day-trip. Adding to its cultural charm Hydra was place adored by artists such Leonard Cohen, the Rolling stones and Maria Kallas.


How do I get to Hydra from Athens?

There is only way to getting to Hydra and that is by a ferryboat from the port of Piraeus.

  • With public transport, the most convenient way to get to the port is by Metro.

  • However, you can rent a vehicle or a get a taxi to get to the Port too.


Is Hydra worth a day trip from Athens?

Absolutely, as we will be mentioning, Hydra is a place full of cultural opportunities and wonderful activities to partake in!


Sightseeing

  • The Historical Archive - Museum located in a stone-built gunpowder warehouse.

  • The Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin, a three-aisled basilica with a dome and two marble bell towers (built in the mid-17th century).

  • The mansion of Georgios Kountouriotis, a fine example of early neoclassical architecture built in the late 18th century and nestled among pine trees.

  • The women's Monastery of Agia Eupraxia, which offers stunning views of Hydra's harbor and the Peloponnesian coastline.


Activities

  • Explore the picturesque village of Megalo Kamini, where Hydra's inhabitants used to repair their fishing boats.

  • Ascend to Mount Eros, the highest mountain on Hydra, reaching 600 meters in height. There, you will enjoy panoramic views of the entire island, the Argosaronic Gulf, and the Myrtoan Sea.

  • Make a stop at Kalá Pigádia (Good Wells). The neighborhood gets its name from the two wells that supplied water to the city's residents for over 200 years.

  • Diving or visiting one of the island's beautiful beaches

  • Strolling through the picturesque alleys and buying souvenirs

  • Enjoying a meal or a beverage in one of the multitude of taverns and cafeterias.



6. Poros

Three and a half hours away from downtown Athens


Poros is the greenest island in the Argosaronic Gulf, and it’s located three and a half hours away from Athens.


Poros,Greek island/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

Poros town, surrounded by the Poros Strait and the coastal area of Galata, is especially charming. Here, you'll find neoclassical buildings and pine forests that stretch down to the sandy beaches.




Poros,Greek island/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

Poros is actually two islands joined by a small bridge. One is called Sferia, which got its name from Sferos, a mythical charioteer of King Pelopas in the Peloponnese.

The other is Kalavria, which means 'fine breeze.' Kalavria was first a place dedicated to Apollo, the god, but later it became Poseidon's island in exchange for the Oracle of Delphi.


How do I get to Poros from Athens?

You can get to Poros by ferryboat from the port of Piraeus.

  • With public transport, the most convenient way to get to the port is by Metro.

  • You can also get a taxi to get to the port too.

Poros is an island filled with thousands of years of history and the offered sights explore different cultures and places in time.


Sightseeing

  • The Poros clock tower is a famous symbol of the island. It sits up on a hill and is surrounded by pear and pine trees.

  • The Archaeological Museum on Koryzi Square; Here, you will come across artifacts dating from the Mycenaean Period (circa 1700 - 1100 BC) up to the Roman times.

  • The ruins of the temple of Poseidon (520 BC) in Palatia location.

  • The Folk Art Museum that offers a glimpse into the island’s folk culture, with exhibits of everyday use.

  • The Agios Georgios (St. George’s) Church in the main town with beautiful murals painted by K. Parthenis (a popular Greek painter).

  • The dana lighthouse from which is offered a wonderful view of the Saronic Gulf and the Methana peninsula.

At the same time, Poros offers great opportunities for adventures and explorations.


Activities

  • Hop on a boat to get to Galatas on the other side of the Peloponnese.

Over there, you'll find the famous Lemon tree forest, and from that area, you can enjoy beautiful views of Poros Island.

  • Visit the three historical islets near Poros; Modi, Daskaleio and Bourtzi.

  • Explore the island on foot or rent a bike for unforgettable views into the azure waters and the green forests

  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or a delicious meal in the main town’s taverns and cafeterias

  • Have a boat trip around Poros

  • Watch the sunset in one of the island’s beautiful beaches or picturesque places, like the main tower, the lighthouse or the main town’s bay area.


7. Kalavrita

Two and a half hours away from downtown Athens


Kalavrita is a popular winter destination in the Peloponnese region. It's a beautiful town located near Mt. Chelmos and it’s located two and a half hours away from Athens by car.


A forest in Kalavrita/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

During your trip in this lovely place, you'll find houses made of stone, small squares, cute streets, cozy cafes, and traditional Greek restaurants under big trees. It's a great spot for people who want to enjoy nature and have a quiet getaway.


A look into the recent history: In 1943, during World War II, soldiers who occupied the town faced a defeat in a battle with the Greek Resistance fighters. In response, they sadly took the lives of men above the age of 14 and caused significant damage to the town.


To remember this historical event, a Monument with a large Cross was erected at the site. Additionally, the Municipal Museum of Kalavryta Holocaust was established to honor the memory of those who lost their lives and preserve this important part of history.


As an important historical place, Kalavrita is suitable for those interested in recent history, beautiful wild nature and interesting activities, such as skiing, hiking and walking amongst cobbled streets and wonderful forests.


How do you get to Kalavrita from Athens?

• You can Rent a car or a motorbike

• Participate in an organized day-trip to Sounion from downtown Athens

• Take the train until you reach Kiato. From Kiato take the bus until your reach Diakopto, and when you get there, you will need another train called “ododotos”.


This route will not be convenient for a day trip, as it takes a lot of time to get to Kalavryta this way


The ododotos in Kalavrita/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

What can I do in Kalavrita?

Kalavrita, a cradle of recent as well as older history, offers a plethora of cultural opportunities.



Kalavrita, a city in Greece/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

Sightseeing

  • Visit the mega Spileon Monastrery that was founded in 362 A.D. and operates to this day.

  • Go to the famous Petmezai Tower, that is located on a high hill in Kato Lousos. It's well-preserved and one of the oldest towers in the mountainous Peloponnese region, dating back to the 17th century. It's a unique example of a fortified residence with many defenders and has a distinctive circular defensive tower design.

  • Discover the monument dedicated to the massacre of Kalavryta.

  • Visit the Municipal Museum of Kalavryta Holocaust

  • Explore the Agia Lavra historical monastery in Kalavryta. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Greece and especially in the Peloponnese region. It's also famous as the place where the Greek War of Independence began.

  • See the Pausanias Plane Tree: The world's oldest living plane tree is located in Kalavryta. This remarkable natural monument measures about 100 meters in length and is approximately 3,000 years old, and it's still thriving!


Apart from these, Kalavryta offers magnificent natural sights and great opportunities of being in contact with nature’s wonders.


Activities

  • Discover the Kalavryta ski resort that offers freestyle skiing programs, snowboards, ski bikes, special programs for children and lifts to the trucks.

  • Visit the cave of the lakes at the foot of Mt Chelmos. The 13 lakes inside the cave, as well as the stalagmites and stalactites formations create and otherworldly experience.

  • Enjoy various outdoor activities in the Kalavryta region, such as hiking along the E4 European trail, exploring the Vouraikos Gorge, climbing Mount Chelmos, going off-roading to Lake Tsivlou, mountain biking, and trying paragliding.

  • Visit one of the most beautiful places in the Kalavryta region; the stunning waterfalls of Agios Taxiarchis in Ano Vlasia, just 25 minutes away from Kalavryta.

  • Explore the The holy pilgrimage site of "Panagia of Plataniotissa", that is located along the Kalavryta-Aigio road, through Pteri, just 30 kilometers away from Kalavryta. In a lush green location with abundant cold waters, you'll find the chapel of "Panagia of Plataniotissa," which has formed within the hollow of a gigantic plane tree.

  • Take the Railway of Kalavryta called ododontos. Its scenic route through the Vouraikos Gorge is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Greece.

  • Have a meal or a hot drink in one of the picturesque taverns and restaurants, as well as the beautiful ski resort’s cafeteria.

  • Enjoy the view and the sunset from one of the town’s hotspots.

  • Walk through the main town of Kalavryta and buy Memorabilia.


8. Livadia’s springs

Two hours away from downtown Athens


The town of Livadia, especially the spring area, is like a place that jumped out of a fairytale. This place is only two hours away from Athens and it is of full lakes, running waters, cobbled streets and alleys, as well as stone and wood-built houses and buildings. The nature is mesmerizing too, with plane trees and a multitude of other plants rising over the town.


Livadia springs, kernyna river/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

In the past, Homer called it Medea. But later, a hero named Lebadeus from Athens convinced people to build the city where it is today, and that's why it's now called Livadia.


Livadia was involved in the Trojan War and became known for a special place called the Oracle of Trophonius, dedicated to Zeus.


The city had to deal with many attacks from foreign groups, and in 1460, the Turks took control of it and made it the main city for the whole area called Rumelia.


How do I get to Livadia from Athens?

• You can rent a car or a motorbike

• By joining in an organized day-trip from downtown Athens

• Take the bus (KTEL) that can get you directly to Livadia.


The bus starts from “Par. Kifisou Avenue, Athens”


Sightseeing & Activities

  • Admire the stone theater of Krya that is located in the Krya Gorge.

  • Witness the submerged statue of the nymph Erkina in Livadia’s river.

  • Discover the Byzantine castle that served as a fortress, perched on a hill to the south of Livadia city.

  • Climb to the beautiful chapel of saint Jerusalem, situated on a steep mountain side.

  • Visit the Historical and ethnological museum, as well as the Museum of Old Professions of the Livadia Trade Association. These cultural organizations offer an interesting view into the city’s past life.

  • Discover the spring site, stroll across the small bridges, and admire the watermill and the waterfalls.

  • Enjoy a tasteful meal or a beverage in a local tavern or cafeteria

  • Take in the natural beauty by relaxing on the grass or sitting on a bench next to the ancient springs.


9. Epidaurus

Two hours away from downtown Athens


When you hear the word Epidaurus, you probably think of the ancient theater, a famous cultural monument where ancient Greeks watched plays. Even today the theater hosts stunning performances during the summer Epidaurus Festival.


The theater in Epidaurus/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

However, Epidaurus is more than just the theater; it's a place filled with picturesque villages, hidden beaches, Venetian castles, idyllic gorges, and even ancient Mycenaean bridges, the oldest in Europe. There's even a pyramid here to explore. And all of these are only two hours away from Athens by car!


In fact, the location Epidaurus has three villages and two theaters. The famous "Epidaurus Theater" is located in the village Lygourio. In the village old Epidaurus, you'll find a Smaller Theater, which is ancient as well. Lastly, there's the New Epidaurus, which lacks a theater but offers a lovely beach and one of the most beautiful gorges in the whole Peloponnese.


In the ancient times the Theater of Epidaurus was part of the Asclepius healing center, the most important of its kind in the ancient world. This sanctuary was considered the birthplace of medicine, and there were over 200 healing centers across the Eastern Mediterranean connected to Epidaurus.


Today, in the archaeological site that includes the theater, you can still see remarkable remnants, like the 5th-century BC stage where athletic competitions were held in honor of Asclepius.


There's also the Tholos or Thymele, an exceptionally designed circular building. Furthermore, you'll find the restored Abaton, where patients, purified with water from the sacred spring, slept on the ground in contact with the earth, hoping for healing visions from the god or his sacred animals.


How to get from Athens to Epidaurus

• You can rent a car or a motorbike.

• Join in an organized day-trip from downtown Athens.

• Take the bus (KTEL) that can get you directly to ancient Epidaurus.


The bus starts from “Par. Kifisou Avenue, Athens”


What is Epidaurus known for?

Sightseeing

  • The famous Epidaurus theater and the archaeological site, including the archaeological museum, that showcases the excavated masterpieces from the site.

  • The smaller ancient theater.

  • The remains of the ancient Acropolis, Roman walls, palace ruins, houses, Doric temple columns, and Mycenaean tombs in old Epidaurus.

  • The "Kotsiomitis Museum of Natural History" in the Ligourio village.

  • The church at the Holy Monastery of Agnountos that dates back to the 11th century, and follows the Byzantine architectural style.

  • The renowned Lygourio Pyramid, probably from the 4th century BC, of which only the base remains today.

  • The Kazarma Bridge which is the oldest bridge in Europe and was built around 1300 BC. The bridge is located 10 kilometers outside of Lygourio and next to it, there's a stone path that leads to two more small Mycenaean bridges.

  • The old venetian castle in New Epidaurus, that offers wonderful views into the village and the azure sea.


Activities

  • The beautiful Vothyla Gorge, near the New Epidaurus, with its hidden beauty, perfect for nature lovers.

  • The "sunken city," also known as the Atlantis of Argolis, with a view of the impressive Methana volcano for endless swimming and snorkeling all day. It's a part of the ancient city that has sunk not far from the shore. Interestingly, You can still see Mycenaean tombs, amphorae, and walls very clearly!

  • Paragliding and biking, so you can enjoy Epidaurus’ beauty from the air or on two wheels!

  • Walking around the villages, buying memorabilia and admiring the endless cultural and natural beauties around the area.

  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or a delicious meal in a traditional tavern or cafeteria.


10. Mycenae

An hour and a half away from downtown Athens


The archaeological site of Mycenae is one of Greece's most important historical landmark and only an hour and a half away from Athens. Mycenae was an ancient city in the Argolis region and the legendary kingdom of Agamemnon, making it the most significant and wealthy palace center of the Late Bronze Age (1350 BC - 1200 BC) in Greece.



The tholos tomb in Mycenae/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

According to mythology, Perseus, the son of Zeus and Danae, the daughter of the King of Argos, founded Mycenae. Regarding the city's name, there are two theories. The first suggests that Perseus named the new city Mycenae because he dropped the mushroom-shaped pommel of his sword there. The second theory links the name to the discovery of a water source beneath a mushroom's root.


The ancient site of Mycenae/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)

How to get to Mycenae from Athens?

• You can rent a car or a motorbike

• By joining in an organized day-trip from downtown Athens

• Take the bus (KTEL) until you reach the village of Fichti, which is 3.5km from the archaeological site. Afterwards you can get a taxi to get there

The bus starts from “Par. Kifisou Avenue, Athens”



What to see in Mycenae?

The most famous sites

  • Τhe impressive palace of Mycenae, which began construction around 1350 BC during the Late Helladic period. The palace is located at the highest point of the hill.

  • The Lion Gate, which depicts two lions as guardians of the Acropolis.

  • The Mycenaean burial complexes, which consist of Grave Circle A, and Grave Circle B, including four tholos tombs. The most famous of them being the tholos tomb known as the “Treasure of Atreus”

  • The Subterranean Cistern of Mycenae that was the main source of water for everyday activities.

  • The Archeological Museum of Mycenae, that offers invaluable information about the Mycenaean civilization and its people.


After exploring the magnificent site, you should relax and enjoy a meal, a desert or tasteful beverage. There are not many taverns and cafeterias nearby, but there a few that are definitely worth it!


Destination Comparison - Table


Destination Comparison table for Parnitha,Metora,Nafplio,Sounio,Hydra,Poros,Kalavrita,Livadia,Epidaurus,Mycenae/The 9+1 best Day trips from Athens (How To Get There,What To Do &Comparison)


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