Suggestions For Children

Athens requires some forethought if you are taking children. Not all will be as eager to spend days at the ruins and it can be oppressively hot during the summer. Greeks love children very much and they will be most welcome and fussed over in tavemas and restaurants, which makes eating out a delight. Here are some ideas for a child-friendly visit.

Take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. A
Metro ride to the station at Pireaus means you only have to cross a highway to reach the ferry port, and numerous destinations are only 1-2 hours away. Children will love the

  journey and the magic of reaching a seaside destination.

Take your time out in the cool gardens of the capital. The National Garden has a lake with water birds and a nice playground, and Areos Park, near the National Archaeological Museum, has play facilities for children.

Let your children have their portraits made (street artists can be found in Plaka) or their faces painted. Either way they get to be the centre of attention.

If all these fail, a day at the beach will surely blow the city cobwebs away. Take a break at Glyfada, Voula or Vouliagmeni, which is only a short taxi ride away. And don't forget your sunglasses!
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