By Megan Millisky
Discover ancient history and summer fun in Athens, Greece! Wander through centuries-old architecture, like the Colloseum or the Parthenon. Stroll the streets to find art, theatre, and music! Here are five ways to explore Athens on your next vacation.
1. Athens & Epidaurus
Attend the famous Athens & Epidaurus Festival! Running through August 15, the festival highlights the best in Greek theatre, dance, and music. You can even see performances at ancient theatres like the Odeon Herodes Atticus or Theatre of Epidaurus!
2. Dormition of the Virgin Mary
On August 15, Greeks celebrate the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. Many shops and restaurants close on this holiday, as it is one of the most celebrated religious events in Greece. Many musueums, parks, and public spaces remain open, so it's a great day to sightsee without the crowds!
Address: Athens Greece
3. Sailing the Athenian Riviera
Spend half a day sailing the gorgeous blue waters of the Athenian Riviera! Dine on authentic Greek food, swim in secret hidden coves, and snap pictures of the water as you sail! Tours run through August.
4. Shows at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
Don’t miss these two incredible shows! August 2-10, stop into the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus to see The Clouds or Prometheus Bound. See a performance in one of the most famous theatres in the world!
Address: Epidavrou, Tripolis 210 52, Greece
5. Assumption Day
August 15, Athens celebrates Assumption Day! The National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis will stay open until midnight to celebrate! Entry is free after 8 pm, and the museums will both offer courtyard concert sessions.