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The Cultural Highlights Of Athens In Late Spring

As you arrive in Athens in late spring, the evenings are cool and museums wonderfully quiet, but the botanical gardens are in full bloom and ready to be explored. 

The focus of any visit to Athens is inevitably the sublime Parthenon, which was devoted to the Greek goddess Athena during the fifth century BC. Ensure that you make a reservation to visit the hill of the Acropolis early in the morning for a peaceful experience. 

During the late spring there are less visitors at the Acropolis than during summer; enjoy the architecture with unobstructed views across Athens. Built entirely in Pendeli marble, the structure has endured for over two millennia. The surviving sculptures, which remain in Greece, are incredibly beautiful.

From here, walk to the National Gardens, which are truly exquisite. Enter in front of the palatial Italian Embassy and follow a series of pathways intuitively through the trees. Exploring these gardens is reminiscent of enchanting scenes from The Secret Garden. Occasionally you will chance upon a monument, or a quiet place to read beneath a shaded pavilion surrounded by lilac and white flowers. Stop for a fleeting lunch or coffee at Me Kolonaki before continuing to The Museum of Cycladic Art.


Ancient Greek pottery on display at The Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. Image Credit: Gary Todd

Ancient Greek pottery on display at The Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. Image Credit: Gary Todd

A wildly compelling museum, The Museum of Cycladic Art focuses on the history of the Cyclades, an idyllic group of Greek islands including Mykonos, Santorini and Milos. It was founded in 1986 to display the extensive collection of Nikolaos and Dolly Goulandris. The inspiring permanent collection includes 3,000 ancient Greek, Cycladic and Cypriot artefacts from 4th millennium BC to 6th century AD. Many of these pieces have since influenced modern artists like Constantin Brâncuși, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.


The Acropolis view from The Dolli, Athens


Once you’ve paused for an aperitivo then continue for a dinner focused on seasonal ingredients and innovative dishes at Linou Soumpasis & Sia in Psyrri. Wherever you are in Athens there is a strong emphasis on sustainability and eating locally with organic ingredients. Another brilliant alternative is the rooftop terrace at The Dolli, which offers panoramic views of the Acropolis and unparalleled Japanese dishes. Ensure that you check the timing of sunset and make your reservation an hour or so beforehand for the best possible experience.


Where To Stay

Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens

Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens

Four Seasons Astir Palace occupies a stunning location on the Vouliagmeni peninsula, with elegant rooms and suites overlooking the Athens Riviera. Spend time relaxing on one of their three private beaches or in the serene swimming pool overlooking the Aegean Sea. The hotel is only half an hour from cultural highlights such as The Museum of Cycladic Art and the Acropolis in the historic city centre of Athens.


The spa at Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens

The spa at Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens

Retreat to the peaceful spa afterwards to unwind before dinner. Known for nourishing and results-driven treatments using organic products, the Armonia signature massage is blissful. For dinner, choose between Michelin-starred Pelagos, waterfront Taverna 37, or Mediterranean dishes at Mercato. All have exceptional views and delicious, seasonal fare. 

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