Like all great cities, Athens is a multi-cultural land with a multi-layered legacy. As one age overlaps another, things get hidden and reappear in different settings. An offbeat tour of this city will introduce you to the less touristy and ‘uniquely Greek’ attractions.
Monasteries of Meteora
Leave Athens for a while and visit the Meteora monasteries, a set of medieval buildings built on huge monolithic rock formations. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a famous backdrop in many movies and books, and time permitting, is a must-see while you are in Greece.
The Metaxourgeio area of Athens is a great place to witness the vibrant counterculture of the city, with colourful street art and old style restaurants. Enjoy some of the Albanian shisha bars or just take a stroll through this neighbourhood. Discover offbeat Athens in the myriad lanes of Metaxourgeio.
Part of the historical Plaka neighbourhood, a trip to Anafiotika is one of the more offbeat things to do in Athens. This scenic area is an old-school Athens neighbourhood with narrow lanes sometimes carved into steps, and the architecture is a throwback to the Greek island settings.
Eridanos at Monastiraki Metro Station
A stream that flows through a tunnel museum next to a metro station is one way to describe how the Eridanos stream has fused with modern Athens’ landscape. Flowing from the Lykabettos, this stream also provides the habitat for Athens’ shelled citizens, the Greek Tortoise and is part of the offbeat tours in Athens.
Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
Standing for more than 2 millennia, the theatre of Epidaurus is regarded as one of the best preserved ancient Greek theatres. This theatre is known for its acoustic design which, to this date, fascinates all who visit.
Timings: 8AM to 8PM Tuesday to Sunday (Monday Closed)
There is always place for offbeat activities in Athens, and its eclectic mix of different histories with a modern cityscape hides many quirky and entertaining spots that give visitors a real sense of what the city is about.