There are numerous interesting suburbs surrounding the Athens city center.
Glyfáda (Voúla, Kavoúri, Vouliagméni)
Glyfada, Voula, Kavouri and Vouliagmeni are the verdant coastal neighborhoods near the Athens airport. They boast a large number of hotels covering the entire price range, ultra modern shopping centers, restaurants, discos, pubs, etc. The area is very cosmopolitan and the bustle never stops.Luxurious villas and apartments can be rented in the summer and throughout the year. Yacht clubs exist in Glyfada and Vouliagmeni, golf in Glyfada, water skiing schools, a marina and a GNTO beach in Vouliagmeni, and a GNTO camping site in Voula. The spa at lake Vouliagmeni should also be noted.
Dimitris Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art
The Pierides Gallery was established in 1980 in Athens. The collection consists mainly of post WWII paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and engravings by artists from Greece or Cyprus.
The villa suburb of Kifissiá, situated at an altitude of 276m/880ft, is popular with both Athenians and visitors on account of its pleasant climate.In 1979 the remains of a large Roman bath-house of the A.D. second century were found here - probably belonging to a summer villa described by Aulus Gellius, the property of Herodes Atticus, a portrait bust of whom was found here in 1961 together with a bust of his pupil Polydeukes.In the square, under a protective roof, are a number of sarcophagi decorated with garlands which date from the same (Roman) period.
Transit: Bus: 538, 539 (Kifissia), Electric Rail: Kifissia.
Goulandris Museum of Natural History
The richly-endowed Natural History Museum in the northern suburb of Kifissiá provides an excellent insight into the animal and insect life of the Mediterranean countries. It boasts a fine collection of butterflies and one of mussels, as well as numerous stuffed reptiles and mammals.The highlight of the museum is the 8m/26ft long skeleton of a triceratops, a member of the dinosaur family.On sale at the museum shop, articles in real silver, semi-precious stones and mussel-shells are good value.
Address: 13 Levidou Street, Kifissia, 14562 Athéna, Greece
Opening hours: 9am-2:30pm; Sun: 10am-2:30pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Greek National Day (Mar 25), May Day / Labor Day (May 1), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Easter - Christian, Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee: FREE
Facilities: Gift shop
Néo Fáliro is an Athenian favorite. It is the site of the Peace and Friendship stadium which hosts international sporting events, exhibitions, concerts by famous artists, as well as the biannual Naval Week in early July.The area of the Moschato is nearby with the Moschakeio International Museum of Maritime Research containing worthwhile exhibits.Further east lies Paleo Fáliro.
Peace and Friendship Stadium
A purpose-built building designed by the Athens architect Papagiannis, was finally opened in 1985 after taking several years to complete. Its bold, aquiline roof forms a landmark along the Fáliron beach promenade. Oval in shape, the stadium measures 87x43m /285x142ft internally, and seats up to 16,000 spectators. A large number of side-rooms are incorporated, providing facilities for the care of the athletes, training, administration and medical services.Important events of all kinds are held in the giant hall, including world-championship sporting events, rock concerts, festivals and various exhibitions.The floor is made so that it can be easily adjusted to the various needs.
At the southern end of the Syngroú arterial road lies the thickly populated suburb of Páleo Fáliro (Pálaeon Pháleron), a seaside resort steeped in tradition, and boasting the Flisvos Marina, one of the largest yachting harbors on the Attic Riviera. From here there are excursions and cruises to Aegina, Hydra, Póros and other islands in the Saronic Gulf and the Aegean.
Transit: Bus: 126, 149 (blue and white).
Averof Museum Ship
On the beach at Páleo Fáliro the old battleship "Averof" is open to visitors. First put into service in 1910, the old veteran served at times as the headquarters of the Greek navy. The "Averof" accompanied convoys through the Indian Ocean and brought the exiled royal family back to Greece in 1944.