Athens for Seniors
Planning in advance is key to having a stress-free vacation. Weather and climate conditions are important elements to think about as are the transportation and tours that will make for easy travel. And while your tour operator or travel agent is sure to be an expert guide, here are some things to consider when putting together your itinerary.
- When to visit
- Easy a la carte tours
- Tee off in Athens!
- Wine tasting in the Attica region
- Take a day cruise
When to visit The climate is key to enjoying any city. The good news is that no matter when you decide to visit Athens, you are likely to be welcomed by blue skies and warmer temperatures. In fact, Athens' coastline is often referred to as the South Beach Miami of Greece. Keep that in mind when booking your trip. Ideally we recommend visiting in spring and early June (when it can get warm enough to enjoy a swim) and again in early September.
Easy A-La-Carte Tours It likely and advisable to have an organized tour operator set up a large part of your Athens experience making transport and access to the various interesting sites easy. But if you would like to take a break to venture a bit on your own, you may enjoy the Athens Hop on Hop Off Tour double-decker tour bus (www.city-sightseeing.gr,+30 210-922 0 604) that covers most of Athens' top attractions with commentary in several languages. Call in advance for handicap-equipped bus schedules. The Athens Sightseeing with the Happy Train (www.athenshappytrain.com; +30 210-725 5400; Mobile +30 6947 56 64 450) toy-like street train that starts its tour from the Syntagma Square and follows an amazing route through the historical center of the city and the old neighbourhoods and the hill of Acropolis is also at your convenient disposal.
Tee-off in Athens! Engage in a relaxing game of golf at Glyfada Golf Course (+30 210-894 1933) in the nearby coastal town of Glyfada. Meet new friends and lovers of the game by reserving your tee time in advance. Just 12 km (10 miles) outside of Athens the pine-studded course, surrounded by vast blue seas, offers a tranquil course measuring 6,776 yards for men and 5,634 for women. The course is an 18 hole, Par 72 course and was designed by Donald Harradine.
Wine Tasting in the Attica Region Wine connaisseurs take the time to visit some of the wineries in the Attica region. A few that offer tours by appointment include: Domaine Vassiliou (www.vassilioudomaine.gr) and Winery A. Megapanos (www.megapanos.gr). Most are open to the public daily by prior appointment.
Casinos There are two casinos relatively close to Athens at which to try your lady luck. Situated at the top of Parnitha Mountain, and 1055m above sea level, is the Regency Casino Mont Parnes. Just 30 minutes away, it offers visitors a beautiful panoramic view of the capital and a large number of traditional casino games and slot machines, as well as a fancy restaurant and café-bar. Considered one of the largest casinos in Europe, is The Club Hotel Casino Loutraki. It's gaming halls are equipped with over 80 tables and 1000 slot machines; a VIP room has been created to meet the needs of even the most demanding player. The Casino is open every day, 24 hours a day. It closes only on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Entry to the casino is permitted to those who are 23 or over, and carry with them a valid ID or passport. Shorts and open-toed shoes are not allowed.
Take a Day Cruise Several of the more than 3,000 Greek isles are so close that you can set out in the morning and be back in the evening. It starts at the port of Pireaus where you can board fast catamarans, hydrofoils or larger ships that will jet you off to the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf, where you can explore the small beaches, tavernas and delightful things that only you will deem special and memorable. Some of the islands close to Athens include: Agistri, Aigina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses.