Grasp your toddler’s hand while you stroll up narrow cobblestone streets and peek in little shops to view the wares. The streets do in fact head upward, as most things in Athens There are more buildings than you can imagine, but it’s hard to mind the “cramped” streets as you journey up hill to the Acropolis.
Athens has to be one of the most romantic cities on earth. Although not Rome or Paris, this city is set between rolling hills with more beautiful panoramic spots than you could possibly visit in one trip. Steeped in culture and a rich past, Athens attracts history buffs, romantics and all lovers of beauty. It is worth visiting the museums, statues, shops and historical sites, of course, but the best way to experience Athens with your toddler is to set your sights high.
Tribute to Athena
The streets themselves are exciting. Stop in any shop for souvenirs to bring home or a gelato to delight your toddler. Once you make it through the tiny alley ways and quaint streets with your little one, it’s time to brave the tough journey to the Acropolis—which is no easy feat. The stairs to the top are indeed steep, so allow your little person to take his time. This tactic will tire him right out and pave the way for a good night’s sleep later on. This is a great place to let your toddler run. Take time to go around the Parthenon and notice the sheer size of it all. Let your child stand next to the pieces of broken pillars on the ground so he can see how big the parts of this building truly are!
The best spot in town
Just in case you hadn’t enjoyed the view from the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill lies waiting for you and your brood. Tired toddler legs get a break here and all members of the family will love the Lycabettus Funicular, a railway which takes visitors all the way up the hill. This is the highest point in the city, and the views are truly unparalleled on any other hill in town. From here you and your family can look out onto the ocean or down onto the shining white pillars of the Acropolis, check out the Chapel of Saint George, or grab a bite to eat in the restaurant before the last light of the day filters through the clouds above and the city below begins to glow.
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Shauna Armitage is a parenting blogger, a freelance travel writer and the co-founder of Pure Wander Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @CarpeCalamus