Discovering Athens from above is a unique experience that gives you the chance to make the most out of your visit to one of oldest cities in the world. The perspective you’ll get from the comfort of your helicopter seat is one that not many people can claim they’ve experienced. Here are a few reasons why a helicopter tour above Athens is on the must-do list for travelers who love to travel outside of the box.
1. Experience the Acropolis from Above
Seeing the Acropolis up close is a must-see for any new visitor to Greece. The eternal Athenian landmark dates back more than 2,500 years. Dedicated to goddess Athena, it was once a religious shrine and high fortress for the Athenian people. Now, imagine seeing a view of one of the most important monuments in history from your private helicopter seat. You’ll see how grand its walls, built on a layer of limestone rock, tower over the entire modern capital built around it.
2. Learn About More City Landmarks
The Greek capital is also known for other impressive historic landmarks including the Panathenaic Stadium. Also known as the Kallimarmaro, the stadium is famous for hosting the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Your ride will take you to Lycabettus Hill for some amazing opportunities to shoot a photos of the Cretaceous limestone hill that rises 300 meters above sea level. Greek myth has it that the goddess Athena accidentally dropped a mountain that she was carrying to help build the Acropolis.
3. See the Athenian Riviera Sparkle
The Athenian Riviera is a jewel of the Athens region called Attica. See this coastal area sparkle from above. The area is a stretch of over 60 kilometers starting with Faliron and ending in Cape Sounio. The idyllic palm tree setting is often referred to as the Côte d’Azur of Greece. The areas lovely beaches, restaurants, bars and clubs may already be on your agenda. Why not see it all from a fresh perspective?
4. Discover Cape Sounio
Imagine an ancient marble temple perched high on a seaside cliff? It’s a sight to behold on the southernmost tip of Attica. Called the Temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greeks dedicated the sacred monument to the Greek god of the sea. Cape Sounio is a captivating place to sunset fills sky with every shade of mauve and pink until it seems to disappear into the Aegean Sea. What is typically a day trip trip from Athens city center by car (one and half hour drive away) could be a fantastic sight to look forward to on your helicopter experience instead!
Greece’s clear blue skies and sunshine are the ideal weather conditions for a helicopter tour at any time of year. Athens Helitours offers three different routes, two half-hour excursions and one full hour excursion.
Have you ever experienced Athens from the sky? We’d love to hear about it!