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Athens’ central location affords you the opportunity to visit other parts of Greece on quick day trips—whether it be a quaint town or a charming island. Here are a few of Forbes Travel Guide’s top day trips from Athens:
Epidaurus. This modern coastal town is about 2.5 hours from Athens and features one of the country’s most beautiful archeological sites, the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus.
Sounion. Forty miles outside of Athens in Sounion stands one of ancient Greece’s legendary sites: The Temple of Poseidon. It is truly majestic, as it stands tall on a cliff and overlooks the Aegean Sea. Take in this piece of Greek history, and then check out the area’s quaint beaches and traditional tavernas.
Hydra Island. A two-hour ferry ride from the Athenian port of Piraeus gets you to this charming, small island. No cars are needed to explore it — in fact, all vehicles are forbidden here. It’s good excuse to do a little exploring via donkey.