If you and your kids are fans of the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, Athens is a must-see city! It’s connected to many of the plots and characters, and of course is named after the Goddess Athena, who is a rival to Poseidon in the Percy Jackson books. Add Athens to your bucket list, but put it near the top. This is a city you have to visit sooner rather than later!
Another dimension to Athens
Athens is a vibrant city with a glorious past. This is the city where democracy was born, where innovations and inventions were created, and where western civilization took root. From philosophy to science, and poetry to medicine, its influences are still felt to this day. For Percy Jackson fans though, Athens may have another dimension which interests them. It is connected with the Rick Riordan books on a number of levels, and offers the chance to live your very own Percy Jackson adventure!
The Acropolis - credits: S.Borisov/Shutterstock.com
As most people know, the Acropolis is the most visited attraction in Greece, and with good reason. This impressive fortification in the heart of historic Athens has stood proud through the years, and the buildings such as the Parthenon at the very top have rightly earned a deserved place as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s no surprise then, that it should be included as a setting in the Percy Jackson books when in The Blood of Olympus, The Argo II's crew travel there and battle part of the Giant Army alongside the gods!
Percy Jackson Tour of the Acropolis
Whilst there are many tours of the Acropolis available, the Percy Jackson Mythology Tour offers fans a unique insight. As well as explaining all about the Acropolis and the civilization that built it, our guide will show how Rick Riordan took his inspiration from Greek mythology. Not only would this tour help expand your kids knowledge of Greek mythology, but it would also take them deeper into the Percy Jackson books themselves due to a higher level of understanding.
Exploring Urban Athens
Anafiotika, Plaka - credits: EnginKorkmaz/Depositphotos.com
In the Percy Jackson books, myth mixes with reality, and hidden doorways and secret lanes lead to all sorts of amazing places. When exploring urban Athens, your family might get the same feeling! As you walk along the historic streets of Plaka, it feels like an adventure might wait behind every door. Is the street art really just street art, or secret symbols that only the initiated can read? What exactly went on at the Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora? Percy Jackson fans will feel inspired by exploring Athens.
The Temple of Poseidon
The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio - credits: Aerial-motion/Shutterstock.com
Another site that Percy Jackson fans will appreciate, is the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Usually visited in the afternoon in order to combine seeing the site with a sunset, this temple is dedicated to Percy Jackson’s father Poseidon. There are many tales and myths connected with the site, and some people say that it also forms part of a sacred triangle of temples! By visiting the Temple of Poseidon on a full day Greek Mythology Tour in Athens, your family will find themselves immersed in both the glory of ancient Greece and the fun of the Percy Jackson books.
Visit other sites near Athens
Athens is also the perfect city from which to explore other nearby sites connected with the Percy Jackson books. These can be visited as day tours, or as part of your very own Odyssey around Greece. Delphi is perhaps the most famous site connected with the Percy Jackson books and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but there are many others. Take Mycenae for example, the home of legendary King Agamemnon who launched a thousand ships against Troy, or Olympia, the birthplace of the very first Olympic Games. All this and more can be visited when staying in Athens with your family!
Find out more about Greek Mythology Tours in Athens
If you would like to turn your bucket list dream of visiting Athens into a reality, we can help! Our Greek Mythology Tour packages are ideal for families who want to discover more about ancient Greece in a fun and informative way. Our friendly, professional guides will show you the highlights of Athens and beyond, linking together stories from Percy Jackson, legends from Greek Mythology, and revealing what life in Athens is like today. If you are ready to plan your Percy Jackson family adventure in Athens, contact us today or bookmark this page for later.