Floating Naval Museum—Battleship Georgios Averof
Built in Italy during the early 20th century, the Battleship Georgios Averof served in the First Balkan War, played a major part in both world wars, and patrolled the Indian Ocean as the flagship of the Greek fleet before being taken out of combat in 1952. Today, the ship is a highlight of walking and e-bike tours along the coastline from Athens to Cape Sounion.
Take in the pretty Flisvos Marina with its bobbing yachts and sailboats from land, admiring the hulking form of the battleship from outside, or choose a naval history tour that includes a visit to the ship’s interiors to see uniforms, weaponry, navigational charts, medals, and images of the ship in mid-battle. Kids tend to enjoy exploring this massive ship, and many family-friendly tours stop here for an up-close look.
Things to know before you go
- The Flisvos Marina offers a welcome break from the bustle of Athens, with its picturesque harbor, promenade perfect for walking or biking, and inviting park and beach.
- Be sure to see the nearby Olympias, a scale reproduction of a trireme, a type of ancient Greek ship.
- There are a smattering of restaurants along the marina for a meal or snack.
- Wheelchair users and others with limited mobility cannot access the battleship, as visiting involves walking on steps and narrow passages.
How to get there
The Floating Naval Museum-Battleship Georgios Averof is located in Flisvos Marina, Athens’ picturesque yacht harbor. There are a number of bus and tram lines from central Athens, or you can opt for a private tour that includes transportation.
When to get there
The Averof museum is manned and managed by the Greek Navy and opening hours are liable to be erratic, so check ahead online before visiting. If taking in the battleship from the exterior, be sure to visit during daylight hours as the museum is not illuminated at night.
Family-Friendly Fun in Athens
In addition to the Floating Naval Museum-Battleship Georgios Averof, top family-friendly sights in Greece’s capital city include the Eugenides Foundation Planetarium, the largest planetarium in the world; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre with spacious outdoor parks and playgrounds; and the beach and park along the Flisvos Marina.
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