East Attica: Getting to Know Spata while Staying at the ‘Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel’
When staying at the Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel, located very close to Athens International Airport, guests not only have the chance to enjoy a quiet stay away from the hassle of the city center but they also have the opportunity to explore the Eastern Attica area.
Located in a quiet area of Artemida (Spata), the Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel consists of nine elegantly decorated and furnished rooms and studios with private bathrooms, each offering a different style, modern accommodation and luxury amenities.
The hotel is built within a typical Mediterranean surrounding – among olive, pine and fruit trees, flowerbeds with herbs and other fragrant flowers) – in a kindhearted neighborhood, where guests can relax and enjoy the blue sky and bright sunshine.
Among the benefits that take guests’ stay to the next level is Comfort’s welcoming staff and its owner Maria, who are more than ready and willing to provide all the necessary information to visit the area.
Experiencing East Attica
Things to do / Sightseeing
An area accessible all year round, East Attica is a historical place with beautiful beaches, clean seas, archaeological sites and welcoming people.
A glance at history: Spata has been inhabited since prehistoric times and was one of the largest settlements in the Mediterranean region. The most important of the findings of the ancient period is the Sphinx of Spata dating from 570 – 550 BC. Today it is a rural town producing viticulture products and olive oil and is considered an important transport hub due to its proximity to Athens Airport.
What to see
• Attica Zoological Park
The Attica Zoological Park is set amidst beautiful greenery. Especially for travellers with children or for those looking for a different experience but also a day of adventure and spectacular sightseeing, the park is ideal.
• McArthur Glen Athens Shopping Centre
Located very close to the airport, the McArthur Glen Athens Shopping Centre is the ultimate shopping destination that offers fantastic prices, discounts and a wide range of products. Restaurants, cafes, entertainment options and a playground for the kids are also available.
• Permanent exhibition at Athens Airport
The permanent exhibition housed in Athens Airport includes 172 ancient artefacts that date from the Neolithic and Early Helladic period to the Post-Byzantine period. It is located at the Central Station Building – Departures Level – Entrance 3.
• Metropolitan Expo Exhibition Center
The Metropolitan Expo Exhibition Center is Greece’s most contemporary venue and one of the largest and most functional centers for events, conferences and exhibitions in South Eastern Europe.
A glance at history: The area of Artemida has been inhabited since 2,000 BC during the Early Helladic period and was named after the goddess Artemis. The seaside area is full of cafes, bars, taverns, fish taverns and ouzeri right by the sea and its city centre gathers all commercial activities.
What to do
The beaches of Artemida, whether organized or not, are clean and sandy. Beach bars, umbrellas, sun loungers, water sports, cocktails and beachside meals are typical images of the area during the summer months.
• Sea sports
Artemida is known for its beautiful beaches that host water sports such as windsurfing or kitesurfing. The clear waters, the waves and the light breeze make its climate ideal for enjoying your favourite sport.
Greek cuisine is based on local and fresh foods, cooked in a simple way with extra virgin olive oil that makes the difference in taste. Try the famous souvlaki, mouzzaka, tzatziki, salads, feta cheese, beef burgers and the juiciest most flavourful steaks, fresh grilled octapus, mussels, squid, shrimp and day fish that still smell of the sea salt.
A glance at history: Vravrona is one of the most important archaeological sites in Attica. It has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and was one of the 20 municipalities that got together to make up the Athenian State. It gradually developed into a place of worship to Artemis where a temple dedicated to the goddess was built.
What to see
• The Sanctuary of Artemis
The Sanctuary of Artemis is located in the ancient site of Vravrona. Artemis was the goddess of nature and hunting, women and childbearing. The temple is Doric in style, built in the 6th century BC and is considered one of the oldest and most revered sanctuaries in Attica. Today only its foundations are preserved where the worshiping statue of the goddess was.
• The Archaeological Museum of Vravrona
In the Archaeological Museum of Vravrona there are findings and sculptures from the Early Bronze Age to the Roman period and depict the sacred character of the area.
The organized beaches of Vravrona compared to the beaches of Artemida are quieter in some places where there are rocks, stones and their water are deeper.
• Vravrona wetland
The Vravrona wetland is situated on the south-east coastline of Attica in the Municipality of Markopoulo and is one of few remaining in Attica. An area of great ecological importance, included in the Natura 2000 network, it combines a landscape of great beauty, rich in biodiversity especially for birds.
In the magical Cape of Sounio, known for its millennial history and breath taking views of the never ending blue of the Aegean sea and its unique sunset, visitors will be able to admire the imposing Temple of Poseidon. The Temple was dedicated to the God of the sea Poseidon and it one of the most important sights and archaeological sites of Attica as it was built around 440 BC in Doric style.
More information on the Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel and its location can be found here: www.comfortstay.gr.