Are you traveling to Athens, Greece, and you don’t know where to start from? You don’t have to worry because our local guides will offer you all the necessary information in order to enjoy your trip. Of course, starting with Parthenon to less well-known spots.
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Top 13 Attractions & Things To See In Athens
Athens is a city where the past is in constant contact with the present. The ancient world meets the modern age. Moreover, the Attica sky is always there to remind you that in Greece, even during the rainy days, the sun will come up again soon. Finally, it is a city where there is always something new to discover. Above all, in Athens, there are a lot of classic attractions but also there are numerous spots to see.
13. Acropolis Museum
The new Acropolis Museum is a modern building containing a lot of Greek treasures. In this museum, you will have the opportunity to admire several parts of the Parthenon Temple, for example, the pediment and the Caryatids. Moreover, from time to time, different thematic exhibitions are organized. For instance, if you visit the Acropolis Museum until the end of October, you will be able to visit the ancient neighborhood of the Acropolis Museum.
Above all, what I love about the Acropolis Museum is the fact that the exhibits are not placed in a row next to each other, but in the same way, as they were placed on the Acropolis hill. Therefore, when you visit this place, you feel like you walk into the Parthenon as it was in ancient times.
12. Stay At A Hotel With Acropolis view
If you plan to visit Athens, it is a great chance to choose to stay at a hotel in the center of the city with a view of the Temple of Parthenon. What else could be a better choice for you than waking up and be able to see the Acropolis view? Above all, you can have your breakfast or even dinner in front of the greatest monument in the world. In other words, it is an amazing experience to stay at a hotel in the center of Athens.
You can choose your favorite hotel in Athens and enjoy your holidays!
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11. Ancient Agora
The Ancient Agora was the central point of the city in ancient times. To clarify, every day, philosophers taught in this area. Most important, today, there are various buildings left here, for example, the Stoa of Attalos as well as the Temple of Hephaestus.
It is one of the most beautiful archaeological places and it is certainly worth visiting. Don’t forget to wear a pair of comfortable shoes because this area is big enough and you will need enough time to see it.
10. National Garden
After a long day visiting archaeological places and museums, you can spend some time at the National Garden for a walk. In 1839 15,000 ornamental plants transported from Genova were planted here. Even today, you can certainly see numerous beautiful flowers and different types of trees. You can also find a small lake in the garden with ducks living nearby.
What I really like about this place is that you have the chance to relax after a long day and come in touch with the natural environment. Further, I often buy some popcorn to feed the ducks. A lot of people and children like feeding these cute animals.
9. Taste Local Food
Above all, in Athens, you will certainly try tasty dishes. You can start by trying Greek souvlaki but you also have to ask for a Greek salad and a glass of ouzo. Just be careful and don’t drink the ouzo like it was a shot. Relax and enjoy this drink.
Moreover, apart from souvlaki, there are numerous choices as it concerns food. Traditional, Mediterranean, gourmet, or even vegetarian and vegan cuisine covers all tastes and requirements.
In Monastiraki, you will find anything you want.
8. Cooking Classes
You tasted some Greek dishes and you liked them, didn’t you? If you would like to learn how to cook some of your favorite dishes, you have to know that cooking classes are organized. Most important, not only do you get the recipe and prepare the dish using local products, but you also enjoy your dinner on a rooftop seeing Acropolis.
This is certainly a great experience and a valuable memory to keep with you when you return back home. And if sometimes you miss Greece, you can cook your favorite traditional dish.
7. Syntagma Square
One of the main attractions in Athens is Syntagma Square. Above it, it is located the Hellenic Parliament and it is a great chance for you to admire the monument to The Unknown Soldier which is a monument in honor of the fallen in the wars. There, you will also admire the Evzone of the Presidential Guard.
As you are walking down the wide Syntagma Square, you will meet a lot of people having a walk or going to their jobs. Syntagma is always really lively and busy. Walking from Syntagma towards Monastiraki, through Ermou Street, you will find numerous commercial stores from where you can certainly buy different goods. For example, you will find clothes and shoes or even some stores with herbals and cosmetics.
6. Monastiraki Square
Another popular square is certainly Monastiraki Square. Above all, this is a classic meeting point for locals. Here, you can find a lot of cafes to enjoy your breakfast or a cold coffee at brunch time. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to buy different goods at Athens Market Flee — or as we, locals, call it “Hephaestus”, because of the name of this road.
Monastiraki Square is really impressive because in this spot three different cultures meet. In other words, in the same place, we find an orthodox church, the Tzisdaraki Mosque, and the Stoa of Attalos.
5. Nightlife at Psyrri
Above all, only some meters further from Monastiraki Square, is Psyrri, where you can come in touch with Athens’ nightlife. In Psyrri, you will certainly find several taverns. In other words, you will enjoy traditional cuisine during your dinner. After dinner, don’t hesitate to drink a cocktail choosing your favorite among the bars. And – why not? – have some sweet dishes as a dessert.
4. A Walk In Plaka
Plaka is one of the best spots in Athens. That is to say, Plaka reminds us of a Cycladic island. In other words, when you walk in Plaka, you feel like you are in a traditional village of an Aegean island. It is certainly one of the most instagrammable spots.
Moreover, while you are walking in Plaka, you will also see the Roman Agora and the Monument to the Winds. Finally, all around there are a lot of impressive and unique buildings built in neoclassical architectural style.
3. Bike Rides
In the center of Athens, it is ideal to have some bike rides. In other words, you can rent a bike and discover Athens. It is wonderful when going through all these spots on a bike. Most important, the Athens center has several footpaths. As a result, it is quite easy even for a family to get to know the area by bike.
So, if you love riding your bike, you can choose bike rides even for a day. Don’t forget to stop sometimes and take beautiful pictures in order to make complete holiday memories. You will certainly find bicycle rental shops in various places in the center of Athens.
2. Sunset On Filopappou Hill
Do you enjoy watching sunsets? If yes, Athens is one of the most ideal places to watch sunsets. That is because, in Athens, there are several hills, like Filopappou Hill, where you can easily go, sit on the ground, and wait for this magical moment.
Therefore, this is one of the favorite places for both locals and tourists. Everyone goes up there to relax and enjoy the best time of the day. The sky acquires wonderful and impressive colors that you will hardly be able to forget.
1. Temple of Parthenon
Firstly, the main attraction of Athens is the Temple of Parthenon built on the Acropolis hill. So, you can’t leave Greece without paying a visit here. Parthenon was built in the 5th century B.C. by the great architects Iktinos and Kallikrates. It is a symbol of democracy, as it was established in a period of prosperity in Ancient Athens and it was dedicated to the goddess Athena.
It looks great when you admire it from distance but it is even more impressive when you climb up the Acropolis hill and get closer. Doric architecture presents rigor with simple lines. However, at the same time, don’t forget to look carefully at the Erechtheion and the beautiful Caryatids. The details of Pheidias’ sculptures are admirable.