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Top 10 things to do in Athens

Once the heart of a civilization more advanced than any to come for centuries, visiting Athens reveals just how far mankind can go when holding art and wisdom above waging war. Here are the best things to see and do in Greece's proud and passionate capital.

Monastiraki

The Old Town market district Monastiraki is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Though cheap souvenirs dominate its storefronts, there's plenty on offer for sophisticated tastes too!

Parthenon

More than the ruins of an old temple, the Parthenon is an icon of Western civilization, making it the site of Athens' most essential tours!

Acropolis of Athens

Many of Ancient Athens' most important buildings were erected in the Acropolis to protect them from invasion. Ruins they may be, but most still look pretty good for their age!

Erechtheion

Built on the site where legend tells Poseidon and Athena competed to be the city's patron god, the Erechtheion was actually considered more holy than the Parthenon in its time!

Acropolis Museum

Of course, the Acropolis is now mostly in ruin – a monument to Athens' former glory – but almost 4,000 objects excavated from the area can be seen at the Acropolis Museum!

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National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Widely considered to be one of the best museums in the world, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens boasts many of Greece's most important artifacts, from the prehistoric age to Late Antiquity.

Syntagma Square

Named after the Greek Constitution of 1844, the grand Syntagma Square at the foot of the Old Royal Palace has been the epicenter of Greek politics ever since!

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

In ruins, but once considered the epitome of Doric architecture, the important temple Olympieion was home to the gold Statue of Zeus – one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Temple of Athena Nike

Nike is the Ancient Greek word for victory, and the prominently placed Temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis was built to aid the Athenian Empire's wars against Sparta. It didn't work!

Plaka

This historic district at the foot of the Acropolis is also known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods." Plaka is a great place to wander around and maybe even see an archaeological dig!

Planning Your Athens Visit

Where to stay?

If sightseeing around the Acropolis is your main concern, Plaka is probably the best place to stay. Despite being a highly recommended tourist spot in itself, its streets are pleasantly quiet. The main attractions can also be reached easily from the Monastiraki area, which ought to appeal more to those attracted to Athens' lively street life.

How many days?

How long to spend in Athens depends on how much of it you want to see, of course, but with most of its historic landmarks situated at the Acropolis, you could cover its archaeological sites, best restaurants, and most popular markets in 3 days.

How to get around?

The city is served by buses and electric trolleys that must be waved down at the blue (bus) and yellow (trolley) stops. Tickets are cheap, but then so are taxi fares. Athens also recently opened a sleek new Metro network. Construction was greatly delayed because they couldn't dig for 5 minutes without hitting undiscovered antiquities!

Good to Know

  • Language
    Greek
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +30
  • Best time to visit
    Athens is most pleasant during the spring and fall, when the temperatures are warm and the tourist traffic is at a minimum.

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What People Are Saying About Athens

Highly recommend this well organized two day tour .

Overall well organized and knowledgeable guides for the history buff. Spectacular scenery. Our guide Evangelis A. was well versed on local history, friendly and accommodating with all concerns. Our driver Nicos was amazing! The Divani hotel in Kalabaka very comfortable. Loved this tour Thank You

Delphi & Meteora 2-Day Tour Reviewed by Joanna, 10/17/2017

Excellent way to spend the afternoon in Athens

Hosts were very welcoming. Surved Ouzo and an appetizer immediately. Encouraged us to get very hands on with the food prep and cooking. Environment was very spacious, clean and inviting. Excellent conversation about a multitude of subjects during the cooking. Got to eat the finished product and took us up to the roof for a scenic view. Also, provided us with a few spots to check out as per our request of things to see and do.

Great trip and amazing sites. Our tour guide, Gemma, was fantastic!

Great trip and amazing sites. Our tour guide, Gemma, was fantastic! Only problem was the bus. It was very uncomfortable. Seats were so close together. I am tall so my legs would not fit behind the other seat.

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by Gregory, 10/05/2017

A fantastic trip to an absolutely amazing place.

This was an incredible day. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about Greece and Delphi in particular, the bus driver was great and did his best with terrible traffic. The site and the museum were truly incredible, and well worth the long drive out. The lunch is nothing special, but there was nothing wrong with it!

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by Alex, 10/04/2017

Excellent guide well organised and very helpful

We were met by our guide and wandered up the streets and townships on the way to Acropolis. She was excellent at sharing history and local information. Learnt a lot about local traditions . Very helpful thank you.