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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

Wonderful, informative, well-paced walking tour, without the lines!

Our guide was very friendly and informative. She did not hesitate to share her views, but connected them nicely to the less well-known aspects of the history of the Acropolis and its various temples and monuments. I consider myself a very knowledgeable person, but I came away feeling as though I had learned so much more than I had expected to.

Athens: Acropolis Skip-The-Line Walking Tour Reviewed by Rudra, 08/21/2017

Awesome tour guide and Great scenic experience

Booking was easy. The sunset trip was more than we hoped for. Our tour guide Tassos was full of local and historical information and went out of his way to be sure we had a great experience. We had a blast and strongly recommend the tour and our guide.

Half-Day Sunset Tour: Cape Sounio Reviewed by A ne, 08/15/2017

perfect solution for a comfortable tour of Athens

Helpful and friendly tour guide ( Alex)! Informative, fun ride. Gives a broad overview over Athens. I can only recommend.

Athens City Bike Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/14/2017

Our guide's knowledge was truly amazing and very indirmative

I have forgotten our female guide's name but she was an amazing guide. She spoke English very well and was extremely informative. Her explanations and understanding of Greek mythology and history was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this tour!!!

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by Steve, 08/13/2017

Lovely guide enjoyed our tour Thanks Maria

Easy booking pick up and drop off from hotel very easy used mobile app to show ticket. Great driver and very knowledgable organised guide. The stop off for food was good great hearty Greek food in lovely friendly restaurant. Great time of year to travel as roads clearer due to locals being away.

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by Sam, 08/13/2017