Top attractions in Athens
Top Tours & Activities 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+30
- Best time to visitAthens 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
Tour guide was knowledgeable! friendly and took time to answer questions. We travel to other cities in Greece and where able to understand a lot of the history due to this tour. Worth it!
I had initially planned on going on a tour bus after this tour, however Kostas was incredible and no other tour was needed! The plan was amazing as we got to see all the sights in additional to some hidden gems that you would not experience on any tour bus. The sites however, were not the star of the show; Kostas was! He is very smart and knowledgeable. You can tell just how much he loves his city and his passion is very inspiring. I wish he offered more tours because I would definitely take him up on that. He is funny and fun to be around. He is also very patient; I definitely wasn't an easy customer as the three hour ride was a bit difficult for me because I got really tired and got lost at one point. But Kostas was always there to help, "no need to rush, you're in Greece!", he'd say. I have joined many tours throughout my stay in Athens and Kostas stood out and was the best out of all.
Her knowledge span across several culture amd topic, she is able to give you the full context from an historical, geographical, cultural, mythological perspectives, she is very knowledgeable and a great person to stay with, very enjoyable, and professional We are extremely happy about her and the whole experience
This was one of the highlights of our Athens vacation. Irene is intelligent , knowledgeable, nice and fun, with excellent English. Not only did we experience great Greek food, but also history, heritage and conversations about everyday life in Athens. Thank you, Irene.
Our guide had a wholesome knowledge about history and Greek culture. She was very polite and answered all our queris. Very comfortable journey. The timings were perfect.