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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

Our tour guide, Sotos, was very knowledgeable!

I highly recommend doing this tour on your first day of arrival. We travel a lot and find that doing this helps change up our days and allows the kids to explore and feel adventurous!!

Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour Reviewed by Jhoanna, 06/18/2017

Fantastic Service. I am booking another now!

My name was written on a card when I arrived at the terminal, which made things easy. The guide spoke fantastic English, and then a group of us were dropped one at a time at our accomodation.

Best tour ever! Archaeologist guide. Facts & the science behind them.

We have been on a lot of interesting tours of interesting places around the world. We have never had such a great tour. It was interesting to hear not only the current thinking about the historical facts, but also the science behind that thinking.

Athens: Acropolis Skip-The-Line Walking Tour Reviewed by Cynthia, 06/16/2017

Simply The best! A must do for tourists visiting Athens

Me and my wife visited Athens for or very first time. We came across his tour and booked it online. It was very easy to find the place just be acropoli station. The owner and guide Constans is the best. He really knows this city well enough. We really recommend this tour because in 4 hours you will have a really good time and have all information you need To begin your tour of the city. Also, they use electric bikes and audio headsets. So it is not very tiring (especially for s city this hot and humid) and you feel safe and hear all nesscary info from your guide. Thank you everyone Solebike for the wonderful time

Athens by Electric Bike 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Ammar, 06/15/2017

Great tour and guide explanations. Organized company!

Great tour. Guide full of knowledge with good actitud. The tour was on time and secure for the people. The dood at lunch was amazing with good timing.

Delphi Day Trip from Athens Reviewed by CLAUDIA PATRICIA, 06/11/2017