Top 8 best things to do in Athens, Greece

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The best things to do in Athens, Greece as a tourist

With its long fascinating history of western civilization, Athens has been the historical capital of Europe. The famed land of the Olympic Games, philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato, Athens lures you away with its unique gateway to magnificent European heritage.

The grandeur of its beautiful monuments, fables of great conquerors attracts tourists from all over the world. Owing to its conventional traditions, spectacular landscapes, beautiful sunset points, and sun-soaked beaches, you will find plenty of things to do in Athens. If that wasn’t enough, the weather in Athens is nice year-round, with very hot summers and mild winters.

The Acropolis 

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The Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

If you are a history fanatic, then a climb to the Acropolis is the first thing to do. Start your tour from the gorgeous Parthenon followed by a visit to the majestic Acropolis museum to get insights into one of the most amazing civilizations of all time.

If you are wondering what to see in Athens, then you will love to explore the spectacular architecture of the temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Agora of Athens, the Erechtheion, the Arrephorion, and the Temple of Athena Nike.

Get the Acropolis Athens tickets and begin your adventure to the history of Greece!

Plaka

Plaka neighbourhood in Athens
A narrow street in Plaka – © Needpix.com

Centrally located in Athens and stretching around the neighbourhood of Acropolis, Plaka is one of the oldest regions in the city.

Lined along the streets are the best jewellery stores, souvenir shops, and cafes that serve a perfect setting for you to indulge in shopping along with leisure stroll.

At every corner, you are bound to fall in love with its nostalgic yearning and picturesque ancient ruins. One of the artistic neighbourhoods, Plaka should be on your list. 

Psiri

 

Psiri neighbourhood in Athens
A colourful building in Psiri – © Wikimedia

If you want to experience the lively nightlife of Athens, then Psiri & Gazi are your places to visit! A vibrant neighborhood, lined with eateries having live music, Psiri echoes the traditional authentic rebellious attitude of ancient Greece.

Bars and tavernas here stay open till late, luring patrons with their creative charms and Greek music.

National Garden of Athens

National Garden
Palm trees in Athens’ National Garden – © Wikipedia

Close to Plaka and Psiri, the National Garden is one green heaven between ancient Athens and the modern sea of concrete. Formerly known as the Royal Garden, the National Garden is the perfect place to spend a few relaxing hours.

If you are traveling with kids, then you should pay a visit to the park and let them meet the turtles and ducks, while you sit below the Pergolas and lofty palm trees. The National Park also houses a small zoo, along with a botanical museum.

Mount Lycabettus

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Sunset from Mount Lycabettus – © Flickr

Get to the top of Mount Lycabettus and enjoy the charismatic landscapes! The 277 meters high mountain is central to the city of Athens and provides 360-degree views of amazing landscapes.

Although you can take a funicular to the summit, it is free and recommended to climb on foot. The path to the top takes you through slopes, lined with pine woods and is home to more than 65 species of birds and native Greek tortoises. It’s an amazing spot to see the sunset.

Athens National Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum of Athens
A statue of Poseidon inside the National Archaeological Museum – © Wikimedia

A wonderland of ancient art, the National Archaeological Museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world.

Established in 1829, its galleries are filled with exhibits and the richest collection of artifacts. Here, you will find more than 11000 exhibits with few dating back to the Neolithic period. One of the must-see artifacts is the findings of the Antikythera wreck, which includes the Statue of Zeus and the bronze piece of Horse & Jockey.

You will also find the Mask of Agamemnon from the 16th century BC. Book your ticket in advance to avoid the crowd!

Beaches

Asteras beach
Asteras Beach – © Flickr

With more than 600 islands and sandy shorelines, Greece is a paradise for you if your vacation revolves around beaches.

Athens beaches regularly feature among the list of top 10 beaches in the world. Known for its crystal clear water, beaches here are organized offering facilities such as toilets, sunbathing beds, changing rooms, and are preferred by all.

Edem beach, Astir beach, Asteras beach are few of the most popular ones here. You can also opt for watersports such as scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling.

Greek food in Athens

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Enjoy Greek food such as Greek Salad in Athens’ restaurants – © Pxfuel

When in Athens, dine like a Greek! There are so many good restaurants in Athens. The city is known for its extravagant outdoor dining experiences, letting you indulge in traditional Greek food, along with dance and music.

If you are looking for experience by the sea, then you can try Varoulko that has the most elegant sea-views and Greek dishes with flavourful seafood.

You can also try the unique doughnuts at the budget-friendly Lukamades or grab a quick bite of classic fast food at the O Kostas.

Hotels in Athens

view of hotel grande bretagne
Splendid view from Hotel Grande Bretagne’s rooftop – Wikimedia

From budget hotels to five-star hotels, you can choose from several options as per your convenience.

A few of the Athens hotels are Hotel Grande Bretagne which is at a central location from major attractions, King George hotel which has beautiful views, AthensWas Hotel which is considered one of the best in Plaka.

You will also love the New Hotel – it has a great rooftop bar and modern design and décor. For a luxurious stay, you can check the Electra Palace Hotel – a few steps away from shops and restaurants, it offers amazing views of the Acropolis.

 

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