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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

Spectacular tour with a very knowledgable guide.

Our guide Vera really knew her history of this fascinating part of Athens. We viewed the Acropolis from quite close up and also from a hill opposite. We all felt safe on our segways and didn't want to give them back.
Athens Acropolis 2-Hour Segway Tour Reviewed by Margaret, 05/12/2016

We had a lot of fun and the food we made was so good to eat

Just had a great and fun evening - a wonderful chef who helped us learn some of the tricks to good greek cooking. Relaxed atmosphere the time went quickly as we were involved in each of the dishes we prepared. Would recommended this tour/activity.
Athens: 3-Hour Gourmet Cooking Class Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/07/2016

Brilliant cultural experience. If you love food this is a must do.

Such a great introduction to Greek home cooking. Stunning fresh food, a real hands on experience you learn so much more than just the recipes. Eating the fruits of your labour afterwards in a setting brimming with atmosphere is the icing on the cake. Wonderful warm people. Great value for money as you take home the recipes and left overs. Highly recommended. It was my highlight in Athens.
Athens 3-Hour Cooking Lesson & Dinner Reviewed by Trish, 05/03/2016

A very memorable day, couldn't have asked for better!

The whole day was really well planned. The bus arrived at the hotel on time in the morning and was greeted by a lovely lady who explained what would be happening. We had 3 islands to visit and in my opinion enough time in each. All three were different and there was the opportunity to do a tour in the last one. Their was entertainment, d formusic and dancing on board and a good buffet lunch included. There was also a bar on board and reasonable prices for breakfast and food and drinks throughout the day. The bus which collected us was there waiting when we got off the cruise and brought us back to the hotel. The whole day was really enjoyable, well planned, stress free and I would thoroughly recommend it.

Very good guide and the best driver ever!!

Very nice tour, we had plenty of good explanations from the guide whose knowledge was amazing!! The driver was very good, he drove not too fast, not too slow, and very carefully :) which is not always easy depending on the roads! The hotels were fine, mostly with a very nice view!
From Athens: Explore Ancient Greece 4-Day Tour Reviewed by Aurélie, 04/22/2016

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