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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

Friendly guides made you feel very relaxed

A busy day with a long boat ride between each island. Time went quickly with the music and dancing on board. Lots to see and do on the island with limited time to do it. A fun packed trip that is recommended to all.

Superior guide for an amazing experience.

Our guide was incredibly knowledgable about all things pertaining to the Acropolis -- and about Greek and Athenian history in general. He was also a talented photographer. He spoke perfect English (and was rather witty). This was our first experience with getyourguide and will be hard to beat.

An all round intellectually stimulating and fascinating day.

A Recommended trip. Will go again if the opportunity presents itself. Guide was knowledgable and helpful. Bus could have had a better air conditioning though this did not spoil the fun had on the day.
Mycenae, Nafplion & Epidaurus Full-Day Tour from Athens Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/11/2016

Our guide made our experience great. Very personal and professional

We loved our tour. Everything was perfect. Our guide was very friendly and interested in getting to know us. She was right on time and easy to find. We loved having the tour of the museum first so we could climb Acropolis and have a better idea of what we were looking at. We would definitely do it again.

Quite good, an excellent hostess with intimate knowledge of Athens

We had quite a nice time. This is a good way to spend a couple hours wandering the city in a directed but carefree way. Our hostess provided interesting historical information on Athens and Greek food in general, and was a delight to converse with. Overall, very enjoyable, and don't worry, you get your money's worth in food.
3-Hour Walking Food Tour with Tastings Reviewed by Joshua, 08/02/2016

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