29 Things to Don't Do in Athens


Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

Athens is a magical city that will take you back in time in ancient history.

You are going to see the wonderful Acropoli with its massive Pantheon, which you have undoubtedly seen in many movies and pictures.


Well, you will be in those pictures, and you will proudly show them to all your friends.


That's why I wrote this article, to help you plan your vacation in the best possible way, making you avoid minor (and sometimes huge) mistakes that could easily ruin part of your holiday.


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29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

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Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

1. Don't avoid planning a holiday to Athens:


Greece is one of the most famous countries globally for its fantastic holiday destinations, mostly during summertime.

There are not only islands in Greece, but there is also the mainland and the beautiful capital Athens.


So book your flight tickets and start to plan your travel, trust me, you will love everything about it.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

2. Don't plan to visit Athens during winter if you are looking for hot temperature:


If you look at flights and accommodations prices for Athens during the winter season, you are going to see that prices drop a lot, and yes, you are going to save a lot of money and avoid the summer crowd, but you will also find cold weather (unless you like it, of course).


Greek is a summer destination, perfect from April to October, but the weather is not sunny as usual from November to March.


I think the best month to visit Athens is in April, May, September and October, when kids are back at school (unless you travel with kids, of course), it is less crowded, the temperature is already or still warm but not so hot like July, and prices are lower.



29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

Book Your Accommodation Today

If you have already decided on your travel dates, you should book your accommodation as soon as possible.

Prices changes overnight and accommodations in very tourists places are the first ones to get fully booked.


I always start my research on the best accommodation as soon as I decide my destination, check out the best website: Booking, Agoda, Hotelook and Expedia.

Book your favourite accommodation before someone else does.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

3. Don't confuse the Acropolis with the Pantheon:


The Acropolis is the hill in the middle of the city, seeing many ancient ruins. At the same time, the Pantheon is a massive construction on top of it.


 

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Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

4. Don't skip to get up to the Pantheon:


I think the Pantheon on top of the Acropolis is probably the best part of Athens. It is so ancient, and it still stands up. You can see all the city from there, the view is stunning, and the pictures you are going to take will be absolutely amazing.


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Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

5. Don't be afraid to learn some basic sentences in Greek:


I know that the Greek language might be intimidating for some of us, but you have no idea how hospitable Greek people are.


They will appreciate the effort, so learn some essential words to use at your accommodation or in a restaurant, like good morning, good evening, thank you etc.


You might end up becoming friends with some locals just because you show them how much you like your country and your culture just only by saying a few Greek words.


29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

Book Your Accommodation Today

If you have already decided on your travel dates, you should book your accommodation as soon as possible.

Prices changes overnight and accommodations in very tourists places are the first ones to get fully booked.


I always start my research on the best accommodation as soon as I decide my destination, check out the best website: Booking, Agoda, Hotelook and Expedia.

Book your favourite accommodation before someone else does.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

6. Don't drive in Athens:


Traffic in Athens can be crazy, so don't risk getting your day ruined by getting stuck in the traffic and looking for a car park.


Use public transport. They are excellent in Athens. You are going to get wherever you need to be much faster.

 

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Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

7. Don't save money on public transport:


Athens Metro works very well and has recently been renovated. It is spotless and cheap. Buses are also excellent because they connect every area of the city and are on time most of the time.


Taxis are also cheaper than in other capitals so don't be afraid to ask the price for your destination, or book a cab on the app "Beat", the best app to move by Taxi in Athens.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

8. Don't forget to wear comfortable walking shoes:


The city centre of Athens is not very big, so you can easily walk everywhere as I did.


I honestly took the metro only when I arrived at Athens airport to get to my hotel, when I wanted to get at the entrance of the Acropoli at opening time (to skip the queue) and when I left to go to the port to catch my ferry.


All the other times, I just walked everywhere. The weather was so lovely and warm, and by walking, you could enjoy everything around you and see things that you would probably miss if you were underground in the metro.


Make sure to bring with you good walking shoes, have a look here at the best walking shoes for women and walking shoes for men.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

9. Avoid tourists traps:


As you probably know, my dear traveller, every tourist place has plenty of tourist traps.

Please do your research in advance, check my article "16 Best Places Where to Eat Local Food in Athens", or ask locals where they eat.


Trust me. You won't regret it. You will taste delicious local food and probably also save some money.


 

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Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

10. Don't be afraid to talk to locals:


And talking to cats doesn't count, even though you will see many cats in Greece and they will all love to get some free food and cuddles.


Locals know the area, and they can give you advice, like where to eat, how to get from point A to B in the cheapest and fastest way, they know the hidden gems and much more, so don't be afraid to talk to them and ask for advice.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

11. Don't forget to research where to eat local:


We all have a budget when we travel (at least I do), and the best way to experience the place we are visiting is through the local food.


I think this is probably the first thing I research as soon as I choose a destination. For me that I would spend all day eating. Where and what to eat is an essential part of my travel.


So, check out my article "16 Best Places Where to eat Local Food in Athens".


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Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

12. Don't be scared to share your meal with your travel mates:


And saying this, I mean that there are so many delicious foods in Greece, that you cannot just order a starter and a main course for yourself and try only two things that a restaurant has to offer.


Unless you are travelling alone, share all the food with your travel mates.

Order different dishes and share everything with them.


29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

Sharing your meal is a great way to try most of the options on the menu, still feeling satisfied but not fully ready to explode (or maybe yes. Greek food is so good you won't be able to stop eating everything).


Check out my article "39 Delicious Food and Drinks You have to Try in Greece" and if you have a sweet tooth like me, check out "20 Most Amazing Sweets to Try in Greece".


Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens

13. Don't wear shorts and clothes that show your shoulders to enter churches:


If like me, you love to enter religious buildings of any kind to admire the arts and architecture, wear good clothes to visit Athens churches. I always bring with me a pashmina to cover my shoulder.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 29 Things to Don't Do in Athens