31 Most Wonderful Things to Do in Athens
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In this article, I have listed all the unmissable places to visit in the Greek capital and all the beautiful things you can do to enjoy the magical city of Athens fully.
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1. Eat Greek food:
Delicious Greek food, I can guarantee you are gonna like it. There is a bit for everyone, meat, fish, cheese, vegetables.
In Athens, you are gonna find cheap street food to eat while exploring and Michelin stars restaurants where to spend hours eating Greek delicacy.
Check out my article "39 Delicious Food and Drinks You Have to Try in Greece" to have a better idea about all the tasty Greek food available and if you love sweets like me, I also wrote "20 Amazing Sweets You Have to Try in Greece", so you will enter every Greek bakery knowing already what you want to try.
Do you love Greek olive oil? Good, because in Athens, you can also have a Greek olive oil tasting tour, where you will taste the most delicious Greek olive oil.
2. Visit the Acropolis:
The Acropolis is probably the most famous attraction in Greece, where everyone goes to see the majestic ruins of the Greek empire.
It is beautiful, absolutely, the view from there is stunning, because it is located in the centre of the city so you can literally have 360 degrees of Athens.
It can get extremely crowded so if you want to visit it at your peace, taking wonderful pictures without a wall of tourists behind you, I recommend you to get there at the opening time.
And even so, it is going to get crowded pretty soon anyway so is better for you to get n top as fast as you can.
Price: 20 euros
Opening Times: every day from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Entrance Address: Athens 105 58, Greece (there is more than one entrance but this one is where there is usually less queue and you get to see a marvellous view from all the Acropoli from the bottom).
3. Take hundred of pictures with the Pantheon:
The Pantheon is on top of the hill of the Acropoli. It is the most pictured building of Greece probably, and it is indeed stunning.
See this construction that was built more than 2,467 years ago. I mean, that is impressive. It deserves all our respect and of course to be the subject of a hundred of our pictures.
4. Visit the new Acropolis Museum:
The Acropoli Museum is probably one of the most important museums in the world. Here you are going to admire everything that has been found in the archaeological site of the Acropolis.
It is fantastic to see all those ancient artefacts from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
Opening times: Monday from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, from Tuesday to Thursday from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Friday from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athina 117 42, Greece
5. See the guards change at the Hellenic Parliament building:
The Hellenic Parliament is also called the Parliament of the Hellenes or Greek Parliament and it is located in the old Royal Palace at the Syntagma Square.
Most of the tourists go there to see the changing guards (that is like the English one). It is very particular to see those guards wearing typical clothes and marching in slow motion.
Opening Times: you can see them there all-day
Address: Athens 105 57, Greece.
6. Visit Plaka:
Plaka is my favourite area in Athens. It is the oldest area of the city and is located northeast of the Acropolis and has a charming little town feeling.
There are nice and clean pedestrians cobblestone alleys full of lovely shops where to find art galleries, jewellery, souvenirs, ceramics, clothes, bars, tavernas, and restaurants.
This is an area you cannot miss visiting.
7. Walk around Monastiraki Square:
Monastiraki Square is a place you absolutely cannot miss visiting. It is absolutely a must-see when in Athens.
This square is the oldest square in the city, it has been renovated of course, but it has that feeling of an older time when ideas, religions and civilizations were all mixed together in ancient Greece.
The square is paved with a wonderful marble mosaic where thousands of people walk every year while exploring this wonderful city.
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8. See the Temple of Olympian Zeus:
This is a massive temple with unfortunately only sixteen columns left. It was a massive temple dedicated to the Olympian God Zeus.
There is not much left, most parts of it have been used over the years for the construction of other sites around of city, but what is left it is still worth a visit.
Price: 6 euros.
Opening Times: from May to September from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, from October until April from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Address: Athens 105 57, Greece.
9. Walk around Anafiotika:
Surely you are gonna have a walk in the famous and historical neighbourhood of Plaka, so you obviously will also explore Anafiotika, a little tiny part of it.
This area of Athens is right behind the Acropolis and is climbing up the hill. Walking in its street is gonna be like walking in a little old village, where white houses are covered with beautiful flowers and trees, along narrow alleys.
Check out all the Athens Walking Tours available here.
10. Enjoy sunset at Mount Lycabettus:
This mount in the middle of the city is probably the most famous spot where to enjoy a sunset. To get there you will have to catch a bus or a Metro (M3), it depends on where you are coming from.
Then you have two options. You can walk up till the top or you can pay for the cable car (one way 5 euros, return 7,50 euros).
I did not have so much time that day and after walking since 7 am, I chose to get up there by cable car.
The view was unbelievable, you can see all of Athens around you, till to the sea.
Maybe I have been lucky, but the sunset colours were wonderful.
Then we descended the hill by walking, there is a footpath with some stairs to get to the bottom.
It was easy to walk but it was getting dark without any lights around so I don't recommend you to walk down the mountain after dark, don't wait too much after the sunset, otherwise, get the cable car, that is surely safer.
11. Walk around Syntagmas square:
The most central square in Athens is right in front of the Parliament, and it is famous for being the place where the Athenians stood up against King Oto of Greece on 3 September 1843 and demand a constitution.
12. See the Hadrian's Arch:
Located only a few minutes walk from the Acropolis and right in front of the Temple of Zeus, commissioned (as is thought, because it is not clear) from the Athenians to celebrate Hadrians as emperor and as Athens citizens.
The Arch is positioned right in one of the busiest streets in Athens, so please be careful when crossing the road.
There is plenty of room for you to take pictures of it/with it behind it.
Address: Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 50, Athina 105 58, Greece
Do you want to know more about Athens? Check out my other articles about this wonderful destination on "The Most Complete Guide of Athens".
13. Hadrian's Library:
Famous for being the biggest building erected by Hadrian that included a Library, music and lecture rooms.
There are only some columns left around this big area, as a memory of the majestic building it was. But still impressive.
Price: 6 euros
Opening Times: every day from 8.00 am to 6.30 pm.
Address: Κ, Areos 3, Athina 105 55, Greece