Simply put, there’s no shortage of things to do and see in Athens. Thousands of years of history come to life in this majestic city filled with ruins and culture. A visit to Athens will leave you in awe at the rich history that is still standing to this day.
So it goes without saying that there’s heaps of things to do here.
Here are seven of the things you must do and see while you are in Athens.
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Just like Rome has the Colosseum, Athens has the Acropolis. This signature landmark and historical site attracts millions of visitors each year and for good reason. This iconic mark in Athens is perched high on top of a rocky hill and now is the most visible structure in the city.
Best time to visit is first thing in the morning (8a.m.) to avoid the massive crowds and tour groups.
Plaka is by far Athens most touristy neighbourhood but there’s plenty to explore here. It’s Athens’ oldest neighbourhood, and has a charm about it that makes it ideal to take a stroll through. There are great restaurants, boutique shops, souvenir shops, and a few bars to stop at along the way.
Come and explore the Plaka neighbourhood after dinner and look up and see the Acropolis lit up in the Athens night sky. It’s a beauty.
The National Archaeological Museum is the place to go for the best collection of Greek artefacts. The impressive collection of antiquities here dates back thousands of years and will impress even the average museum-goer. For real.
This museum is a must-visit for history buffs or for anyone that is remotely curious about what life was like in ancient Greece.
The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion is a monument on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea at the southern part of Athens. This place is perfect for mid-afternoon dip in the sea, followed by a quick bite at any of the neighbouring cafes.
Bring a Mythos or two (Greek beer) and come take in the stunning and gorgeous sunset views on the hill at the Temple of Poseidon. Hey, it’s what the Ancient Greeks would have wanted!
The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens is where you want to be if modern art is your passion. This museum displays and exhibits a collection of historic and contemporary Greek art and international art.
Come to this former brewery-turned-museum and take in some very cool art from around the world.
Mount Lycabettus is one of the highest points in Athens and the views from here are outstanding. On this hill, there is amphitheatre where you can check out live music shows and plays.
Take the train up to Mount Lycabettus and then enjoy a leisure stroll down the mountain as you slowly come back to Athens.
The Monastiraki Flea Market is the best place in Athens to find the best deals for your souvenir needs. Aside from shopping, the atmosphere here is very lively with a few musicians happily playing music on the street.
Fair warning though: it can get very crowded here due to the great deals but if you can manage that, come here for the great vibes and shop away!