Released: Wed May 18 2022

Athens — Top 10 Best Things To Do

Athens is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and for good reason! This vibrant city has something for everyone, from stunning historical sites to delicious food and drink. Here are 10 of the best things to do on a city trip to Athens.

Stefanos Argyriou

Visit the Acropolis

If you find yourself in Athens, a visit to the Acropolis is an absolute must. This ancient citadel, located on a hilltop in the heart of the city, is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world. The Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, and the Erechtheion are just a few of the incredible structures that you’ll find here. A visit to the Acropolis can be a bit of a hike, but it’s well worth it for the incredible views of Athens that you’ll get from up here. Trust us, this is one city trip that you won’t want to miss!

Nestor M

Take a Walking Tour of the Plaka

When in Athens, a walking tour of the Plaka is a must! This historic neighborhood is located in the heart of the city and is full of narrow streets, colorful buildings, and plenty of places to explore.
Start your tour at the Roman Agora, which was once the center of public life in Athens. From there, wander through the Plaka and take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant area. Be sure to visit the Lysicrates Monument, the Tower of the Winds, and the Temple of Hephaestus.

Andrey Omelyanchuk Temple of Hephaestus

As you walk, you’ll also get a sense of the city’s rich history. The Plaka has been inhabited for over 3,000 years and has been witness to some of the most important events in Greek history. End your tour with a stop at one of the many cafes or restaurants in the Plaka.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a bite to eat while you people watch and take in the atmosphere of this truly unique neighborhood.

Bobby Bo Plaka Sunset

Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus

A city trip to Athens wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Temple of Olympian Zeus! This temple is a colossal ruined temple of Zeus that was once one of the largest temples in the ancient world. The temple was completed in the 2nd century AD and was used as a venue for musical and poetic contests, which were part of the Panathenaic Games.
It was also used for the coronation of the Roman emperors when they visited Athens. The temple is now in ruins, but it’s still an impressive sight. It’s worth noting that the Temple of Olympian Zeus is one of the few temples that survived the destruction of the Roman Empire. If you’re interested in ancient history, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is a must-see when in Athens.

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Marina Karaevangelou

Marvel at the Parthenon

There’s something truly special about the Pantheon in Athens. Built over 2,000 years ago, this incredible structure has withstood the test of time, and continues to awe visitors from all over the world. Standing in front of the Pantheon, it’s easy to see why it’s considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The massive columns and intricate details are simply breathtaking, and it’s hard to believe that something so old could still be standing today.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Athens, be sure to take some time to marvel at the Pantheon. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!

Marios Papaioakim

Explore the Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Athens. Located on the south side of the Acropolis, the museum is home to a wealth of artifacts from the ancient Greek world. The museum is divided into three sections: the archaeological site, the museum proper, and the educational center.
The archaeological site is where visitors can see the ruins of the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis. The museum proper houses a collection of artifacts from the Acropolis, including sculptures, vases, and jewelry. The educational center offers interactive exhibits and educational programs for children and adults. The Acropolis Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in the history and culture of ancient Greece.

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Acropolis Museum

Visit Hadrian’s Library

This ancient library is a must-see for any history buff or lover of books. The Hadrian’s Library was built in 132 AD and is one of the largest and most important libraries of the ancient world. The library was built to house over 200,000 scrolls and was used as a major center of learning for centuries. Today, the Hadrian’s Library is a popular tourist attraction and is home to a museum, which houses some of the original scrolls from the library. The museum is also home to a cafe, which is the perfect place to take a break from exploring the ancient ruins of Athens.

Milan Gonda

The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Changing of the Guard happens every hour and is a very popular event to witness. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located at the Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament. It is guarded day and night by the Presidential Guard, also known as the Evzones.
The Evzones are chosen from the best of the best of the Greek Special Forces and they go through a very intensive training. They stand still for long periods of time, which is why they wear the traditional Greek dress, the fustanella. The fustanella has many pleats, which allows the Evzones to move their legs while standing still, preventing blood clots.

Helen Tsopouropoulou

The Evzones are also known for their excellent marching skills. They march very slowly and deliberately, with small steps and a high kick. This is to prevent them from getting tired and to look more impressive.
The Changing of the Guard is a very solemn and serious event. It is a sign of respect for the Unknown Soldier and all the soldiers who have died for their country. If you are in Athens, make sure to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is a truly amazing event.

Tomasz Stanislawiak

Take a Day Trip to the Island of Hydra

If you’re planning a city trip to Athens, be sure to add a day trip to the beautiful island of Hydra to your itinerary! Just a short ferry ride from the city, Hydra is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and crystal clear waters. There’s plenty to see and do on the island, from exploring the quaint streets of the main town to taking a dip in the sea.
And of course, no trip to Hydra would be complete without enjoying some of the delicious seafood on offer! So whether you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or simply want to enjoy some of the best that Greece has to offer, be sure to add a trip to Hydra to your list.

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Rohan Pawar

Visit the Archaeological Site of Delphi

Delphi is one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece, and for good reason. Situated in the picturesque town of Delphi, about two hours from Athens, the site was once home to the most important oracle in the ancient world. Today, visitors can explore the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle spoke to pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean.
They can also see the remains of the treasuries that housed gifts for the oracle, and the theatre where plays and musical performances were held in honor of the gods. A visit to Delphi is a must for anyone interested in ancient history or archaeology. But even if you’re not particularly interested in those things, the site is still worth a visit for its stunning location and views.

Harry Tsappas

Shop for Souvenirs at the Monastiraki Flea Market

This market is great for finding souvenirs to bring back home. You can find everything from traditional Greek items to more modern trinkets. One of the best things about the Monastiraki Flea Market is that it is great for bargaining. If you see something you like, don’t be afraid to haggle with the vendor to get a better price. It’s all part of the fun!
There are also plenty of places to grab a bite to eat at the market, so you can refuel while you shop. When you’re ready to take a break, there are plenty of cafes and bars in the area to relax in. If you’re looking for souvenirs that are unique to Athens, the Monastiraki Flea Market is the place to go!

César Asensio

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