Is it your first time in Athens? Are you a born-and-bred Athenian? Whether you are a newbie or an old-timer in the city of Athens, there are always riveting things for you to experience!
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From relaxing wanderings around scenic neighborhoods to discovering culture through local flavors, exploring Athens is a never-ending task! The city lures you in, making you always return to catch up with the new ventures or rekindle memories of exciting experiences.
Best things to do in Athens
1. Reach the peak of Lycabettus Hill
Lycabettus Hill, things to do in Athens, Greece - credits: Milan Gonda/Shutterstock.com
If Athens' panoramic view is what you are after, this hilltop is the ideal place for you to visit. Do so, and you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Athens and the thrill of heights!
You can reach the top of Lycabettus Hill by the funicular or – for the most adventurous - by walking up the hill.
Once you get to the top, you will find a small church and a café overlooking the fascinating city of Athens. To top it all off, this spot in the city is Instagram-ready and perfect for photos!
*Funicular’s timetable: daily, every 30’, 09:00-02:30
2. Taste the riches of Greek cuisine
It is no coincidence that Greece is known worldwide for its exquisite culinary offerings. Therefore, you can’t possibly visit Greece’s capital without making a point of tasting as many of its delicious dishes as possible.
Thankfully, the streets of Athens are overflowing with high-quality eateries, from traditional taverns to gourmet restaurants and everything in between.
You can visit ‘Koudounaki’ in the hip neighborhood of Psirri to taste homemade delicacies made with well-established, time-honored, old-age recipes and fresh local ingredients.
For seafood in the heart of Athens, ‘Zisis Fish in a Cone’ gives you an affordable alternative to expensive gourmet restaurants and allows you to taste incredible salty flavors on the go!
If, however, fine dining is what you’re after, Athens’ will satisfy your craving just as easily. Visit ‘Vassilenas’ for an unmatched experience of Mediterranean indulgence, or go all the way out in ‘Spondi,’ one of Athens’ most luxurious offerings. The riches of Greek cuisine are not limited to its prestigious eateries, though, as Athens’ street food is one of its biggest assets.
Go around the stall that offers the Greek take on fast food and discover for yourself why Greece is a Foodie’s Paradise.
Alternatively, you can embark on our Athens for Foodies Gastronomy Tour, Athens By Night Food Tour & Wine Tasting, or our Olive Oil Tasting and Farm Tour in Athens, all of which will help you explore the culinary culture of Athens and Greece with the guidance of expert locals.
3. Treat yourself to a day trip from Athens
Yes, Athens is incredibly beautiful and fun, but that doesn’t mean that while visiting it, you shouldn’t grab the opportunity to explore the Greek countryside with as many day trips to the luscious Greek nature as you can possibly fit in.
Whether you want to visit the seaside Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon, the historic Delphi, the imposing Meteora, the wine- Nemea, the famous Epidaurus with its popular ancient theater, or the picturesque and hopelessly romantic Nafplio, their close proximity to Athens make it extremely easy for you to do so, without even having to spend a night in any of those places.
If organizing a day trip feels overwhelming and too much work, you can trust the hand of the expert Greeking.me team to show you around the beauties of the Greek Mainland.
Embark on a Sounio & Temple of Poseidon Day Trip with Swimming Stop or Niarchos Visit, a Day trip from Athens: Ancient Corinth Tour with Wine-Tasting in Nemea, a Delphi Day Trip from Athens, a Mycenae & Nafplion Day-trip from Athens, a From Athens: Nemea Myth and Wine Experience with Wineries visit & hearty dinner, a or a From Athens: Meteora day trip by train, and get local insight into the regional culture of each place.
If you want to make your trip to Greece special for your kids, you can also join our From Athens: Epidaurus & Nafplion Day-Trip Inspired by Percy Jackson or our From Athens: Delphi day trip inspired by Percy Jackson and retrace the steps of the beloved fictional character in a fun and educational adventure!
4. Explore the historic neighborhoods of Athens with a half-day tour
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Under the quiet light of the morning sun or the romantic ambiance of twilight, take a stroll around the city center and discover the most historic neighborhoods of Athens- Syntagma, Plaka, Anafiotika, Monastiraki, Psirri, and the luxurious Kolonaki!
Join us for the Best of Athens in One Day: Acropolis & City Exploration with Transfer or an Athens Highlights Evening Tour with Meze Dinner and see the best of the city in a few hours!
5. Taste delectable local beer in a microbrewery in Athens
Greek beer, however, is much less talked-about, often getting overlooked for not being a traditional Greek alcoholic drink, a missed opportunity, if you ask me.
Despite being on the low, there are numerous Greek beers that are delicious, with new breweries popping up at a rate of knots during recent years.
Case in point: the first and only microbrewery in Athens, Noctua Brewery. Noctua Brewery is the brainchild of four daring friends who all quit their jobs to devote themselves to beer production, and thankfully, it paid off.
Located on Pireos Avenue, less than 10 minutes from 'Kerameikos' Metro station, it has opened its doors to visitors who are eager to learn about the process of beer-making, indulge in beer-tasting of local varieties, and take a bottle or two home as a memento of this original, enjoyable experience. Beer is a cool, rock-n-roll drink; everyone knows it!
6. One of our favorite non-touristy things to do in Athens: Traditional dance class
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Looking for some alternative things to do? Sway to the rhythm of Greek folk music and learn to dance to popular Greek folk hits, such as the Zorba’s syrtaki dance. Dance makes our hearts beat faster, improves our brain function, and cheers us up!
Therefore, what’s better than dancing as a way to experience the Greek culture through steps and moves that echo the Greek hospitality, compassion, and spontaneity? Does it sound like your cup of tea? Don’t miss out on the 'Zorba inside me' dance experience and get the chance to dance like a Greek!
7. Enjoy a picnic in the Diomedes Botanical Gardens of Athens, Greece
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Being one of the sunniest cities in the world, going for a picnic in Athens is one of the best activities you can choose to experience, one that everyone will love! Athens may be dominated by the cement-grey color, but there are still several places to enjoy greenery and sunshine.
Fill your basket with nice food, drinks, and a tablecloth -preferably a white and red checkered one- and make your way to Syggrou Park, Athens' Music Hall’s garden, or even the National Gardens of Athens. Lie on the grass and gaze at the sun, enjoying its warmth on your skin.
If you want to steer clear of something such as the National Gardens, the Diomedes Botanical Garden is located in the suburb of Haïdari, 5 miles from the heart of the city.
Despite its proximity to the city center, however, not many people -not even the locals- know about this botanical oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. Established in 1975, the botanical garden it’s a nature lover’s dream come true and the ultimate destination for long walks and delicious picnics.
Breath in the exquisite aromas of the thousands of plants you will come across and, if you feel like it, request a tour of the facilities, which includes a seed bank; it’s worth it, no ifs, and, or buts about it, especially if you have a green thumb! Alternatively, let us arrange a picnic adventure just for you!
8. A locals' favorite thing to do in Athens: Relish the sunset from 'Vrahakia'
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Are you looking for a gorgeous romantic spot to watch the sunset? Nothing compares to Vrahakia (which translates to 'little rocks') at the top of the Areopagus hill, near the Acropolis.
It is also perfect for relaxing and sorting out your thoughts, a must-visit place in Athens that will bewitch and inspire you.
9. Explore Athens like an Ancient God!
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Greek Mythology is a set of fascinating tales you can now be a part of! Explore the Acropolis, the sacred hill that goes back to 1000 BC, with its ancient monuments fighting their stand on the area since the 5th century BC, the glorious Parthenon – a work of brilliance– and the Acropolis Museum, by setting on an interactive adventure of role-playing.
Following a number of fun and engaging clues, both on the historical hill and the modern Acropolis Museum, you will leave our country with a wealth of knowledge regarding the ancient Greek civilization.
10. Snap a photo with an Evzone and watch the changing of the guard (all day long)
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Every visitor or citizen of Athen Greece has taken at least one picture standing next to the guard of the Unknown Soldier memorial. However, don’t expect him to blink an eye as you stand by him to take your photo, as it is strictly forbidden for Evzones to engage with or react to anything civilians say!
11. Taste the traditional liquors of rakomelo and ouzo
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While being in Athens, you definitely need to get a taste of the local spirits of Greece! Rakomelo is a Cretan alcoholic beverage made of raki, honey, clove, and cinnamon. It is mostly served warm to pair with dessert after a rich meal.
Additionally, ouzo is a classic Greek alcoholic drink with a prominent anise flavor, especially during summertime; it’s served with ice and usually paired with seafood. Cheers! -or as Greeks say it, 'Geia mas!'
12. Get your geek on in Athens Comics Library
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You don’t need to be Sheldon to appreciate a good comic, and even if you kind of are, geeks nowadays are considered rather cool. That’s why you can wear your geek badge with pride and visit Athens’ Comics Library, based in the heart of the fashionable neighborhood of Psyrri.
This lending library consists of over 2,500 Greek and international graphic novels and comics titles that address a wide audience of all ages and tastes.
The ticket to the library is incredibly cheap, coming up to a grand total of 2€, and you are welcome to stay as long as you want, reading as many comics as you want. You can also borrow comics as you would in a regular lending library; all you need to do is sign up to become a member at no cost!
The awesomeness of Athens’ Comics Library doesn’t end there; there are constantly various events, such as interesting seminars and workshops, being hosted on its premises, catering to people sharing a love for comic books. Look at Athens bringing us closer to each other, awww!
13. Give in to your love for cinema at the University Cinema Club of Athens
Being cultured is always cool and being a cinephile is only an asset for your trip to Athens. If you live and breathe cinematic excellence, you will fall in love with Irida, the university cinema club.
The association organizes many cultural activities regarding the art of cinematography, such as free screening and open workshops, bringing cinema-lovers together under the same roof.
The University Cinema Club is housed in Irida cinema, located on Ippokratous Street, near the ‘Panepistimio’ Athens metro station, convenient to those with no means of transport.
Yes, the crowds mostly consist of younger ages -it's a university club, after all- but that doesn’t take away from the club’s allure. Don’t think twice, your fellow movie maniacs are waiting for you!
14. Explore the excellent rated beaches of Athens
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Most of the year, the mild weather of Athens qualifies for a visit to the beach! The coastal suburbs of the city bristle with wonderful clean beaches.
When summertime comes, going to the beach for a cooling dive is not optional anymore; it's mandatory! You can also read our blog post about the best beaches in Athens, so you can make an educated decision about which Athenian beach fits your criteria best!
15. Try the best hangover cure; street food!
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The youth of Athens has an unquenchable desire for partying! A long night out seems to be a must at the weekends, and those exhausting all-nighters make street food necessary to keep the energy levels high all night long!
Night-crawlers in Athens always gobble up something either in-between parties or just before their return home, which is the reason why street food in Athens is such a big part of modern local culture!
You can find burgers in Kolokotroni St, chicken nuggets in Mihalakopoulou St, crepes in Panormou St, and hot dogs almost everywhere. If you want to get a comprehensive insight into Athens' street food scene, check out our ultimate guide to Athens' street food. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?
16. Stroll through Pittaki St. (day or night!)
Pittaki street in Psirri, things to do in Athens - credits: str Haris vythoulkas/Shutterstock.com
There is a cool story behind this street. Back in the day, Pittaki street used to resemble an abandoned dirty alley.
Then, one day the people of Athens were encouraged to donate their old lighting fixtures, chandeliers, and all sorts of lighting materials, while painters transformed the walls along the street, leaving their creative mark on the art project.
Therefore, if you find yourself on Pittaki St., don't miss the opportunity to snap some pictures and show the world the distinctive urban aesthetic of Athens!
17. Buy a traditional koulouri
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The round sesame bread, which the Greeks call 'koulouri,' is ideal as breakfast or as a light snack during your wanderings around Athens. Koulouri -or variations of it- can also be found all around the eastern part of the Mediterranean and the Balkan countries.
In Greece, despite it being traditionally made in the region of Thessaloniki, you can find many street vendors with trolley stands full of different types of koulouri in central Athenian streets or outside Athens metro stations.
Alternatively, you can buy one from any bakery you come across. Keep in mind that koulouri is one of the foods consumed during our Athens food tour.
Hence, if you want to taste koulouri and other traditional Greek flavors, don't hesitate to join us on a sense-provoking, 4-hour journey into Athens' culinary scene!
18. Things to do during the evening: Party the night away!
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There is no better place to indulge in a fun all-nighter than in the city of Athens! Athens by night is a must-do experience, especially if you are a night-owl looking for unique bars and nightly eateries!
Things to do in the evening: Taste delicious Greek mezes, drink special cocktails, meet the energetic locals, and when you see the first morning light, wolf down some street food and hit the bed!
19. Go shopping in the Central Market of Athens (every day except Sundays)
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Athens Central Market (Varvakeios Agora) is one of the top places to visit if you're a foodie in Athens.
It is the ideal place to feel the local vibe and browse through the richness of the Greek cuisine; from fresh vegetable and fruit produce to meat, fish, nuts, honey, and spices, Varvakeios Market is a colorful palette oozing with aromas of Greece! You could also join our Greek cooking class and enjoy your own authentic Greek meal!
Tip: Our Athens food tour enters the Central Market, and one of our most favorite food stops takes place in one of its' restaurants!
20. Enjoy a wine-tasting experience in Athens
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Greece has some of the oldest wineries in the world, and there’s no shortage of them around Athens. Take a tour around a local vineyard and taste your way through some of Greece’s most beautiful landscapes.
Familiarize yourself with Greek grape varieties and get an insight into the local wine production. Who said drinking couldn’t be educational?
21. Indulge in a unique steam bath in the center of Athens
If there is one time when you have a free pass to utter relaxation, it is during your vacations. In the oldest neighborhood of Athens, the arresting Plaka, you can revel in leisure and pleasure in a traditional bathhouse, where you can enjoy a relaxing and therapeutic steam bath.
Al Hammam, as it is called, follows ancient routines from Asia to come up with unique hammam and spa treatments with the highest-quality products on the market.
It is a small-capacity bathhouse that fits only 8 people at a time, so the experience is much more intimate and cozy, especially if it’s shared with a group of friends and family.
Without paying through the nose, you can also get your hair washed and your body massaged or even take advantage of a special offer for couples. To top it all off, following your unwinding experience, you will be served a warm cup of tea. How cool is that?
22. Learn how to cook traditional dishes
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What better way to discover Athens’ culture than with a journey through its gastronomy? Embark on a Greek cooking class adventure and taste the authentic nature of the locals, which is voiced through the flavors of their land.
The rich bounty of Greece offers the optimum products to compose delicious dishes with simple ingredients. Fancy to discover how?
Join us for a Greek cooking lesson and stroll around Athens' Central Market to grasp traditional Greek food; then fill your bags with the best of goodies in the city and meet an expert Greek cook to teach you the art of making signature Greek dishes!
You might think Athens is all about its history and ancient glory. However, when you visit the city, you will soon easily realize that the richness of its culture is evident everywhere!
23. Explore the world of vintage shopping
Although not as popular as in the rest of the world, vintage and second-hand shopping in Athens has become exciting in recent years.
In the context of the development of alternative shopping, Athens now has its own Kilo shop. The concept is pretty simple: you get to choose various vintage or second-hand clothes and pay by weight.
Many scales in the shop make it easier for you to know the price of the new piece of your wardrobe. Vintage Love, Reset Thrift Shop, and Hotsy Totsy Athens are excellent thrift shop choices as well, allowing you to own previously loved clothes of excellent quality.
24. What to do in Athens when you have some free time: Walk in the National Garden
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Explore the National Garden of Athens and find a small oasis of greenery within the bustling city!
Adjacent to the Greek Parliament Building in Syntagma Square, the National Garden boasts of its lush plantation and offers a quiet place to chill amidst the city's hustle and bustle.
Tip! You can also join our Athens tours and explore the National Garden, among other marvels of Neoclassical architecture in the city!
25. Marvel at the Themistoclean Ancient Wall of Athens
Visit Klafthmonos Square, a historic square that hides a world of ancient discoveries under its grounds: the remnants of the Themistoclean Wall. The so-called Themistocles Wall was the wall that surrounded Ancient Athens, considered the largest fortification in the city.
An important part of this wall crosses the current archaeological site of Kerameikos, from north to south, in a length of about 200 meters which is the best-preserved part today.
Themistokleio wall had a total perimeter of about 6,500 m and had at least 13 gates. Two of them were discovered in Kerameikos, the "Dipylos" and the "Holy Gate."
The foundations of the Themistocleian wall were laid in 479 - 478 BC. at the urging of Themistocles himself -from whom he took his name-which remained and was maintained for about 1000 years.
It is interesting that the ancient fortification was visible to a large extent until the creation of the new Greek state. However, the city's development later, as well as the lack of its usefulness, disappeared or buried it.
26. Discover the Ancient Agora of Athens, Greece
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You cannot visit Athens and not visit one of its most significant archeological sites, which is also one of the most important in Greece!
Of course, we're talking about the Ancient Agora of Athens, the heart of the ancient city & one of the main Athenian attractions.
The Ancient Agora is a large, open square that was the seat of justice, the city's political, economic, administrative, social, religious, and cultural center, where all the citizens gathered to perform any kind of social and legal activity.
The Ancient Agora was crossed by the Panathenaic Road, through which the great procession to the archaeological site of Acropolis passed during the Panathenaic celebrations established by Peisistratos and held in the third year of each Olympiad.
Nowadays, the Ancient Agora's remnants lie in downtown Athens, offering its visitors a peek into the past of the city you must not miss!
27. Visit the top museum & attractions of Athens, Greece
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Things to do for history buffs: Being a city that counts thousands of years of heritage, it is no surprise that Athens boasts a variety of fascinating museums that provide its visitors with unlimited choices regarding their cultural engagement.
Whether you're a history buff, an art -even ancient Greek art- enthusiast, or you want to gain valuable insight into the long-established local culture, you'll find a museum that allows you to explore and educate yourself on your field of interest.
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Although it can be overwhelming for visitors to choose among the many museums, in our opinion, apart from the obvious mention of the Acropolis Museum, the top museums in Athens include but are not limited to the National Archaeological Museum, the National Historical Museum, the Goulandris Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum, the Byzantine/Christian Museum, the Museum of the city of Athens, the Epigraphic and Numismatic Museum, the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, the Railway Museum of Athens, the Hellenic Children's Museum, the Herakleidon Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art, and the War Museum.
28. Savor the king of Greek street food: the delicious souvlaki!
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We could write an entire collection of novels dedicated to souvlaki, but we're not going to do that; we are just going to state the obvious: trying souvlaki is an absolute must-do for all visitors to Greece!
It is cheap, filling, and delicious, and there is a whole selection of places where you get it from. Locals like to frequent the best places to eat souvlaki in Athens for their time-honored, mouth-watering recipes that give an intense taste explosion.
All you have to do for a one-way ticket to flavor-ville is visit a traditional souvlaki shop and ask for a souvlaki wrap; eat it at your own risk, as you'll probably never look at any other type of fast food in the same way.
29. Attend a classical theater performance in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
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The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre located at the base of the Acropolis, named after a distinguished Greek aristocrat. He was a patron of public works and funded the theatre's building in 161 A.D., among other projects.
Today, you can also attend there, the Athens Art Festival, musical concerts, and classical tragedies in the open-air monument.
30. Attend a concert at the Megaron of Athens
It’s one of the largest concert halls in the world. An expansion in 2004 provided space for exhibition areas, shops, restaurants, and a music library - there’s plenty to keep you entertained!
31. Buy sandals from the most famous sandal–maker in Athens
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Stavros Melissinos is a poet and a sandal-maker known for his lyrical prose and high-quality, hand-made sandals. His customers include Sophia Loren, the Beatles, Jacqueline Onassis, Queen, and Anthony Quinn.
Reminiscent of the ancient Greek style, feel like a Greek God or Goddess while walking around with a pair of Melissinos sandals. This little piece of Greek fashion, located near Monastiraki Sq., is the perfect souvenir from Greece for you to take back home!
32. Drink a cocktail on a rooftop bar in Athens
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For those who like the best rooftop views, Athens offers an array of choices regarding striking rooftop cafes and bars.
Places like Couleur Locale, A for Athens, and Athens 360 offer the chance to enjoy your coffee in the morning or a drink from the bar at night and revel in the view of the Acropolis and the whole city of Athens below.
Let loose with friends and enjoy the atmosphere! After your drink on the rooftop, you can choose one of the many places to dance in Athens and have the night of your life! This is definitely one of the locals' favorite things to do in Athens!
33. Go for a hike on Mount Parnitha
Declared as a National Park in 1961, Mount Parnitha is the highest mountain in the vicinity of Athens. The mountain demonstrates a diverse topography, from summits and gorges to streams and caves.
Hadrian’s Aqueduct, built by the Romans, began at the foot of Mount Parnitha and transported water to a stone reservoir on Mount Lycabettus in Athens.
If you're up for it, you can even embark on a hiking adventure, as Mount Parnitha is known for its beautiful trails, attracting hikers from across the country!
34. Shopping day: Explore one of Athens' Malls.
A shopaholic’s dream, the Golden Hall of Athens is the biggest shopping center in Athens, with over 100 stores. Wear your most comfortable shoes and bring a full wallet - the majority of the stores include designer brands, while you will also get to come across the creations of the top Greek fashion designers.
You can take a break from all the shopping (or window shopping) at the mall’s restaurants and cafes. If you are a shopaholic and need your fix, you can also check out our Athens shopping guide.
35. Try a traditional dessert during an Athens food tour
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Give in to your sweet tooth with traditional Greek sweets and desserts paired with Greek coffee. Try baklava, semolina cakes, loukoumades, kataifi, and more, and make your trip to Athens even sweeter!
Go on a loukoumades binge - one of the Greeks’ most loved desserts – in a historical sweet shop in Athens. 'Krinos' dating back to 1855, the sweet shop now lies where the first pharmacy in Athens used to be.
Your holiday in Greece is the perfect time for you to get out of your comfort zone and try flavors you've never tried before!
36. If you're a fan of Ancient Mythology, don't forget to join a Percy Jackson-themed Athens day tour!
If you and your kids are a fan of the fictional character that takes on fantastic adventures, battles mythological creatures, and makes the tales of Greek mythology come to life, you can't skip on joining one of our Percy Jackson-themed tours across Athens.
Whether you'd like to marvel at the imposing Acropolis, with all the monuments, including the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Acropolis Museum, or Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon, you'll get to learn fun facts about the places and the fascinating exploits of Percy Jackson took place; fun, education, and highly active, it can't get much better than that!
37. Enjoy a traditional Greek coffee and start your day in the best way possible!
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Coffee is a major part of local culture, as it is deeply connected to every aspect of our daily life. From politics to fashion, everything is discussed in a coffee shop while sipping a cup of traditional Greek coffee in its small white demitasse.
Some people even do cup readings! Enjoy your cup of self-filtered Greek coffee in 'Mocca,' one of the most historical coffee points with its own production right in the heart of Athens!
The store is open all day long to amaze you with its exquisite coffee blends! rink Frappe, cappuccino Freddo, or espresso Freddo -if you like your coffee black- or even Greek coffee; drink any coffee you prefer cause we certainly know how to make it!
Athens will become your favorite city if you're a coffee-lover, just like us! Coffee shops are everywhere, and the variety of coffee cocktails you can order is quite big. Two of the most famous coffee shops that are cheap yet great in quality are 'Everest,' which can be found practically in every corner of the city, and they serve the most amazing coffee and 'Coffee berry.'
Good coffee will power up your day, giving you the energy to explore all the city's modern and archaeological treasures. Don't be afraid to experiment!
38. Delve into a watersports adventure & explore the nearby islands
With the sea being so close to you, it would be a pity not to exploit the fact that the capital of Greece is surrounded by water.
Therefore, if you're a watersports fan and lying on a sun lounge sounds boring to you and your family, don't hesitate to take advantage of the watersports that are available on most Athenian beaches.
Athens Water Sports center provides all the information you could possibly need. Alternatively, you can indulge in an Athens Sailing Experience: Semi-private Cruise with BBQ Lunch, marvel at the Athenian coastline, sunbathe and dive into crystal-clear waters you would otherwise get to experience.
Staying fit yet refreshed is a combination that makes for the perfect way to fight the summer heat!
39. Explore Marina Flisvos in the southern part of Athens
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Known as the mega-yacht destination in Greece, stroll around this posh area for peaceful sea views, shopping, and eating. Shops include a frozen yogurt parlor, a bookstore, and a sportswear shop, among others.
Yacht renting services are also available for luxurious mariners. It's the enchanting view, however, that makes this place in south Athens unforgettable!
40. An open-air cinema in Athens & a Byzantine church
At Thisseion Open Air Cinema, you can enjoy a movie in just a short minute walk from the Acropolis Museum, with a snack and the Acropolis in full view. The atmosphere is magical during the hot summer nights, and the snacks that are available are to-die-for!
41. Relish a beautiful view from Athens' Picturesque Hills!
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While visiting central Athens, you can't help but notice that the city is awash in Hills. Athens' historic hills hold an incredible beauty and a whimsical ambiance that cannot be duplicated, while they offer the perfect opportunity for a leisurely walk that will offer peace of mind and the best views of the city.
Areopagus, Athens - credits: Milan Gonda/Shutterstock.com
Whether you choose to walk up to Pnyx Hill, the place where the Athenian assembly met to make important decisions about Athens, Mars Hill, better known as Areopagus Hill, where according to legend, the trial of Ares for the murder of Alirrothios was conducted by the rest of the Olympian gods or Philoppaps Hill, you won't regret it!
These regions of luscious greenery are a breath of fresh amidst the concrete jungle of modern-day living.
42. What to do in Athens on a sunny day: Swim in Vouliagmeni Lake
Considered a geological phenomenon, Vouliagmeni Lake offers a spa experience gifted to Athenians by nature. The lake’s underground thermal springs ensure that the water remains at a comfortably warm temperature.
Even more fascinating is the lake’s underwater cave labyrinth, which has been explored down to 3,123 meters deep. The end of the cave, however, remains unknown.
43. Explore Stavros Niarchos Foundation's Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation - credits: KOSTAS TSEK/Shutterstock.com
Linked to the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a breath of greenery by the sea, perfect for reflection and recreation.
Discover the modern culture of Greece in its premise and enhance your experience by having a picnic or sunbathing on the grass. Definitely one of the top Athens attractions you should visit.
44. Walk in the neighborhoods of Athens, demonstrating the best of street art
Athens' street art at Thissio - credits: Milan-Gonda/Shutterstock
You may not be aware of it, but Athens is considered the mecca of street art. In fact, street artists from all over the world pick their own favorite spots in the city center to bring their colorful graffiti to life.
Through an alternative Athens street art tour, you can enjoy all of the street artists' different styles and techniques, but you will mostly understand several aspects of Greece's social and political life.
Athens' underground culture is flourishing, and you shouldn't miss the chance to experience it first-hand!
45. Enjoy a relaxing walk on the paved Apostolou Pavlou Street in Athens
Take a walk in Apostolou Pavlou str. - credits: PitK/Shutterstock.com
In 51 A.D., St. Paul, the apostle who first introduced Christianity to Athens, walked across the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis, making his way to Areos Pagos to preach his religion.
Apostolou Pavlou St. is a pedestrian street representing the path St. Paul walked during his mission. Craft booths with handmade jewelry and other unique souvenirs can be found along the way.
The walk along Apostolou Pavlou str. reflects the quintessential vibe of Athens, making it ideal for anyone who wants to submerge themselves in Greek Culture.
Additionally, underneath Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, one of Athens's most historic and scenic streets, the home of Plato's successor.
The so-called 'house of Proclus' is a late Roman villa of the 5th century, below the surface of today's Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, on the foundations of which traces of pagan worship were found.
These ancient ruins, combined with the location of the mansion and the testimonies of ancient sources about the house of Proclus, led scholars to identify it with the house of the Neoplatonic philosopher.
There is no doubt that every stone you turn in Athens will reveal a part of antiquity- literally!
46. Run on the Panathenaic Stadium
Panathenaic stadium - credits: Anastasios71/Shutterstock.com
Discover the athletic side of yourself by admiring this phenomenal masterpiece of classical Greece, constructed in the 4th century BC and was used to host the huge event of 'Great Panathenea,' the celebration dedicated to the ancient goddess of wisdom, goddess Athena.
In modern Greek history, this stadium is connected with the first modern Olympic Games of 1896, as it held both the opening and closing ceremonies.
There, you can visit the museum and even exercise on the ground where ancient Greeks used to exercise thousands of years ago. Run, Forest, run!
47. One of the locals' favorite experiences: Unveil hidden treasures at Avissinias Square market
Monastiraki flea market - credits: Milan Gonda/Shutterstock.com
The so-called 'yiousouroum' of Avissinia Square, is practically one of the most interesting Athens flea markets, where different cultures, civilizations, and religions meet.
The stores and tables are packed up with genuine antiques, paintings, furniture, and unique vintage books. Located close to Monastiraki square, it exudes a feeling of nostalgia, marrying the past with the present.
If you are a collector or simply a history and culture lover, that’s the place for you to be!
48. Enjoy the Athens Metro System
We might be late to the party since Athens Metro System is relatively new compared to the subway in other European countries. However, it was worth the wait as it revolutionized Athens' public transportation.
Yes, it took around 2000 years to be built, but since its establishment 20 years ago, it has become an integral part of the daily routine of the Athenians.
Tip: Having a flight to catch? Taking the metro from Syntagma means that you will reach the airport in less than an hour!
49. Chat with the locals in Athens' center
Athens Numismatic Museum Baloncic/Shutterstock.com
We are known for our unpretentious hospitality. But you should also know that the majority of Greeks -even the older- speak quite decent English and will be more than happy to direct you or simply have a talk with you.
We are truly sociable people and are always glad to meet and welcome travelers in our country. Therefore, don't hesitate to ask your question, make your comment and be open to new acquaintances -or even friendships!
50. Things to do on a rainy day: Travel to space at Evgenidion Foundation (The Planetarium)
Founded in 1954 with a donation from Eugenios Eugenides, Athens' planetarium offers visitors an exciting glimpse into our universe’s history.
With the help of the latest digital technology, the planetarium hosts inspiring productions on astronomy and a whole variety of scientific topics, creating a unique experience for science fans, who will be swept away to the ends of the earth and beyond!
Is Athens cheap or expensive?
Athens is a relatively affordable city, especially if you compare it with the likes of other European capitals. Its cost of living is pretty low, while you can find accommodation options for every budget.
However, compared to the Greek countryside, it is a bit more pricey due to its popularity and cosmopolitan character; it's all a matter of perspective.
Are there beaches in Athens?
Our favorite Athenian beach is probably the one of Vouliagmeni. However, you can take a more in-depth look at the top 10 beaches near Athens and decide for yourself which one suits you best.
Are 2 days in Athens enough?
With an abundance of archaeological sites, cultural stimuli, and magnificent walking routes, the more days you spend in Athens, the better.
In any case, don't leave Greece without visiting Athens; we promise its beauty and charm will pleasantly surprise you.
Is Athens a pretty city?
We might be a bit biased, but we find Athens gorgeous. It combines a rough-around-the-edges urban aesthetic in combination with a few spots of luscious greenery and the deep blue of the sea.
All of that means that Athens is full of diverse yet equally stunning settings. Athens is a photographer's paradise; from that alone, you can understand that its beauty is not commercial but rather interesting and unique.
Only a visit can make you understand; after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!
What's the best area to stay in Athens?
In terms of convenience and aesthetics, Athens's city center is the best area to stay in. By choosing t stay there, you'll be within walking distance from the vast majority of the city's interest points.
To make an educated decision regarding your stay in the Greek capital, here you will find where to stay in Athens and how to choose the right neighborhood.
Can you walk around Athens?
Yes, of course, you can! Although Athens, like every major city, is dominated by cement and asphalt, there are some incredible walking routes that will show you around the best of what the capital has to offer.
Here are the top walking routes in Athens to help you decide which one to choose.
How far is Piraeus from Athens?
Thankfully, Piraeus is just a few minutes from Athens' city center, so the port of Piraeus is easily accessible. In specific, the center of Athens is located about 12 kilometers from the port.
On the other hand, the area around Pasalimani and Mikrolimano is an attraction and offers a large selection of restaurants, cafes, and bars.
Anafiotika, Plaka - credits: irakite/Shutterstock.com
A person's wealth lies in their experiences. So, make sure to leave Athens affluent in culture, history, and fun activities!
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See also: Athens travel guide