How to spend a day in Athens, Greece.
Athens remains one of the top Greek destinations to visit. As there’s no end of monuments and attractions in Athens and you may only have a few days to explore its picturesque alleys and top sights, we thought that a mini guide with the must see places in Athens will come in handy.
Cycladia has selected for you the top 5 things to do in Athens during your visit. Enjoy the tour!
1. Go Sightseeing
Athens is most known for its rich history and culture, so you can’t leave the city without spending some time sightseeing. While wandering around some of the top museums, churches and historical areas of Athens, simply lift your head high and marvel the Acropolis, pay a visit to the Acropolis Museum and observe the findings from excavations on the Acropolis Hill, considered to be the most famousmonument of classical antiquity. There are several other sites of Attica worth visiting, but we will leave that up to you!
2. Shop at Local Markets
Get ready to do some shopping in Athens at a local flea market such as the Flea Market in Monastiraki, where you can find all kinds of shops selling everything from shoes, clothing, jewelry, books, ancient leather sandals to furniture antiques and vintage vinyls. In Monastiraki Square you will also find restaurants to taste an authentic souvlaki or a deli-tavern. Don’ t miss the chance to visit the Varkvakeios market in the morning where you can buy meat, fish, cheese, herbs, fruits and vegetables.
3. Walk Around the City Center
Walking is the best way to discover the historic center of Athens. Start your round tour from Syntagma Square, take a look at the National Garden with its 15000 ornamental plants, stroll through the picturesque Anafiotika in Plaka, crossThission and walk till you reach the highest point, Mount Lycabettus, from where you can take in the breath taking vistas or visit the chapel of St. George. If you don’t feel like making the climb, you can take the Funicular Railway which leaves you at the top of Ploutarchou str. in Kolonaki.
4. Explore the seaside
In the outskirts of Athens you may find some of the most scenic beachfront settings. Enjoy a walk along marinas and pedestrian streets, exercise your favorite water sport or just swim in the crystal blue waters. Visit the famous Athenian Riviera , stroll through Alimos Marina and relax at a waterfront café, ride your bike in Faliroand enjoy a relaxing swim in Glyfada or Voula at one of the several organized beaches with sunbeds, umbrellas & beach bars. If you wish to sooth your muscles with a natural spa, visit Vuliagmeni Lake and dive into its mineral springs.
5. Discover Athens Nightlife
There is a wide variety of taverns, bars and night clubs all around Athens where you can entertain yourself. Drink a glass of “rakomelo” at Psirri neighborhood, dance in a night club at Gazi or at the coastal avenue’s summer clubs, sip a cocktail at a roof bar with panoramic views to Athens’ city center, listen to Greek music at a live music concert or enjoy a blend tailored to your desires at the chic neighborhood of Kolonaki. Experience an unforgettable evening at an open air cinemaduring the summer and become acquainted with Athens’ cultural life.