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You can get a lot out of this historic yet hectic city in three days! Admire the extensive ancient ruins and check out a couple of museums, whilst also feeling the fast pulse of a modern city that is so much more than the concrete jungle it is often made out to be.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller

13 Places

6 City Tips

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13 Places

Day 1

Syntagma Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Acropolis

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins

Theater of Dionysus

Ancient Ruins

Acropolis Museum

Speciality Museums

National Gardens

Gardens

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues

Day 2

Ancient Agora of Athens

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins

Pandrossou

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Central Market

Flea & Street Markets

Keramikos Cemetery

Cemeteries

Day 3

National Archaeological Museum

History Museums, Art Museums

Mount Lycabettus

Mountains

Kolonaki Square

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Nick E's City Tips

  • Most of central Athens is walkable – just take care with the manic traffic when crossing the road.
  • If you want to cover ground fast, the modern metro is the way to go.
  • If you plan to do more than two journeys by public transport in one day, a daily ticket is worth it. It's valid for 24 hours for use on buses, trolleys, trams and the metro.
  • Locals do not expect foreigners to know any Greek but attempts to say just a few words will endear you to them.
  • Tasty takeaway snacks like souvlaki and cheese or spinach pies are cheap and widely available.
  • For a full evening meal, just round the bill up as the tip.
    Day 1
  • Syntagma Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Nick E Says:

    The city's main square is a good place in which to get your bearings and watch the soldiers in traditional dress guarding the grand Parliament building.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Syntagma is accessible by various metro, bus, trolley and tram routes.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Changing of the Guard and Marching on a Sunday not to be missed 27/08/2016
    • Marching 24/08/2016
    • Syntagma Square
    Address:
    Leoforos Vassilissis Amalias
    Athens 105 63
    Greece
  • Acropolis
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins
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    Nick E Says:

    One of the most famous and iconic structures in the world, as well as a symbol of Western civilization, the Acropolis is an unmissable feature on any visit to Athens.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Going as soon as it opens will allow you to avoid the worst of the crowds, though sunset is a good time during the winter months, too.
    • The best approach is through the old Plaka area from Syntagma Square.
    • The ticket to the Acropolis includes entry into several other ancient sites within a four day period.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • WORDS FAIL ME SO BEAUTIFUL 27/08/2016
    • Get ready for the Wind ! 27/08/2016
    • Acropolis
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou
    Main entrance on the west side
    Athens 10558
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 210 3214172
    Other:
  • Theater of Dionysus
    Ancient Ruins
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    Nick E Says:

    Tucked below the Acropolis, this theatre was a very important venue during the ancient Dionysiac festival – a riot of wine and debauchery. It is usually also blissfully uncrowded in comparison with the big rock above!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Look for the pee holes in the posh front seats!
    • You can climb down to the theater from the back of the Acropolis, so you don't need to backtrack.
    • Entry is included in the Acropolis ticket.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good to see 26/08/2016
    • Stunning 24/08/2016
    • Theater of Dionysus
    Address:
    Mitseon 25
    Athens 105 58
    Greece
    Other:
  • Acropolis Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    The splendid new Acropolis Museum is beautifully designed and complements a visit to the Acropolis itself, adding more depth to your overall experience.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As with most museums in Greece, it is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very well designed 27/08/2016
    • Fantastic Museum 27/08/2016
    • Acropolis Museum
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
    Makriyianni
    Athens 117 42
    Greece
    Phone:
    30 210 9000900
    Other:
  • National Gardens
    Gardens
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    Nick E Says:

    Athens is not renowned for having many quiet outdoor spaces, so the National Gardens between the Zappio and Syntagma Square are a good place to have a rest.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Kids might enjoy the modest zoo (signposted "Irattikou") or the playground on the Zappio side.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tranquility right in the centre of Athens! 27/08/2016
    • A Beautiful Oasis 25/08/2016
    • National Gardens
    Address:
    off Amalias St.
    Athens 999-20
    Greece
    Other:
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues
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    Nick E Says:

    Known locally as the Stiles (pronounced 'steeles'), the gigantic columns of this ancient temple are impressive in both scale and size.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entry is included in the Acropolis ticket.
    • From here it is a relatively short walk up past the Panathenaic Stadium to the residential area of Metz, a great area to have an evening meal at a taverna.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth going in to see it up closer! 27/08/2016
    • just a couple of pillars 26/08/2016
    • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Address:
    Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas
    & Leoforos Amalias
    Athens 105 57
    Greece
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Ancient Agora of Athens
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins
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    Nick E Says:

    The Agora was the hub of social and commercial activity in the ancient city, and also the place where Socrates wandered around, engaging in heated debates with his philosophical adversaries. The extensive ruins are still very evocative of the time, especially the well-preserved Thissio.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entry is included in the Acropolis ticket.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Agora / Athens 26/08/2016
    • nothing much here 26/08/2016
    • Ancient Agora of Athens
    Address:
    24 Adrianou
    Adrianou 24
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Phone:
    210 3210185
    Other:
  • Pandrossou
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Nick E Says:

    Athens' main flea market is the ideal place to browse for souvenirs and gifts, from backgammon boards inlaid with mother of pearl to ceramics to embroidered bags.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Look out for the street stalls that line the streets around Pandrossou, especially those beside the fence to the Agora.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 321 things to do in Athens
    • Super tourist street 25/07/2016
    • Market like shopping 16/05/2016
    • Pandrossou
    Address:
    Pandrossou
    Athens 10555
    Greece
    Phone:
    +(30)2103219620
    Other:
  • Central Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Nick E Says:

    Even if you are not shopping for food, the lively, loud and bustling central market is a picturesque place to spend some time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The restaurants here stay open all night and are a popular meeting place when everywhere else has closed.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Experience 25/08/2016
    • A must see for lovers of cultural nuance. 21/08/2016
    • Central Market
    Address:
    Athinas 42
    Athens 999-20
    Greece
  • Keramikos Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    Nick E Says:

    One of the least visited ancient sites in the city, this is also one of its most atmospheric. The burial grounds provide another rare retreat amidst all the chaos.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The site is closed on Mondays.
    • After you leave Keramikos, you will be well positioned to visit two of Athens' trendiest areas for dining and nightlife possibilities, Psyrri and Gazi.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 321 things to do in Athens
    • Great cemetery and ruins 25/08/2016
    • Nice place to walk under Acropolis 14/08/2016
    • Keramikos Cemetery
    Address:
    Ermou 125
    Athens 99920
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 210 346 3552
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • National Archaeological Museum
    History Museums, Art Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    The huge collection housed within this splendid Neoclassical building contains some of the most important archaeological finds from all over Greece, and places the importance of Greek culture in its full context.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • While unusual for Greece, the museum does open on Monday afternoons.
    • The collection is so massive that it is wise to study the map and concentrate on several halls, rather than trying to see everything.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best museum in Greece. 27/08/2016
    • One of the best museums in Greece 27/08/2016
    • National Archaeological Museum
    Address:
    44 Patission
    Athens 106 82
    Greece
    Phone:
    +(30) 21321 44890
    Other:
  • Mount Lycabettus
    Mountains
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    Nick E Says:

    Over twice the height of the Acropolis, this hill is worth the climb for the unparalleled views it affords. You can see across the Acropolis to the sea and all around the city to the surrounding mountains. The tiny chapel at the summit is also delightful.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you don't fancy the hike up, there is a funicular railway on the Kolonaki side.
    • Look out for summer performances at the open-air theatre here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 321 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • All about view 27/08/2016
    • bit of green in this concrete jungle 27/08/2016
    • Mount Lycabettus
    Other:
  • Kolonaki Square
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Nick E Says:

    Central Athens' ritziest area is a good access point for Likavitos and, if you have the money, checking out the designer shops. Come prepared however, even a coffee here will set you back quite a few euros!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • A far better area for finding authentic tavernas and a host of lively bars is nearby Exarchia, between the Archaeological Museum and Likavitos.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 321 things to do in Athens
    • A great square 24/07/2016
    • Kolonaki square - a convenient shopping street 22/07/2016
    • Kolonaki Square
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