7 free things you can do in Athens
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7 free things you can do in Athens

Athens ● 04 May 2017

Athens is a vivid city, which offers its visitor numerous amazing things to do. Athens is also an interesting city, where you can spend low-budget vacations. These are the top free things to do in Athens. You will be amazed by the fact that must activities are included in this list, so that you can travel in Athens with less than 20€ per day.

1. Sunbathe and swim

Athens has wonderful beaches and some of them are located in a very close distance to Athens Center. Many of them are organised and have an entrance-fee, but near them, you can find many small bays and coves with crystal waters, where you can swim and sunbathe for free. K.A.P.E. in Sounio is maybe the best beach in Athens, and because it is not organised, it is totally free.

2. Ancient monuments and museums

Some museums in Athens are free (like the significant Epigraphical Museum), and there are also free admission days for archaeological sites and museums in Athens. Furthermore, you can walk around the city and admire the ancient monuments, which are everywhere and are free. For example, at the end of Amalias Avenue, Hadrian's Arch needs no ticket, while the Tower of the Winds, the first weather station in the world, can be seen from the street without having to pay the entrance-fee to the Roman Agora.

3. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is the new jewel of Athens, a magnificent complex of modern buildings, surrounded by an amazing scenery of a wonderful park near the sea. It hosts the Greek National Opera and the Library of Greece and is a location of multifunctional arts, education and entertainment, which impress every visitor.

4. Street art

Athens is a vibrant cultural hotspot that creates extraordinary street art paintings and graffiti. Walk around the streets of Athens, which became canvasses for the best wall art in Europe together with Berlin, London and Paris. It is free and recreative!

5. Art exhibitions and galleries

In Athens, you will also find many galleries with significant contemporary art exhibitions, which have no entrance-fee. The Breeder Gallery or the Gallery 7 host important national or international exhibitions, which will impress you.

6. Walk around

Walk around the best streets in Athens and admire the wonderful neoclassical buildings, the ancient monuments and the atmosphere of the city.

7. The National Garden

One of the best free locations in Athens, especially if you have travelled with your family, is the National Garden and Zappeion conference hall, which is a building with a huge courtyard inside the National Garden in the heart of Athens Center, near Syntagma Square. The whole area is ideal for a stroll inside the park, watching the ducks of the small lake and walking in the pebbled paths.

Where to Stay

Hotel & Appartment in Athens, Greece Athens Way
9.1 10
Athens Way
17, Arachovis & Ippokratous Str., 10680 Athens, Greece

Located in Athens City Center, Athens Way hotel is within a 15-minute walk from Syntagma Square and a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station. The Acropolis and the historic part of Athens, Plaka, are at 2 km. The lively Monastiraki Square is 1.5 km away. Athens International Airport is at 33.5 km and Piraeus port can be reached within 30 minutes using the light railway.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Aegli Hotel
Aegli Hotel
1, Karaiskaki & Iera Odos ave., Chaidari, 12461 Athens, Greece

Aegli hotel is situated in Haidari area, close to the city center. The nearby Agia Marina metro station favors direct access to Athens Airport, Piraeus Port and many vibrant areas of the city.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Arethusa Hotel
8.6 10
Arethusa Hotel
6-8, Mitropoleos Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Located in Athens, right next to scenic Plaka, Arethusa Hotel is just a 3-minute walk away from Syntagma Metro Station. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is a 40-minute drive away.