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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.

Tower of the winds

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.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

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.

National Garden

Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
8.9 10
Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Chris Hotel
8.5 10
Chris Hotel
6, Potamou str., 14564 Athens, Greece

Hotel Chris is situated in a quiet spot in Nea Kifisia, 100 m from the E75 motorway and 2 km from Kifisia Train Station. Athens city center can be reached within approximately 30 minutes using the electric train. Athens International Airport is at 38 km.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Diethnes Hotel
8.4 10
Diethnes Hotel
52, Peoniou str.(Larissis Station), 104 40 Athens, Greece

Diethnes Hotel is located in Athens, just a 3-minute walk from Larissa Metro Station and Athens Railway Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 metro stops away.