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Athens for first-timers

Athens ● 11 July 2017

Athens... Sometimes, the words are needless. The new trend among the travellers in Europe is an amazingly interesting city with so many things to do, see and experience, so rich history and so vivid nightlife and gastronomic culture that a life isn't enough to explore it. However, it is probably your first time in Athens, and you have only a couple of days or one week to discover the city that never sleeps and the cradle of the western civilisation. No problem! With this guide, you can organise everything you should see and do and arrange a full-time program to have vacations that will give you pictures and memories truly valuable.

The first thing you should do is to put your alarm on and wake up early in the morning, especially if it is summer. Why is that? Because Athens is full of archaeological sites and impressive historical monuments. If the weather is hot, you can't visit them after 10 a.m. If you don't want to wake up so early and the weather is really hot, which is something very usual in Athens during summer, you can visit the museums instead, which are air-conditioned. However, don't make the mistake to believe that you can visit all of them. You will end up exhausted, and after a week in Athens, you will have seen only the archaeological sites and nothing else. Inevitably, you have to make a choice. Acropolis, Ancient Agora (Athens), Acropolis Museum, Archaeological Museum, Cycladic Museum and Keramikos Archealogical site are must-sees, but there are also many other unique sites and museums that you may find interesting, such as the War Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Roman Agora, the Numismatic Museum or the Epigraphic Museum, so it is better that your choice is based on your wishes and interests. The truth is that you can find in Athens monuments and museums for every taste.


My second advice is to walk as much as you can. In Athens, there are beautiful promenades in the Old Town, pedestrian streets with local shops and lovely cafés that are definitely worth a visit. On foot, you can feel the atmosphere of the city, pass by many archaeological sites, and when you get tired, you can drink coffee or eat in a traditional tavern. The Old Town is full of places, where you can get rest, and it is truly a pleasure to sit after a long walk, see the people passing by and enjoy the cosmopolitanism of the city. Plaka, Thiseio and Monastiraki are the most beautiful districts, around the most significant ancient sites to have a stroll and then eat. Here, you can find many places to eat economically in taverns with Greek music, street-food restaurants or cantinas with souvlaki.

After such a long day, the wisest thing you should do is to take a nap in your hotel, in order to be ready for your night adventure. The nightlife of Athens is a unique experience that will remain unforgettable to you. There are many nightlife spots in Athens Center as well as in the wider area of the city, but the first thing to keep in mind is that Athens is the ultimate bar-hopping destination. Don't stay in a bar the whole night. Have a drink in one bar and then go to another. Drinks are cheap, taxis too, the bars are located in a very close distance to each other, and people are friendly are ready to have fun. I suggest that you spend every night in the vivid nightlife scene of Athens, but if you have to see only one district, start from Syntagma Square, go down to Monastiraki Athens and then to Gkazi. In this route, you will find literally countless bars.

The best time to visit Athens is of course summer, which is definitely a plus with everything it can offer to you. Around Athens, there are many beautiful islands to make a day trip, swim in crystal waters and have the feeling of exploring a Greek island. If you don't want to spend a whole day with an excursion, you can go to a beach near Athens, only half an hour from Athens Center. You will be impressed by the beauty of the landscape, the stunning coastline and the clear waters in such a short distance to a huge city, and it is a perfect opportunity to get familiar with the Greek sea and understand why it is so famous all over the world.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elizabeth Hotel
8.5 10
Elizabeth Hotel
46, Arkadias Str., 11527 Athens, Greece

Elizabeth Hotel is only 10 minutes away from Panormou Metro Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 stops away using the metro and the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport can be easily reached as it is directly connected with Panormou Metro Station.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elikon Hotel
7.9 10
Elikon Hotel
3, Dorou str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Located in the centre of Athens, Elikon Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro station, making transport easy throughout Athens. Piraeus Port is only 20 minutes away using the metro.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Cybele
Hotel Cybele
7, Kolokotroni & Dagkli str.,Pefki, 15121 Athens, Greece

Hotel Cybele is located in Pefki, just an 11-minute walk from Maroussi Metro Station. Athens city centre is 19 km away and Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 28 km away.