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This is Athens I love: the best spots from an Athenian

Athens ● 08 June 2017

Athens is a wonderful, interesting city with numerous -literally- things to do, long history and amazing nightlife. As an Athenian, who is in love with this city, I am sure that one life is not enough to explore the innumerable spots, restaurants, bars, sites, shops and streets of Athens. I was born in Athens and live here for 30 years, but I know that there are places that I don't even know they exist, although they are worth visiting. If you are now planning your vacations in Athens, you will certainly read a lot of articles about the museums, the beaches or the alternative experiences in Athens, but one thing is for sure: the advices of a local are far more accurate and valuable than any article with guides and lists of sites. In this article, I will reveal you the best spots of Athens, these spots that I recommend every time a friend of mine comes in my city and asks me about the top places he/she should visit.

The ancient sites of Athens are innumerable. The best thing you can do is to buy the special package ticket of Acropolis that allows you to visit Acropolis as well as the archaeological sites of Keramikos Archealogical site, Ancient Agora (Athens) and Roman Agora. Ancient Agora (Athens) is one of my favourite sites in Athens thanks to the temple of Hephaestus, which is so well-preserved that you can't believe this temple is not as famous as Acropolis.

Tower of the Winds in Roman Agora

Regarding to the beaches and the excursions you can do in Athens, your options are also numerous. In my opinion, an amazing day excursion is the visit of the ancient temple of Poseidon in Sounio. You can take the bus from Athens Center, and in about 1,5 hour, you will be at the cape of Athens, which has a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea. The route to Sounio is wonderful as you admire the whole coastline of Athens, from Piraeus Port to Vouliagmeni, Anavyssos and Sounio, the famous Athens Riviera. When you reach Sounio, you can visit the ancient temple, swim in the beach right under the hill, which has the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea, and then, eat seafood and drink ouzo in one of the traditional taverns there.


The best spot to party and feel the super atmosphere of the nightlife in Athens are the streets around Syntagma Square and Monastiraki. Dozens of bars, with alternative or mainstream style, for all tastes of music and special decoration welcome every night hundreds of people, who want to have fun. Kolokotroni, Lekka, Thisseos and Agia Eirini square are the perfect places to start your journey in the city that never sleeps.

The best stroll in Athens is in Anafiotika, in Plaka. Narrow pebbled streets, neoclassical houses, bougainvilleas, local shops, elegant cafés and traditional taverns under the shadow of Acropolis will make you feel like being on an island.


Don't forget to visit Technopolis near Keramikos Archealogical site, an industrial place, which reflects the mixed character of Athens, the combination of old and new. Nearby, is located the district of Gazi, which is full of cafés and bars, and is considered an alternative area of Athens.

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 Phidias Hotel
8.9 10
Phidias Hotel
39, Apostolou Pavlou Str., 11851 Athens, Greece

Built in the historical centre of Athens, Hotel Phidias is just a 10-minute walk from Acropolis. Thission Metro station, which connects you directly to Piraeus Port, is only 150m away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
48, Syggrou Ave., 11742 Athens, Greece

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the historical center of Athens, just a few steps from Acropolis and Plaka, next to the new Acropolis Museum. Athens International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.