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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

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.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Olympion
8.6 10
10, Lorentzou Mavili str., 13671 Athens, Greece

Located 100 m from the suburban station of Kato Acharnes, connecting to Athens city centre. El. Venizelos International Airport is 35 km away from the hotel.

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.