Top 10 things to do in Athens
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Top 10 things to do in Athens

Athens ● 02 April 2017

Athens, the capital of Greece, is the new touristic trend in Europe. Vivid nightlife, amazing beaches, high quality food, ancient sites and significant museums, cultural events and important exhibitions are only some of the things that this interesting city has to offer its traveller.

1. Archaeological sites and museums

Athens, the cradle of democracy and the ancient Greek civilisation is full of world class museums and archaeological sites thanks to its long history of 3,000 years. Among the most significant museums, which you should definitely not miss, are the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art. The ancient sites that are worth a visit, are of course Acropolis, the ancient cemetery in Keramikos Archealogical site, the Ancient Agora (Athens) and the Temple of Hephaestus, the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio and the Roman Agora in Athens Center. Remember that there are free admission days to get familiar to the cultural activity of the city on a budget.

2. Have fun until the dawn

The nightlife of Athens is famous all over Greece and Europe. Cafes, bar, clubs and live stages are literally everywhere, in every corner and district of the city that never sleeps. In alternative, mainstream, rock, jazz, retro, rooftop and cocktail bars, you can have the time of your life in weekends as well as every day. In Monastiraki Athens and the streets near Syntagma Square, such as Thisseos, Lekka, Voulis, Nikis, Kolokotroni and Avramiotou, there are many hype bars, which are considered to be a must among the Athenians. In the district of Kolonaki, under Lycabetttus hill, you can find luxury bars and clubs with house music, while in Gazi, near Keramikos Archealogical site, there are many alternative and rock bars. Thanks to its numerous bars, the close distance to each other and the cheap drinks, Athens is the ultimate destination for bar-hopping.

3. Enjoy the best culinary experience

Athens has many awarded restaurants as well as traditional taverns, street food places and multicultural ethnic cuisine. The best places for seafood are Glyfada and Vouliagmeni in Athens Riviera as well as Piraeus, while in Athens Center, in Plaka and Monastiraki, there are many traditional taverns with mezedes and high quality Greek cuisine. Street food and of course the famous souvlaki, you can find everywhere to eat economically in Athens.

4. Swim in crystal waters

In a close distance to Athens Center, you can swim in crystal waters, feel that you are on an island, do water sports in organised beaches and sunbathe under the warm sun. Among the best beaches in Athens, are Sounio, Porto Rafti, Schinias, Vouliagmeni, Anavyssos, Rafina and Alimos.

5. Athens Riviera and the Lake of Vouliagmeni

Athens Riviera begins from Faliro near Piraeus Port and reaches Cape Sounio and the Aegean Sea. It is marked by an amazing coastline, where you can find some of the abovementioned beaches, such as Anavyssos, Alimos and Vouliagmeni, archaeological sites, such as the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio and the Temple of Apollo Zoster in Asteras Hotel, in Vouliagmeni, chic bars and night clubs by the sea as well as luxury restaurants. In this region, it is also located the Lake of Vouliagmeni, a rare geological phenomenon with thermal springs and imposing rock scenery, where you can swim, sunbathe and have an unforgettable spa experience.

6. Enjoy the cultural activity

Athens has a rich cultural activity that can keep you busy, even if you stay many days or weeks. Among the best events and festivals in Athens, are the Athens Greek Festival with performances of ancient drama, the Rockwave Festival, the Jazz Festival and the Open-Air Film Festival. Interesting is also the street art in Athens in alternative neighbourhoods, such as Psirri, Gazi and Thiseio. You will also be impressed, if you visit the new jewel of the city, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

7. Visit an international exhibition

In Athens, take place many famous worldwide international exhibitions with the contribution of important companies, such as Oenorama, a leading wine exhibition, Posidonia, the most significant gathering in shipping area, Food Expo and Fashion Trade Show.

8. Run in Athens Marathon

The authentic Athens Marathon is an unforgettable experience for every runner, who wants to run in the footsteps of ancient heroes and remember the battle of Marathon and the victory of Athens, which was crucial to the establishment of the democracy.

9. Visit the sports facilities of the Olympic Games

The Panathenaic Stadium is connected with the history of the modern Olympics because there, took place the major events of the revived Olympic Games in 1896, while the Olympic Sports Complex in Maroussi was the centre of the summer Olympics in Athens in 2004.

10. Go off the beaten path

Even if you have only 2 days in Athens, you can do many off the beaten path things in Athens that will give you a different experience from the other travellers. Technopolis, the industrial museum in Gazi, a walk on Lycabetttus hill or in the National Garden as well as shopping in Monastiraki Flea Market will make you understand why Athens is one of the most interesting cities worldwide.

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 Centre, this hotel is within a 15 - minute walk from Syntagma square. The Acropolis is at 2 km away.

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 centre is approximately a 30-minute ride on the train.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Rio Athens
7.7 10
Hotel Rio Athens
13, Odisseos str., Karaiskaki Square, 10436 Athens, Greece

Hotel Rio Athens is conveniently located on the quiet pedestrian street of Κaraiskaki Square, just 1 km from Syntagma Square. Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is 25 km away, while the port of Piraeus is 15 km away.