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Top places you should visit if you have only 2 days in Athens

Acropolis ● Athens ● Attica ● Monastiraki ● Plaka ● Syntagma ● 31 October 2016
 

Top places you should visit if you have only 2 days in Athens

Athens is an outstanding city, which is known as the birthplace of the western civilisation and democracy. In fact, it is consisted of a large city centre and numerous archaeological sites, while it is also a vivid area with bars, cafes and restaurants all over the city that never sleeps. Consequently, you can’t see Athens in only 2 days. You need at least 4 or 5 days to feel the aura and visit every worthwhile attraction of the city. But in case you have only 2 days, here is a guide of what you should definitely not miss.

The Acropolis: Even if you don’t care about archaeology, you can’t come to Athens and not visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the building that is a symbol of the greatest achievements of mankind. You can climb the Acropolis Hill in the morning to avoid the sun and the heat and then visit the Acropolis Museum. If you still have time and courage to explore additional archaeological sites, you should also visit the Ancient Agora and Kerameikos.

Acropolis

The National Archaeological Museum: If you thought that you are done with archaeology, reconsider it. You came to Athens and archaeology is the prevailing element of the city. The second morning you should wake up early and visit the Archaeological Museum. Here you will find a varying collection of ancient sculpture, pottery and jewellery from different eras, like Cycladic and Classical times. Here you can see also the Antikythera Device, an ancient (not just old!) computer found in a shipwreck.

Plaka: Now it is time to take a walk and have fun in Athens. Plaka District is one of the most popular tourist attractions, which resides under the Acropolis Hill and spreads out to Syntagma Square. You will feel there that you are on an island with the traditional shops, taverns and bars in the narrow, cobblestone streets.

Plaka

Monastiraki Flea Market: Monastiraki is the area of Athens with the most multicultural atmosphere. On the square is located a mosque and near the Adrianou Street the Flea Market reminds the oriental origin of the city. You can come here also in the evening because Monastiraki is one of the most vivid districts of Athens, which is filled with young people until late at night.

The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion: Maybe you need a third day for this excursion, but this guide could not ignore this attraction. On a hill overlooking the sea at the tip of the Attica Peninsula is located the Temple of Poseidon. There is a small beach below and a sea that is as beautiful as on an island. The spot could not have been any better for an ancient site of worshiping the God of the Sea, and every Athenian would tell you that this is the best place of the whole city.

Where to Stay

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.

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 Sparta Team Hotel
8 10
Sparta Team Hotel
21, Menandrou Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Sparta Team Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 8-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station and Monastiraki Metro Station. The port of Piraeus is 11 km away.


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