My tips for visiting Athens

What to visit:

  • Acropolis of Athens is the best preserved ancient ruins, situated on a plateau between mountain peaks. The views are wonderful and the architecture is incredible. Gates open at 8:00 and the ticket cost 12 euro. Among the most famous landmarks here is the famous Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus and Temple of Hephaestus. The architectural ensemble of Acropolis includes monumental works, palaces and temples gather the Doric and Ionic style. The most important building of the Acropolis is Parthenon, temple dedicated to Athena, a monument built in the Doric style, which shelters the approximately 15m golden statue of Athena.
  • The Hill Lycavettos will show the Athens in its entire splendor. You can reach the top by foot or you can take the funicular.
  • National Garden of Athens is a beauty, located in the centre of Athens and includes two lakes and a small zoo.
  • The Parliament is one of the greatest buildings of Athens. You have to be witness to the change of the guard and see its members dressed in traditional robes.
  • Ancient Greece has many treasures to be revealed, including statues, vases with mythological scenes and many other evidences of civilization, all of gathered in the National Archaeological Museum.
  • Agora is the ancient market of Athens, for more than a millennium, with the its vestiges as Temple of Hephaestus, Portico of Attalos, Agoraios Altar of Zeus, a temple dedicated to the supreme God.
  • The most popular beaches of Athens are in the South: Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Kavouri and Glyfada.
  • Outside Athens worth to visit: Mount Parnitha, Koutouki Cave, Sanctuary Oropos, the Lake Marathon, Dafni Monastery & at Sounio is the Temple of Poseidon.

What & where to eat in Athens

  • Souvlaki (skewers of chicken or pork)
  • Tzatziki (yogurt with garlic and cucumber)
  • Yiaourti me meli (yogurt with honey)
  • Greek salad
  • Melitzanosalata (eggplant salad)
  • Showroom is a bar/cafe and restaurant with affordable prices.
  • La Filipou, is a famous restaurant with very tasteful cuisine. A lunch is between €10 and €15.

Where to shop

  • Shoes, bags, jewelry and more cheap products can be found in Ermou near Syntagma Square
  • From Plaka aria you can buy souvenirs
  • In Kolonaki area you will find very beautiful clothes

Public transport

Public transport in Athens is very cheap. Tickets cost €1.40 and are valid for 1hr 30min on all forms of public transport. They are sold in metro stations, at special booths near bus terminals and at some street kiosks. One-day tickets (also known as “airport tickets”) cost € 5 and allow for 24 hours of unlimited travel on all forms of public transport in the city, plus one bus trip to or from the airport.

Tips & Hints

  • Buy a 12 euro multiple entry ticket for the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Theatre of Dionysos, Keramikos, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Roman Agora, which is valid for a week.
  • Taxis are reasonably priced, prices start at 3 euros.
  • Everything in Athens is closed on Sundays.
  • The Acropolis Museum is closed on Mondays.
  • It is possible to see all the monuments for free on 8 April, when is the Museum Day on April 18, when is the Monuments Day, on June 5 when is the International Environment Day, the last weekend in September, when there are the European Heritage Days, or in the first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September.
  • The beach is about 30 minutes form Central Athens and is reachable by bus, tram and taxi.
  • For the antique lovers in Monestiraki every Sunday, the outdoor Flea Market opens up.
  • You can buy all kinds of ingredients, flavors for cooking, walking on the Evripidou Street.
  • For nightlife in central Athens go to the areas of Gazi or Psyrri.

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