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You can get a lot out of this historic yet hectic city in three days! Admire the extensive ancient ruins and check out a couple of museums, whilst also feeling the fast pulse of a modern city that is so much more than the concrete jungle it is often made out to be.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller

13 Places

6 City Tips

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13 Places

Day 1

Constitution Square (Syntagma)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Acropolis (Akropolis)

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins

Theater of Dionysos (Theatro Dionyssou)

Ancient Ruins

The Acropolis Museum

Speciality Museums

National Gardens

Gardens

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues

Day 2

Agora

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins

Pandrossou Street Market

Speciality & Gift Shops

Central Market

Flea & Street Markets

Keramikos Cemetery

Cemeteries

Day 3

National Archaeological Museum (Ethniko Archaiologiko Museo)

History Museums, Art Museums

Mt. Lycabettus (Likavitos)

Mountains

Kolonaki

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Nick E's City Tips

  • Most of central Athens is walkable – just take care with the manic traffic when crossing the road.
  • If you want to cover ground fast, the modern metro is the way to go.
  • If you plan to do more than two journeys by public transport in one day, a daily ticket is worth it. It's valid for 24 hours for use on buses, trolleys, trams and the metro.
  • Tasty takeaway snacks like souvlaki and cheese or spinach pies are cheap and widely available.
  • For a full evening meal, just round the bill up as the tip.
  • Locals do not expect foreigners to know any Greek but attempts to say just a few words will endear you to them.
    Day 1
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    Constitution Square (Syntagma)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Nick E Says:

    The city's main square is a good place in which to get your bearings and watch the soldiers in traditional dress guarding the grand Parliament building.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Syntagma is accessible by various metro, bus, trolley and tram routes.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not breathtaking but worthy of a visit 20/05/2015
    • central of activities 19/05/2015
    • Constitution Square (Syntagma)
    Address:
    Along Amalias and Vasileos Konstantinou Sts.
    Greece
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    Acropolis (Akropolis)
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins
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    Nick E Says:

    One of the most famous and iconic structures in the world, as well as a symbol of Western civilization, the Acropolis is an unmissable feature on any visit to Athens.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The ticket to the Acropolis includes entry into several other ancient sites within a four day period.
    • The best approach is through the old Plaka area from Syntagma Square.
    • Going as soon as it opens will allow you to avoid the worst of the crowds, though sunset is a good time during the winter months, too.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful antiquity 22/05/2015
    • Must visit in athens 22/05/2015
    • Acropolis (Akropolis)
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
    10558
    Greece
    Phone:
    30 210 9238175
    Other:
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    Theater of Dionysos (Theatro Dionyssou)
    Ancient Ruins
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    Nick E Says:

    Tucked below the Acropolis, this theatre was a very important venue during the ancient Dionysiac festival – a riot of wine and debauchery. It is usually also blissfully uncrowded in comparison with the big rock above!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Look for the pee holes in the posh front seats!
    • You can climb down to the theater from the back of the Acropolis, so you don't need to backtrack.
    • Entry is included in the Acropolis ticket.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An emotional moment 21/05/2015
    • Amazing part of The Acropolis 20/05/2015
    • Theater of Dionysos (Theatro Dionyssou)
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
    105 58
    Greece
    Phone:
    30-210-32.24.625
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    The Acropolis Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    The splendid new Acropolis Museum is beautifully designed and complements a visit to the Acropolis itself, adding more depth to your overall experience.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As with most museums in Greece, it is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • New Acropolis Museum 22/05/2015
    • wonderful museum 21/05/2015
    • The Acropolis Museum
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
    Makriyianni
    11742
    Greece
    Phone:
    30 210 9000900
    Other:
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    National Gardens
    Gardens
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    Nick E Says:

    Athens is not renowned for having many quiet outdoor spaces, so the National Gardens between the Zappio and Syntagma Square are a good place to have a rest.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Kids might enjoy the modest zoo (signposted "Irattikou") or the playground on the Zappio side.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 304 things to do in Athens
    • National Gardens 20/05/2015
    • Nice Gardens, cool oasis from the hustle and bustle 20/05/2015
    • National Gardens
    Address:
    off Amalias St.
    999-20
    Greece
    Other:
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    Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues
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    Nick E Says:

    Known locally as the Stiles (pronounced 'steeles'), the gigantic columns of this ancient temple are impressive in both scale and size.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entry is included in the Acropolis ticket.
    • From here it is a relatively short walk up past the Panathenaic Stadium to the residential area of Metz, a great area to have an evening meal at a taverna.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • wow is it ever big! 21/05/2015
    • Maybe better than the Parthenon? 21/05/2015
    • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Address:
    At Leoforos Vas. Olgas and Amalias and easily seen from the street
    Greece
    Phone:
    01-922-6330
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Agora
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins
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    Nick E Says:

    The Agora was the hub of social and commercial activity in the ancient city, and also the place where Socrates wandered around, engaging in heated debates with his philosophical adversaries. The extensive ruins are still very evocative of the time, especially the well-preserved Thissio.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entry is included in the Acropolis ticket.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magical theatre scene but for real! 22/05/2015
    • Must see 21/05/2015
    • Agora
    Address:
    24 Adrianou
    10555
    Greece
    Phone:
    210 3210185
    Other:
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    Pandrossou Street Market
    Speciality & Gift Shops
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    Nick E Says:

    Athens' main flea market is the ideal place to browse for souvenirs and gifts, from backgammon boards inlaid with mother of pearl to ceramics to embroidered bags.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Look out for the street stalls that line the streets around Pandrossou, especially those beside the fence to the Agora.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 111 Shopping in Athens
    • pandrossou street market 13/05/2015
    • Cheap 27/03/2015
    • Pandrossou Street Market
    Address:
    Pandrossou
    10555
    Greece
    Phone:
    +(30)2103219620
    Other:
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    Central Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Nick E Says:

    Even if you are not shopping for food, the lively, loud and bustling central market is a picturesque place to spend some time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The restaurants here stay open all night and are a popular meeting place when everywhere else has closed.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 304 things to do in Athens
    • traditional market 20/05/2015
    • Traditional 13/05/2015
    • Central Market
    Address:
    42 Athinas Street
    999-20
    Greece
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    Keramikos Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    Nick E Says:

    One of the least visited ancient sites in the city, this is also one of its most atmospheric. The burial grounds provide another rare retreat amidst all the chaos.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • After you leave Keramikos, you will be well positioned to visit two of Athens' trendiest areas for dining and nightlife possibilities, Psyrri and Gazi.
    • The site is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • nothing special 19/05/2015
    • Tourism 03/05/2015
    • Keramikos Cemetery
    Address:
    148 Ermou Street
    999-20
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 210 346 3552
  • Day 3
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    National Archaeological Museum (Ethniko Archaiologiko Museo)
    History Museums, Art Museums
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    Nick E Says:

    The huge collection housed within this splendid Neoclassical building contains some of the most important archaeological finds from all over Greece, and places the importance of Greek culture in its full context.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • While unusual for Greece, the museum does open on Monday afternoons.
    • The collection is so massive that it is wise to study the map and concentrate on several halls, rather than trying to see everything.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see if you are touring the archaeological sites in Greece 21/05/2015
    • small 21/05/2015
    • National Archaeological Museum (Ethniko Archaiologiko Museo)
    Address:
    Patission 44
    10682
    Greece
    Phone:
    2132144890
    Other:
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    Mt. Lycabettus (Likavitos)
    Mountains
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    Nick E Says:

    Over twice the height of the Acropolis, this hill is worth the climb for the unparalleled views it affords. You can see across the Acropolis to the sea and all around the city to the surrounding mountains. The tiny chapel at the summit is also delightful.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you don't fancy the hike up, there is a funicular railway on the Kolonaki side.
    • Look out for summer performances at the open-air theatre here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The view from Mt Lycabettus! 21/05/2015
    • Watch the sunset from the top of this hill 21/05/2015
    • Mt. Lycabettus (Likavitos)
    Address:
    Centro de la Ciudad de Atenas
    99920
    Greece
    Phone:
    01-722-7065
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    Kolonaki
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Nick E Says:

    Central Athens' ritziest area is a good access point for Likavitos and, if you have the money, checking out the designer shops. Come prepared however, even a coffee here will set you back quite a few euros!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • A far better area for finding authentic tavernas and a host of lively bars is nearby Exarchia, between the Archaeological Museum and Likavitos.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 304 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice neighbourhood 20/05/2015
    • Chic, upscale Athenian neighbourhood 20/05/2015
    • Kolonaki
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