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Top 5 things to do in Athens

Acropolis
#1
Acropolis
The Acropolis is located on a rocky outcrop overlooking Athens. This ancient citadel contains the remains of several historically significant ancient buildings, the most famous being the Parthenon, a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Visitors can take a number of tours which give insights into Greek history, or walk the site alone.
Acropolis Museum
#2
Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum is a museum in Athens, where archaeological findings from the site of the Acropolis citadel are housed. Opened to the public in 2009, the museum is home to over 4000 artifacts found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes of the Acropolis, and contains relics from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
Panathenaic Stadium
#3
Panathenaic Stadium
Over 50,000 people filled the marble stands of the Panathenaic Stadium for the first modern Olympics in 1896, but it has a history dating back to the 4th century B.C. Located in Athens, this marble wonder is now open for public viewing.
Benaki Museum of Modern Greek Culture
#4
Benaki Museum of Modern Greek Culture
The Benaki Museum of Modern Greek Culture is an art museum in Athens, housed in one of the most beautiful neoclassical-style buildings in the city. It's located close to the National Garden and the Hellenic Parliament.
Ancient Agora of Athens
#5
Ancient Agora of Athens
The Ancient Agora of Athens as it stands today is one of the most important monuments in Athens. Walk the remains of what was once a place for the citizens of ancient Athens to meet, gossip, and get the news on the issues of the day. Everyone from philosophers to priests, and politicians to prostitutes crossed paths here!
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Planning your Athens visit

Language

Greek

Currency

Euro (€)

Dialing code

+30

Time zone

Eastern European Summer Time

Weather and when to go

From clear, turquoise ocean to buzzing clubs and bars, to towering ancient temples, Athens has it all - all year round. If crowds make you crazy, try visiting between late April and mid-June, when the weather is mild and the crowds are much thinner. If you’re there in July and August, get your sightseeing done early, before the midday heat makes you want to do nothing but eat gelato in the shade. In July it's common for temperatures in Athens to soar to 37 °C. In the winter temperatures tend to stay around 5 to 13 °C, with lots of sun.

Athens eats

Spot the best places to eat in Athens by the crowds of locals waiting for tables. Cheese fans will like the crispy saganaki, a crunchy fried pastry packed with Gruyère. Hummus is unavoidable, and moussaka is a must - an eggplant and potato dish with a minced meat bottom and Béchamel on top. Spanakopita is also popular, a filo pastry rammed with spinach and herbs and cheeses. Cooking for yourself, or looking for Greek snacks? Stock up at the lively Central Market - just watch out for the sheep’s heads in the meat section.

Ancient Athens

Athens, with its 6,000-year history, is one of the world’s oldest cities. You can cover all the major archaeological sites on various self-guided or guided tours through the 3-km pedestrian zone. Most people want to get up close to the Acropolis, which casts its mighty shadow over Athens from the hill. Join a tour for the lowdown and don’t forget to say hi to Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, in the Parthenon. The best time to see these ancient sites is in the late afternoon, when temperatures are cooler and you can catch the sunset.

What to do in Athens for 3 days

LEGO marvels at Acropolis Museum

Want to see a Greek wonder immortalized in LEGO bricks? Head to the kid-friendly Acropolis Museum, where the cradle of Western civilization is explained and made fun for everyone. Witness excavated treasures and exhibits from the 5th century BC, through to the 5th century AD. Pose with archaic statues and see them from all angles, enhanced by beams of sunlight. And see the most important artifacts unearthed via archaeological excavation in Eleusis.

Hilltop wonders at the Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis, an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop, has been studied for centuries, but no one really knows how they built it. The best way to see and ‘feel’ it is by taking a tour, when the history and purpose of each temple on the sacred rock of the Acropolis will be explained. Imagine what it was like to watch a show at the crumbling Dionysus Theater in the 5th century BC. Learn about the chief shrine to Athena at the Parthenon, and see the views of Athens from the precipice - make sure to wear your non-slip shoes!

Rev your engine at The Hellenic Motor Museum

When you’ve ticked off all the ancient wonders, change gears and check out over 100 amazing cars at the Hellenic Motor Museum. From vintage cars to classics, there’s a huge collection here to impress any Top Gear or motor fan. Explore three floors and see cars from the 19th and 20th centuries. From models that are now out of action like Avions Voisin, Delage, and Lagonda, to cars that are still on the roads, like Bugatti, Ferrari, and Aston Martin, they’re all waiting to rev your engine here.

Get around easily on the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Athens

Athens can be crowded and hot, and you’ve got a lot to see. The best way to get around it in comfort is with an all-access hop-on hop-off bus pass. Valid for 24 or 72 hours, you'll have access to three lines and dozens of buses - no waiting around for cabs in the heat. Stop at the Parthenon, the antique market, the museums, the Port of Piraeus and more. Multilingual audio guides fill you with history and trivia as you go, and you get two walking tours and two photography tours of the city.