Top attractions in Athens
Once the heart of a civilization more advanced than any to come for centuries, visiting Athens reveals just how far mankind can go when holding art and wisdom above waging war. Here are the best things to see and do in Greece's proud and passionate capital.
The Old Town market district Monastiraki is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Though cheap souvenirs dominate its storefronts, there's plenty on offer for sophisticated tastes too!
More than the ruins of an old temple, the Parthenon is an icon of Western civilization, making it the site of Athens' most essential tours!
Many of Ancient Athens' most important buildings were erected in the Acropolis to protect them from invasion. Ruins they may be, but most still look pretty good for their age!
Built on the site where legend tells Poseidon and Athena competed to be the city's patron god, the Erechtheion was actually considered more holy than the Parthenon in its time!
Of course, the Acropolis is now mostly in ruin – a monument to Athens' former glory – but almost 4,000 objects excavated from the area can be seen at the Acropolis Museum!
Widely considered to be one of the best museums in the world, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens boasts many of Greece's most important artifacts, from the prehistoric age to Late Antiquity.
Named after the Greek Constitution of 1844, the grand Syntagma Square at the foot of the Old Royal Palace has been the epicenter of Greek politics ever since!
In ruins, but once considered the epitome of Doric architecture, the important temple Olympieion was home to the gold Statue of Zeus – one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Nike is the Ancient Greek word for victory, and the prominently placed Temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis was built to aid the Athenian Empire's wars against Sparta. It didn't work!
This historic district at the foot of the Acropolis is also known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods." Plaka is a great place to wander around and maybe even see an archaeological dig!
If sightseeing around the Acropolis is your main concern, Plaka is probably the best place to stay. Despite being a highly recommended tourist spot in itself, its streets are pleasantly quiet. The main attractions can also be reached easily from the Monastiraki area, which ought to appeal more to those attracted to Athens' lively street life.
How long to spend in Athens depends on how much of it you want to see, of course, but with most of its historic landmarks situated at the Acropolis, you could cover its archaeological sites, best restaurants, and most popular markets in 3 days.
The city is served by buses and electric trolleys that must be waved down at the blue (bus) and yellow (trolley) stops. Tickets are cheap, but then so are taxi fares. Athens also recently opened a sleek new Metro network. Construction was greatly delayed because they couldn't dig for 5 minutes without hitting undiscovered antiquities!
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- Athens is most pleasant during the spring and fall, when the temperatures are warm and the tourist traffic is at a minimum.
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What people are saying about Athens
The online support from seller was great, guided us through whole process of downloading and use (iphone). At the Acropolis we have skipped everybody ( 3 hrs queue ), at the museum one of the guards was trying to convince us that the ticket is not valid and we have to purchase new ticket for 10 euros, but I refused and lady at the information confirmed that these are valid and we continued inside. There was another English couple with the same tickets and the guard was telling them the same, so we've advised them and they got through as well. Little disappointing from museum side, but not from the seller. I was very happy with the service and would recommend this hustle free experience. Commentary was great addition to otherwise not very entertaining visit to this historic place, really great stories which our kids loved and facts that otherwise would be missed. It gave us completely different perception of the facts and added another dimension to our day in Athens. Thank you.
I was very pleased with the voucher purchased from getyourguide.com. for the the new archaeological exhibit at the Acropolis Museum, Athens. Because the new exhibit is accessed via a separate entrance, we had to use the voucher twice. Both times it allowed us to use an express entrance so we never had long waits for entrance, security or tickets. I’ve been to the Museum many times, but this was our best, most enjoyable visit ever; definitely well worth the advance booking!
I bought the ticket, thinking it would be literally ‘around the corner’. It is in fact down a little street, across a very busy road and then to the other side. All in all an hour looking for the pick-up address. A €3 plus admin fee is expensive too. Go to the Acropolis at 8am and the ticket queue is small. It’s only €20 there.
Clear instructions via email. We were able to skip the line as stated. We couldn’t get into the Acropolis because we were sent the same ticket twice (instead of two different tickets). But once I emailed the company, they replied within ten minutes with a new ticket. Would use this company again.
Great, however got on at 8,50 in Athens with the view of changing to the beaches line at the Acropolis then going to a beach. The beaches line does not start till 11am, lucky we realised. This should be aligned so you can have this option.