Athens travel explorer guide

Athens, GreeceAthens, Greece. Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash

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Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, the cradle of civilizations, and the birthplace of democracy, is now a popular tourist destination with hundreds of things to see and do. Visited by over 6 million tourists every year, the famous attractions of Athens are always crowded, and life buzzes from dusk to dawn. 

Things not to miss in Athens

  • Climb to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy the view of the city. 
  • Wander the neighborhoods of Pláka and Anafiotika, tourist hot spots with Greek village ambiance, cobbled alleys, and little squares. 
  • Check out the Ancient Agora – ruins of the marketplace with the Stoa of Attalos and the Temple of Hephaistos. 
  • Change the landscapes and explore the modern street graffiti art in Athens.
  • Find the precious artifacts of Greek and world history in the Museum of Cycladic Art.
  • Watch the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building at Syntagma.

Eat like a local in Athens

  • When shopping in the Plaka, find the best Greek salad at Pantelis Melissions The Poet Sandalmaker.
  • Get the finest loukoumades (Greek donuts) topped with honey and cinnamon in Lukumades.
  • Eat the real classy Gyros and learn how to pronounce the name correctly.
  • Explore the Athens Central Market to find fresh meat and fish, cheese, and, of course, olives.
  • Enjoy evening and dinner in one of the Mnisikleous Street restaurants, the crowded district with a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Grab a pastry, like tiropita or spanakopita, on the go from one of the street bakeries while you jump from museum to temple.

Where to stay in Athens

  • Choose the top-rated 5-star Hellenic Vibes Smart Hotel in Athens with a modern minimalistic interior and details for a luxury stay.
  • Enjoy the vibes of Athens from the comfort of your room in the Ivis 4 Boutique Hotel, a 4-star venue in the heart of Athens.
  • NLH KERAMEIKOS – Neighborhood Lifestyle Hotels is a perfect option if you are looking for an affordable but comfortable and stylish hotel.
  • Made by travelers and for travelers, Nubian Hostel Athens is a great place to find comfort even if you are on a tight budget.
  • Take a day trip tour to Tolo, Peloponnese to enjoy the heavenly-beautiful beaches of Greece and stay in a 4-star fashionable John & George Hotel.

Other destinations in Greece: Patras ThessalonikiKavala and Rhodes.
Read also: 6 wonderful cities of Greece

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