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Top 10 Things To Do in Athens –

By Bec on October 28, 2016

How many individuals can say in their lifetime that they have visited Athens 3 times? Properly, that might be me!

Arriving in Athens the third time around, I undoubtedly feel that I have found out the town in terms of what to see and do!

So at present on the weblog, I’ve compiled an inventory of my Top 10 sights and points of interest which are a must see on your first (or third!) visit to Athens!

1. Visit the well-known parthenon with all the other a whole lot of tourists.

It wouldn’t be a visit to Athens with no seeing the parthenon now wouldn’t it? Don’t overlook to admire the view from the highest of the Acropolis!


2. Pay a go to (or a number of visits!) to Monastiraki Sq.

Monastiraki square is the BEST area in Athens for two things: FOOD and SHOPPING.


You’ll find many lovely eating places near the entrance to Historic Agora with Greeks standing outdoors making an attempt to persuade you to eat there for a superb worth.

You will also discover the Athens flea market where you should purchase some really cool Greek souvenirs and keepsakes; these might embrace a pair of genuine and hand-made Greek sandals (highly advocate getting them from Melissinos – The Poet Sandal Maker) and conventional Greek jewelry (something for the ladies! I highly advocate Speira). The perfect part concerning the flea market is you’ll be able to negotiate and discount a worth that works in your finances.


Fast Tip: Pay in money, some outlets can do a greater deal for you than should you have been to pay by card.

three. See the changing of the guards at Syntagma Sq.

One of many highlights of my visit to Athens is to see the tomb of the unknown solider at the Greek Parliament, guarded by two Greek officers.

The official altering of the guards ceremony is every Sunday morning at 11am in case you are interested, or if you need to see the guards change on one other day, they modify the guards every hour.

It is so inspiring to see their commitment and dedication to their job, along with the beautiful awesome pom poms on their footwear! Undoubtedly to not be missed in Athens!

4. Go to Lukumades in Monastiraki Sq. and get fat on Greek donuts; go on, you recognize you need to.

One among my favourite dessert places in Athens is Lukumades! What are Lukumades I hear you ask? Lukumades are deliciously tasting Greek donuts! The official Lukumades shop is situated in Monastiraki Sq. in Athens.


Conventional Lukumades are honey puffs (the Greek model of donuts) soaked in scorching honey syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon and garnished with chopped walnuts or toasted sesame seeds which style unimaginable!


In case you are feeling somewhat extra adventurous in the dessert department you possibly can opt for Lukumades which might be FILLED WITH CHOCOLATE, drizzled with chocolate topping, sprinkled with pistachio nuts and a scoop of ice-cream, and that is just one of the mixtures you possibly can attempt! You might also be enticed by Lukumades drizzled with vanilla topping, sprinkled oreos and strawberry cheesecake ice-cream (pictured under!).


I’ve had each traditional and chocolate infused lukumades, and I can undoubtedly advocate that you simply first attempt the normal lukumades after which attempt them with one thing just a little additional  (if your abdomen can handle it!).

Consuming lukumades in Athens was an absolute spotlight of my trip and one of the delicious melting-in-your-mouth desserts I have ever tasted! You actually ought to go there!

5. Visit the temple of Zeus, Greek God of the sky, King of all the Gods.

Everyone who is a Disney fan like me has seen Hercules and is aware of the mighty Zeus, King of all the Gods. Historic ruins in Greece are so rich with historical past and seeing the normal columns on the temple of Zeus are nicely value it on your trip to Athens.

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6. Go to the Theatre of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in your approach up to the Parthenon.

In your method as much as the famous parthenon you’ll come throughout the theatre of Dionysus, and a phenomenal theatre referred to as Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Don’t let both of these lovely theatres cross you by as they are absolutely beautiful!

The Theatre of Dionysus (named after the God of plays and wine) was the first stone theatre ever to be built, holding approximately 17,000 individuals. It was additionally supposedly the birthplace of Greek tragedy.


The Odeon of Herodes Atticus (typically confused with the Theatre of Dionysus) is a ravishing stone theatre which continues to be used at this time for theatre and music performances. Undoubtedly value a look (and to snap a number of photographs!).


7. Soak in the Greek dining experience at the Plaka.

The plaka in Athens is for FOOD and MORE FOOD!!! The plaka district is principally a whole pedestrianised area in Athens with superb conventional Greek restaurants providing you superb service and delicious Greek cuisine.

The Plaka hillside is a very in style place to eat as there’s principally an enormous hill with eating places on each side left and proper! (image under!). Just remember that it will probably get quite busy of an evening!

The eating experience at the plaka is guaranteed to be superb, and also you could be lucky enough to be serenaded with conventional Greek singing and dancing! Opa!



Quick Tip: Have dinner late! The restaurants in the Plaka can be buzzing after round 8pm!

eight. Expertise dinner with a view.

Throughout Athens there are lots of restaurants and bars that have a tremendous rooftop views of the Acropolis mountain. Some of these embrace: A is for Athens and 360 cocktail bar situated in Monastiraki Sq., Thissio View Roof Garden and in addition, Kuzina restaurant which was really helpful to us by our Airbnb host.

Kuzina restaurant is situated on an extended strip of restaurants instantly reverse Historic Agora. If you need to eat at this specific restaurant ensure you guide and reserve a desk in advance and request to take a seat on the terrace. The terrace (footage under) has beautiful views of Historic Agora and in addition Mount Lycabettus accompanied with nice service, food and environment!

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9. Win first place at the Panathenaic Stadium the place the primary Summer time Olympics have been held

Okay, perhaps you gained’t win first place, however in my race round the monitor (extra like walk round the monitor) I was a winner!

The Panathenaic Stadium is the one stadium in the world that’s built out of marble. The stadium hosted the opening and shutting ceremonies of the Olympics in 1896 and it was an Olympic venue at the Athens Olympics in 2004.


The stadium solely costs 5 euros to get in (quite an affordable worth!) and in my eyes it is a very spectacular stadium. You’ll be able to see the marble stone tablets near the entrance which lists the places of every Summer time Olympic video games ever held, stand on the winners podium, and sit in the flamboyant VIP marble seats which have the right view of the whole stadium.

I feel one of the coolest elements about visiting this stadium is that every time I’ve visited (that might be 3 times!), there are hardly any vacationers around.


10. Get lost in the ruins of Historic Agora.

Only a short walk (1 minute) from Monastiraki sq. is Historic Agora! The ruins outdoors are really fascinating and the museum really opens you as much as what it was like in Historic Greek occasions. Plus, there’s a pretty cool view of the Acropolis mountain!

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11. Take the funicular to Mount Lycabetus

Okay, my submit says my Top 10 things to do in Athens, but this one was too good to not embrace on this record! One of many coolest things you can do in Athens in case you are looking for a few of the BEST 360 views of the town, is to take the funicular (only 7,50 euros) to the highest of Mount Lycabetus. Mount Lycabetus is in reality larger than the Acropolis mountain and undoubtedly has the higher views where you’ll be able to see all of Athens all the best way out to the ocean! Take a look at the photographs!

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Other sights and points of interest in Athens that didn’t make the Top 10 record, however still might catch your curiosity!

1. Hadrian’s Arch

Hadrian’s Arch is a monumental gateway resembling a Roman triumphal arch. It has been instructed that the arch was built to rejoice the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian to honour him for his many contributions to the town.


Hadrians Arch in Athens is situated in the same location because the Temple of Zeus, so you could as properly pay it a visit on your solution to the temple!

2. Zappeion

The Zappeion constructing is situated in the National Gardens of Athens, and is usually used for ceremonies and conferences, both official and personal. Presently, the Zappeion is used in Athens as a conference and exhibition centre.

In case you occur to be strolling by way of Athens, walking in your method to the Panathenaic stadium and would really like some cool buildings to see, why not take a look at the Zappeion, it’s a reasonably spectacular constructing!


Have you ever ever been to Athens? What are your recommendations for issues to do and see?

Depart your recommendations/recommendation in the comments under!

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