(1) Explore the Acropolis
Immerse yourself in ancient history as you visit the iconic Acropolis, the symbol of Athens. Climb the marble steps to reach the Parthenon, marvel at the intricate details of the Erechtheion, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from this ancient citadel. Visit the Acropolis museum exhibiting important sculptures and providing context about its importance and history.
(2) Visit Odeon of Herodes Atticus
From opera divas to tenors, the world’s best performers have appeared on Athens’ most majestic stage. One of the legendary sites that sits beneath the slopes of the Acropolis on the southwest side, is the stunning ancient open-air theatre, Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend a cultural event at this magnificent Greek landmark.
(3) Wander through Plaka
Take a stroll in the charming neighborhood of Plaka, known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods”. Lose yourself in its narrow, picturesque streets lined with neoclassical buildings, quaint shops, and cozy tavernas. Explore the Anafiotika district, an oasis of white-washed houses reminiscent of the Greek islands.
(4) Discover Monastiraki Flea Market
Athens is a vivid, colorful, playful modern city where the glory of the past meets the modern way of life which has its own dynamic. One of these areas is Monastiraki with its unique worthwhile visiting Avissinias square. Monastiraki area spreads out at the foot of the Acropolis to the North of the Hephaestus Temple in the Ancient Agora and south of Ermou street; it’s a charming alloy of colors, smells, tastes and senses. Until today the area has preserved the same character and beside the shops, there is a flea market where street vendors sell anything one can imagine.
(5) Visit the National Archaeological Museum
Delve into the treasures of Greek civilization at the National Archaeological Museum. Admire the stunning collection of ancient statues and artifacts, including the golden Mask of Agamemnon, the Antikythera Mechanism, and the sculpture of Zeus or Poseidon.
(6) Indulge in Greek Cuisine
Treat your taste buds to a culinary journey through Athens' vibrant food scene. Sample traditional Greek dishes like Greek salad, spanakopita (traditional spinach pie), souvlaki, and fresh seafood. Explore the bustling Central Market, indulge in street food delights, and dine at local tavernas to savor the authentic flavors of Greece.
(7) Experience the Changing of the Guard
Witness the ceremonial Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square. Admire the evocative choreography of the guards, known as the “Evzones”, as they perform their synchronized movements in their traditional attire.
(8) Explore the National Garden
Visit Athens National Garden, an oasis in the center of the city with more than 500 different species of plants, trees, birds and animals; home to the Botanical Museum, a zoo, a pond, a playground, a children’s library, a traditional café as well as scattered ancient monuments and statues. Don't miss the chance to visit the Zappeion, an elegant neoclassical building within the garden.
(9) Marvel at the Panathenaic Stadium
Step into history at the Panathenaic Stadium, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Explore the marble stadium, stand on the tracks where ancient athletes competed, and learn about the history of the Olympic movement.
(10) Discover the Museum of Cycladic Art
Immerse yourself in the art and culture of the Cycladic islands at the Museum of Cycladic Art. Admire the impressive collection of ancient artifacts, including iconic Cycladic figurines, and explore contemporary art exhibitions that celebrate the timeless beauty of the Aegean.
(11) Enjoy Sunset at Cape Sounion
Take a scenic drive along the Athenian Riviera to Cape Sounion and witness a breathtaking sunset over the Temple of Poseidon. Marvel at the temple's stunning location located on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, and soak in the serene ambiance as the sun dips below the horizon.
(12) Go to the beach – the Athenian Riviera
Take a short bus ride and you'll find superb local beaches along the sheltered Saronic Gulf stretching from the southern suburbs of Athens to the southernmost point of Attica, Cape Sounio. Just 10 miles south of the city –typically a 30–40-minute drive– one can take a swim, relax at a waterfront café, walk along the picture-perfect pedestrian streets and the marinas or dine by the sea. Varkiza, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Anavissos and several more picturesque beaches will reward anyone that decides to visit them.