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Things to do in Athens

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Welcome to Athens

Athens is a historic wonderland that welcomes millions of visitors each year. The Acropolis, with its hilltop ruins and the Parthenon, is indisputably Athens’ top draw. The city's also the gateway to the island of Hydra and ancient Delphi. But don't be deceived by the Greek capital's antique status as the cradle of Western Civilization—it also boasts some of Europe’s best cuisine and nightlife.

Top 10 attractions in Athens

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Acropolis

Acropolis

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An archaeological wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world's most instantly recognizable landmarks, the Acropolis is the star attraction of ancient Athens. Dramatically perched on a jagged clifftop—the so-called sacred rock of Athens—the ruins overlook the modern city and date back to as early as 510 BC.More
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Meteora

Meteora

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The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have provided a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (six function today) atop the imposing rock. Part natural wonder, part manmade marvel, the dramatic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece.More
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Delphi

Delphi

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Delphi, with its remarkably preserved ruins dotted along the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological site. Dating back to the seventh century BC, the ancient city of Delphi is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to sites such as the Sacred Way, Stoa of the Athenians, polygonal wall, monument of Platea, and Temple of Apollo.More
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Parthenon

Parthenon

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The star of Athens postcards and arguably the most impressive of all the city’s ancient ruins, the Parthenon stands proud atop the sacred rock of Acropolis, high above the modern city.Built between 447 and 432 BC, the temple was dedicated to Greek goddess Athena and originally housed her cult image, a giant ivory and gold-plated statue by Fidias. The restored temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a striking reminder of the glory of Ancient Greece with its grand marble façade, classic Doric columns, and elaborate sculptural friezes. The site also serves as a fascinating chronicle of Athens’ history.More
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Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

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Athenian rulers began construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós) in the sixth century BC. By the time Roman Emperor Hadrian completed it 600 years later, it was the largest temple in Greece, and its statue of Zeus—king of the gods of Mt. Olympus—was one of the largest in the world. The temple began to fall into ruin shortly after it was finished; today only 15 of its original 104 columns still stand and much of its marble has been recycled or stolen for other temples. Nonetheless, what remains is a truly impressive sight to see.More
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Temple of Poseidon

Temple of Poseidon

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Dramatically situated on the coastal cliffs of Cape Sounion, overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Temple of Poseidon is one of the most evocative sites of ancient Greece and a top visitor attraction. The magnificent monument dates back to 444 BC, but today, all that remains is a series of gleaming white marble columns, standing proudly atop the cape.More
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Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

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Originally built in the 1980s for the European Athletics Championships, the Olympic Stadium (officially the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis” or OAKA) was remodeled by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the 2004 Olympics. The largest stadium in Greece, with 70,000 seats, the Olympic Stadium hosts events and concerts by major international acts such as U2 and Lady Gaga.More
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Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

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An Athenian landmark and feat of contemporary architecture, the Acropolis Museum sits at the base of the Acropolis, with the ruins of an ancient settlement visible through its floor. The collection runs from pre-classical times to the Roman era, but fifth-century BC treasures are the focus, especially the Parthenon Frieze sculptures.More
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Theatre of Dionysus

Theatre of Dionysus

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Set on the southern slope of Athens’ ancient Acropolis citadel, the Theatre of Dionysus is the open-air theater that gave the world drama as we know it. Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine, revelry, and drama, it was established in the sixth century BC but took its current form a couple of centuries later.More
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Agora of Athens

Agora of Athens

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The Agora was the political and social heart of the ancient city of Athens, and the ruins of this civic center and marketplace are among the most important archaeological sites in today’s capital. Explore this cradle of Greek democracy, including the Temple of Hephaestus and Stoa of Attalos.More

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Top activities in Athens

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

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Athens Full Day Private Tour

Athens Full Day Private Tour

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Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
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Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
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Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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Private Athens food tour
James_W, Jan 2022
Athens For Foodies: More Than A Greek Food Tour
A great way to see off the beaten path parts of Athens and taste samples of local foods.
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Beautiful city at night
anita_h, Dec 2021
Athens By Night Private Tour
We learned a lot about the recent history and got to see the beautiful city of lights before leaving on our cruise.
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Can’t miss this!
Miko_C, Dec 2021
Athens Nightlife Small Group Walking Tour
Even on a winter weekday, this experience exceeds expectations.
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Way to see Athens and enjoy all the history!
John_P, Dec 2021
Athens Full Day Private Tour
Best way to see all that Athens has to offer - our guide was fun and knowledgeable.
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Amazing!
Rachael_B, Nov 2021
Athens Full Day Private Tour
The best way to see Athens!
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Lovely spot
janine_c, Nov 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
I would have given 5 stars if the driver hadn't told some hugely unnecessary lies about other Athens attractions.
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Outstanding experience!
Gerald_U, Nov 2021
Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
She also enabled us to see a number of different areas, markets, coffee shops, and kiosks of Athens that we would not have experienced without this tour.
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Great day in Athens
Leonard_C, Nov 2021
Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)
She helped tailor our day to what we wanted to see and do and recommended several activities and restaurants for the remainder of our stay.
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Highly recommend
Lobna_A, Oct 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
This tour is also a great way to see another side of Athens - the lake is beautiful, the drive along the riviera is very scenic, and the Poseidon Temple is a must-see.
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One day in Athens
Kimmathews, Oct 2021
Athens Electric Bike Tour
It was super safe and the best way to see Athens in a couple of hours.
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Best way to see Athens.
Donna_S, Oct 2021
Athens at Night Small-Group Walking Tour with Dinner
It is a beautiful tour, great way to see Athens at night and the absolute best dinner.
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Very informative & great...
Donna_D, Sep 2021
Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Did not feel rushed to see most of the key historical sites is Athens.
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Wonderful Experience in Athens
Susan_M, Sep 2021
Athens Highlights & Ancient Corinth Full Day Private Tour
If your time is limited, this is a fantastic way to see both Athens and Corinth!
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Nice way to see parts of...
David_C, Sep 2021
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
Nice way to see parts of Athens.
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Zoila_D, Sep 2021
The Acropolis, Athens Walking City Tour and Acropolis Museum
Friends and I only had the day to see Athens and this was perfect!
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Great experience
Ashley_R, Sep 2021
Small-Group Food Tour and Wine Tasting in Athens by Night
Tasted And learned about the Greek dishes, tried amazing wines, and got to see some night life of Athens!
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No better way to see Athens
PAUL_R, Sep 2021
Athens Electric Bike Tour
This is a fantastic way to see Athens and even better at night.
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Amazing
Gevik_M, Sep 2021
Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train
Amazing place to visit, a MUST.
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Wonderful food tour
Patricia_K, Sep 2021
Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
Got to see areas of Athens we might have missed.
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We loved it!
Marcia_C, Sep 2021
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
A bike tour is a fabulous way to visit a city quickly and explore more territory than by foot.

A local’s pocket guide to Athens

Maria-Venetia Kyritsi

Maria-Venetia divides her time between the UK and Greece. Her ultimate dream is to own an eco- and pet-friendly small boutique hotel in Milos, the island she comes from.

The first thing you should do in Athens is...

download the Beat taxi app. Taxis are pretty cheap and a great way to discover less touristy areas such as Chalandri, Kifissia, Mikrolimano, and Glyfada.

A perfect Saturday in Athens...

starts with brunch at the Underdog café and a stroll along Dionysiou Areopagitou to Monastiraki’s flea market. Grab lunch at Nolan and a real Greek coffee at Kapnikarea before heading to Psyrri for Athens' best nightlife.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Acropolis. That and the nearby museum are definitely unmissable.

To discover the "real" Athens...

visit Anafiotika, a place that time forgot. Not only does it look and feel like you’re on a Greek island, you’ll get amazing views of the Acropolis.

For the best view of the city...

take the cable car to the top of Lycabettus Hill before sunset for a fab view of all the ancient monuments lighting up.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Athens is an ugly city, worth skipping over in favor of the islands. In fact, the capital has endless museums and archaeological sites, some of the best food in Greece, and unparalleled nightlife.

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