This list of places to visit in Athens Essentials will help you get to know a city with more than 3,000 years of history and cradle of Western civilization.
It is common to hear that Athens is a city, that as soon as you step on it, you love it or hate it. We can say that after spending three days in the city, we are sure that if you dedicate enough time to tour neighborhoods like Plaka, Monastiraki and Psiri, you will end up loving her and wanting to return.
In addition to its old neighborhoods, in the city you will find important archaeological sites, of which the Acropolis stands out, endless markets, incredible viewpoints or Orthodox churches, which together with the friendliness of its people and, one of the best gastronomies in the world, will turn your trip to Athens and Greece in general, in a whole discovery.
So based on our experience, in the time we spent in this city during our trip to Greece, we have made a list of what we think, are the 10 essential places to see in Athens. We start!
1. The Acropolis
The Acropolis, located on a peak over 150 meters high, is the most important place in Athens and one of the essential places to see in Greece.
Despite being in an easy position to defend, it has been ransacked and destroyed numerous times throughout its history, although thanks to the different restorations you can get a fairly accurate idea of the importance it had during the classical era.
Most of its buildings, such as the imposing Parthenon, were built during the time of Pericles (from 499 BC to 429 BC) and in addition to the Parthenon, other buildings such as the entrance to the Propylaea, the Dionysus Theater, the building also stand out. Odeon of Herod Attic, the temple of Erechtheion and that of Athena Niké.
After our experience, we recommend you to enter early, open at 8 in the morning, to go straight to the top and enjoy the Parthenon and the other temples with the greatest tranquility.
After touring all the old buildings and seeing the magnificent views that are obtained from the city, you can go down to see other archaeological remains, which are in the site.
After leaving the Acropolis we recommend climbing the small Areopagus mount, with good views of the Acropolis, both during the day and at the time of sunset.
To complete the visit nothing better than entering the impressive Acropolis Museum, another of the places to visit in Athens, in which important pieces of the different buildings of the Acropolis are conserved, including the impressive Caryatids.
A great opportunity to learn about the history of the most interesting monuments of the city is to book this guided tour in Spanish or this one that includes the guided tour of the Acropolis Museum.
If you do not want to take a guided tour you can book this access ticket through the southern entrance of the Acropolis or this ticket to enter the Museum, in both you will enter without queuing.
Visiting hours of the Acropolis: every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (summer).
Museum visiting hours: Mondays from 8 am to 4 pm; from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Fridays it closes at 10 p.m.
2. Plaka Neighborhood
Located at the foot of the Acropolis, the picturesque Plaka neighborhood is another of the places to visit in Athens. This neighborhood, the oldest in the city, still retains the charm of traditional Greece with narrow streets, beautiful facades of 19th-century buildings and ancient taverns where you can devour a good moussaka, a gyro, some olives or the typical Greek yogurt.
And although this neighborhood, in recent times has become a very popular area, which also abounds with souvenir shops and terraces with a more tourist and less quality menu, you just have to leave the streets a little more Central to find that charming neighborhood of yesteryear again.
When you are here, keep in mind that next to Plaka, on the slope of the Acropolis, is the small Anaphiotic neighborhood, with its small white and blue houses, which will take you for a moment to the beautiful villages of the Greek islands .
We recommend walking early in the morning or at sunset, through the labyrinthine streets of the upper Plaka, avoiding crowds, and ending up on a terrace serving traditional Greek food.
Map of the places to see in Athens essential
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