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You've come to this ancient city, but only have one day to see it! Never fear, you can still pack in plenty of popular highlights, plus some of the best off-the-beaten-track spots – simply follow my suggestions.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

8 Places

6 City Tips

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8 Places

Acropolis

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Acropolis Museum

History Museums

Psirri

Neighbourhoods

Areopagus

Geologic Formations, Historic Sites

Plateia Syntagmatos

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Plaka

Neighbourhoods

Gazi

Neighbourhoods

Tzitzikas kai Mermigas

Restaurants

Athina1_12's City Tips

  • A one-day travel pass is valid on all modes of transport: Metro, bus and trolley.
  • Wear comfortable trainers for walking.
  • If you're coming from Port of Piraeus, simply take the Green Line metro from Piraeus to Monastiraki – no changes are necessary. In about 20 minutes you're in the city centre.
  • Carry plenty of drinking water with you. If you run out, bottled water is cheap.
  • Women should cover shoulders and knees if going into a church.
  • Athens "fast food" is the infamous souvlaiki: Whilst not strictly healthy, it's delicious and makes an authentic change from the Western-style burger meal.
  • Acropolis
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Athina1_12 Says:

    This world-famous ancient monument is top of the list for anyone in Athens for just one day.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Avoid visiting in the middle of the day and in the height of summer – especially August – to skip the worst of the heat.
    • Why not take the weight off your feet and visit with a Segway Tour? It's a fun modern way to see the ancient sites.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 322 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Athens visit without the Acropolis unthinkable 27/02/2020
    • Historically amazing 27/02/2020
    • Acropolis
    Address:
    via Dionysiou Areopagitou str.
    Athens 105 58
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 4172
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Acropolis Museum
    History Museums
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    Athina1_12 Says:

    Located right by the Acropolis metro station and housed in a beautifully designed structure. While away a couple of hours learning more about the ancient Greeks.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The entrance fee is great value, and on certain Greek public holidays, it's free.
    • The second floor cafe/restaurant offers great food and panoramic views of the Acropolis.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 322 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • INTERESTING 27/02/2020
    • World-class museum. 26/02/2020
    • Acropolis Museum
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
    Athens 117 42
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0900 0900
    Other:
  • Psirri
    Neighbourhoods
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    Athina1_12 Says:

    Wander around the streets of Psiri – near Monastiraki – and marvel at the street art on display in Aischylou Street. Plus, the hidden side streets here offer plenty of little cafes, where you can sit for a while and sip your freddo cappucino whilst watching the world go by. Popular with local Athenians, this is the perfect neighbourhood in which to experience a different, more everyday side of city life.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't be afraid of getting "lost" – that's usually the best way to find beauty.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 322 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Greeks are guilty of greed and Dirt 25/02/2020
    • Wonder around this area 22/01/2020
    • Psirri
  • Areopagus
    Geologic Formations, Historic Sites
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    Athina1_12 Says:

    Located just below the Acropolis, Mars Hill offers the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a 360 degree view of Athens, as far as Piraeus Port and nearby islands. Relax here and reflect, knowing that you are following in the footsteps of the ancients...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Come here for sunrise or sunset.
    • Bring a bottle of wine and your favourite person! It can be quite romantic.
    • Choose to climb the slippery ancient marble steps or the newer steel ones up to the hill. While it's not steep, wear sensible shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 322 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free and great views 08/02/2020
    • SPECTACULAR BUT BE CAREFUL OF SLIPPERY ROCKS 01/01/2020
    • Areopagus
    Other:
  • Plateia Syntagmatos
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Athina1_12 Says:

    An abundance of coffee shops and hustle bustle, Constitution Square is still worthy of a stop-off to view the changing of the Evzones (Guards).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Sunday at 11am is the main changing spectacle. Be sure to get there early as it will get crowded.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 322 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit to see changing of the guards 24/02/2020
    • Main attraction 29/01/2020
    • Plateia Syntagmatos
    Address:
    Leoforos Vassilissis Amalias
    Athens 105 63
    Greece
  • Plaka
    Neighbourhoods
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    Athina1_12 Says:

    Wander around the busy streets of this ancient area at the base of the Acropolis. Pause at one of the various coffee shops on offer and browse the Greek goods on sale.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Allow yourself to take a "wrong turn" – you'll find some wonderful hidden gems with fantastic architectural designs.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 322 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely area 27/02/2020
    • Amazing place 26/02/2020
    • Plaka
    Other:
  • Gazi
    Neighbourhoods
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    Athina1_12 Says:

    Once the old gasworks neighbourhood of Athens, today Gazi is home to a museum and the entire area has been re-generated to accommodate trendy bars, coffee shops, clubs and tavernas, as well as various art outlets.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Once a month, the Meet Market gathers over a weekend to showcase and sell the creations of local artists, designers, DJs and independent businesses. Great for alternative gifts.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 322 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely neighborhood 10/08/2019
    • Plenty nightlife but not much life at the clubs "bars" 04/08/2019
    • Gazi
    Address:
    Voutadon Street
    Kerameikos Metro Station
    Athens
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0341 3395
    Other:
  • Tzitzikas kai Mermigas
    Restaurants (Greek)
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    Athina1_12 Says:

    Round off a day of exploring with a meal at this fabulous 'Ant and the Cricket' restaurant. Operating for over 50 years, O Tzitzikas Ke O Mermigkas offers much more than your typical grilled meats or Greek salad.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • The chicken masticato (made from mastic in a cream sauce) on a nest of pastry is my favourite.
    • Do as the Greeks do and order many appetizers to share: saganaki, fried aubergine, and calamari to name but a few.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #227 of 2,593 restaurants in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Recurring guest 23/02/2020
    • Herzliche Gastfreundschaft - wundervolles Essen! 19/02/2020
    • Tzitzikas kai Mermigas
    Address:
    Mitropoleos 12-14
    Syntagma
    Athens 10431
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 7607
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$29
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    1:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    1:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
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