Athens: Top things to do and see
Athens, the capital of Greece, definitely has a gigantic historical meaning. Several legends about the Greece gods and goddesses are known all over the world. One goddess is even responsible for the name of Athens. Nowadays, the Greek capital is a great destination for those interested in culture and history as many of the antic relics still exist. But what’s really worth seeing and doing in Athens?
Watch the sunset at Mount Lycabettus
Lycabettus is a mount – well, hill – in Athens which is remarkable in the skyline. Even though you might hope that there is nothing important up there so that you don’t have to climb it, I have to disappoint you: There is.
Not only is Mount Lycabettus found in several legends, but also is the Chapel of St. George up there. However, it is definitely more impressive to enjoy breathtaking views of Athens which is even more beautiful when the sun sets.
It is up to you whether you climb the hill or use the Teleferik.
Search for “hidden” relics throughout Athens
When exploring different parts of Athens and strolling around in the alleys, keep an eye out for “hidden” relics.
In between the buzzling life, there are historical places with ancient pillars for example.
Climb the Acropolis in morning hours
The Acropolis is a must do, ain’t it? However, everyone wants to see it and believe me, Athens is a very touristic city.
But as you can enjoy amazing views from the Acropolis as well and the cultural and historical aspect cannot be denied, I suppose you get up early and climb the acropolis in the morning hours. Like this, it will be less crowded and the day can be used to the utmost!
Enjoy panoramas of Athens
Athens is no city like any other. Especially the Greek style of architecture and the white houses are worth a special mention.
Thus, just don’t miss holding on for a second and look around when you are up high and have the chance. 360° over Athens depending on where you are!
Admire the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Odeon of Herodes Atticus is comparable to a theater.
Even if not as old as the Theater of Dionysos which is considered as the oldest theater of the world, Odeon of Herodes Atticus can be admired from the top as it is located near Acropolis.
Travel time with Erechtheum and Parthenon
Have you ever dreamed of travelling back in time? Well, when seeing Erechtheum, you will probably feel like doing it. Lonely upon Acropolis, Erechtheum is a Greek Temple which has been built in the 5th century BC!
Same goes for Parthenon.
However, Parthenon got partly destroyed in the 17th century.
Buy water and stay hydrated
Except for winter which means the months December to March, it is pretty hot in Athens in average, especially in summer where 40° Celsius are nothing unusual.
Thus, always have a bottle of water with you whilst exploring. Thanks to a law, a bottle of water (half a liter) always cost 50 cents, whether at McDonald’s or on the street.
Stay outside the Panathinaiko Stadium
After most likely having paid for getting up Acropolis or using the Teleferik or seeing any other historical relic, just stay outside the Panathinaiko Stadium.
Honestly, it looked great from the outside, so no need to go that extra mile and spend that extra money on that. Rather buy a well-deserved ice cream.