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What to Do in Athens: Must See Attractions

Athens Attractions

Has the glorious city of Greece, the gem known as Athens, filled your dreams? Have you had a fantasy to take Athens tours, visiting all of the attractions in Athens? This Mediterranean wonder is ripe for the picking. You only have one life to live. Don't put off traveling to one of the world's dearest, top destinations. Make a list of all of the things to do in Athens, take a look at the map to plot out all of your Athens excursions, and you'll find no shortage of things to do in Athens.

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When you head to Athens, you'll want to make sure you see the tourist spots and local top picks as well. No one will argue that history, architecture, and archaeology take center stage in this marvel of a city. You'll need to make a pilgrimage to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Areopagus, the Ancient Agora of Athens, Kerameikos, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Round out your visit to the past at the Temple of Hephaestus, Pnyx, Monastiraki, the Arch of Hadrian, the Stoa of Attalos, and the Prytaneion.

You can also step into modern times when helps you to find all of Athens' hidden treasures. Go cruising on the sea in one of the many rental boats that will let you be at the helm or let a tour service bring you around to all of the best sites while you sit back and relax. Shop in the boutiques in the Mall Athens and bring back a piece of Greece when your trip is over. Enjoy fine dining in one of the many establishments that will allow you to eat like the natives. Visit the quaint towns of Kolonaki and Plaka. When you've had your fill for the day, come back to a wonderful room, allowing to help you find the perfect accommodations. Set sail now and put Athens on your horizon in the near future.

Things to Do in Athens with Kids

Athens is a great destination for a family break. Take the little ones along and try these popular family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Athens

There's no need to constantly reach for your wallet in Athens. The following won't even cost a penny.

Exile Museum - Brimming with displays and artifacts, this place is heaven for knowledge-hungry minds.

Deste Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art - Spend a little time here and gain an insight into the cultural and artistic side of the region.

General State Archives - Stop by this modern local landmark and admire its unique design.

Stoa of Attalos - Stop at this historic landmark and experience a slice of the area's cultural heritage.

Avissinias Square - Get to know some of the local residents and seek out the real personality and energy of this delightful place.

Monastiraki Flea Market - Organize a visit and discover the importance of this place to the locals.

Tzisdarakis Mosque - Do some soul searching or simply lose yourself in the peaceful ambiance at this holy place.

Mars HIll - Unwind and let the natural beauty here revitalize your mind.

Plato's Academy Park - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some nibbles and find a cozy spot to appreciate Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Athens

Athens City Centre

Known for its fascinating museums, charming cafés, and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Athens City Centre. Top attractions like Syntagma Square and Acropolis are major draws. Catch the metro at Panepistimio Station or Syntagma Station to see more of the city.

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Enjoy this historical Athens hub that offers extensive shopping and dining, intermingled with ancient attractions such as the library of Adrianos.



Visitors to Monastiraki love its fantastic nightlife, and you can check out Ermou Street and Monastiraki Flea Market. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Monastiraki Station.

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Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Kolonaki. If sightseeing is on the list, Mount Lycabettus is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Megaro Moussikis Station or Evangelismos Station to see more of the area.



The abundant dining options and interesting museums are just a few top-rate features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Omonia Square or National Theatre of Greece while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Omonoia Station to get around town.



Visitors to Koukaki love its fascinating museums, and you can check out Acropolis Museum and Emotions Museum of Childhood. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Akropoli Station.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Athens on a sunny day?

What to do in Athens on a rainy day?

If it's raining cats and dogs during your visit, shake off your umbrella and have a go at these appealing indoor activities:

What is Athens famous for?

With lots of landmarks like these to discover, your most difficult decision will be where to start:

  • Acropolis Museum
  • Parthenon
  • Ancient Agora of Athens
  • Hellenic Parliament

What should I not miss in Athens?

If you're eager to explore the best of this place, add these sights to your itinerary:

  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Monastiraki Flea Market
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Are there cheap things to do in Athens?

What can you do in Athens for free?

Your time away in Athens needn't cost a bundle with free things like these to explore:

  • Hellenic Parliament
  • Roman Agora
  • Monastiraki Flea Market
  • Arch of Hadrian