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7 Things to Explore in Athens the Heart of Greece

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Athens, Greece

Athens, the ancient city where history and modernity get together, promising a captivating tapestry of culture, cuisine, and architecture. Also it’s a great summer destination, if you are looking for more summer destinations, invite to read my post about it. Here are my recommended must-do activities in Athens, to surround yourself in the vibrant spirit of this iconic destination:

Discover the Acropolis

Begin your Athenian journey with a visit to the Acropolis, the UNESCO World Heritage site that serves as the symbol of ancient Greece. Marvel at the majestic Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, as well as other architectural wonders like the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. Wander through the Propylaea entrance and soak in panoramic views of the city below.

Explore Athens with combo ticket that includes Acropolis and 6 other archeological sites.

Wander through Plaka

Lose yourself in the maze-like streets of Plaka, Athens’ oldest neighborhood, known for its charming cobblestone alleys, neoclassical architecture, and vibrant atmosphere. Discover quaint cafes, tavernas serving traditional Greek cuisine, and boutique shops offering handmade crafts and souvenirs. If you love to draw and sketch, you will probably find the beauty you should capture in your sketchbook.

Visit the National Archaeological Museum

Delve into Greece’s rich history at the National Archaeological Museum, home to an extensive collection of artifacts spanning thousands of years. Admire treasures from ancient civilizations, including sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and the remarkable Antikythera Mechanism, often referred to as the world’s first analog computer. If you want to learn more take a private tour that includes not only the Archeological Museum, but Museum of Cycladic Art.

Experience Ancient Agora

Step back in time as you explore the Ancient Agora, the bustling marketplace and political center of ancient Athens. Stroll through the ruins of temples, stoas, and government buildings, including the iconic Temple of Hephaestus. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Stoa of Attalos, a reconstructed ancient building that now houses a museum showcasing artifacts from the Agora.

Plan your visit to Ancient Agora in advance here.

Marvel at the Panathenaic Stadium

Stand in awe of the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as the Kallimarmaro, the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. This ancient stadium hosted the Panathenaic Games and was restored to host the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Challenge your self and become a part of the Olympic Games Workout. Train like a champion in an historic 19th century gym and learn the history of Ancient Olympic Games.

Try Greek Cuisine

Treat your taste buds to the flavors of Greece with a culinary journey through Athens’ bustling food scene. Sample classic dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki, and spanakopita at traditional tavernas or explore modern interpretations of Greek cuisine at innovative restaurants. Don’t forget to sip on a refreshing glass of ouzo or enjoy a Greek coffee at a local cafe.

Enjoy the flavors of Greece through a market visit and cooking class.

Hike up Mount Lycabettus

Lace up your hiking boots and go on a scenic trek up Mount Lycabettus, the highest point in Athens, offering panoramic views of the city below. Alternatively, take the funicular railway for a leisurely ascent to the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas stretching all the way to the Saronic Gulf. Also you can take a walking tour with best panoramic views.

From ancient wonders to modern delights, Athens invites you to go on a journey of discovery, where every corner reveals a piece of its storied past and vibrant present. Prepare to be charmed by this legendary city at the crossroads of history and civilization.

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Grand Hyatt Athens
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