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Make it like an Athenian

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Few people visiting Greece spend more than 3 days in Athens. They understandably prefer to visit more charming places (mostly summer resorts). However Athens can be still charming, and if you have some money and time to spend, it can be really entertaining, both in terms of culture and fun. This is just an indicative guide as to how you could get the best out of your time for this purpose.

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  • Friends
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer

13 Places

5 City Tips

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13 Places

Day 1

Acropolis

Ancient Ruins

Acropolis Museum

Speciality Museums

Herod Atticus Odeon

Historic Sites, Theatres

Strofi

Restaurants

Day 2

Panathenaic Stadium

Arenas & Stadiums

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues

Plaka

Neighbourhoods

Monastiraki

Neighbourhoods

Galaxy Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Day 3

National Archaeological Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

Kolonaki Square

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Megaron Concert Hall

Concerts, Theatres

Balthazar

Restaurants

Christos T's City Tips

  • Use Trip Advisor reviews for finding nice places to eat - avoid cheap local cuisine restaurants unless highly recommended.
  • Must Areas : Kolonaki and Syntagma for shopping, Plaka & Thission (old Athens) for strolling around and snacks, Vouliagmeni for summer-swims
  • Even if you are not fond of cultural sites, visit Acropolis (and the new Museum) and if you have more time on this, Cape Sounion Temple and the Archaeological Museum.
  • The Athens tube (Metro) is superb and modern (due to the Olympic Games of 2004) - and inexpensive. Use it . Avoid Buses. Taxis are just OK.
  • Stay downown, there are many options in the suburbs or just out of the main city center but I would advise that you stay within the greater Syntagma - Kolonaki - Ilissia area.
    Day 1
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    Acropolis
    Ancient Ruins
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    Christos T Says:

    One of the finest arcaelogical sites of the world - simply divine.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 341 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning! 24/05/2018
    • Must-Do when in Athens! 24/05/2018
    • Acropolis
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 4172
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Acropolis Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Christos T Says:

    One of the finest museums in the world, a modern architectural miracle facing the original temple of Parthenon (Acropolis) and only a 10min walk from the site.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 341 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Leisure 24/05/2018
    • Great place 23/05/2018
    • Acropolis Museum
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
    Athens 117 42
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0900 0900
    Other:
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    Herod Atticus Odeon
    Historic Sites, Theatres
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    Christos T Says:

    See a concert or dance performance in one of your evenings and you will see why.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 341 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great sight to visit 17/05/2018
    • Excellently preserved and a must visit 10/05/2018
    • Herod Atticus Odeon
    Address:
    Dionissiou Areopagitou
    Athens
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 1807
    Other:
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    Strofi
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek)
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    Christos T Says:

    Facing Acropolis and with fine dining in one of the oldest tavernas (now more a restaurant) in this charming neighbourhood.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #132 of 2,172 restaurants in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect dinner! 23/05/2018
    • Excellent restaurant with superb views 20/05/2018
    • Strofi
    Address:
    25 Galli Rovertou
    Acropolis
    Athens 117 42
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0921 4130
    Price range:
    US$41 - US$47
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Panathenaic Stadium
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Christos T Says:

    The old stadium which was totally renovated back in 1896 to host the first Modern Olympic Games.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 341 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • history of sport 23/05/2018
    • Great place! 22/05/2018
    • Panathenaic Stadium
    Address:
    Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue
    Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue, 999-20
    Athens 999-20
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0752 2985
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues
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    Christos T Says:

    Standing there and staring at the Attic sun and ancient area, gives you the absolute sensation of how ancient Athens would be.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 341 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quick but nice visit 24/05/2018
    • Beautiful views and ancient Ruins! 24/05/2018
    • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Address:
    Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas
    Leoforos Amalias
    Athens 105 57
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 698 363 2499
    Other:
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    Plaka
    Neighbourhoods
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    Christos T Says:

    The old city of Athens, full of picturesque neighbourhoods and ruins, always pleasant to stroll around.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 341 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great shopping area 24/05/2018
    • Asics 23/05/2018
    • Plaka
    Other:
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    Monastiraki
    Neighbourhoods
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    Christos T Says:

    Close to Plaka and other historical sites, gives you also a twist of Byzantine and Ottoman eras.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 341 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Traditional Greek! 24/05/2018
    • Hive of activity 23/05/2018
    • Monastiraki
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 3237
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    Galaxy Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants (Bar, Mediterranean, European)
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    Christos T Says:

    Superb views of the city and nice cocktails & snacks at the Hilton Athens Roof Bar.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #171 of 2,172 restaurants in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Could not belive the rudness 19/05/2018
    • The best rooftop restaurant in Athens 01/05/2018
    • Galaxy Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    46 Leoforos Vassilissis Sofias
    Hilton Athens
    Athens 115 28
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0728 1402
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    19:30 - 01:00
    Fri - Sat
    19:30 - 01:30
    Other:
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    National Archaeological Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Christos T Says:

    The best museum after the New Acropolis Museum with many exhibits and totally refurbished after the Olympic Games of 2004.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 341 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive Ancient Greek History Collection 24/05/2018
    • Great collection, pity about the museum 23/05/2018
    • National Archaeological Museum
    Address:
    Patision 44
    Athens 106 82
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 3214 4800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Kolonaki Square
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Christos T Says:

    All time classic, full of trendy places (cafes and restauants) and ideal for shopping. Also fine for your evening/nights in Athens (trendy clubs).

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 341 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Upper Class Square - Escape the Hustle and Bustle 29/04/2018
    • High class 27/02/2018
    • Kolonaki Square
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    Megaron Concert Hall
    Concerts, Theatres
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    Christos T Says:

    One of the finest Concert Halls in Europe, with also nice performances outdoors (in the gardens) during the summer. Nice resto inside.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 42 Concerts & Shows in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fraud really a big shame 04/03/2018
    • Van Gogh live (and tell...) 22/01/2018
    • Megaron Concert Hall
    Address:
    Vassilissis Sofias Ave
    Athens 999-20
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0728 2333
    Other:
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    Balthazar
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek)
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    Christos T Says:

    An old and very nice Athenian House and Garden converted to a summert resto and club.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #226 of 2,172 restaurants in Athens
    • Birthday dinner ruinned 08/05/2018
    • one of the best bar/ restaurants in one of the best gardens of the city ! 07/05/2018
    • Balthazar
    Address:
    27 Tsocha Anastassiou
    Athens 115 21
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0644 1215
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$59
    Hours:
    Mon
    00:00 - 02:00
    20:00 - 00:00
    Tue - Fri
    20:00 - 02:00
    Sat
    00:00 - 02:00
    20:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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