Athens, Greece Travel Guide
Athens became very popular destination due its ancient ruins, Greek sunset and Mediterranean coastline. And did you know that this is where democracy began. If you are a sunset lover like me, there are a lot of stunning places in Athens that will give you the feeling as if being transported to a Grecian myth.
The Acropolis Museum
One of the focal point of Athens, where you will have a glimpse of the Ancient Greece in one place. Right before the museums’ entrance, the floor is made of glass that allows you to see what’s underneath, displaying some remains of the Acropolis and a guided tour is scheduled at specific time of the day.
The museums’ security is strictly imposing no photos/videos within the restricted zones. But there are areas where cameras are allowed. We also tried the famous traditional greek coffee at the museums’ restaurant and zucchini pasta.
Acropolis (Parthenon, Propylaia, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike)
No one should miss the most famous Ancient Greece building surviving for almost 2,500 years. The location is accessible by bus, car or cab but the best way to reach the point is by feet. The scenery you will encounter while ascending is worth the heat and sweet. We had a chance to enter to an open air movie theater, though they were still busy preparing the area the owner allowed us to take few photos. During summer when the sunset takes longer, sunset viewing within the Acropolis’ premises is not permitted as the area closes around 5 or 6 in the afternoon. Just after exiting Acropolis, nearby is the Mars hill/ Aeropagus where most of the locals are hanging around till the sun sets.
Odoen of Herodes Atticus
Considered as Athens’ most majestic open air theater built on 161 AD. It is located just beneath the slopes of Southwest Acropolis. Remember that they have “no heels policy” for those who will enter the theater and watch a performance.
Monastiraki Flea Market and Central Market
These districts are perfect area for souvenir hunting, greek sweet deals and anything that is made from/ of olives. Make sure you practice the art of haggling. Store owners tend to hand out freebies for loads of purchases. If you plan to buy Greece inspired magnets, keychains or figurines, don’t just give in into the deals and displays along the road or opening of the market, because it gets cheaper once you’re inside the market.
Plaka and Syntagma Square
Is under the slopes of Acropolis, famous for the row of restaurants, bars, street musicians, people selling hand-made jewelries, and the old greek structures accentuated with artistic wall paintings.After a watching splendid sunset at Parthenon, walk down the streets of Plaka which displays typical nights in Athens, full of night street vendors, souvenir shops and children playing along the street corners. Don’t forget to have your dinner or even just a walk along the famous lanes of restaurants boasting the fascinating view of the illuminated Parthenon at night.
Plaka stretches to Syntagma Square, where the parliament house is located. Outside the parliament, the changing of the guard that took place once every hour is one of its attractions.
Famous hill which is included in various greek legends. Like the Acropolis, Lycabettus delivers one of the best point to have a panoramic view of entire Athens and amazing sunset. As the sun illuminates each structure everything come to glow and as the city light starts to turn on the city will come to life. The hill is accessible by hiking or riding the famous Lycabettus Funicular.
Check booking.coms’ offers from various hotels, hostels to guest houses. We stayed in a quite unique hotel, Cocomat, located at Patriarchou Loakim. The hotel’s front desk is at the basement and the ground floor is a literal furniture shop. (Cocomat Hotel Review)
The district of Loakim is quite accessible to areas like parks, Evangelismos subway station, coffee shops, shopping streets, restaurants and night life. If you love walking, Lycabettus Hill is a walking distance from the area passing the hallways and stairs of old greek villages.
Staying within Loakim is already perfect for food lovers or those who are looking for authentic greek cuisine. We actually tried one sushi bar, the Yoko Sushi & Bento which is just across the hotel, their sushi was good and the owner was very hands-on, he even chatted with us reminiscing his travel to Japan and how they are improving their sushi to make the taste more authentic. I’m so sorry but i forgot his name, he surprised us with a free piece of greek style cheesecake. Aren’t Greeks friendly? (Yoko Sushi Bar & Bento review)
Any other interesting suggestions #wheinAthens?