Though our visit was brief, Audrey and I still made it our mission to see as many sights and attractions as possible around Athens, Greece. We set out to visit temples and ruins steeped in history, but along the way we also discovered that the Greek capital is a city with a pretty cool vibe, lots of art, and great food. This video guide will showcase 20 things to do in Athens, Greece:
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1) Parthenon (Παρθενών – Παρθενώνας)
2) Erechtheion (Erechtheum) Ἐρέχθειον – Ερέχθειο)
3) The Philopappos Monument (Μνημείο Φιλοπάππου) on Mouseion Hill
4) Traditional Greek Food (Greek Salad, Saganaki and Moussaka)
5) Mount Lycabettus (Lykabettos or Lykavittos – Λυκαβηττός)
6) Night views of Athens
7) Temple of Zeus at Olympia
8) Arch of Hadrian (Αψίδα του Αδριανού – Hadrian’s Gate)
9) Monastiraki Flea Market & Vintage Market
10) Greek Street Food (Souvlaki – σουβλάκι and Gyro Pita – γύρος)
11) Street Art in Psirri (Psyri or Psiri or Psyrri or Psirri – Ψυρρή ή Ψυρή)
12) Kerameikos Cemetery (Νεκροταφείο Κεραμικού)
13) Changing of the Guard
14) National Garden (Royal Garden – Εθνικός Κήπος)
15) Athens Central Market – Agora
16) Agora (Ἀγορά Agorá)
17) Acropolis Museum (Μουσείο Ακρόπολης)
18) Plaka (Pláka – Πλάκα)
19) Hadrian’s Library
20) Greek Cooking Class (Learning how to make Greek Food and Greek Cuisine)
We sincerely hope this travel guide to Athens, Greece is a good primer and introduction to Greek culture, Greek Food (Greek Cuisine), and numerous attractions and things to do and see in the city. We cover arts, entertainment, museums and architecture we feel is worth exploring. In terms of tourism this travel video attempts to take you to all of the famous sites as well as many of the off-the-beaten-path spots you may have otherwise missed out on.
Athens (Greek: Αθήνα, Athína – Ἀθῆναι)
20 Things to do in Athens Greece Top Attractions Travel Guide Transcript:
Well, good afternoon from sunny Athens. We are currently exploring the Greek capital. We recently actually spent a few days traveling around Meteora and now we’re finishing up our trip here in Athens. We’ve got two full days to explore the city which isn’t a lot of time but we’re going to try to do our best.
Our first stop was one of the most recognized sights in Athens – the Parthenon, which was dedicated to the goddess Athena who was seen as the patron of Athens.
After sunset we lingered atop Mount Lycabettus for some night views of the city before taking the funicular down to the bottom. Seeing the Acropolis all lit up at night was a pretty cool sight!
Next up we visited the Temple of Zeus which once housed the statue of Zeus, and was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
When it comes to shopping, there are a few different options. We made our way to Monastiraki, which is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. Here we visited both the Flea Market and the antique shops in the area.
The Agora was the central spot in ancient Greek city-states, and it is where people gathered.
So we are wrapping up our time here in Athens. Any surprises or final thoughts to share? Yeah, something that really surprised me were just the amount of stray animals that I saw on the streets.
I also thought there was really good dining options as well. We had a number of really good Greek meals and also some really good International food too.
Final thoughts, I think this is a really underrated capital in Europe. A lot like Warsaw in Poland so if you have an opportunity to visit Athens in Greece definitely do so.
So what did you think of Athens? Well, I thought it was a really cool city and I actually had a great time here. It kind of reminded me a little bit of Tel Aviv with the Mediterranean feel but also Berlin because it is very artsy and gritty. So it’s a really cool place to check out. Great food, lots of attractions. You have a mix of antiquity with urban.
And that’s a wrap for Athens! We hope you enjoyed this city guide and that it’ll come in handy when you plan your own trip.
This is part of our Travel in Greece series. We’re making a series of videos showcasing Greek culture, Greek arts, Greek foods & Greek cuisine.