Athens is one of the most beautiful cities where you can do more than 170 different activities during your stay. In order to visit all the following places in Athens and nearby areas you should dedicate 15-20 days. That’s why we have prepared you an extensive list of the best things to do in Athens.
Next time you will visit Greece do not forget to stay more days in Athens, the homeland of democracy.
This is the ultimate guide with more than 170 things to do in Athens.
Athens, the city where the democracy and the civilization were born, is considered to be the most ancient and historic capital of all Europe. There you can find lots of things to do, and it does not matter if you don’t like history, because besides that, there are many different things you could do during your vacations there. Just keep reading and you will see!
Athens is the capital of Greece, a country that belongs to the European Union since 1981. It is characterized by all the monuments and archaeological sites that are located in the city, but also by its exceptional night life. Actually, some say that it is the most active city of all Europe by night. These are some of the reasons why it is a city that attracts so many tourists every year.
Visit the Acropolis.
The first thing that anyone should do when going to Athens should be to visit the Acropolis. It was built by the Athenians, who were following the lead of Perikles, just after beating the Persians in 490 BC at the battle of Marathon. The most known monument in the Acropolis is the Parthenon, the temple that was dedicated to the goddess Athena. The architects that were in charge of this monument were Kallikrates and Iktinos. In addition, there was the sculptor Pheidias, who was in charge of the decorations of the Parthenon.
Apart from the Parthenon, you will find many other monuments inside the Acropolis, like for example the Propylaia, which is the “gate” of the entire Acropolis and was built by Mnesikles, then there is the temple of Athena Nike, which was constructed by the architect Kallikrates, and finally the Erechtheion, mostly known by the 6 Karyatides, which are female statues that take the role of columns. Nonetheless, it must be mentioned that 5 of the real Karyatides are in the Acropolis Museum and 1 of them is in the British Museum. Those in the Acropolis are not the real ones.
Visit the Mars hill (Areopagus).
The Mars hill is known because of its beautiful view. From there you can see the Acropolis from behind and most part of Athens. Actually, it is the perfect place to have a drink during the summer, as most people prefer to sit outside instead of closing themselves inside a bar. It is a public place and you don’t have to pay anything to go there! The one thing that everyone should be careful about is the rocks. There are so many rocks that the floor is irregular, thus, people have to be very careful when walking up there.
Visit the Acropolis museum.
After leaving the Acropolis, have a walk at the Dionisiou Aeropagitou Street and there you will find the Acropolis Museum. It opened during the summer in 2009. There were two architects in charge of the design of the museum, and those were Michael Photiadis and Bernard Tschumi.
It has been divided in three different floors. On the ground floor you will find the “Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis”. There you will notice that the floor has been made of glass, so that visitors can see the slopes found during the archaeological excavations. Around of the room you will find a variety of daily objects that were used by ancient Greeks.
On the first floor, there is the “Archaic Acropolis Gallery”. In this gallery, visitors have the opportunity to live a three dimensional experience, as they are able to observe all the sculptures from different angles. Something that is also benefitted by the natural light that gets into the room, as some of the walls is made of glass.
Finally, there is the third floor, where you will find the “Parthenon Gallery”. There is the frieze of the Parthenon in the center of the room, and visitors are able to observe real details, like for example figures of horses, other animals and humans from that time. It must be mentioned that the length of this frieze is 160 meters, and only 50 meters are in the Acropolis Museum, while 80 meters are in the British Museum and many other fragments are located in different museums around the world.
Make an one day tour at Mycenae and Epidaurus.
Many tour companies offer this one day tour, as tourists are very satisfied with the sightseeing they offer!
First of all, you will visit the canal of Corinth, then there is the Epidaurus theatre, where you will be able to sit in the ruins and experience the eco of the theatre, next is Nafplio, which was the first capital of Greece, and finally you will visit Mycenae, where you will walk through the ruins of the palace of Agamemnon, the king who destroyed Troy.
Most tour companies offer tours with or without lunch. The most recommended is to take a tour with lunch, as many people say it is cheaper than eating by yourselves at the touristic locations. However, it depends on your preferences.
As usual, there are special prices for families and groups above 4 people, and the entrance fees for the archaeological sites are usually included in the general price. As it was already said, it depends on what program you will take.
Make an one day tour at Delfi.
Like for the one day tour at Mycenae and Epidaurus, there are lots of tour companies that have arrangements for one day tours at Delfi with special offers!
There you will see the heart of Ancient Greece, the oracle, the Amphitheatre, the Temple of Apollo, the god of the Sun and of the light, and finally the museum of Delfi.
Some tours include also a visit to the beautiful village Arachova, where you will be able to relax, eat or drink something. Nonetheless, you must know that Arachova is the top destination for tourists and Greeks during the winter.
A one day tour at Delfi is something that no one who goes to Greece should miss!
Visit the Temple of Poseidon at cape Sounion.
Focusing on mythology, the first thing you will find at cape Sounion is the temple of Poseidon, who was considered to be the god of the sea by the ancient Greeks. The myth says that when the son of the king Aegeus went to fight the Minotaur in Crete, he agreed with his father that in case that he wins the Minotaur, he was going to raise a white flag. If not, the father would be able to understand from far away that his son would have been killed. The tragic part of the story is that Theseus, the son of the king Aegeus, did win the Minotaur but he simply forgot to raise the white flag. Thus, the father filled with pain, threw himself into the sea.
Visit the cape Sounion.
Leaving the mythology aside, you should visit the cape Sounion on a sunny day, so that you can take a bath on the beach too. The cape Sounion is known because of having the best beaches in all Attica. There are also many tavernas where you will be able to have dinner while watching the sunset and the amazing temple of Poseidon. Two of the tavernas that are mostly recommended are the Marida restaurant and the Elias Fish Restaurant.
Take a traditional Greek food cooking lesson.
If you really want to get into the Greek culture you should definitely try a Greek food cooking lesson!
Most of the courses offer lessons from recognized Greek chefs, with whom you will be able to learn secrets from the Greek cuisine, eat your creations with a cup of Greek wine and take some recipes to your country as well!
Some organizations offer 3 hours lessons and other offer programs, which last 1 or 2 whole days. Those are usually offered in islands, where they give you a tour of the local winery and brewery.
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Visit the Ancient Agora.
The Ancient Agora is located in the center of Athens and there was carried out many daily activities such as commercial, political, social and administrative. It became a public area in the 6th century. After that, there were many renovations that gave the building the rectangular shape it has now.
Since 1859 many excavations have been carried out by lots of organizations such as the Greek Archaeological Society, the German Archaeological Institute and the American School of Classical studies. All this organizations have helped to the restoration and preservation of the Ancient Agora till today.
If you want to take a look at the Ancient Agora you will have to buy a ticket, which costs 8 euros. However, there is a reduced ticket that costs 4 euros and it is for Greek citizens, citizens from other European Union member, people aged above 65 and of course students.
Visit the Plaka district.
At Plaka you will see many restaurants and small shops with leather shoes and bags, jewelry and even paints!
Plaka is one of the most ancient neighborhoods of all Athens and it is located below the Acropolis, which is considered to be the “sacred rock of the gods”. Thus, it is also known as the neighborhood of the gods. It is characterized by its neoclassical houses, buildings, small roads and jasmines.
Famous films have been filmed there, and not only greek ones, but foreign too. The most known cafés are the ones called “Yiasemi”, which means jasmine and th other one is “Anafiotika”. Those too located at some scales that you surely have seen in movies! There are also good quality reataurants like the “Electra Palace Restaurant” and other more traditional like for example the restaurant “Daphne´s”.
You must know also that there are some museums worth visiting like the Museum of Greek Folk Art, the Museum of Musical Instruments and finally for the children, there is the Hellenic Childrens Museum where they can go and play educational games!
Have a walk at Microlimano.
Microlimano is located at Pireaus, the principal port of all Greece!
It is characterized by the yachts, fishing and small boats. All of the restaurants near Microlimano have different prices, so you are able to choose the type of dinner you want to have. For a classy dinner you can go to one of the most famous restaurants there, like the Varoulko restaurant. However, you will be able to find restaurants at more affordable prices with sea food and even with the traditional souvlaki!
Have a walk at Flisvos Marina.
First of all, you have to select a sunny but fresh day to have a walk at Flisvos Marina, because of the fact that it is located at a humid area, and if it is hot, the visit will not be pleasant.
The first thing you will find there is a port, where lot of yachts and boats will be docked at the dock and then, you will see many restaurants, cafeterias and shops located around the port. Some of the restaurants are TGI Fridays, Breeze Pasta and Pizza, Origami Sushi Bar and Mare Marina Restaurant. There are also café – bars, where you can go for a coffee, a drink or even for sweets, such as Haagen Dazs, Cruiser Café – bar and Due Cavalieri Seaside Bar.
Visit the Floating Naval Museum – Averof battle ship.
After having a walk at Flisvos Marina you should visit the Floating Naval Museum “Georgios Averof battleship”, as it is located just beside Flisvos Marina.
Focusing a bit on history, the ship was acquired after the Greco-Turkish War in 1897, because the combat fleet needed reinforcement. Georgios Averof deposited one third of the total cost so that the Greek Government would be able to acquire the ship. The National Fleet Fund paid the rest of the money. After the acquisition, the battleship G. Averof was the protagonist of many battles, like for example the battles of “Elli” and “Limnos”. That is how the battleship became a symbol to the Greek people.
As years went by, the ship was renovated and nowadays it is the floating naval museum that we know!
The museum is closed every Monday. It is open to visitors from Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 – 14:00 and Saturday, Sundays and official holidays from 10:00 – 17:00. The general entrance ticket, which is for people from 18-64 years old and costs 3,00 euros. There is also a special ticket, which is for children from 6-17 years old, students and people above 65 years old that costs 1,50 euros.
Visit the natural Vuliagmeni Lake.
At the Vuliagmeni Lake you will live a thermal experience without having to leave Attica!
The water there have many properties and minerals like sodium, iron and chlorine, which are considered to be good for the skin and because of its high water temperatute, it is algo good for the musculoskeletal system. While taking a bath in the lake you will be able to have a personal peeling session made by small fishes named Garra Rufa, which live permanently in the lake.
There you can have a lunch, drink coffee or have a drink at the restaurant. There are also programs for outdoor training and activities like yoga, swimming, water aerobics and snorkeling.
Visit the Monument of the Unknown Soldier.
When you go to the center of Athens you should take a look at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located in front of the Greek parliament. For the Greeks, the monument represent the all the warriors that fought for Greece´s freedom.
The most impressive thing of this monument is the two soldiers, named “Evzoni” or “Tsoliades”, as they are called in Greek, which represent the Presidential Guard and protect the tomb 24/7. They are literally always there. Obviously, everyday there is the changing of the Guard, something that is worth seeing!
Focusing on the uniform, you will see that both “Tsoliades” wear a red hat, which represents the blood of the soldiers that supported the movement against the Turks. In addition, you will see that the hat also has some black strips, which mean the tears that Greek shed when they were under the dominance of the Ottoman regime. Then there is the skirt, which has 400 folds, representing the years Greece was under the Turks´ power and finally, there are the shoes, which have a big pompon in the front part.
Visit the Zappeion Hall / Zappeio Mégaro.
The Zappeion Hall is one of the most “green” places you will find in the center of Athens, as it is located next the National Garden, a place that is worth visiting too!
At the Zappeio Megaro
Visit Psiri neighborhood.
Psiri is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens. It has many restaurants and bars where you can drink wine, eat traditional Greek food and even smoke narguile while listening to Greek live music.
It is located just beside Monastiraki. You just have to get off the metro at the Monastiraki station from the back side.
Visit Anafiotika neighborhood.
Anafiotika is located above Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens. It is a very graphic place!
History says that Anafiotika was built to represent the architecture of the Cyclades islands during the Ottoman period. However, in 1950 many of the houses and old constructions were destroyed because of archaeological excavations.
When you go to Anafiotika you will find two churches: the first is dedicated to Saint George of the Rock, in Greek that would be Agios Georgios tou Vrachou, and the second church is dedicated to Agios Symeon.
Nowadays there are 45 houses left and most of them are shuttered and inhabited.
Visit Monastiraki square.
The Monastiraki square is one of the most representative places of Athens. Monastiraki is characterized by its Byzantine and Ottoman buildings that remember us the impact those empires had in Athens. Through the streets you can find small shops that sell souvenirs like for example, replicas of all the monuments in Greece, small packages with olives and olive oil, clothes with Greek phrases, leather shoes and bags and beauty products, like handmade soaps and body creams made with olives. You will also find shops with jewelry made of gold and silver. Some of the pieces are inspired by the ancient Greek culture and others are just handmade jewelry with precious stones. Finally, there are shops which sell vintage objects! You will find from old furniture to old books there.
Above the square you will find the church of Pantanassa. It was built when Greece was under the power of the Turks in 1678. Actually it was a Monastery where weaving activities took place, and it was in 1868 that the Monastery became “Monastiraki”.
Visit Gazi neighborhood.
Gazi is considered to be the perfect neighbourhood for young people to spend their time!
It is full of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. If you go there at 5 in the morning you will see all clubs full of people. It is located at the station Kerameikos of the metro. There you will find the Technopolis, which we will talk about next.
Visit the cultural center “Technopolis”.
If you have time left during your trip you should definitely visit the Technopolis at the Kerameikos station of the metro, as it is one of the most famous cultural centers in all Athens. Many concerts and festivals take place there at all the seasons of the year.
There is the Industrial Gas Museum, where you can go to see how Athens became a modern city. There is also the industrial Gas Museum Shop, where you can buy items that are replicas of objects of the industrial era. Finally, you will find a café where you can have a snack or drink something to refresh yourself!
Visit Panepistimiu street.
The next thing you should do is to visit the known Panepistimiou street, that now has been named “Eleftherios Venizelos”.
Panepistimiou street is one of the major streets of all Athens. It is the street that connects Syntagma with Omonoia. If you go walking from Syntagma to Omonoia, you will have Monastiraki and Thissio neighborhoods on your left and Kolonaki will be on your right.
As you can see, it is in the very center of Athens! There are many shops and cafeterias around it. You must know though, that most of them are quite expensive, as Kolonaki is considered to be one of Athens´ more expensive neighborhoods. Some examples of the firms you will find there are Gucci, Valentino, Brooks Brothers and Longchamp. However, low cost shops are there too, and some of them are: Zara and Pull and Bear.
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Visit Philopappos hill.
Philopappos hill is a wonderful place where you will be able to see Athens from different angles!
The first thing you will see is a monument, which was built to honor Philopappou, an exiled roman consul.
The hill brought many benefits to the soldiers, when defending the country in war times, because of its height. From there you can even see Piraeus neighborhood and the sea.
To go there you don’t have to pay any entrance fee, but you do have to put on some comfortable shoes, as you will have to climb steep scales!
Visit the Roman Agora.
The Roman Agora took that name, because it was built with a donation that Augustus and Julio Caesar gave to Greece. It was after the Herulae invasion during A.D. 267 that the commercial and administrative center of the city was moved from the Ancient Agora to the Roman Agora.
At the Ottoman period, churches, workshops and houses were constructed at the Roman Agora. However, many years later those properties were bought and destroyed by the Greek Archaeological Society, in order to do excavations.
to go there you just have to get off the metro at the station Monatiraki, as it is very close to the center of Athens. Finally, you will have to pay a ticket of 6 euros. Note that there is also a reduced ticket, which costs 3 euros.
Visit the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, known also as the “Herodeon”, is one of the most impressive amphitheaters of all Athens!
It is located on the Dionisiou Aeropagitou Street, exactly down the Parthenon. Festivals, concerts and theater presentations have been taking place there for the last decades. It has a capacity of 5.500 people.
By going there you will have the opportunity to experience how ancient Greeks used the place many of years ago!
To go there you just have to get off at the Acropolis station from line 2 and walk through the street were the Acropolis Museum is located!
The entrance fee always varies, depending on the type of presentation.
Visit the Varvakio fresh fruits, fish and meat market.
Varvakio market is the central market of Athens. There you will find fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. It is characterized by its quality products at more affordable prices than the common markets offer in the rest of Athens.
It is located at the Athinas street, meaning that you can get off the metro station Monastiraki (Line 3) or Omonoia (Line 1 and 2).
Visit Lycabettus hill.
Lycabettus is the highest hill in all Athens! From there you will have the most beautiful and complete view of Athens.
At the top of the hill, you will find a church, dedicated to St. George and then, in front of it, you will be able to observe the city. There is also a restaurant – café named Orizontes, where you can sit for a snack or dine propperly.
To go up there you just have to get off the metro station Evaggelismos (Line 3). Then, you will go to the bottom of the hill and decide whether you want to climb the hill or take the cableway, which goes up and down every 30 minutes.
Visit the National Garden / former Royal Garden.
The National Garden is a place located in the center of Athens, but still makes you feel like you are in the countryside! As it was already mentioned, it is the most “green” place in the center of Athens.
Years ago, when the royal family wasn’t exiled yet, the garden was named the “Royal Garden” or the “Garden of Amalia”, in honor to the Queen Amalia.
Once you get inside, you will see many places where you can sit and have a snack. You will find trees, plants, lakes and even animals!
In addition, you will find a small library for children and a café also!
As it is located next to the Greek parliament you have to get off the station Syntagma (Line 3).
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Visit the Panathenaic Stadium / Kalimármaro stadium.
The Panathenaic Stadium, known also as the “Kallimarmaro”, is located in front of the Zappeion Hall and is the only marble stadium in the entire world!
Focusing a bit on history, the Stadium was built in the 4th century B.C., as there were going to take place the “Panathenaic Games”, which were dedicated to the Goddess Athena.
It is strongly related to the Olympic Games, because there is where the Olympic Flame lights up and starts its journey to the host country.
To go in, as for most of the monuments in Greece, you have to pay an entrance fee of 5,00 euros. There is also the reduced ticket for students and people over 65 years old, which costs 2,50 euros. Children under 6 years old and visitors with disabilities have free entrance.
Visit Omonia square, the oldest square of all Athens!
Years ago, the Omonia square was a concentration of tourists, Greek people and vendors from different countries! You could walk through it and observe all the streets that it connects. However, nowadays it is impossible to walk through it as it has been transformed to a roundabout with grass, trees and a fountain in the center.
Nonetheless, this does not mean it is not worth passing by! You should go to see the “Dromeas”, which represents a Greek “Runner”. It is a glass monument, designed and constructed by Costas Varotsos in 1994.
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Visit the Theatre of Dionysus.
The theater of Dionysus is not only important for the Greeks, but for all Europeans, because many archaeologist support the idea that the European theater was evolved there!
Important “theaters” and “dramas”, written by Euripides and Sophocles were performed there.
Even though the theater was renovated many times by the ancient Greeks, today we can only see what is left from the Roman era.
It is located down the Parthenon, like the Herodeon. However, if we compare those two amphitheaters, it is clear that the Herodeon is in a better condition than the theater of Dionysus.
If you want to visit this amazing theater, you will have to pay a ticket of 2 euros. As usual, there is a reduced ticket too, which costs 1 euro and is valid for students and people above the age of 65 years old.
Visit the Syntagma Square.
Syntagma Square is surely the first thing you will visit when you get to Athens!
There you will find lots of people passing by, vendors selling the classic “kulurias” and a fountain in the center. There you can have a sit at some of the benches around, or you can just sit at the scales right in front of the Greek parliament and observe all the different people that pass over there. It is actually amazing!
It is considered to be the most central square in Athens, as just down the square there is the metro station Syntagma (Line 2 and 3). There are also many bus stops for buses that come from all the suburbs of Athens to the center, trolley stops and finally, there is the tram, which passes also over there.
You must know also that right in front of the Syntagma square you will find the Ermou street, where you will be able to find a wide range of shops, like for example, Zara, Pull and Bear, Massimo Dutti, Hondos Center, Tiger, and so on.
Visit the temple of Zeus Olympios.
The temple of Zeus Olympios is known as one of the most impressive marble buildings of Greece!
The temple was constructed by Pisistratus, a tyrant of Athens that helped the city come to live and become important. However, he couldn’t finished the temple, and it was the Roman Hadrian that finished the construction, as he assured back then, that he had a connection with Zeus.
Apart from Zeus´sanctuary, you will also find the temple of Apollo Delphinios, located at the south of the Olympion.
To go there you should get off the metro at the Acropolis station (Line 2) and then walk to the Olympion.
The normal ticket has a value of 6 euros, while the reduced one costs 3 euros.
Have fun at Allou Fun Park.
If you want to leave history aside and have extreme fun at Athens, you should definitely go to this theme park!
There you will find many roller coasters, kart racing games, 7D entertainment and lots of different games for children, young adults and adults.
For the children there is a special zone of the park named Kidom, which have safe games for them and parants don’t have to worry at all!
When it comes to the tickets, there are different offers depending on what you want. The price of the ticket varies from 19 to 12 euros. In addition, there are also family tickets that change according to th number of kids you have.
The park is located at Renti neighborhood. To go there, you just have to take the suburban railway.
Take a traditional food tour.
A different and delicious way to explore Athens is by making a food tour!
This kind of tours usually last from 3 to 6 hours. By choosing one of them, you will be able to taste traditional Greek dishes, wines and olive oils. You can also buy them, if you want, the ones that come in special packages, so that you can take it to your home!
The prices of these tours vary between 50 and 60 euros per person. Nonetheless, when it comes to children, there are special offers for them.
The starting point of these tours is at easy access locations like Syntagma Square or Monastiraki.
Make a bus open tour by the Athens city.
This is the most fun and easy way to see the most important sights of all Athens!
Many bus companies offer this sightseeing service by bus. There are three types of routes; the first one is the route that shows you all the monuments and important places at the center of Athens only. The next option is to take the bus that again shows you the center of Athens, but it also takes you to the port of Piraeus. Finally, there is the third route, which takes you to Athens, Piraeus and Glyfada too! Meaning that, you will be able to swim on one of the beaches at Attica.
The tours include booklets and audio guide with information, so that you can understand what you are seeing. Wi-Fi is also a service included.
The prices depend on the route you selected. However, they vary from 13 to 20 euros per person. You must know also that the majority of the tours last from 1.5 hours to two days, as you decide how to do it.
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Do an organized walking tour by Athens.
If you like to walk, then this is the best option for you to explore the city of Athens!
Here there are a wide range of tours you can choose. Some companies offer guided tours for the Acropolis only, others include the Acropolis museum. There are also other itineraries that take you to the Ancient Agora and to the Agora museum.
You must also know that there is a night tour that instead of showing you the archaeological sites of Athens, it will guide you through the center of the city, where you will be able to see Athens from a different perspective. The walk will take place at the neighborhoods near the center, like for example Syntagma, Monastiraki, Gazi and Kolonaki. There you will be able to have a drink or dine at one of the most trendy bars and restaurants of Athens.
The tours last between 1.5 hours and 5.5 hours. The price depends on what you will select. However, the price is around 39 to 60 euros.
Make an one day sailing nearby Athens with luxury catamaran.
This is one of the most beautiful ways to explore the surrounding waters of Athens!
There are many companies that give you the opportunity to sail around Athens with a luxurious catamaran, which can be rented totally private for you or semi-private. You will be able to swim, do snorkeling and taste the most divine meals of the Greek cuisine.
The journey lasts 5 hours. You can choose whether you want to do it in the morning, from 10am to 3pm, or in the evening, from 3pm to 8pm.
If you want a semi-private sailing session, the price per person would be 150 euros. Children from 2 to 10 years old pay half the price. Finally, the service is free for babies from 0 to 2 years old. For a private sailing session of five hours you have to ask the company for further information.
You can also rent a catamaran for a whole day! Nonetheless, the price would not be the same and you have again to ask for information.
Make a wine tasting tour by Athens.
As you must know, apart from olive oil and olives, Greece is also known by its delicious wines!
By doing a wine tasting tour you will be able to taste many kinds of wine, produced in Greece.
There are many tours that offer different things. Some of them take 1 hour, and you are able to taste 3 different wines of your choice. Another tour lasts 1.5 hours and it includes the taste of 5 wines of your choice, plus the transport from a specific metro station to the winery.
In addition, there are also some wine tasting tours that last 4 hours and include visits to other tourist sites like for example, a visit to the Sanctuary of Zeus and the Corinth Canal. Obviously, they provide you the transportation from your hotel to the ancient sites and then to the winery.
The prices of the tours vary from 40 to 55 euros per person.
Do some Adrenaline & Extreme tours.
A funny and entertaining way to know Athens and its surroundings is by doing an extreme tour. These tours usually include activities, like for example hiking, horse riding and climbing, for those who don’t like that much adrenaline. There are also many water sports, like surf, kayak, wind surf and sailing. Finally, the most extreme activities are skydiving and bungee jumping.
This kind of tour includes the transportation from the airport to the hotel and vice versa.
Obviously, you are able to choose the activities you want to do during your trip and the price will depend on that.
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Make an Athens tour by Segway.
If you don’t like walking but you do want to see every corner of the center of Athens, then you should do one of these tours! It is a funny way to do it, and you will not get tired.
There are many types of tours by Segway. You can choose the classic ones, which consist on a tour of the Acropolis or the National Garden. The price for each of these tours is 59 euros per person and they last 2 hours each.
You can also do a food tour by Segway, where you will be able to eat a variety of Greek dishes. It costs 90 euros per person and it lasts two and a half hours. Another option you have is the Athens night tour, where you will see all the ancient monuments like, the Parthenon, The Roman Agora and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus illuminated with light. The price for this tour is 85 euros per person and it lasts 3 hours.
Finally, there is the combo tour, which is a mix of all the tours mentioned previously, with a cost of 85 euros per person, and there is also the custom tour, which you are able to design and choose to what places you want to go. For this tour, the price and duration depend on what you will have selected.
Make an Athens tour by bike.
This is also a different way to appreciate the city of Athens. There are many tours you can choose, like for example, a tour by the Panathinaikos Stadium, the Roman Agora and then a stop at Thissio, where you will drink something if you want. It lasts three hours and the cost varies between 28 and 32 euros per person.
Another beautiful tour to do by bike is the coastal one. You will have a ride by the Athens Riviera, but first, you will pass by the National Observatory, Marina Flisvou and the Niarchos Cultural Center.
This tour costs 38 euros per person and lasts 4 hours.
Visit the Pandora Art Gallery.
The Pandora Art Gallery is appreciated by tourists and Greeks too, because of its unique pieces of art. There you will find many painting, sculptures and museum replicas, like bronze and ceramic statues, that you can buy and take to your home!
It is located near Monastiraki station. To get there, you just have to walk from Monastiraki to the street Adrianou 70, which is 5 minutes by foot.
Visit the museum of Islamic Art.
The museum of Islamic Art has pieces that represent the culture from places like: Sicily, The Middle East, Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, Persia, Spain and North Africa. There you will find objects, like for example war uniforms and carpets.
It is one of the Benaki Museums.
The museum is divided in four floors. On the last one, you can have a cold snack or drink some coffee while enjoying a wonderful view.
To go there, it would be better to get off the metro station Monastiraki and then walk 8 minutes till Dipyllou Street.
Have a look at the next things to do in Athens.
Have a wine at the Athenian Wine bars.
In Athens, you will find a wide range of bars from which you can choose where to spend a wonderful night with friends and family!
Starting from the bottom to the top, the top three wine bars in Athens are: Heteroclito, By the Glass and Oinoscent.
Heteroclito is located in Plaka. It is known because it has from the most old and classic wines to the most new ones in the market. The environment is cozy and prices are reasonable.
By the Glass is located in Syntagma. Meaning that, it is very easy to get there as all the public transport passes through it. Apart from offering more than 200 different labels of wine, you can also drink coffee and have a snack during your visit.
Finally, the most famous wine bar in Athens is the Oinoscent, which is located in Plaka. There, you will be able to choose a wine to drink from a list of 700 different labels, and will be able also to eat some of the unique snacks they offer. At Oinoscent, many wine tasting events take place daily, a unique experience to taste more than one type of wine.
Watch traditional Greek dances at Dora Stratou Theater.
This is a living museum, where you can appreciate traditional Greek dances and traditional Greek costumes too. Usually, performances start during May and finish on September, as they take place at open places, like for example, at the Garden Theater on Philoppapou Hill.
The organization offers also workshops and courses on Ancient Greek Dance and has special programs for schools and other educational institutions.
This year, performances will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 21:30 o clock, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 20:30.
The tickets have a value of 15 euros for individuals above 18, 10 euros for youth and 5 euros for children.
Swim at the Voula Beach.
Voula Beach is considered to be one of the most famous beaches of all Athens, as it is one of the closest ones. There you will find many cafeterias, bars and restaurants. It is an organized beach, meaning that it has umbrellas and sunbeds.
From Mondays to Fridays the entrance fee costs 4 euros. Saturdays and Sundays it costs 5 euros per person. In addition, whenever you go, you have to pay 2, 50 euros to rent an umbrella and a sunbed.
The easiest way to go to this beach is by using the Tram. You can take it from Syntagma and you will get off at the last station. After a few minutes of walk you will find this beautiful beach!
See the Tower of the Winds.
The Tower of the Winds is located at the Roman Agora. It was built for many uses; some of them were to forecast the weather and to estimate time. Inside, objects like a water clock and a wind vane were found.
However, when Greece was under the Turkish dominance, this place was used as a place of character formation and spiritual retreat.
Have a walk at Pandrosu street.
This beautiful street is one of tourists´ favorite spot, as there are many big and small shops with lots of souvenirs and gifts you can take to your home! Some of the gifts you can buy there are t-shirts with Greek phrases, museum replicas made by ceramic, antique jewelry inspired in Greek goddesses and traditional Greek food!
To go there you just have to start from Monastiraki Station and you will see Pandrosu Street on your right hand!
Visit the botanical garden Diomedes.
This is the perfect place to go for a walk with your partner or with kids too!
At the entrance, you will find a cafeteria where you can sit and have coffee. Nonetheless, it is the perfect place to have a picnic, especially if you have kids.
Lots of lakes and trees surround the garden, meaning that kids will be able to enjoy nature and feel free with safety.
The Garden is located at Haidari, and since it is not that far from the center of the city, you just have to take the metro (Line 3) and get off at the station Agia Marina. Then, you just have to walk for a minute and take the bus 866, which will leave you right in front of the botanical garden.
Visit the Greek Reptile Center.
This is also the perfect place to visit if you are travelling with kids!
At this reptile center you will be able to see a collection of reptiles, which is considered to be one of the biggest ones in Europe. Some of the reptiles you will find are iguanas, cobras, anacondas, pythons and boas.
Your children will be amused by the explanations they will hear from the specialists that take care of the reptiles. They will be able to touch with their hands some of the reptiles and take photos with them.
The Greek Reptile Center is located in the park Antonis Tritsis in the neighborhood named Ilion.
Have a look at the next things to do in Athens.
- See the monument of Lysikrates
- Visit the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens OAKA – Spiros Luis
- See the prison of Socrates at Filopappou hill
- Visit the Goulandris Museum of Natural history
- Visit the Golden Hall Mall
- Visit the Railway carriage theater -to treno sto rouf-.
- Make a rail tour by the Athens city
- Visit the Hellenic motor museum
- Visit the Museum Elefterios Venizelos
- Visit the Benaki museum
- Visit the Industrial gas Museum
- Visit the Byzantine & Christian Museum
- Visit the Frissiras Museum
- Visit the chidren’s Herakleidon Museum
- Visit the OTE telecommunications museum
- Visit the museum of Greek Children’s art
- Visit the Hellenic Children´s Museum
- Visit the museum of Alex Mylona – Macedonian museum of contemporary art
- Visit the museum of Cycladic Art.
- Visit the museum of Greek Folk Art
- Make a tour by night
- Visit the Natural Historical Museum
- Visit the Monastery of Daphni
- Swim at Akti tu Iliou at Alimos
- Visit the Greek gastronomy Museum
- Visit the museum of PAvlos and Alex0andra KAnellopoulos
- Visit the Frissiras Museum
- See the Dromeas glass monument in front of Athens Hilton
- Visit the Tzisdarakis Mosque
- Have a walk at “Garden of Iroon” (heros)
- Make hip on – hip off tours
- Have a walk at the environmental Awarness Park Antonis Tritsis
- Do scuba and snorkeling
- Visit Spathario Museum of Shadow Theatre
- Walk at the Panathenaic way
- Visit the castle of the Queen – Pyrgos Vasilísis
- Visit the “Alsos Ktimatos Siggrou”
- Have a walk at Hymettus Mountain
- Visit the National Observatory of Athens at Thiseio
- Visit the museum of the History of Athens University
- Swim at Asteras beach
- Visit the church of Agios Dimitrios Loubardiaris at filopappou hill.
- Visit the Plato´s Academy Park
- Visit Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Church.
- Visit Kouvautsakis Art Istitute at Kifisia
- Visit the Sanctuary of Artemis
- Visit the museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments
- Visit the Herakleidon Museum
- Visit the Epigraphic Museum
- Visit the Church of the Holy Apostles
- Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
- Visit the numismatic Museum
- Visit the Spyros Vassiliou Museum
- Visit the War Museum
- Visit the Maritime Museum
- Visit the Onassis Cultural Centre
- Visit the Planetarium – Evgenides Foundation
- Visit Keramikos
- Have a walk at Flisvos park
- Visit the Athens zoo at Attica Park
- Visit the Dam of Marathon Lake
- Visit the Kapnikarea church
- Visit the Parliament Building
- Visit the Saint Paul’s Anglican church
- See the Statue of Lord Byron and Hellas
- Visit the Arch of Hadrian
- Visit the Ilissos river valey
- See the Kallirrhoe spring / Enneakrounos Fountain- house
- Visit the churh of St. Photeini the Samaritan / Shrine of Pan
- See the statue of an Ephebe atlete / teenager athlete
- Visit the first cementery of modern Athens
- See the statues at the southeast entrance to the Zappeion GardenVisit the Presidential Palace district.
- Visit the Metro Mall
- Visit the Golden Hall Mall
- Have a drink, lunch or dinner at the roof garden of following 5* luxury hotels.
- Grand Bretagne
- King George
- St. George Lycabettus
- Divani Palace Acropolis
- Divani Caravel
- Radisson Blu Park
- Have a drink, lunch or dinner at the roof garden of the following 4* luxury hotels.
- Athens Gate
- Polis Grand
- Golden Age
- The Athenian Callirhoe.
- Hace fun at Room escape games
- Visit Stoa of Attalos
- Have a walk at Adrianos street
- See a movie at the open air cinema Thision
- Visit the ancient Athenean cementery “Kerameikos”
- Have a walk at Ermou street
- Have a drink at the best Bars & Clubs of Athens
- Visit the “Kessarianí Monastery”
- Swim at the Glyfada beach
- Visit the Saint Constantine and Helen Orthodox Metropolitan Church at Glyfada
- Visit the Kolonaki Square
- Visit the Academy of Athens
- Visit the Jewish Museum of Greece
- Visit the National History Museum (Old Parliament)
- Make a Vespa, scooter or Moped tour by Athens
- Visit the Pnyx at philopappou hill.
- Visit the Great Metropolis of Athens
- Visit the Ilias Lalaounis Jewely museum
- Visit the National Library of Greece