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Athens

With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Cultural and social life plays out amid, around and in ancient landmarks. The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, reminds Greeks daily of their heritage and the city's many transformations.

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Although individuals have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, the city is on the rise. There is crackling energy in galleries, political debates and even on the walls of derelict buildings. This creates a lively urban bustle, but at the end of the day, Athenians build their own villages in the city, especially in open-air restaurants and bars where they linger for hours.

Beyond Athens, down the Attica peninsula, are more spectacular antiquities, such as the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, as well as very good beaches, such as those near historic Marathon.

Acropolis Museum –  

As its name suggests, the Acropolis Museum – which resides in central Athens’ Makrigianni district – houses various archaeological findings from the Acropolis. Key exhibits include a relief of Athena Nike, several carved statues from Erechtheion and a gallery with various Parthenon artefacts. Many previous travellers said the Acropolis Museum was one of the best museums they’d ever visited, citing the property’s displays as the perfect complement to the Acropolis’ ruins. Another plus: the museum’s design. Several visitors raved about the attraction’s construction, especially its glass floors that offer a peek at the ruins situated beneath the building. 

Plaka –  

The beautiful, historical neighbourhood of Plaka, located under the Acropolis, is largely residential. Still, its assortment of restaurants and cafes keep it swarming with tourists each summer. You can also shop, especially if you’re looking to bring home some gold jewellery. 

Motor vehicles are not permitted on this neighbourhood’s winding streets, so make sure you have a street map and a comfortable pair of shoes. Visitors say Plaka offers a charming atmosphere and plenty of great shops for both souvenirs and one-of-a-kind finds. If you’d rather sip a drink once the sun goes down, travellers suggest visiting one (or several) of the area’s vibrant clubs or bars. 

Parthenon – 

An impressive example of ancient Greek architecture, the Parthenon is a cultural landmark like no other. It once served as a treasury and at another point housed a Christian church. Now, the Parthenon is a must-see sight and the unchallenged highlight of visiting the Acropolis (and for some, Greece in general). Recent travellers loved visiting the Parthenon despite the ongoing restoration work that’s taking place on parts of the building’s exterior. To enhance your experience, visitors recommended opting for a half- or full-day guided tour with an independent company like PK Travel Greece, Fantasy Travel or Timeless Athens Tours. 

Temple of Hephaestus –  

One of central Athens’ best-preserved ruins is the Temple of Hephaestus. Nestled within Ancient Agora, this site was built between 460 and 420 B.C. and once served as a Christian church. Eventually, the building was transformed into an archaeological museum before undergoing excavations in 1930 and later opening to tourists.  

Astir Beach Vouliagmeni Beach –  

This beach is one of the classics of the Athenian Riviera, and Astir Beach provides literally everything you might want for a day by the seaside. Squishy sun chairs for relaxing under the umbrella, full showers for rinsing off afterwards, a snack bar for nibbling, free Wi-Fi, organised beach sports… you can relax and feel sure that all your needs will be catered for. A little button on your sun chair means you can order munchies without even getting up. The beach can get crowded, especially at the weekends, but there’s always a sign at the entrance that announces if the lounge chairs have all been rented out.  

Yabanaki Beach, Varkiza –  

A little further past Vouliagmeni, Yabanki Beach is another gem of the Athens Riviera, and easily accessible from Athens. Inside the beach again you’ll find all the amenities to enjoy a full day on the water, from sun chairs and umbrellas to massages to a huge variety of active things to do. This is also a great beach for kids, and they offer more than 20 seaside activities, including windsurf rentals and SUP lessons. 

Sounion –  

The Cape of Sounion is at the tip of the Attica peninsula, jutting out into the Aegean Sea. A swim here is not only about as far from Athens as you can get without a boat, but you’ll also get to take in the incredible Temple of Poseidon crowning the cape. Channel your inner sea god(ess), and it’s easy to see why the Ancient Greeks chose this spot to honour the ocean deity. The beach at the Hotel Aegeon is lovely and sandy, and you can rent an umbrella and lounge chair for 5 euros, or just stretch out on the sand – and this is about the best way to enjoy that incredible sunset view, which is one of the best things to do in Athens. 

Looking for the Best Bite to Eat? 

Athens has a fine range of eateries ranging from down-to-earth traditional tavernas to upmarket restaurants serving fusion cuisine. In the city centre, is where you will find some excellent so-called modern tavernas, serving classic Greek dishes with a contemporary twist. Athens’ history and inspiring ancient architecture attracts hordes of visitors each year, and its buzzing restaurant scene explores these traditions and fuses them with cutting edge gastronomy. The city’s culinary landscape is peppered with unique destinations that push the boundaries of Greek and international cuisines, as these ten restaurants reveal. 

Nightlife in Athens 

The capital city of Greece, the birthplace of the European spirit and democracy, is home to about half of the country’s population and attracts millions of tourists every year. Here you will be able to admire the Acropolis, the Roman Agora, wander around the picturesque narrow streets of Monastiraki and enjoy the view from Mount Lycabettus. Athens bars come in various styles and categories. Swanky, trendy locales in Kolonaki, alternative, bohemian around Monastiraki,  elegant avantgarde around Syntagma and Karytsi square, all time classics like Galaxy Bar and Restaurant at Athens Hilton, with a spectacular view, favorite location with the Athenian jet set,  or recent favorites like 42 bar close to Syntagma,   awarded Baba au Rum attracting a fashionable crowd who are looking for excellent quality, prize winning Gin Joint is the hang out for nostalgics and trendsetters, which are reference points in the city. 

Top Things To Do

As its name suggests, the Acropolis Museum – which resides in central Athens’ Makrigianni district – houses various archaeological findings from the Acropolis. Key exhibits include a relief of Athena Nike, several carved statues from Erechtheion and a gallery with various Parthenon artefacts. Many previous travellers said the Acropolis Museum was one of the best museums they’d ever visited, citing the property’s displays as the perfect complement to the Acropolis’ ruins. Another plus: the museum’s design. Several visitors raved about the attraction’s construction, especially its glass floors that offer a peek at the ruins situated beneath the building. 

The beautiful, historical neighbourhood of Plaka, located under the Acropolis, is largely residential. Still, its assortment of restaurants and cafes keep it swarming with tourists each summer. You can also shop, especially if you’re looking to bring home some gold jewellery. 

Motor vehicles are not permitted on this neighbourhood’s winding streets, so make sure you have a street map and a comfortable pair of shoes. Visitors say Plaka offers a charming atmosphere and plenty of great shops for both souvenirs and one-of-a-kind finds. If you’d rather sip a drink once the sun goes down, travellers suggest visiting one (or several) of the area’s vibrant clubs or bars. 

An impressive example of ancient Greek architecture, the Parthenon is a cultural landmark like no other. It once served as a treasury and at another point housed a Christian church. Now, the Parthenon is a must-see sight and the unchallenged highlight of visiting the Acropolis (and for some, Greece in general). Recent travellers loved visiting the Parthenon despite the ongoing restoration work that’s taking place on parts of the building’s exterior. To enhance your experience, visitors recommended opting for a half- or full-day guided tour with an independent company like PK Travel Greece, Fantasy Travel or Timeless Athens Tours. 

One of central Athens’ best-preserved ruins is the Temple of Hephaestus. Nestled within Ancient Agora, this site was built between 460 and 420 B.C. and once served as a Christian church. Eventually, the building was transformed into an archaeological museum before undergoing excavations in 1930 and later opening to tourists. 

This beach is one of the classics of the Athenian Riviera, and Astir Beach provides literally everything you might want for a day by the seaside. Squishy sun chairs for relaxing under the umbrella, full showers for rinsing off afterwards, a snack bar for nibbling, free Wi-Fi, organised beach sports… you can relax and feel sure that all your needs will be catered for. A little button on your sun chair means you can order munchies without even getting up. The beach can get crowded, especially at the weekends, but there’s always a sign at the entrance that announces if the lounge chairs have all been rented out. 

A little further past Vouliagmeni, Yabanki Beach is another gem of the Athens Riviera, and easily accessible from Athens. Inside the beach again you’ll find all the amenities to enjoy a full day on the water, from sun chairs and umbrellas to massages to a huge variety of active things to do. This is also a great beach for kids, and they offer more than 20 seaside activities, including windsurf rentals and SUP lessons. 

The Cape of Sounion is at the tip of the Attica peninsula, jutting out into the Aegean Sea. A swim here is not only about as far from Athens as you can get without a boat, but you’ll also get to take in the incredible Temple of Poseidon crowning the cape. Channel your inner sea god(ess), and it’s easy to see why the Ancient Greeks chose this spot to honour the ocean deity. The beach at the Hotel Aegeon is lovely and sandy, and you can rent an umbrella and lounge chair for 5 euros, or just stretch out on the sand – and this is about the best way to enjoy that incredible sunset view, which is one of the best things to do in Athens. 

Athens has a fine range of eateries ranging from down-to-earth traditional tavernas to upmarket restaurants serving fusion cuisine. In the city centre, is where you will find some excellent so-called modern tavernas, serving classic Greek dishes with a contemporary twist. Athens’ history and inspiring ancient architecture attracts hordes of visitors each year, and its buzzing restaurant scene explores these traditions and fuses them with cutting edge gastronomy. The city’s culinary landscape is peppered with unique destinations that push the boundaries of Greek and international cuisines, as these ten restaurants reveal. 

The capital city of Greece, the birthplace of the European spirit and democracy, is home to about half of the country’s population and attracts millions of tourists every year. Here you will be able to admire the Acropolis, the Roman Agora, wander around the picturesque narrow streets of Monastiraki and enjoy the view from Mount Lycabettus. Athens bars come in various styles and categories. Swanky, trendy locales in Kolonaki, alternative, bohemian around Monastiraki,  elegant avantgarde around Syntagma and Karytsi square, all time classics like Galaxy Bar and Restaurant at Athens Hilton, with a spectacular view, favorite location with the Athenian jet set,  or recent favorites like 42 bar close to Syntagma,   awarded Baba au Rum attracting a fashionable crowd who are looking for excellent quality, prize winning Gin Joint is the hang out for nostalgics and trendsetters, which are reference points in the city.